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Adrian Magendzo Weinberger--IDB

Adrian Magendzo WeinbergerIDB

Adrian Magendzo Weinberger is a Senior Specialist in the Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division at the Inter-American Development Bank. He has a strong background in industrial engineering, entrepreneurship and innovation with practical experience in the design and implementation of public-private policy programs.

Adriana La Valley--IDB

Adriana La ValleyIDB

Adriana La Valley, Chief of Operations of Country Office Jamaica of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Mrs. La Valley has over 20 years of experience in cross-national financing for both public and private sector development. She is an attorney of law admitted to practice in Mexico and US. She holds an L.L.M. in International Business Law from American University and an L.L.M. in Banking and Finance for Development from the London School of Economics.

In the Private Sector, she worked as international project finance attorney at the Law firm Latham & Watkins. From 2000 to 2007, she managed a private sector portfolio of approximately US$2 billion for the Structured and Corporate Finance Department of the Inter-American Development Bank, where she was responsible of several successful restructuring transactions.

In the Public Sector, she has held several positions within the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of México and as advisor at the Board of Directors of several financial institutions of the IDB Group. As a public international official, she has dedicated her efforts to the Caribbean region since 2011.

Alicia Bish--Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Jamaica

Alicia BishMinistry of Finance and the Public Service Jamaica

Ms Alicia Bish is a Senior Director in the Public Enterprises Division of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Jamaica. She has over 13 years experience as a financial analyst, monitoring the performance of specific public bodies to engender sound financial management practices as well as overall alignment with the Government’s policy guidelines and economic programme.

Ms Bish also has oversight responsibility for the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. In this capacity she plays a critical role in ensuring that PPP projects implemented in Jamaica provide value for money and optimal risk allocation. She has served on several teams established to guide the overall development and execution of PPP projects in Jamaica.

Miss Bish completed her Masters of Business Administration with distinction at the Heriot Watt University and also holds a Bachelors of Business Association, with a major in Accounts (Hons).

Allison Peart--Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants

Allison PeartErnst & Young Chartered Accountants

Allison Peart, BSc., FCPA, FCA. is the Country Managing Partner and a Tax Partner at the EY Chartered Accountants Office in Jamaica as well as the EY International Tax Services Practice in Toronto and New York. With over 26 years of public accounting experience with professional services firms, serving clients in the retail, distribution, manufacturing, insurance and hospitality industries.

She is a registered Public Accountant and a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with extensive audit experience and she also has many years experience providing tax due diligence services. She was appointed by the Minister of Finance to the 2004 Matalon Tax Review Committee in Jamaica which was tasked with recommending comprehensive tax reforms in Jamaica.

Allison is experienced in dealing with structures for international financing and capital markets and worked in New York as a member of the Canadian Tax Desk for the Ernst & Young Tax Practice.

Allison is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Commerce and has sat on various private and public sector boards, committees and councils including MSBM, ICAJ, and the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica.

Alvaro Ossa--Catholic University of Chile

Alvaro OssaCatholic University of Chile

Head of the Technology Transfer Office at the Catholic University of Chile. Alvaro Ossa has extensive experience in the management of science-based innovation programs. He is a specialist in technology transfer, intellectual property and science-based entrepreneurship.

Andrea Dempster-Chung--Kingston Creative

Andrea Dempster-ChungKingston Creative

Andrea Dempster-Chung is the co-founder of Kingston Creative, a movement to transform Downtown through the arts, and the founder of Bookophilia, a bookstore and cafe on Hope Road that promotes Caribbean literature.

She has held senior corporate roles in strategy development and project management within the Government of Jamaica, Digicel and GraceKennedy and has served on the boards of Jamaica Social Investment Fund, The National Land Agency and the Public Health Committee.

Andrea managed the Arts portfolio for the British Council in Jamaica, where she developed strategy and implemented key projects in film, literature and visual art. She is also a strategic business consultant and has coached creative entrepreneurs in Jamaica National's SEBI programme, the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship and in ASPIRE Barbados.

She holds a Master of Science in Structural Engineering, a Prince2 Certification in Project Management and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has also studied at the Sotheby’s School of Art in London and at the Stanford School of Business in California and was featured in Forbes in 2019 as one of 10 women leading the charge for a sustainable future for Jamaica.

Andrea Kelly--Jamaica Central Securities Depository (JCSD), JCSD Trustee Services.

Andrea KellyJamaica Central Securities Depository (JCSD), JCSD Trustee Services.

In April 2018, Ms. Andrea Kelly was appointed General Manager of the Jamaica Central Securities Depository (JCSD) and the JCSD Trustee Services. In her new role, she is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the board.

Ms. Kelly joined the JSE Group in June 2015 as Manager, JCSD Trustee Services Limited and was charged with the responsibility of overseeing the daily operations of the unit and implementing initiatives that would allow the division to achieve its strategic objectives.

Her experience span areas such as Pension Administration, Trust Services, Life Insurance and Securities Trading.

Andrea Kelly is the holder of a MBA from Heriot Watt University and a BBA (Hons) in Accounting from the University of Technology.

Andrea Livingston-Prince--Private Sector Development Practitioner

Andrea Livingston-PrincePrivate Sector Development Practitioner

Andrea Livingston-Prince is a serial entrepreneur who started her professional journey as a financial auditor. She later became an entrepreneur by design, an entrepreneur by necessity and is now an entrepreneur for innovation. She is a management consultant by profession and is especially focused on increasing the competitiveness of private sector entities.

Her family-owned business, Business Works Collective is now 30 years old and on the rebirth. The group of entities incorporates franchise and ICT-led enterprises which provides entrepreneurship training, business matching platforms as well as consulting services. She has served over ten (10) governments throughout the region and is currently the coordinator of the Development Bank of Jamaica’s Jamaica Business Fund and World Bank SME Loan projects.

One of the most impactful franchises includes the German entrepreneurship training model which uses learning-by-doing methodologies is CEFE Caribbean. See more at https://www.cefecaribbean.com

Anura Jayatillake--EY Jamaica

Anura JayatillakeEY Jamaica

Anura (Jay) is a partner at EY Jamaica’s Transaction Advisory Services practice, part of EY’s fully integrated Caribbean practice. He is an accountant by profession, and has been practicing as a management consultant in Jamaica and the Caribbean for 25 years.

He has provided assistance to private and public sector clients in the areas of privatization, public-private partnership, due diligence, business and asset valuations, transaction structuring, feasibility studies and development of business cases.

He currently works with several public sector clients on several infrastructure development projects in Jamaica including public-private partnerships.

Audley Deidrick--Airports Authority Of Jamaica

Audley DeidrickAirports Authority Of Jamaica

Audley Deidrick assumed the position of President of the Airports Authority of Jamaica and CEO of NMIA Airports Limited in March 2015. He served as Vice President, Finance/ICT/, and HRD&A in both organizations since 2005. He holds the designation of International Airport Professional, an accreditation recognized by Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Prior to joining the AAJ, he held several senior financial positions in various organizations, spanning industries such as manufacturing, insurance and land transportation. He serves as a Director on the Board of the Ports Security Corps, President and Board Chairman of Palisadoes Co-operative Credit Union, and President Elect of the Rotary Club of St. Andrew.

Audrey Richards--Development Bank of Jamaica

Audrey RichardsDevelopment Bank of Jamaica

Audrey Richards is a Consultant with the Development Bank of Jamaica, with responsibility for the development of the ecosystem for Private Equity and Venture Capital in Jamaica.

Mrs. Richards is passionate about organizational building, financial market policy development and implementation, and has been involved in a number of market developmental initiatives for the private and public sectors.

She has consulted for a number of institutions, including the Inter-American Development Bank, Bank of Jamaica, Jamaica Stock Exchange, and the Financial Services Commission.

Currently, she serves as a Director on the Boards of Scotia Group Jamaica Limited and a number of its subsidiaries, British Caribbean Insurance Company Limited, Caribbean Mezzanine Fund I Limited, St. Andrew High School Foundation and the Board of Governors of the St. Andrew High School. She previously served on the Board of National Housing Trust and was Deputy Chairman of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Council.

Mrs. Richards holds a MBA (Finance) from the De Groote Graduate School of Business, McMaster University, Canada, and a B.Sc. (Special Chemistry) from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Berisford Gray--Sygnus Group

Berisford GraySygnus Group

Berisford (Beris) is CEO and co-founder of Sygnus Group, a leading non-traditional financial solution company covering: Investment Banking, Investment Management and Tax Advisory. Sygnus manages the largest publicly traded Private Credit Investment fund, Sygnus Credit Investments Limited, which is listed in the JSE.

Beris is the former Managing Director of Corporate and Investment Banking at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Limited, the largest regional bank in the English Speaking Caribbean. As Managing Director, he was responsible for developing and executing regional strategy for the business to ensure competitiveness and long-term sustainability.

In addition to his regional experience, Beris also has significant experience in the European Debt Capital Markets where he worked as an Associate Director in investment banking specializing in securitization and structured finance. Beris holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Finance from Vlerick Leuven Management School, Belgium and an MSc in Economics from the University of the West Indies. He has also completed the 1-year Executive Leadership Program at the Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania, USA. He is a well-sought after speaker on regional investment banking, capital markets, PPPs, Private Credit and the whole Alternative Investments Eco System.

Brian Samuel--Caribbean Development Bank

Brian SamuelCaribbean Development Bank

Brian Samuel is the Head of PPPs at the Caribbean Development Bank where he is spearheading the Banks’s initiatives improve the enabling environment for PPPs in the Caribbean, and to build up a pipeline of bankable projects within the Region.

Mr. Samuel worked for twenty years with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he led project financing, privatization and PPP deals in the Caribbean and Africa. Projects included Haiti Flour Mill, Trinidad and Tobago Methanol Company, Uganda Telecoms, Air Tanzania; and the tendering of eco-tourism Concessions for South African National Parks (SANParks).

Mr. Samuel was Vice-President at Castalia Strategic Advisors, where he led consultancy assignments for multilateral agencies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Samuel worked in public utilities, shipping, agriculture, aquaculture and tourism. He is a Grenadian national whose interests are reading, writing, sailing and traveling off the beaten track.

Carmen Wade--Deloitte

Carmen WadeDeloitte

Carmen Wade, a partner in Deloitte’ s Infrastructure Advisory practice based in Toronto, Canada, Carmen has 18 years of professional consulting experience including 11 years focused on delivering complex multi-million and billion-dollar public private partnership projects. Carmen leads Deloitte’s emerging markets infrastructure practice. She is a proven team builder, inspirational leader and known for giving practical advice that achieves results

Carmen is a Chartered Accountant with an Hons. B.Comm from McMaster University

Caspar Schuchmann--MPC Renewable Energies

Caspar SchuchmannMPC Renewable Energies

Caspar Schuchmann is Director Corporate Finance at MPC Renewable Energies and responsible for the equity capital market activities in the Caribbean.

He joined MPC Capital in 2015 and was previously Managing Director of the German subsidiary of MPC Container Ships, a publicly listed shipping company in Norway, during its growth phase in 2017 and 2018.

Mr. Schuchmann held responsible positions in Business Development and Corporate Finance. He was instrumental for the success of the initial public offering of MPC Container Ships and its subsequent closings with a total equity raise of USD 475 million within 15 months.

Caspar Schuchmann holds a Master in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School in London.

Christopher Brown--DBJ

Christopher BrownDBJ

Christopher Brown is the General Manager for the Strategic Services Division at the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ). In this role he manages the planning and executing of the Bank’s corporate strategy, which is focused on MSME development, facilitating investments and job creation in strategic sectors and assisting the private sector to actively transform the use of Government assets. His key portfolios include research, product development and managing the Banks’s technical assistance portfolio.

With a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and being a certified Project Management Professional, PMP, he has gained a wealth of experience in project management having worked on Government programmes funded by International Development Partners such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.

Christopher Williams--Proven Investments

Christopher WilliamsProven Investments

Unconventional, pioneering and enterprising are characteristics readily used to describe the Co-Founder of PROVEN Investments Limited Christopher Williams. Nominated among the top CEOs in Jamaica for the renowned Business Leader Award 2017, Chris has had an illustrious business career as an Executive driving business value in leading financial institutions in Jamaica.

Fast forward to 2019 Chris is the President & CEO of PROVEN Management Limited the management company for PROVEN Investment Limited and he has played an integral role in the success of the company to date – from raising US$30 million of equity exclusively through a private placement representing one of the largest private or public US dollar offerings in Jamaica's capital market history; posting just over US$10 million of profit in its first two years of operation and being the first company to list on the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s US market.

Christopher chairs and serves as director for numerous boards with the most recent appointments being: Chairman - Branson Center of the Caribbean; PROVEN REIT Limited; Jamaica College Foundation; and Jamaica Association for the Deaf. Director - Usain Bolt Foundation; ACCESS Financial Services Limited; PROVEN Wealth Limited; BOSLIL Bank Limited; PROVEN Management Limited and JAMPRO.

A past student of Jamaica College, with a BSc. in Accounting from the University of the West Indies and a M.B.A in Strategic Marketing and Finance from York University in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Williams is an avid sportsman and is married to Michelle. They are the proud parents of two boys.

David Creighton--Cordiant Capital Inc.

David CreightonCordiant Capital Inc.

David G. Creighton is Senior Advisor EMPEA and BT Global, Director of Convergence and Founder, Cordiant Capital Inc. and has over 35 years of experience in international capital markets in a career that has taken him around the globe. Returning to his native Montreal in 1999, he co-founded Cordiant, a pioneer of private credit financing for investments in emerging and frontier markets with subscriptions over $2.5bn. As Chairman of Cordiant’s Investment Committee, he was directly involved in the analysis and approval of over 200 investments in more than 50 emerging countries

David is a member of the Government of Canada’s Infrastructure Advisory Group and a founding director of Convergence, a Blended Finance institution launched by the Canadian Government and the World Economic Forum to increase private sector investment in the emerging markets. He is a Senior Advisor and Chair of the Private Credit Council for Washington-based EMPEA and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the BCS Foundation. He is a former director of the US Institute and Chairman of the Canada/ Southern Africa Chamber.

David Delaire--MPC Renewable Energies.

David DelaireMPC Renewable Energies.

David Delaire is Managing Director, at MPC Renewable Energies. He manages with a focus on supporting M&A activities and leading all asset management activities upon acquisition/financial close. He was one of the leaders that successfully placed the first ever Initial Public Offering (IPO) on Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago financial markets simultaneously, for renewable energies investments.

He has extensive experience in the lifecycle of infrastructure assets, and for the past 13 years, he has focused on renewable energies. David serves on the board of directors for the Paradise Park project, in Westmoreland Jamaica and is very active in the construction management of the project. He has also served as a Director or Managing Director for several renewable energy assets in various parts of the world, including Europe, the Caribbean and Asia.

David McBean--Mona School of Business and Management, UWI Mona.

David McBeanMona School of Business and Management, UWI Mona.

David McBean holds the Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering from The University of the West Indies, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Dr McBean has served and continues to serve on several boards of private and public sector companies, as well as charitable organisations.

Delroy McLean--C&W Business Jamaica

Delroy McLeanC&W Business Jamaica

Delroy has over 20 years of experience in the design, delivery and support of integrated Government, SME and Enterprise solutions. He has developed a track record of spearheading engineering systems integration across multiple technologies, leading change management and facilitating ICT business transformation. With a focus on building effective teams, he has held several leadership roles, including Vice President of Service Delivery and Support for Fujitsu Caribbean and Director of Sales Engineering at Columbus Communications immediately prior to the merger with Cable and Wireless Communications.

From 2015 to 2017, Delroy led the C&W Business Regional Sales Engineering team, where he contributed significantly to the transformation of the organization’s Caribbean Sales and Sales Engineering processes. In his previous role as Director of Products for Networking, Security and Mobile Workforce Solutions, he streamlined the managed services solutions offered by C&W Business across the Caribbean and Latin America, while maintaining competitiveness, innovation and offering business customers increased value.

As Senior Director of C&W Business Jamaica, he has responsibility for leading the B2B team and driving the accelerated growth of C&W Business’ solutions portfolio across all segments of the market as well as delivering increased efficiencies in service delivery and support.

Denise Arana--DBJ

Denise AranaDBJ

Denise Arana is the General Manager of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Privatisation at the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ.) She holds an MBA from the Manchester Business School, England; a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies (UWI), and a B.Sc. in Natural Sciences, also from UWI.

Mrs. Arana has over 25 years of public and private sector experience in commercial, investment and development banking. She currently has oversight of the GOJ’s privatisation and PPP (P4) programme and has led DBJ’s involvement in developing and executing several initiatives including the introduction of a formal PPP policy and programme in 2012; implementing a PPP capacity building programme and establishing a project preparation fund to support P4 project development. The P4 Division has provided transaction management support to several government agencies, facilitating the completion of over 23 P4 transactions since 2009.

Denise Forrest--DBJ

Denise ForrestDBJ

Denise Forrest is trained as a biochemist and bioprocess engineer in Jamaica and Australia.She has had years of practical experience in environmental management, EIAS, strategic planning, project management, monitoring and evaluation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, waste management and training and capacity building. She holds a BSc. in Natural Sciences from the University of the West Indies, a M.Sc. in Bio-Process Engineering from the University of New South Wales; and an MBA from the University of New Orleans.

Miss Forrest is a very experienced Project Manager and has managed many project across a wide range of issues ranging from monitoring and evaluation for the World Bank’s ship generated waste project in the OECS, development solid waste diversion strategies for the Government of Barbados and as the Project Coordinator of the Global Environment Facility Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management. She is currently the Environmental Management Framework Specialist for DBJ for the FCGP and A2F projects.

Dennis Chung--Supreme Ventures Limited

Dennis ChungSupreme Ventures Limited

Dennis Chung JP, FCA, M.Sc., A Chartered Accountant by profession and completed the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Accounting, in 1987 and 1989 respectively, at the University of the West Indies, and the Certified Public Accountant exams in 1990 in California, USA.

Dennis Chung is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Supreme Ventures Limited. He has also served on numerous public and private sector Boards, including the Bank of Jamaica, NIA, Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean, and Pension Fund Association of Jamaica. He served as CEO of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica during the period 2012 to January 2018.

He has written a weekly column in the Financial Gleaner and the Jamaica Observer, on economic and financial matters, since 2003.

He has authored two books, (1) Charting Jamaica’s Economic and Social Development – A much needed paradigm shift; and (2) Achieving Life’s Equilibrium – balancing health, wealth, and happiness for optimal living.

Derek Jones--HSM Chambers

Derek JonesHSM Chambers

Derek is admitted in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Grenada, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent/ Grenadines and the United Kingdom.

He enjoys the very rare distinction of being ranked by the authoritative guide of Chambers and Partners in two jurisdictions namely; Jamaica and Cayman, and in two different practice areas.

He has served on the board of numerous public and private companies in Jamaica and Cayman. Apart from advocacy in the Courts, he has done a considerable amount of public speaking, and is known for his independent thought as well as his wit.

Derek is currently a partner of the firm of HSM Chambers, Cayman Islands. He is Chairman of: Cable and Wireless Jamaica Pension Fund; Red Stripe Pension Fund; Sterling Investments; Jamaica College Trust and Director - JN Cayman, Building Society, Cayman Islands.

Diane Edwards--JAMPRO

Diane EdwardsJAMPRO

Diane Edwards is the President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) – the national investment and export promotion agency. Possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience in international marketing and business development, Ms. Edwards is committed to developing and advancing Jamaica’s business brand.

Under her leadership, JAMPRO has facilitated approximately US$1.75 billion in investments, US$1.29 billion in export sales, and created 51,000 jobs. She has also led JAMPRO’s transformational development to serve as a catalyst for wealth creation through increased customer focus and more effective marketing communications programmes and has promoted a culture of innovation to facilitate and support the development of new industries in Jamaica, such as shared services, medical tourism and cannabis. She has also been a strong advocate for transformation of the nation’s business environment, with new initiatives including National Business Portal, National Investment Policy and Top 10 Doing Business Report ranking. Ms. Edwards has also served as the President and a Board Member of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA).

Prior to leading JAMPRO, she served as General Manager and Director of J. Wray & Nephew UK Ltd., where she successfully grew the UK Company’s turnover by 77% over 10 years. Ms. Edwards holds an MBA from New York’s Pace University, a Masters in International Relations from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and German.

Dr Janice Fisher--Regenerative Medicine Association

Dr Janice FisherRegenerative Medicine Association

Dr. Fisher is the pioneer of Stem Cell work in Jamaica. She has spent under a decade of her sixteen years of clinical practice also working in Medical Tourism and Medical Cannabis. She is a trained Medical Tourism Facilitator (World Medical Tourism Association) and is a Medical Tourism Ambassador with Jamaica Promotions.

She was elected President of the Regenerative Medicine Association in Jamaica and has spoken widely on the subject at the Scientific Research Council’s conference, the Jamaica Orthopedic Association Conference, The Jamaica Stock Exchange and the Medical Association of Jamaica’s Conferences.

She is a trained physician from the University of the West Indies. She also holds a Doctor of Natural Medicine Degree from The Pan American University in Plant based Medicine and is currently in postgraduate training in Tissue Engineering at the Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering.

She remains in clinical practice where she integrates medical tourism, medical cannabis and stem cell science for healing and optimizing health in her patients.

Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee, Jr--Mona GeoInformatics Institute

Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee, JrMona GeoInformatics Institute

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.

Dr. Earl Bailey--Senior Lecturer and Programme Director, Utech, Ja

Dr. Earl BaileySenior Lecturer and Programme Director, Utech, Ja

Dr. Earl Bailey spent twenty-five years as a Lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica and over 15 years as a part-time lecturer at the University of West Indies, Mona. His general areas cover; Urban and Regional Planning and Land Resources Management, with emphasis on housing, spatial planning, disaster management, environmental management, construction technology, climate change/departure, planning policy, urban development planning, regional development planning and research methods and statistics.

His engagement with the GOJ saw him involved in the preparation of the National Housing Policy and Implementation Plan in 2008, National Squatter Report, 2004 and is the Author of the template for the consolidation of the Technical Services of the Housing Agency of Jamaica with that of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Dr. Peter Ruddock--PCJ

Dr. Peter RuddockPCJ

Dr. Peter Ruddock PhD. joined the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) in 2012 as Manager of the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Department and now serves as Manager, Special Projects. He has extensive knowledge and experience in science and research, garnered through his academic and professional endeavours. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and was awarded Postdoctoral Fellowships by UWI and Brock University in Ontario, Canada..

Prior to taking up his post at the PCJ, Dr. Ruddock spent more than 12 years as Branch Manager/Senior Research Scientist for Tanaud International BV, the local branch of Shire Pharmaceuticals, an international pharmaceutical company. He also held various positions in the UWI Chemistry Department including Lecturer and Project Manager for the Research Group.

While at the UWI, he was awarded the Kaiser Bauxite Company’s Undergraduate Bursary and a Postgraduate Scholarship.

Dr. Sean Thorpe--University of Technology

Dr. Sean ThorpeUniversity of Technology

Sean Thorpe is an Associate Professor and Head of School of Computing and Information Technology, at the University of Technology Jamaica. Dr. Thorpe is the current President of the Jamaica Computer Society since February 2018 and a member of the board Jamaica Information Technology Services Alliance. He holds PhD , M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Information Security and Computer Science respectively from the University of Technology Jamaica since February 2013( as the University’s inaugural PhD graduate), University of Westminster, London, UK since in November 2002 and from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Jamaica since November 2000. He also serves on several advisory boards in higher education institutions. Dr Thorpe is a strong believer in youth engagement and empowerment through education.

Dr. Winsome Leslie--DevSolutions Consulting

Dr. Winsome LeslieDevSolutions Consulting

Dr. Winsome Leslie is an international development specialist who is currently President and CEO of DevSolutions Consulting, a boutique firm providing advisory and consulting services in micro and small business development for emerging markets. Dr. Leslie has a significant network in the Caribbean region and a strong track record advising on business development, as well as extensive experience in the identification and development of projects supporting micro and small businesses in the region, in the context of a strategic approach.

Previously, she was a Lead Specialist at the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), now re-branded as IDB Lab, a grant facility of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, where she held several professional roles with progressively higher levels of responsibility. In her last position, she was a member of the MIF Management team, head of the MIF Strategy team and coordinator for the MIF's project priorities in the Caribbean.

Dr. Leslie has Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in International Relations from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College. In 2012, she received the prestigious Antonio Ortiz Mena award from the Inter-American Development Bank for her contribution to the institution's work in the Caribbean.

Dunstan E. Bryan--Ministry of Health & Wellness

Dunstan E. BryanMinistry of Health & Wellness

Dunstan E. Bryan joined the Ministry of Health & Wellness as Permanent Secretary in November 2018, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from working in the public sector for more than two decades, and with international development partners, including the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Charismatic and highly customer-oriented, he was previously the Deputy Financial Secretary with responsibility for Technical Co-ordination with the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, and earlier worked as Technical Adviser to the Government of The Bahamas on its Social Safety Net Reform Programme.

Mr. Bryan holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Governance, a Bachelor’s in Management Studies and a Diploma in Sociology from the University of the West Indies.

Dwight Scott--

Dwight Scott

Dwight Daniel Scott is a Tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, youth activist, and a 100X INFINITY THINKER. Dwight is a business builder and a people connector.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia with a double Major in Investment Banking, Marketing with a Minor Philosophy. A serial entrepreneur he is the founder of BlackRock Technology Holdings; Staff Genius INC; F1rst Media Limited and Urban Warehouse Clothing

Dylan Coke--Scotia Investments

Dylan CokeScotia Investments

Dylan joined Scotia Investments in 2014 and oversees the Origination and Capital Markets team which arranges funding for medium to large corporates via offers of debt and equity. He has over 13 years of experience in investment banking and has extensive experience in the structuring of private placements of debt, syndicated financing, IPOs and various forms of structured finance. Dylan is a former board member of the Jamaica Stock Exchange and was a member of the committee which created the stock exchange’s Junior Market.

Prior to entering investment banking Dylan practiced commercial law and litigation for 8 years. He holds an LLB from the University of the West Indies and an LLM in International Banking and Financial Law from the Boston University School of Law.

Edison Galbraith--DBJ

Edison GalbraithDBJ

Edison Galbraith is General Manager - Loan Origination and Portfolio Management at the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), where he heads the bank’s lending operations. His responsibilities include managing DBJ’s relationships with entrepreneurs and financiers, and deploying DBJ’s J$20 billion portfolio to support economic growth, job creation and financial inclusion. In this regard, Edison led the design and execution of DBJ’s US$70 million ICT/BPO investment strategy supporting 1 million sq. ft. space with 20,000 jobs and has been leading the bank’s successful MSME lending, Energy finance, and loan guarantee initiatives. With over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry, Edison holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the Manchester Business School, a BA in History and Economics from the University of the West Indies, and is also a Certified Energy Manager and an Energy Risk Professional.

Edmond Marsh--Port Authority of Jamaica

Edmond MarshPort Authority of Jamaica

Edmond Marsh, Vice President of Business Development and Special Projects at The Port Authority of Jamaica. Mr. Marsh possesses Industry and Management experience that spans over 37 years, across various countries including the UK, USA and Caribbean and various industries including: Food Manufacturing and Distribution, Management Consulting with global consulting firms, as well as holding senior positions in the local Port Authority and a financial services group.

Mr. Marsh’s current role at the Port Authority of Jamaica centers around coordinating the development of specific logistics projects which includes extensive work on the development of a Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative and the development of various business projects and opportunities. Mr. Marsh is also a member of the project team that worked on the privatization of the Kingston Container Terminal that resulted in the 30-year Concession Agreement between CMA-CGM and the Government of Jamaica, through the Port Authority of Jamaica.

Edwin Goni--IDB

Edwin GoniIDB

Lead Economist in the Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Mr. Goni has worked for more than fifteen years doing economic research and project evaluation as Lead Economist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the IDB, Senior Economist for the Andean Region at the IDB, consultant to the World Bank Development Research Group, consultant to the World Bank's Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Economist in the Superintendency of Banking, Insurance and Pension Fund Administrators of Peru.

Elva Williams-Richards--PAJ

Elva Williams-RichardsPAJ

Mrs. Elva Williams-Richards is a professional who has a wealth of senior management experience, which spans both the public and private sectors. Her areas of expertise include among others, management and financial accounting, audit, operations management, strategic and risk management.

She is presently the Senior Vice President, Finance, Corporate Planning, Information Services & Materials Management, at The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ).

She is a team oriented individual, possessing excellent analytical, organizational and leadership skills. She has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ). Additionally she holds the designations, Certified Public Accountant (CPA.

She serves on several staff-related and social committees and is an active member of the PAJ’s sports and social club.

Emanuel DaRosa--JPS

Emanuel DaRosaJPS

Emanuel DaRosa has worked for 26 years in the energy industry and has electrical utility experience working in the areas of distribution, transmission and generation.

Mr. DaRosa was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) on August 1, 2017.

For the last six years, he has also served as the CEO of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) where he led the organization to becoming an industry leader within Canada.

Mr. DaRosa holds a professional engineering license in Canada, an Executive Masters in Business Administration and certifications in Balanced Scorecards.

Giselle A. Small--Division of Finance and the Economy, Tobago House of Assembly

Giselle A. SmallDivision of Finance and the Economy, Tobago House of Assembly

Giselle Small is the Director of the Investment and Public Private Partnership Unit at the Division of Finance and the Economy, Tobago House of Assembly.

Ms. Small graduated from Haverford College with majors in Political Science and Economics and has this has been deferred due to reasons beyond her control. as experience in the investment banking and development sectors both locally and internationally, having worked for Goldman Sachs International and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean before joining the Division of Finance and the Economy.

Since joining the Assembly, Ms. Small has led the development of Tobago’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme and is concurrently spearheading the development of the island’s Infrastructure Investment Strategy. This strategy will provide a transparent and coordinated approach to investment and provide a single point of reference for potential partners as to how Tobago’s infrastructure priorities are expected to be met over the medium to long term.

Gonzalo Rivas--IDB

Gonzalo RivasIDB

Gonzalo Rivas is the Division Chief of the Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division at the Inter-American Development Bank. He holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad de Chile and a Master in Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Among other positions he has been Executive Vice President of CORFO (the productive development agency in Chile) and President of the National Council of Innovation and Competitiveness in Chile.

Herbert Hall--NCB Capital Markets

Herbert HallNCB Capital Markets

Herbert Hall joined NCB Capital Markets in October 2007 and currently holds the post of Vice President, Investment Banking prior to which he was the Assistant Vice President of the Investment Banking team. He has also held the post of Executive Corporate Wealth Advisor with the Corporate Sales Team as well as Global Economist within the Research Team. Mr. Hall has significant experience in structuring and arranging complex corporate transactions and has led some of Jamaica’s largest capital market deals. He also has experience in investment analysis and advisory, client portfolio allocation and management as well as strategic management and planning.

Mr. Hall holds a BSc. in Economics & Management (Hons.) and a MSc. in Economics, both from the University of the West Indies as well as a MSc. in Finance from the University of Leicester.

Jermaine Deans--JN Fund Managers Limited

Jermaine DeansJN Fund Managers Limited

Having responsibility for the management and oversight of Investment Banking, Origination and Capital Markets, Marketing and Financial Advisory & Client Services at JN Fund Managers, the Wealth Management subsidiary of The Jamaica National Group, Jermaine Deans provides Leadership and Strategic direction to the company, focusing on driving profitability. He also had previous responsibility for managing the company’s balance sheet.

Mr. Deans has more than 15 years’ experience in Global Financial Markets, Monetary and Fiscal Policies, Research, Treasury Management and Corporate Finance and has been instrumental in raising funds for multiple Debt and Equity transactions.

A former lecturer in Portfolio Management and Financial Markets, he is currently a director for Peak Bottling Company Limited, a Jamaica-based distributor of spring water and Spike Industries Limited.

Joel D. A. Jack--Tobago House of Assembly (THA)

Joel D. A. JackTobago House of Assembly (THA)

Assemblyman Joel Jack is the Deputy Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), with responsibility for the Division of Finance and the Economy.

Under his astute leadership and management of the Tobago Financial portfolio for the past 7 years, the Tobago House of Assembly has executed budgets of over $TT15B toward a combination of national infrastructural development projects, information systems and technology initiatives, agriculture and tourism.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting at St. George’s University in Grenada, and subsequently acquired a Certificate in Cost Management Accounting. He is currently pursuing his MBA from the University of Warwick, England.

Assemblyman Jack continues to press forward to deliver on the strategic developmental goals of the Tobago House of Assembly and by extension the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Joelle Smith--If Walls Could Talk

Joelle SmithIf Walls Could Talk

Joelle Smith is an Interior Designer and Owner of her Design Firm, If Walls Could Talk; Co-founder of The Hub Coworking and a licensed Investment Advisor.

She has over ten years of experience as an entrepreneur in the Interior Design and Event Décor Industry, and has a passion for creating spaces that are both beautiful and functional. It was this passion and entrepreneurial spirit that inspired the concept of Jamaica’s first Coworking Space, The Hub.

A proud Rotarian, Joelle believes in the power of community and collaboration; which are the cornerstones of a successful Coworking space.

John McKendrick--Infrastructure Consultant

John McKendrickInfrastructure Consultant

John McKendrick has extensive capital infrastructure experience for both large and small infrastructure projects especially public-private partnerships but also traditional stipulated sum and construction management projects.

John was one of the founding staff members of Infrastructure Ontario (IO) in 2005 and as an Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal worked on all aspects of the creation of Infrastructure Ontario while at the same time advancing P3 projects from planning through procurement and financial close and into construction and substantial completion.

As one of the founding members of IO, John was involved in all areas of the early organzation development including project planning, gaining stakeholder support for major transformational change both within government and external to the government with hospitals and the design and construction industry, legal and transaction structuring, project budgeting, hiring staff, closing transactions, creating governance processes and monitoring and managing construction through to completion as well as managing project issues in the operational phase.

John has been responsible for over 75 major infrastructure projects. Most of these projects have been vertical infrastructure (buildings) but John also has experience in horizontal infrastructure (civil projects) including major highways and transit systems. Vertical infrastructure experience includes hospitals, courthouses, Pan Am Games sports facilities, detention centres, post-secondary education facilities, police facilities, child treatment centres, a data centre, government accommodation and highway service centres.

John recently retired from Infrastructure Ontario and formed his own consulting business.

Judith Green--International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Judith GreenInternational Finance Corporation (IFC)

Judith previously worked with IFC from 2011-2013 as a Senior Investment Officer prior to taking external service leave to head the Government of Jamaica’s Coordination and Implementation Unit, which was responsible for overseeing the successful implementation of the May 2013 Four-year Extended Fund Facility with the International Monetary Fund.

Judith holds a BSc in Accounting from the University of the West Indies and is a fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Jamaica.

Julian Ann Palmer--MBJ Airports Limited

Julian Ann PalmerMBJ Airports Limited

Julian Ann Palmer is Director of Finance and Administration at MBJ Airports Limited, the company that operates the Sangster International Airport under a 30-year concession from the Government of Jamaica.

Prior to joining MBJ, Julian was an Internal Auditor at the Jamaica Public Service Company and with the HEART Trust NTA. Julian is a finance expert with over 15 years’ management experience in auditing and finance.

She holds an MBA from The University of Manchester. She is a Fellow Certified Chartered Accountant with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Jamaica. She is an International Airport Professional which is a joint certification from Airports Council International (ACI) and International Civil Aviation Organization.

Julian is a Director of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Kalilah Reynolds--Nationwide News Network

Kalilah ReynoldsNationwide News Network

Kalilah Reynolds is an award-winning journalist, talk show host and producer. She's currently the Business and Finance Editor at Nationwide News Network, cohost of the popular radio show, Nationwide This Morning, as well as the business current affairs television show, On Point. Kalilah has also established a significant social media presence with the growing influence of her Instagram and YouTube feature, MoneyMondays.

Kalilah has an M.A in Communications Studies from the University of the West Indies Mona, and B.A. in Journalism from Fordham University in New York.

Kenia Mattis--ListenMi

Kenia MattisListenMi

Kenia Mattis Co-Founder, CEO of ListenMi, an animation studio and design lab. ListenMi uses animated storytelling and technology to create immersive experiences that inspire social change.

Kenia was the Spark the Fire Pitch Winner at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University, hosted by President Obama. She was also the awardee of the Development Bank of Jamaica’s Ignite Grant of the same year.

A creator at heart, Kenia is a published songwriter and lyricist for global reggae artistes such as Etana, Romain Virgo, Andrew Tosh and featured on grammy nominated world music album Kingston Morning by New York's Dave Eggar.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Kenia secured a bilingual MBA in Marketing from the INCAE Business University, Costa Rica in 2009 and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations and Spanish at UWI.

Kevin Donaldson--Sagicor Investments

Kevin DonaldsonSagicor Investments

Kevin’s journey at Sagicor started at the acquired Manufacturers Sigma as an investment analyst in 2003, he rose steadily through the ranks with many achievements along the way including building the equities unit of Pan Caribbean Financial Services and leading innovation by creating the first venture and corporate debt funds for the local market.

In 2011, Kevin joined the senior management team at Grace Kennedy Group, where he worked on mergers/acquisitions and capital allocation. Kevin re-joined Sagicor Investments in 2016 and was responsible for the Fund Management and Capital Markets Division where he managed over US$800 million in assets. He was appointed Acting General Manager October 2017, with responsibility for the overall operations Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited. In January 2018, Kevin was then appointed CEO of Sagicor Investments and to the Leadership team of Sagicor Group Jamaica.

Kevin has over 18 years’ experience in the financial industry, spanning several areas of the industry such as Insurance, Investment Banking, Treasury and Research at both the local and international level.

Kevin has a MBA (distinction) in Banking and Finance from Mona School of Business, a BSc in Economics from the University of the West Indies. He is a Director of Elite Diagnostics, Treasurer of the Jamaica Security Dealers Association and the Treasurer for Wolmer’s Old Boys Association.

Kimala Bennett--Limners and Bards (L. A. B.) Ltd.

Kimala BennettLimners and Bards (L. A. B.) Ltd.

Kimala Bennett has created a name for being multi-faceted and a reputation for having uncompromising standards. Bennett has emerged as a visionary in the creative space as founder and CEO of the ground-breaking marketing firm The Limners and Bards (L. A. B.) Ltd. which represents clients like Grace, NCB, HEART, JPS and Digicel. Over the last decade the LAB has built a reputation as a fully integrated agency which produces 360’ campaigns from concept to consumer. The firm is known for brand leading strategy, high quality content, and film production.

Bennett also leads three spin-off companies relating to the long term vision of The L.A.B. She is part of the leadership of Blue Dot Data Intelligence a data analytics firm, as well as the founder of satellite companies like Cr8Space a creative professional hub and learning space for production teams, and Scope Caribbean, the Caribbean’s first booking database for talent and production locations.

She sits on several boards and is a member of the Grace Kennedy Innovation Council. Bennett is a published author of two manuals, ‘How to Start a Business in Jamaica” and “The Young Entrepreneurs’ Handbook”. She was named one of the PSOJ 50 under 50, and is the current Anthony Sabga Laureate for Caribbean Excellence in Entrepreneurship.

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton--Infiniti Partnership Inc

Kirk-Anthony HamiltonInfiniti Partnership Inc

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton is an architectural designer turned entrepreneur, investor, community curator and founder of the Infiniti Partnership Inc., Tech Beach Retreat and The Destination Experience. He is on a mission to build a new global business ecosystem for the Caribbean with platforms designed to attract investment, innovation, influence and big media to the region with an aim to catalyze new enterprise and wealth creation opportunities.

Participants in his knowledge and opportunity exchange platforms collectively control in excess of US$140 billion in equity and investment capital and to date they have seeded over US$300 million in investments across various sectors. In May of 2015 he was celebrated as one of 75 Emerging Global Entrepreneurs by President Obama at the White House and in January of 2016 serving as curator of the Global Shapers Kingston Hub he was selected as one of 50 Global Shapers to participate in the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.

His work and profile have been featured in publications including Forbes, the Wallstreet Journal, Essence and the New York Times. Kirk-Anthony possesses a Professional Master of Architecture Degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Laurie Peters--Canada High Commissioner

Laurie PetersCanada High Commissioner

Canada High Commissioner, Laurie Peters (BA [English Literature and French], Trent University, 1985) joined Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 2011 as counsellor and head of public affairs at the Embassy of Canada to Japan, a position she held until 2015. During this time, she also served as a senior trade commissioner overseeing the international education and culture industry portfolios.

In her most recent work as executive director, public affairs, Ms. Peters has led the international dimension of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation for Global Affairs Canada. In this capacity, she established a team to advance a revitalized public diplomacy program and a strengthened global brand for Canada.

Before joining the department, Ms. Peters was the director of public affairs for Aga Khan Foundation Canada. She also worked with Canadian Heritage as the director of communications and public affairs for the Canada Pavilion at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. She spent most of her early career in various management roles at the National Capital Commission, including as director and chief spokesperson for strategic communications.

Lisandra Rickards--Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean

Lisandra RickardsBranson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean

Lisandra Rickards is Chief Entrepreneurship Officer at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, where she has developed and delivered scaled initiatives to over 1,200 Caribbean entrepreneurs and counting. She also was integral in launching the Alpha Angels Network of business angels in Jamaica; she was Founding Network Manager of Alpha Angels between 2014 and 2016.

Lisandra has conducted economic and statistical research for the best-selling books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics; consulted for the Ministry of Finance in Jamaica; worked at Bain & Company in New York City; and has helped develop a global brand strategy for Caribbean conglomerate Grace Kennedy. She was previously a Director of Business Development at the RMP Group, a private investment firm based in Orlando.

Lisandra has an MBA with First-Year Honors from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. In 2008, she was featured in the CNBC documentary The Money Chase: Inside Harvard Business School.

Lyttleton ‘Tanny’ Shirley, CD, JP--Kingston Free zone

Lyttleton ‘Tanny’ Shirley, CD, JPKingston Free zone

Lyttleton ‘Tanny’ Shirley, CD, JP, has over 42 years of involvement in Jamaica’s private and public sectors. Driven by his Engineering background and entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Shirley is highly regarded by his colleagues as being a visionary in the field of business.

In October 2017, he was recognised for his work in the public and private sectors with the Order of Distinction Commander Class. In 2005, he was nominated for the Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award.

His patriotism has resulted in him serving on a number of Boards, among them he now serves as Chairman of the Kingston Free zone and a Director of the Port Authority of Jamaica. Mr. Shirley is the former Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), a position he held for over eight years.

Marc Brazeau--EY’s Canadian Infrastructure Advisory Practice

Marc BrazeauEY’s Canadian Infrastructure Advisory Practice

Prior to joining EY, Marc had worked as a senior executive with the Government of Canada serving as Director General, Airport and Port Programs and Director General Major Bridge Projects where for 5 years he led the planning and procurement of a complex $3.2B USD bridge and highway P3 project in Montreal.

Marcelo Tedesco--MIT

Marcelo TedescoMIT

Marcelo Tedesco is a researcher at MIT, a philosopher and sociologist. He is the co-author of the TE-SER Model used to describe social dynamics of economic ecosystems.

Mark Barnett--NWC

Mark BarnettNWC

Mark Barnett has been an employee of the National Water Commission (NWC) for the past 23 years. He was appointed President on August 1, 2015, with general oversight of all aspects of the organization, including operations, finances and the NWC’s strategic direction.

Among his educational qualifications, he holds a Master of Science Degree in Water and Wastewater Engineering from Loughborough University in the UK, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical & Process Engineering from the University of the West Indies and a Diploma in Chemical Technology from the then College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST).

His professional memberships and affiliation are the Jamaica Institute of Engineers (JIE), Professional Engineering Registration Board, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA). He is a President-elect of the Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston.

Melanie Subratie--Stanley Motta Ltd.

Melanie SubratieStanley Motta Ltd.

Melanie Subratie is Chairman and CEO of Stanley Motta Ltd, a company listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, responsible for developing over 230k sq ft of real estate from concept to completed construction, to a fully tenanted technology park.

She is Vice Chairman of Musson (Ja) Ltd, a director of all its subsidiaries, in addition to being Vice Chairman of General Accident, Eppley Ltd, and T. Geddes Grant. She is Chairman of Transaction E-Pins Ltd. She sits on the executive of Seprod Group of Companies and all of its subsidiary boards. Melanie chairs the Audit Committee for both Productive Business Solutions Ltd and Seprod Ltd.

She is chairman of Seprod Foundation, Musson Foundation, a founder and Chairperson of Jamaican Girls Coding, and Chairman of RISE Life Management. A number of foundation projects have included a major focus on developing technology and coding skills for Jamaican youth. Melanie is a keen angel investor and sits on the boards of LoanCirrus, Bookfusion, and is a board member of First Angels itself. She sits on the Boards of Bustamante Children’s Hospital and the National Museum of Jamaica. She is currently working to set up Jamaica's first large scale skatepark.

Melanie is fourth Vice President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, and is the current chair of the Legislation, Regulation and Process Improvement Committee.

Melanie is an honors graduate of the London School of Economics, and worked for a political newswire start up and as a consultant in the Financial Services Division of Deloitte and Touche in London before returning to Jamaica. Melanie is mother to three girls.

Melarka Williams --CEO & Founder, Ingenuity Technology

Melarka Williams CEO & Founder, Ingenuity Technology

Melarka Williams possesses over ten years experience in Engineering and Information Technology in the financial services and utilities sector across three continents with some of the largest technology companies of the world. Williams, a graduate of the University of Technology, Jamaica, achieved a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Communications and Electronics.

Under his leadership in 2012 Melarka championed the team which built the first bespoke Mobile Banking Solution in the Caribbean: Ingenuity Proprietary Mobile Banking Solution. In 2016 Melarka’s Ingenuity Technologies was the recipient of a multi-million dollar innovation award from the Development Bank of Jamaica creating his revolutionizing proprietary mobile survey and business analytics tool: iSurvey.

Vastly passionate about the development of the Caribbean people, Melarka envisions a world where we will be creators of technology in lieu of being merely consumers of technology. He advocates that the brilliant minds in the Caribbean, if given the proper ecosystem to succeed, can firmly position the Caribbean as the ultimate information technology outsourcing destination. A world where we are providing higher valued Information Technology services such as Software Engineering, Big Data/Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Quality Assurance/Testing.

Melarka currently serves the Vice President of Software Engineering at the Jamaica Institute of Technology Service Alliance as an active board member.

Michael J. Mazzola--Performance Equity Management, LLC

Michael J. MazzolaPerformance Equity Management, LLC

Mike is the recently retired Senior Vice President and Head of Alternative Investments at MetLife where he was responsible for a global portfolio of private equity and hedge fund limited partnership investments, as well as direct middle market mezzanine debt. During his 20-year tenure at MetLife, he managed various types of direct private equity and debt investments as well as strategic private equity joint ventures and traditional limited partnerships.

Mike was also the Interim CEO of ILPA through March 2019 as well as a member of the ILPA Board of Directors from 2010 through 2015, including three years as its Chairman. Mike remains active in the industry and currently serves as Senior Advisor to Performance Equity Management, LLC.

Mike is a graduate of the Simon School at the University of Rochester in 1985 earning an M.B.A in Public Accounting and Finance and of New College of Florida earning a B.A. in Economics in 1983.

Michael Lee Chin--Portland Holdings

Michael Lee ChinPortland Holdings

As Founder and Chairman of Portland Holdings, Michael Lee-Chin, is widely regarded as a visionary entrepreneur whose philosophy of “doing well and doing good” has resulted in extraordinary business success and inspiring philanthropic initiatives.

Michael’s businesses span various countries and numerous sectors. Portland Holdings is a privately held investment company that manages public equity and private equity, and has a direct ownership interest in a collection of diversified businesses operating in sectors that include financial services, insurance, media, tourism, agriculture and waste management. Portland is committed to “building strong indigenous businesses” and, equally important, these businesses must also seek to improve the social well being of the communities in which they operate.

In 2002, Portland’s interests expanded internationally with the acquisition of: National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB) and its subsidiaries. Under Michael’s stewardship, NCB is now the largest bank in Jamaica with cumulative profits of US$1.7 billion from 2004 to 2018. NCB continues to grow its businesses regionally with offices in Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, the Cayman Islands,Bermuda and the United Kingdom. In 2016, NCB acquired a 29.99% stake in Guardian Holdings limited, providing immediate access to an additional 13 countries in the Region and, in May 2019, they follow up with the acquisition of a majority stake. In 2017, the NCB Financial Group Limited acquired a 50.1% majority stake in Clarien Group Limited, owner of Clarien Bank Limited based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Milverton Reynolds--Development Bank of Jamaica

Milverton ReynoldsDevelopment Bank of Jamaica

Milverton Reynolds is the Managing Director of the Development Bank of Jamaica which he has piloted into a vibrant and solid financial institution that has evolved with the rapid growth and development of communication and technology, while honing his vision of public-private partnerships catapulting Jamaica into financial prosperity. Under his leadership, Jamaica has become an important PPP player in Latin America and the Caribbean.

His professional life spans the private and public sectors where he has held senior management positions. A member of several Boards, he is also involved in several charities.

A product of St. Elizabeth, recipient of the Order of Distinction (Commander Class), he was also conferred as an Honorary Doctor by the Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica.

Monique Powell--QuickPlate

Monique PowellQuickPlate

Monique Powell is the founder and CEO of QuickPlate, a tech-driven food delivery company based in Kingston, Jamaica. Prior to starting QuickPlate, she spent 16 years holding increasingly senior marketing and technology-related positions across various industries, including media, telecoms and financial services.

Nat Clegg--The Development Alchemists

Nat CleggThe Development Alchemists

Nat Clegg is co-owner of The Development Alchemists, a Training, Facilitation and Coaching Company, a company he cofounded with Lenni George. Together they have worked with 11 UN Agencies, Governments and Ministries and in the private sector in over 60 countries. As a specialist in Learning and Capacity Development, Lenni has successfully delivered a wide range of training, facilitation and capacity development projects and strategic organisational development. Lenni works on visioning, innovation, sustainability and soft skills development for managers and their teams as well as on the development of company-wide and regional strategic plans.. He holds a Master’s in Coaching Psychology and a certificate of practice in Hypno-Psychotherapy. Nat is also an experienced trainer and has an extensive background in the psychosocial context, working with clients and workshops, working directly in fragile settings and training teams expected to deal directly with conflict supporting them in developing organisational and personal resilience.

Nicholas Scott--Managing Director, Eppley Ltd. & Chief Investment Officer, Musson Group

Nicholas ScottManaging Director, Eppley Ltd. & Chief Investment Officer, Musson Group

Nicholas A. Scott is the Chief Investment Officer of the Musson Group. Musson is a diversified holding company that owns stakes in several public and private companies including Seprod, PBS, General Accident, Facey, T. Geddes Grant and Canopy Insurance.

Mr. Scott also serves as the Managing Director of Eppley Limited. Eppley is a listed investment vehicle that originates and invests in real estate, mezzanine and credit opportunities in the English-speaking Caribbean on its own account and through its funds.

Previously Mr. Scott worked as a private equity investor and investment banker at the Blackstone Group and Morgan Stanley in New York and Brazil.

Mr. Scott holds a B.Sc in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Nicola Russell--DBJ

Nicola RussellDBJ

Nicola Russell,BSc. MBA is a Manager in the Public-Private Partnerships & Privatisation Division at the Development Bank of Jamaica. She has over 18 years’ experience in the private and public financial sectors. Over the last ten years at the DBJ, Mrs. Russell has assisted with the management and development of several Government of Jamaica PPP and privatisation transactions including in the transport, agriculture and energy sectors.

Olga Calabozo--MIGA

Olga CalabozoMIGA

Olga Calabozo is the Head of Latin America & the Caribbean at MIGA, the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. She is responsible for MIGA’s business development efforts and key partnerships in the region.

Olga joined MIGA in 2012 and has since led the origination, structuring and underwriting of guarantees in support of international investments in the banking, infrastructure, and power sectors. Previously, she also led the business origination strategy of the FI & Capital Markets team in Latin America.

Before joining MIGA, Olga worked in the commercial banking sector in Spain, including as manager of corporate clients at Laboral Kutxa Bank.

She holds a BS in Economics and an MBA from CECO, the post-graduate arm of the Spanish Department of Trade.

Paul Ahlstrom--Alta Venture

Paul AhlstromAlta Venture

Paul Ahlstrom is an investor, author, thought leader in entrepreneurship and supporter of the development of entrepreneurship ecosystems in Latin America and the Caribbean. Paul is the author of the startup book Nail It Then Scale It, and currently serves as an advisor to Google's Launchpad Accelerator program.As an investment pioneer Paul established Alta Ventures, the first technology venture fund in the country of Mexico, Through Alta Venture and his proper funds, Paul's has supported many disruptive market leaders including: Ancestry.com, Clip.mx, Rhomobile, Juxta Labs, VidAngel,Converus, Altiris, LanDesk and SpaceMonkey.

Paul is an alumnus of Brigham Young University and holds an honorary doctorate from Netanya Academic College in Israel. He previously served on the Advisory Boards of Motorola’s Visionary Research Board, University of Utah Tech commercialization office advisory board and BYU’s Rollins Entrepreneurship Center.

Peter Levy--British Caribbean Insurance Company (BCIC)

Peter LevyBritish Caribbean Insurance Company (BCIC)

Peter Levy is the Managing Director of British Caribbean Insurance Company (BCIC) and currently serves as President of the Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ). He is a Chartered Insurance Professional and has been a part of Jamaica's General Insurance Industry for over 37 years, 32 of them in management roles. In his career, he has focused on using his insurance training to bridge the gap between technical principles and what really matters to customers.

Peter considers himself to be a student and practitioner of the art and science of management. He continually seeks to create an environment in which others can execute successfully and considers it his ultimate objective to render himself redundant to 99% of the day-to-day activities and decisions at BCIC.

Peter Melhado--ICD Group

Peter MelhadoICD Group

Peter Melhado is the President and CEO of the ICD Group, a Jamaican-based conglomerate.

He serves as Chairman of CGM Gallagher Group, Social Commerce International, WIHCON, Sagicor Investments Jamaica, Industrial Chemical Company and American International School of Kingston. His directorships include BCIC, Intcomex Global Investments, Red Stripe and Sagicor Group Jamaica.

He is a former Vice President of the PSOJ.

Mr. Melhado attained a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University (1985) and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business (1990), with a concentration in Finance.

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles--UWI

Professor Sir Hilary BecklesUWI

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. Before assuming this office on May 1, 2015, he served the University as Professor of Economic History, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies, and Principal of its Cave Hill Campus in Barbados for thirteen years (2002-15).

Professor Stephen Gift--UWI

Professor Stephen GiftUWI

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING, FACULTY OF ENGINEERING ST. AUGUSTINE CAMPUS, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Professor Gift currently conducts research in science and engineering in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and has published over 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He has developed several new electronic systems and in a series of papers has challenged Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Raquel Seville--BI Brainz Caribbean

Raquel SevilleBI Brainz Caribbean

Raquel has a passion for pulling insights from data and has worked for multi-national Telecoms serving customers in the Caribbean and Latin America. She has over a decade of experience working with and leading big data and analytics teams. She has designed and implemented data models, reports, predictive analytics and executive dashboards. She is a published author for the book, SAP OpenUI5 for Mobile BI and Analytics

Raquel is an international speaker and has spoken at conferences in the South Africa, US, Spain, Australia and Jamaica. Raquel is a keen advocate of BI user adoption and having the right tools, talent and processes to ensure maximum return on investment. She recently helped to launch BI Brainz Caribbean, where she serves as the CEO. Similar to her passion for data, is a love for food, music and globetrotting.

Reina Raveles--Ministry of Trade Industry and Tourism, Suriname

Reina RavelesMinistry of Trade Industry and Tourism, Suriname

Reina Raveles is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade Industry and Tourism in Suriname since 2015. She is an industrial engineer with a Masters degree from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She also has a degree in Latin American and Caribbean studies from the University of Suriname’s Institute of International Relations in joint cooperation with the University of Amsterdam CEDLA Institute.

Throughout her education and career 4 key themes can be found: innovation, entrepreneurship development, public private partnership and community dialogue. From 2000 to 2010 she worked as a business development consultant in different fields such as the food and beverage industry, ICT and education, the metal working industry, forestry and real estate. Since 2010 she made a career in the government as an advisor to the Speaker of the House of Parliament, the Cabinet of the Vice President and the Cabinet of the President.

Programs she has been involved in include Change Management and implementation of ICT services in Parliament (UNDP), Implementing an Innovation and technology Policy through Fabrication Labs, Suriname Business Climate and Innovation Program (IDB), Suriname Export Readiness Program (CDB), decentralization process of MTIT through set up of satellite offices in districts. Both the Intellectual Property Office and the department of Tourism were added to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism in the past 3 years and new strategies have been formulated as a result of this process. Reina Raveles is on the board of the Suriname Business Forum, the Central Bank of Suriname and the most recently established investment promotion agency INVESTSUR.

Ricardo De Vecchi--IDB Invest

Ricardo De VecchiIDB Invest

Ricardo De Vecchi heads the Public-Private Partnerships Advisory Unit at IDB Invest. He has over 15 years of experience in the development of infrastructure projects.

Previous to his current position, he was Coordinator for Mexico and Peru at IDB´s Emerging and Sustainable Cities Program; Vice President for Latin America at CG/LA Infrastructure and member of the Mexican Foreign Service.

He has two master´s degrees, one in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and another one in Diplomatic Studies from the Mexican Diplomatic Academy, as well as a Bachelor´s Degree in international Trade from Mexico´s Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Ronald Hinds--Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Ronald HindsTrinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Mr. Hinds is President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the largest business Chamber in Trinidad and Tobago. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Teleios Systems, a Trinidad and Tobago based technology company which provides software-based services to clients throughout the Caribbean and the US.

Samuel Wedderburn--World Bank

Samuel WedderburnWorld Bank

Samuel Wedderburn has over thirty years international experience in environment and natural resources management, and climate change, including 18 years as a coordinator, team leader and technical specialist at the World Bank.

He has worked worldwide, particularly in small island states in the Caribbean and the Pacific, in Southeast Asia and West Africa. His specific expertise and experience includes managing the development and implementation of climate change adaptation projects in infrastructure, coastal areas, ecosystem protection, sustainable land management and agriculture. He has conducted numerous climate risk and vulnerability assessments and mainstreamed climate change into international organizations and government policies and programs. He was a member of the World Bank’s Global Expert Team on climate change adaptation.

Sarah Cumming--CIBC FirstCaribbean

Sarah CummingCIBC FirstCaribbean

Sarah Cumming is an Associate Director in CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Investment Banking division where she focuses on the origination and delivery of innovative structured solutions to Bank’s top tier regional corporates. Sarah brings over 8 years of local and international experience in corporate banking and has led the execution over US$215 million in financing transactions for the Bank over the past two years. Prior to joining CIBC FirstCaribbean, Sarah spent over 6 years with Citi in Jamaica, Ireland and Mexico covering key relationships in the power, telecom and consumer industries.

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Queen’s University. She serves as Director for Century 21 Heave-Ho Properties and is a licensed Real Estate Dealer in Jamaica.

Senator Aubyn Hill--Prime Minister’s Economic Growth Council

Senator Aubyn HillPrime Minister’s Economic Growth Council

Senator Aubyn Hill has over 35 years working experience in the private sector. As an international banker,he has lived in nine countries and one business in more than 115.

During his 21 years as a banker in the Middle East, Hill assisted in and led the restructuring of two major banks — Burgan Bank in Kuwait and the National Bank of Oman. Starting in 2002, he also led the management team that completed the successful turnaround of one of the largest banks in the Caribbean, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB). In 19 months Hill and his team moved NCB’s stock price from $5.51 when he joined to J$31.70.

Between December 2005 and October 2011 Hill led the divestment team which successful divested the loss-making, government-owned sugar assets which consisted of five sugar factories and six estates.

Aubyn Hill sits on various private and public sector corporate boards.

In March 2016, Prime Minister Andrew Holness appointed Aubyn Hill to the Senate and he was subsequently elected as Deputy President of the Senate. The Prime Minister also appointed Senator Hill as non-resident High Commissioner for Jamaica to India. In October 2017 Hill was chosen as the CEO of the Prime Minister’s Economic Growth Council.

Aubyn Hill speaks on finance, business management and economics at local and international conferences.

His academic qualifications include an MBA which he earned from Harvard Business School.

Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr.--Minister with Portfolio Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation

Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr.Minister with Portfolio Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation

Senator the Honourable Pearnel P. Charles Jr. is the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with responsibility for Water, Housing and Infrastructure.

His entry to politics was marked by his appointment to the Senate after which he was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security. Stemming from his passion for youth development, Minister Charles conceptualized the We Transform programme which facilitates the rehabilitation and reintegration of youth offenders who were placed in juvenile remand centres.

Following a distinguished tenure at the Ministry of National Security, Minister Charles was reassigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade where he had major engagements with youth in the diaspora and chaired the National Council on Ocean and Coastal Zone Management.

Minister Charles is an Attorney-at-Law qualified to practice law in Jamaica and the United States of America. Throughout his professional career he served with distinction as a Judicial Clerk, Senior Clerk of Court, Crown Counsel at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and as the Lead Counsel and Managing Attorney of The Law Offices of Pearnel P. Charles Jr.

The Senator is also a former President of the Law Society and a former Guild President of the University of West Indies where he earned two honours degrees; a Bachelor of Science (double major in Biochemistry and Zoology) and a Bachelor of Laws. Additionally, he holds a Master of Laws degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. where he was awarded the Thomas Buergenthal Scholarship for academic performance.

Pearnel Charles Jr. was born with a passion for community service and as a youth advocate he continues to actively participate in community activities geared towards uplifting underserved communities and protecting the most vulnerable.

Sharlene Williams--PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sharlene WilliamsPricewaterhouseCoopers

Sharlene Williams is a Director working in the Deals area of the Advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Jamaica. She has over 18 years of financial advisory experience gained from clients in a range of industries in the public and private sectors. Her area of focus in the Advisory practice is in structured deal financing including Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

In addition to working as project manager for key PPP and financing transactions in Jamaica for Phases 1 and 2 of Highway 2000, as well as the concessions for the Kingston Container Terminal (Port of Kingston, cargo port) and University of the West Indies, Mona, Student Accommodation Project. Sharlene is a practitioner on PPP and focusses on transaction development, deal structuring and negotiations.

Sharlene is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where she obtained a double major Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Management Studies. She is also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and holds an MBA in Finance from the Manchester Business School (UK).

Sheldon Powe--Entrepreneur

Sheldon PoweEntrepreneur

Sheldon is a serial entrepreneur who has started or been involved with several successful startups. Currently he is the CEO and founder of Innovate10X and chairman of IdealabJa a venture capital firm. Experienced Group Chief Information Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Banking, Investment Management, Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Project Management. Strong information technology professional with a Master’s Degree focused in Industrial Engineering from University of Florida.

Simon Farhat--Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL)

Simon FarhatKingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL)

Simon Farhat is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL).

Mr. Farhat, who hails from Lebanon, has over 18 years’ progressive experience in the Container Terminal industry. He has worked in a number of international locations including the UK, Dubai, Djibouti, Algeria, Mozambique, South Africa, and others.

He spent much of his career with DP World, where he built a track record of providing team leadership to achieve high performance. His previous assignment was as an independent consultant working on several projects within the industry in Beirut, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan.

He holds Diplomas in Terminal Business Management and Managing Terminal Operations from DP World Institute as well as a Diploma in Health & Safety, ISPS and SPARCS from the Port of Liverpool, United Kingdom. He also completed his Degree in Marketing & Sales from the Pigier Business School in Lebanon.

Having been at KFTL for just over a year, Mr. Farhat has made significant strides in optimizing the terminal’s operations and fostering high productivity and efficiency.