The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Ms. Lisa Harding as its new Chair, by the Center's management committee. She will serve for a one year period with effect 13th September 2016.
Ms. Harding succeeds Dr. Marcia Brandon, Managing Director of the Caribbean Center for Excellence and Sustainable livelihoods, Barbados. CCIC is extraordinarily fortunate to have these two dynamic, accomplished and committed members of the entrepreneurship community to lead the Center through such critical stages in our development.
Dr. Brandon joined the committee in 2013 and became Chair in 2015 at a time when the Center was transitioning from its infancy into a professional organization. Under her leadership, the Board provided the strategic vision, governance structure, support and encouragement that enabled us to grow and thrive. During Dr. Brandon’s tenure, the Center’s full-time professional staff grew from two to three; the vision of our new modality began to bear fruit in significant ways, and our startup companies are expanding across the region. We have accomplished tremendous strides in the past year and, due in large measure to Dr. Brandon’s leadership, the Center is in a strong position to do even more important work in the coming years.
Thanks to great teamwork between Dr. Brandon and Ms. Harding, the management committee hasn’t missed a step during this leadership transition. As Chair, Ms. Harding will guide the Center as it realizes its objectives while developing its strategic plan for becoming a fully incorporated entity.
Ms. Harding is currently a Private Sector Specialist in the Private Sector Development Unit of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). With a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), along with her diverse portfolio of projects focusing on access to finance, business climate reforms, trade facilitation and business development; Ms. Harding brings valuable expertise that the Center will need as we continue to develop a regional ecosystem for accelerating Caribbean Cleantech startups.
Ms. Harding, who is an avid speaker on issues surrounding entrepreneurship and private sector development, serves as a guest lecturer for UWI’s Student Entrepreneurial Education Development program and the Caribbean Institute in Gender and Development. She is also CDB’s coordinator for the Compete Caribbean program- a USD $40m private sector development program that provides technical assistance grants and investment funding to support productive development policies, business climate reforms, clustering initiatives and SME development activities, in 15 Caribbean countries. The program is jointly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Government of Canada.
The CCIC is deeply grateful for the tremendous amount of time, energy, and support that all of our management committee members, past and present, have devoted to advancing our mission to improve the lives of those affected by climate change and to lead this initiative in mitigating its effects through entrepreneurship.