Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee is the Director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute at the University of the West Indies. He is responsible for overseeing all commercial and research and development activities at the operation, which is one of the university’s premier units, responsible for, among other things, the development of the region’s first GPS navigation system, JAMNAV.
He is also the former Head of the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of the West Indies.
He sits on over a dozen Boards and committees, including serving as the Chairman of the Water Resources Authority and the National Works Agency. He sits on the Main Board of multi-national conglomerate GraceKennedy Ltd, including its Corporate Governance and Audit Committees, as well as its Grace Foods and Services Ltd subsidiary company, with operations across the world, including the USA, Canada, the UK, Ghana, Europe and Central America; and Hi-Lo Supermarkets, Jamaica’s second-largest food retail chain. He is also the Chairman of Dairy Industries Jamaica Limited, a joint venture operation with Fonterra Ltd from New Zealand.
His interests span fields in science, technology and business, seeking synergies between all three areas. His active research includes natural hazards analyses, crime and security systems modeling, road safety analyses, health systems mapping, transport systems modeling, geospatial planning for businesses, data analytics, GPS systems, virtual-reality modeling, and web mapping.
He is a former Jamaica Exhibition and United Kingdom Commonwealth Scholar, receiving a First Class Honours BSc in Earth Sciences from UWI, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Geography from the University of Oxford. He is the recipient of multiple local and international awards, and in 2012, he was named one of Jamaica’s top business leaders under the age of 50 by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica. In 2019, he led the Institute to the RJRGleaner Honour Award for Science and Technology.
He was awarded the 2014 Eisenhower Fellowship, to join a select group of international professionals to meet with different organizations in the USA to examine best practices and develop international relationships. In 2017, he was selected by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China to visit China as an Eminent Overseas Chinese, joining other Chinese leaders from around the world in Beijing to look at Chinese foreign policy and cultures.