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Speakers

Our Growing Network of Speakers

The Conference boasts an outstanding slate of world-class speakers from across the Caribbean and internationally, covering best practices in strengthening disaster risk governance to manage risks, investment in disaster risk and resilience, enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and amplification of recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

Keynote Speakers

Mia Amor Mottley

The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P

Prime Minister
Barbados

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The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P., became Barbados' eighth and first female Prime Minister on May 25, 2018.

Ms. Mottley was elected to the Parliament of Barbados in September 1994 as part of the new Barbados Labour Party Government.

Prior to that, she served as one of two Opposition Senators between 1991 and 1994. One of the youngest persons ever to be assigned a ministerial portfolio, Ms. Mottley was appointed Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture from 1994 to 2001.

She later served as Attorney General and Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados from 2001 to 2008 and was the first female to hold that position.

Ms. Mottley is an Attorney-at-law with a degree from the London School of Economics, specialising in advocacy. She is also a Barrister of the Bar of England and Wales.

In 2002, she became a member of the Local Privy Council. She was also admitted to the Inner Bar, becoming the youngest ever Queens Counsel in Barbados.

Philip J. Pierre

The Honourable Philip J. Pierre

Prime Minister
Saint Lucia

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Prime Minister, Hon. Philip J Pierre was re-elected as the Parliamentary Representative for Castries East on July 26, 2021. He also serves as Minister for Finance, Economic Development, and the Youth Economy.

Prime Minister Pierre is a dedicated politician and a committed district representative with over thirty (30) years of experience in government and opposition. He has held many portfolios over the years including Deputy Prime Minister as well as Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Commerce, Investment, Consumer Affairs, International Financial Services, Infrastructure, Ports Services, and Transport. In 2016 he became Leader of the Opposition and Political Leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party which he led to victory in July 2021.

Hon. Pierre is a management professional with a broad range of skills and extensive public and private sector experience that he utilized in his private practice to assist state agencies and private sector enterprises to achieve their goals. His areas of proven expertise include: Programme and project planning, implementation and evaluation, Design of hotel development incentive packages, Economic analysis and economic forecasting, Financial policy, financial management and budgeting, Organization management and development, Business Plans, Feasibility Studies, Business Re-organization Advice, Sourcing Business Financing, Tourism policy development, policy advice, facilitation and implementation, and Training in Capacity Development for SME in St Lucia and region.

Hon. Pierre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of the West Indies. Prime Minister Pierre continues to be a very strong advocate for the promotion and advancement of entrepreneurship, and the small business sector as a critical engine for economic growth.

Honourable Shawn Edward

Honourable Shawn Edward

Minister for Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training

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Honourable Shawn Edward is a senior government minister and a three-time Member of Parliament for Dennery North having won that seat for the Saint Lucia Labour Party in the general elections of 2011, 2016 and 2021 respectively. He served as Minister for Youth Development and Sports from 2011-2016. Honourable Edward currently holds the positions of Second Deputy Political Leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party Minister of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training.

Prior to entering the political arena Mr. Edward politics in 2011, he held several leadership positions in national and community based organizations. He is a veteran educator having taught at both the Primary and Secondary levels in the Dennery basin which span for almost two decades additionally Mr. Edward is a former Saint Lucia and Windward Islands youth cricketer and team manager.

His academic achievements include the successful completion of university programs at both the Bachelor and Masters levels.

He has a vested interest in lifelong learning, poverty alleviation, youth empowerment and disaster management with a focus on relief and recovery.

Mr. Edward’s dedication is exemplified in his vision to meet the various needs of people and to ensure continued development of the nation.

Elizabeth Riley

Elizabeth Riley

Executive Director
CDEMA

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Ms. Elizabeth Riley is the first female Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and was appointed to that position on July 1, 2021. She is a committed regionalist with over 22 years experience in the areas of disaster risk management at the regional and international levels and in environmental management. She is passionate about people and sees her role as one of creating spaces and facilitating connections to advance the resilience agenda. At the operational level, Ms Riley has played a leadership role in the coordination of regional responses to all major hazards impacting the region from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 to Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and is currently playing a leadership role in supporting the Health Sector in the coordination of the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her field experience includes the leadership of CDEMA deployment teams in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma (2017) and Dorian (2019). She has written, presented, and published technical papers in disaster management and environmental management whilst attached to CDEMA and prior to that during her tenure at the University of the West Indies and the Ministry of Physical Development and Environment in Barbados. At the international level, she has contributed to a range of technical advisory committees and is currently Vice-Chair of the ICG/Caribe Early Warning Systems Group of Experts on Coastal Hazards. She also sits on the Regional Advisory Group leading the implementation of the Regional Strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean on Disaster Risk Management in the Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Sectors. Ms Riley has also lectured in Disaster Management at the University of the West Indies, Mona and Cave Hill. She holds a M.A (Econ) in Environment and Development from University of Manchester, United Kingdom, BSc. (Hons) in Geography from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica and a Masters Certificate in Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation and Information Systems from the University of Laval, Quebec.

Ambassador's

Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska

Head
EU Delegation to Barbados, Eastern Caribbean, the OECS & CARICOM/CARIFORUM

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Malgorzata Wasilewska is currently the Ambassador/Head of the Delegation of the European Union Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS, and CARICOM/CARIFORUM

She previously served as Ambassador of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Cayman Islands and prior to that, Head of Division for Conflict Prevention, Peace Building and Mediation at the Security Policy Directorate of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels. In this capacity, she led a team responsible for focusing the EU's work on conflict prevention and peacebuilding, providing mediation support to the EU Special Representative and Delegations, running the EU's Early Warning System for violent Conflict and developing a new framework for the EU's support to Security Sector Reform. In this role her team provided support to EU Delegations in: Syria, Colombia, Mali, Myanmar, Lebanon, South Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, Mauritania, Nigeria, Burundi, Central African Republic, Guatemala, Great Lakes/DRC, Moldova, Bosnia Herzegovina, Guinea Bissau, Chad, Afghanistan, Kirgizstan and Tajikistan.

Previously, she was Head of Division for Elections and Democracy Support in the EEAS at the Directorate General for External Relations of the European Commission. She has managed Electoral Observation Missions of the EU to Democratic Republic of Congo, Tunisia, Nicaragua, Peru, Zambia, Southern Sudan (referendum for independence and elections), Uganda, Niger, Chad, Mozambique, Honduras, Bolivia, Togo, Ethiopia, Burundi, Solomon Islands, Guinea Conakry, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Sudan (elections and referendum).

Before joining the European Union, Ms Wasilewska worked as a senior specialist on issues of organizational governance and strategic planning at Amnesty International and Saferworld, both at the national and global level. Her main areas of specialization were organizational transition and growth, human rights, conflict sensitive development, post- conflict democracy building and non-proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

Tonni Brodber

Tonni Brodber

Representative
UN Women Multi-Country Office, Caribbean

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Prior to her appointment in August 2020, Ms. Brodber served as Deputy Representative from 2015 -2020 with the MCO Caribbean. Before this Ms Brodber was the Team Leader for the Advancing Gender Justice in the Pacific programme with the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office.

Ms Brodber served as the Gender Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme in South Africa, as well as briefly with the UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office and established what is now the UN Women Country Office in Haiti.

Ms. Brodber’s work experience also includes lecturing in International Relations and Development Studies at Yanshan University in China, and directing and co-producing, a film on Haiti.

Ms. Brodber received her first degree from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and has post graduate degrees in Development Studies and Business Administration from the London School of Economics and ESADE Business School in Barcelona.

Ms. Brodber is raising two sons with her husband.

Pieter Bult

Pieter Bult

Representative UNICEF – Eastern Caribbean

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Mr. Bult assumed the post of Representative, UNICEF Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area on 25 July,2022. He brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked with the Agency since 1994.

Prior to his appointment, he served as UNICEF Representative to Romania for five years, providing overall leadership to the UNICEF Country Programme, Horizonal Cooperation and Private Sector Fundraising, and as UNICEF Senior Advisor in the Public Partnerships Division based in New York Headquarters for six years.

During his UN tenure, Mr. Bult also held the post of Head of UN Tsunami Recovery based in Chennai India, and served as a UNICEF Assistant Programme, Planning, Programme and Learning Officer, between January 1994 to January 2001, in Barbados, Jakarta, Palestine and New York respectively. He also served as UNDP Deputy Country Director in New Delhi, India from January 2008 to March 2011.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the School for Higher Professional Education, Groningen, the Netherlands and master’s degree in Human Geography and Policy Sciences, Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Dr St John

Dr. Joy St. John

Executive Director
Caribbean Public Health Agency

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Dr St John rose in the ranks of Public Health in Barbados from 1994 to become the first Barbadian Chief Medical Officer of Barbados in 2005.

Dr St John also represented Barbados on the Executive Board of WHO and then became the first Caribbean person to Chair the Executive Board from 2012 to 2013. Dr St John finally left the post of CMO in 2017 when she became the Assistant Director General at the WHO HQ in Switzerland. There she held the Portfolio of Climate and Other Determinants of Health and successfully completed the first phase of the Climate Change and Health SIDS Initiative.

In July 2019 Dr St John became the Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency. There she has steered CARPHA through a CARICOM Evaluation, selected new Directors, improved the governance and accountability frameworks of CARPHA, as well as focused on strengthening CARPHA’s resource mobilization and partnership portfolios.

CARPHA has led the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Dr St John’s leadership has seen her have over 300 speaking engagements about COVID-19 as she engages with multiple sectors, and the Health leaders and Heads of Government in CARICOM and organizations around the world.

Gabrielle Thongs

Dr. Gabrielle Thongs

Lecturer
Department of Geography
UWI St. Augustine

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Dr. Gabrielle Thongs is a Lecturer at the Department of Geography, UWI, St Augustine. She holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Surveying and Land Information, a M.Sc. in Planning and Development as well as several certificates in project management and climate change mitigation. Dr Thongs has several publications and has participated in a plethora of disaster risk management research activities, including but not limited to, collaborations with USAID, FAO, CDEMA and the UNDRR.

Dr. Jeremy Collymore

Jeremy Collymore

International Consultant - DRR Institute of Sustainable Development UWI

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Mr. Jeremy Collymore is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development. He is also Consultant for Disaster Resilience at the Office of the Vice Chancellor, the University of the West Indies. Mr. Collymore is a former Executive Director of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). He is a trained Geographer, Environmental Designer and Planner, who has provided leadership in Disaster Management operations in the Caribbean region focussing on research; policy development; programme design, implementation and evaluation for almost three decades. He began by closely observing issues concerning Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the region, while pursuing an MPhil degree in Geography at the Mona Campus. His graduate training in Environmental Design and Planning at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) provided the foundation for him to advocate for and position Disaster Risk Management as a discipline in the Caribbean. In his various leadership positions, he lobbied for policy and application in the area; convened an intercampus discussion network on disaster management and channeled human resources to embrace the discipline by honing the interests of many students at Secondary, Undergraduate and Graduate levels in Barbados and Jamaica.

Mr. Collymore has served the region in Disaster Management for more than thirty (30) years. On the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados, he was conferred with the Barbados Service Star in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contribution to Disaster Management at national, regional and global levels. The citation for the investiture at the 50th Anniversary of Independence noted: “He used Barbados and the Caribbean as the context of his theoretical application and challenged the then paradigms about both development and disaster management planning and practice…Mr. Collymore has worked tirelessly, with stakeholders, to transform adhoc procedures and programs in DRM in the region to structured plans and programmes; to create the first sub-regional intergovernmental organization specializing in DRM and later a strategic framework for linking DRM to sustainable development…The Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) and the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategic Framework have served as models in many regions of the world.” (Government of Barbados, 2016)

Mr Collymore has also received the CDEMA Council Award in 2015 for his dedication to the advancement of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM).

Mr. Collymore was appointed in 1991 as the Coordinator of CARICOM’s Regional Agency for the Coordination of Disaster Emergency Response, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA). He led the transition from CDERA to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in 2009.

Mr. Collymore advocated for and initiated the advancement of Disaster Risk Management as a discipline in the Caribbean and was for over three decades, at the forefront in positioning it in the development of national and regional disaster management policies, their implementation and evaluation.

Mr. Collymore has many publications about Disaster Management and Climate Adaptation. He has represented the Caribbean at the regional and International levels (including the United Nations) on Task Forces, Advisory and Working Groups as well as Evaluation Committees.

Dr. Evangeline Inniss-Springer

Dr. Evangeline Inniss-Springer

Director
Disaster Risk Reduction Centre
UWI, Cave Hill

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Dr Inniss-Springer is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and Certified Continuity Manager (CCM) with over 25 years’ experience in the disaster risk management having worked at the national, regional and international levels.

She has received training in Emergency Management from the International Association of Emergency Managers and in Business Continuity Management from the Institute for Business Continuity Training. She holds a master’s degree in health studies from the University of Alabama and a Doctor of Health Sciences from A.T Still University in Missouri with a focus on Leadership and Organisational Behaviour.

Prior to being appointed as the Director of the Disaster Risk Reduction Centre in January 1, 2021, Dr Inniss-Springer worked with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) from 1991 to 2007, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) from 2011 to 2012, the Department of Disaster Management in the British Virgin Islands (The BVI) as Deputy Director from 2012 to Aug 2019 and Acting Director from Sept 2019 to Dec 2020 and internationally with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Prior to taking up the post as Director of the Disaster Risk Reduction Centre, she served as the Acting Director with the Department of Disaster Management in the BVI. In this capacity, she led the Social Sciences Unit of the agency responsible for translating science into action by developing and implementing policies and programmes aimed at building capacity in resilience and influencing behavioural change at the community level and integrating Comprehensive Disaster Management into all sectors.

She has served on several national, regional and international committees, working groups and task forces focusing on enhancing capacity development, partnership and programme management, policy development, operations management and education in emergencies

In addition to her experience in disaster risk management, Dr Inniss-Springer has a diverse background of knowledge and experience in capacity development, leadership and strategic planning, work programme development and project management, statistical analysis, logistics supply management, proposal development and grant writing, total quality management and process analysis.

Devon Gardner

Dr. Devon Gardner

Head, Technical Programmes
Caribbean Centre for Renewable
Energy & Energy Efficiency

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Dr. Devon Gardner is an established thought-leader in the energy sector and academia. Devon, who holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics (2001) with specialization in numerical analysis and modelling from the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) in Jamaica and has over twenty-years of dedicated and reliable service within the sector.

Since February, this year, Dr. Gardner has been serving as the Head of Technical Programmes at the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), which was established in April 2018 through a multi-government agreement among Heads of Government within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). In this role, he has oversight for the development and implementation of the strategic anchor programmes of the Centre, which based on the optimization of sector intelligence and functional alignment to successfully design and execute initiatives, programmes, projects and actions that are contributing to an enhancement of energy security and climate resilience within the Caribbean. Prior to this appointment at the CCREEE, Dr. Gardner was Programme Manager for Energy and Head of the Energy Unit at the CARICOM Secretariat for over seven years, serving from September 2014 until December 2021. Dr. Gardner was Sustainable Energy Advisor within the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) between 2010 and 2014, and, over the past two decades, held multiple appointments in academia, ranging from Senior Research Fellow to Professor in various universities within the Caribbean and Europe.

Ian Hambleton

Dr. Ian Hambleton

Professor of Biostatistics
UWI Cave Hill

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Ian has been working as a statistician for 25 years in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, for the UK Medical Research Council, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and The University of the West Indies (The UWI).

He has experience in a wide range of study designs, and has led project data handling and analytics for many years, including solutions for robust and secure online data collection. He has published around 180 peer-reviewed articles on a broad range of chronic and infectious diseases. For more information, visit ianhambleton.com.

In March 2020, the Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness asked The University of the West Indies for evidence to help the planning of a government response to the emerging COVID-19 outbreak. From this first request and with UWI colleagues, Ian has provided evidence-based support to the Barbados government, and the wider CARICOM region. This has included advice on possible national interventions and on emergency public health process planning, backed up by statistical modelling and daily outbreak surveillance. The UWI team worked closely with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to provide technical support and surveillance updates to CARICOM member states. Since April 2020, the team produced 23 reports per day – or over 650 reports per month – with circulation across the Caribbean. They have presented surveillance updates to regional government planning meetings since April 2020, and have published peer-reviewed outputs on aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US and the Caribbean. Ian is committed to open-access data, and is developing an infrastructure for collecting and sharing Caribbean research data (CaribData).

Aria Laidlaw

Aria Laidlaw-Ferdinand

Consultant
Canada Caribbean Resilience Facility

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Aria is currently a local consultant with the Canada Caribbean Resilience Facility (CCRF) through the World Bank and CDEMA and a lecturer in Green Engineering at the SVG Community College – Division of Arts, Sciences and General Studies. In various capacities Aria has worked and researched in the fields of climate and disaster risk financing, disaster preparedness and response and environmental management for over five (5) years, with an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a BSc with Majors in Environmental Natural Resource Management and Geography (first-class honours) from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.

Mrs. Laidlow-Ferdinand has also been involved in various local and regional initiatives and organisations such as past Director of Programme Development for the Commonwealth Youth Council (Caribbean and the Americas), member of the 2020 cohort of the Women in Politics and Leadership Institute hosted by the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, currently sits as Vice Chair for women and minorities for the Caribbean Young Democrat Union and is also a member of the GEF SGP UNDP National Steering Committee for St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Samuel Wedderburn

Samuel Wedderburn

Consultant
Baastel

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Samuel Wedderburn is an independent consultant with thirty-five years international experience as a specialist in environment and natural resources management, and climate and disaster risk management. His career includes 18 years as a staff member at the World Bank as a coordinator, team leader and senior technical specialist as well as short and long-term assignments with several international organisations. He has extensive experience world-wide, particularly in the Caribbean and Pacific islands, South and Southeast Asia, Southern and West Africa. He holds Master’s degrees in environmental management and economics, respectively, from the University of London.

Mr. Wedderburn has vast experience in managing the development and implementation of climate change adaptation investment projects in infrastructure, coastal areas, ecosystem protection, sustainable land management and agriculture. He has conducted numerous climate and disaster risk and vulnerability assessments, mainstreamed climate and disaster risk management into international and national organizations and managed several evaluation and policy studies. He was a member of the World Bank’s Global Expert Team on climate change adaptation.

Over the past eight years Mr. Wedderburn has worked mainly in the Caribbean, undertaking a number of assignments associated with the Caribbean Development Bank as well as national governments, leading policy studies, developing Climate Action projects, and advancing climate and disaster risk and vulnerability assessments.

Hamila DeShong

Dr. Hamilah DeShong

Head, Institute for Gender & Development Studies
UWI Cave Hill

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Dr Halimah DeShong is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Cave Hill Campus. She recently served as Ambassador and Second Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations for their just concluded tenure on the UN Security Council.

An experienced feminist researcher, she specialises in gendered violence, feminist methodologies, anti-colonial feminisms, qualitative interviewing, and the analysis of talk and text. She is the co-editor of the books Methodologies in Caribbean Research on Gender & Sexuality (Ian Randle Publishers 2021), and the forthcoming collections COVID-19 and the Caribbean: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Vol I: The State, Economy and Health, and COVID 19 and the Caribbean: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Vol II: Society Education and Human Behavior (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023). Her scholarly work is published in a wide range of refereed journals and books. She is also single and joint editor of special issues of refereed journals on Feminist Methodologies; Men and Masculinities; and Gender, Sexuality and Feminism in the Caribbean. In 2015, she was recipient of a UWI, Cave Hill Campus Research Award for outstanding research.

Dr DeShong has advised Caribbean governments on gender-based violence (GBV) policies

and laws, is the author of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) National Gender- based Violence Action Plan and has jointly designed a GBV/HFLE curriculum for post- secondary school students in SVG. She was the lead researcher and author of the qualitative

component of the UN Women/CARICOM/Caribbean Development Bank Women’s Health Survey on violence against women in Grenada. Dr. DeShong currently chairs Barbados’ National Advisory Council on Gender.

Animating her teaching, research scholarship and outreach is a concern for ending the enduring effects of complex systems of violence in Caribbean societies.

Asad Mohammed

Dr. Asad Mohammed

Lecturer
Department of Geomatics Engineering
& Land Management, UWI St. Augustine

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Asad Mohammed has 30 years’ experience in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean working on different aspects of Housing, Land Policy, Land Use Planning and recently Resilience and Recovery. He helped establish the Graduate Planning Programme at UWI in 1995 which he coordinated until 2021. Over the last decade has been instrumental in developing the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management, the Caribbean Planners Association, the Caribbean Urban Forum and a Caribbean Urban Agenda.

He has been involved in the legislative and institutional reform of the planning and regulatory system in Trinidad and Tobago and had advised governments and multilateral throughout the region. He was part of the UWI/UNDP team which developed a Recovery Policy and Plan for the Bahamas post Hurricane Dorian in 2019/20 and had recently participated in developing a Resilience Action Plan for the City of Port of Spain.

Dr. Debra Joseph

Dr. Debra Joseph

Lecturer
Social Work, UWI Cave Hill

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Dr Debra D. Joseph, is the Coordinator and Lecturer of Social Work at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. She is also an Honorary Consultant Researcher with the Ni3 Centre at the University of Huddersfield, UK and is developing a body of work on the social impacts of climate change for vulnerable populations. This includes, but is not confined to, the links between gender inequalities and climate change. Dr. Joseph has done work in the areas of Women Fisher Folk, environmental sustainability, disasters, and climate change. Research completed Tropical Storm Erika-Dominica; Hurricane Maria-Dominica -Family Case Study and impact of female-headed households post Hurricane Maria-Dominica. She received the “Jeremy Collymore Award for Research in Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Management”, 2019. Subsequently, the proposed research was completed in 2022 and results submitted for publication. She has published many articles on environmental justice and climate change.

Paul Saunders

Paul Saunders

Operations Officer
Caribbean Development Bank

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Paul Saunders is a Disaster Risk Management/ Environmental Sustainability professional with over 30 years’ experience in the field. He holds a BSc in Geology and an MSc in Natural Resources Management from UWI, Jamaica. He has served the Caribbean region in leadership positions in the National Disaster Management offices of Jamaica and in Trinidad and Tobago.

He worked as an independent disaster risk management consultant with private sector, regional bodies and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). and with several governments of the region and their national disaster management offices.

Paul joined the Caribbean Development Bank, May 2015 as Operations Officer (Environmental Sustainability) in the Environmental Sustainability Unit. At the Bank, he is accountable for mainstreaming environmental sustainability concerns throughout the Bank’s operations, internally through the maintenance and implementation of appropriate risk management policies and externally by providing advice to Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) on related policy issues and maintaining dialogue with the Bank’s development partners. This responsibility extends to the appraisal of investment projects (including financial intermediary lending) and supervision of institutional and regulatory aspects of environmental sustainability on all assigned projects, including management of CDB’s emergency response portfolio. He is the also the disaster risk management focal point for the Bank.

Evan Green

Evan Green

Vice President - M&E, RBM, DRR - Baastel

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Evan Green is a developer, monitor and evaluator of international development projects and programmes and national, regional and international strategies, programmes and plans, as well as the vice-president and senior partner for Baastel, managing the Results-Based Management (RBM) and strategic planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) units. He specializes in the development of large and complex M&E Frameworks, tools and systems for national and regional organizations, with a particular focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Evan has thematic expertise in environmental areas with particular experience in climate change and DRM, and in other sectors such as health and education.

Evan has extensive experience in RBM and M&E capacity building and frequently designs and implements participatory capacity building workshops for project and program design, strategies and plans, the development of M&E tools and systems and offers M&E and RBM guidance to projects, governments, regional and international agencies and development partners around the world. Evan has worked with many bilateral and regional agencies and international institutions, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean, where he has managed Baastel's programming since 2007.

Evan is currently the Canadian representative to EVALSDGs. He has a multidisciplinary Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration, specializing in International Development, Policy and Project Management and Environmental (Climate Change) studies. Evan communicates in English, French, and Spanish fluently.

Dr. Kirk Douglas

Dr. Kirk Douglas

Director
Centre for Biosecurity Studies
UWI Cave Hill

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Dr. Kirk Douglas is the Director of the Centre for Biosecurity Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. He is a professional senior scientist recognized both regionally and internationally for impactful scientific research in the fields of virology, zoonoses, biosecurity, climate change, microbiology, and infectious diseases. He has earned a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Microbiology (2001), a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree in Microbiology (2007) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Medical Microbiology (2020) from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with Merit Honours (2019) from Warwick Business School (WBS), University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

His scientific research led to several novel findings of zoonotic viruses present in Barbados and the Caribbean including ‘bird flu’, dengue virus, Chikungunya, Zika virus, West Nile Virus, orthohantaviruses, arenaviruses and cowpox viruses. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers in the fields of microbiology, virology, biosecurity, climate change, infectious diseases and zoonoses which have received over 100 citations. He has played significant roles in regional (Caribbean) consultations with CIRAD, CIFOR, SWM, CCCCC, Ministry of Health, PAHO, OIE, CITES, GCF, and UNODC. His current research interests include zoonoses, infectious diseases, air pollution, wildfires, climate change, bioeconomy, sustainability, illegal wildlife trade, border security, The Blue Economy, environmental pollution, and ecosystem health.

Nadette Longford

Nadette Longford

Technical Specialist – Data & Information
Education Management Unit
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission

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Ms Nadette Langford represents the ideal OECS citizen. Nadette has been engaged in information management across various social and economic sectors for over the past 8 years. Worthy of note is her extensive work and knowledge in the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Framework and how to integrate resilience building across sectors; more particularly education. As part of her core responsibilities, Nadette leads the compilation and publication of the Regional Education Statistical Digest which provides data on key education indicators for the nine (9) Member States. In addition, Ms Langford is the OECS Commission’s Representative on CDEMA’s Education Sector Sub-Committee which focuses on reducing vulnerabilities in education so that every learner succeeds.

As a certified results-based management expert, Nadette’s work in data for evidence-based decision-making has contributed to aligning national, regional and international initiatives in support of the provision of harmonized education opportunities for all students across the OECS Member States. This includes support on OECSC-led activities in the development of a harmonized Primary Curriculum which is being piloted in the all Member States. The curriculum work is aligned with the Professional Development Plan which will offer synchronous and asynchronous learning in specialized areas and ultimately tied to better student performance and learning. Evaluation of these interventions will be validated through classroom observations and provide information to inform present and future planning.

Michelle Forbes

Director
National Emergency Management Organization
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

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Miss Michelle Victoria Forbes began her public service career in 1991 and was an Air Traffic Controller at the E. T Joshua. Airport, but never gave up her passion for the natural environment and science which saw her eventually switching careers.

Ms. Forbes is a Disaster Management specialist with over twenty (20) years of experience, she has an extensive background in disaster risk management planning, community-based disaster management, emergency operations, and managing cross-functional operations and projects. Ms. Forbes joined the staff of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) on the 1st December 2004 and currently serves as the Director. Ms. Forbes has been in involved in the management and response of several natural hazards impact including Hurricane Tomas, the April 2011 Floods, the Christmas Eve Floods of 2013, the November 2016 Floods, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent eruptions of the La Soufriere volcano and Hurricane Elsa.

Ms. Forbes is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Bachelor of Science in International Disaster Engineering and Management from Coventry University in the United Kingdom, a Master’s in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management from Georgia State University, Atlanta.

The area of Public Policy governing disaster risk management is one of Ms. Forbes focus, and she says that public policies must seek to build resilience at the community, national and regional levels.

Alisha Ally

Marketing Manager - Draper University, Silicon Valley

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As a passionate development professional, Alisha Ally has worked across different sectors in the development field for almost twenty years in the public, private and civil society environments - from volunteering in grassroots movements to representing her country Saint Lucia and her region on the international stage to influencing policy. Her skills and talent in the communication arena is well-honed having worked on the ground as a reporter, journalist, anchor and host over her career. As a technical specialist, she has driven several developmental projects across the Caribbean region. She currently works in the world’s tech hub, Silicon Valley, for a premiere venture capitalist firm, encouraging and supporting entrepreneurs globally to build ideas to change the world.

Alisha holds a BSc in International Relations from the University of London. She received a prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, graduating with an MA in Media Practice for Development and Social Change. She is currently at the end of another graduate degree; an MA in Development Studies and Diplomacy from the United Nations university - the University for Peace.

Camilla Rossaak

Counsellor for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean
Embassy of Norway

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Ms. Camilla Røssaak, Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy of Havana since 2020. Røssaak is in charge of 11 countries in the Caribbean region with political and economic reporting as well as following up the regional development cooperation within the areas of climate resilience, marine litter and natural disaster preparedness and sustainable ocean economy.

Ms. Røssaak has an M.Phil degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo, a MA in International Journalism from City University in London as well as a Bachelor in Religion and Ethics.

During the period from 2013-2020 she handled a wide range of topics from grant management, competence development in the Ministry and communications, working in the anti-corruption unit, desk officer for several Balkan countries as well as the coordinator of the Ministry’s agenda on Business and Human Rights. During 2008-2013 she worked as the Minister Counsellor and second in charge during 2011-2013 and the counsellor in charge of the governance portfolio during 2008-2011. In 2004 to 2005 she worked as a policy analyst in the Environment Social Sustainable Development department (ESSD) in The World Bank in Washington D.C. Continuing in the US, she joined the Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C. with a focus on political economy reporting on development issues as well as covering the Bretton Woods institutions and OAS. Team coordinator for southern Africa in the Norwegian Development Cooperation Agency (NORAD) from 1999-2004. From 1996 she worked as a JPO for UNDP in Malawi on the Democracy Consolidation Programme.

Paulette Bynoe

Deputy Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research
The University of Guyana

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Dr. Paulette Bynoe is a Senior Lecturer, the former Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and currently the Deputy Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Guyana. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography (University of Sussex, UK), an MPhil in Environmental Education (University of Bradford, UK), and a BA in Geography (University of Guyana).

As an inter-disciplinary trained Environmental Specialist with approximately 24 years of experience, Dr. Bynoe has several environmentally oriented courses in community-based disaster risk management, environmental impact assessment, environmental research methods, and environmental resources policy. Her research interests are environmental education, environmental resources policy, sustainable livelihoods, climate change, and disaster vulnerability. In 2015, she was awarded the Golden Arrow of Achievement for her contribution to environmental education and training, research, and the development of policies on natural resources management. Dr. Bynoe served/currently serves in various capacities nationally, regionally, and internationally; including Lead Climate Negotiator for Guyana (2016-2019) and Chair of the G77 and China Climate Change Group (2020), and Advisor to the 2021 G77 and China Chair for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Board Member of the Global Water Partnership (current), Chair of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee –Enforcement Branch (current), and Member of the Science Panel for the Amazon.

Professor Erouscilla Joseph

Caribbean Volcanologist
The UWI Seismic Research Centre

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Dr Joseph is a Caribbean Volcanologist, associated with The UWI Seismic Research Centre (SRC) for the past 20 years. In November 2019, she assumed the post of Director, with responsibility for the overall management and operations of the Centre and is also involved in the monitoring and study of volcanic emissions (gas and waters). Dr Joseph routinely participates in the Centre’s education and outreach programme and also provides scientific and administrative support with monitoring efforts at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO). Dr Joseph has expanded research on geothermal systems in the Eastern Caribbean, which she began during her PhD and has established a research agenda with overseas colleagues to advance work in this area. These have resulted in her involvement as the Principal Investigator or co-Investigator in several major research projects, over the last ten (10) years, that have collectively enabled access to over US$2M in research funding for work in the region.

Yuzo Ota

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), Geological Engineer
National Emergency Management Organisation - Saint Lucia

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Mr. Yuzo Ota is an expert in engineering geology and practical GIS and served as a community disaster risk reduction coordinator for National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Saint Lucia dispatched by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to improve DRR capacity in Saint Lucia (2022-24). He has been involved in hazard mapping (a schematic version has been completed) as well as in the implementation and dissemination of new technologies, especially GIS. He specializes in producing results without the use of paid software and is skilled in hazard mapping, drone mapping and 3D modeling, field surveys using smart phone apps, and online map sharing. Most recently, he has been working on the field technical and scientific issues related to the November 6th flooding disaster in northern Saint Lucia.

Prior to his work with NEMO Saint Lucia, he was an engineer for a private construction consultant in Japan (2005-2021). He worked on geological surveys for infrastructures such as highways, bridges, and tunnels, as well as disaster prevention inspections to preserve the infrastructures. In addition, he was one of an engineer team which conducted field investigations immediately after a geological disaster occurred. He also implemented GIS technology to visualize and manage this information efficiently. He contributed to the response and recovery efforts following disasters in Japan, including the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the 2016 Hokkaido August Typhoon disaster, the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake Particularly in the case of 2018, he worked as part of a special research team to scientifically assess the earthquake disaster.

He received his M.Sc. from Niigata University in Japan (2005) and his B.Sc. from the same university (2003). His graduate research focused on rock slope failure risk assessment along coastal cliffs using kinematic analyses.

Hayato Nakamura

Policy Advisor on Comprehensive DRRM (JICA Individual Expert) CDEMA

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Mr. Hayato Nakamura is a policy advisor for CDEMA CU dispatched from Japan International Cooperation Agency as Individual Expert 2021-23. As a representative from a 'guardian' country of Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), he bridges SFDRR, Japan's input in the Caribbean region, and the CDM strategies in order to make sure that the Caribbean region can lead the DRR together with Japan.

Prior to the assignment in CDEMA, he worked in JICA as a project formulation advisor on Disaster Risk Reduction and other related areas, namely, at JICA Myanmar Office (2017-20; Environmental Management, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Media) and at JICA Philippines office (2011-17; Disaster Risk Reduction). During his stay in the Philippines, he has involved the relief and reconstruction efforts during and after several disaster cases such as Typhoon Washi in Cagayan de Oro (2011), Typhoon Bopha in Davao region (2012), Bohol Earthquake (2013) and Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte island (2013). He was given certificate of recognition by Department of Health of the Philippines (2014) for the response work for Typhoon Haiyan and plaque of appreciation by Bohol Provincial Government (2017), for the support to Province of Bohol by providing capacity development activities which contributed to the early recovery of the Province from the M7.2 Great Bohol Earthquake.

Much before, he has been an international advisor for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights at the National Ombudsman office (PDHJ)- Timor-Leste (2010) as a part of the Institutional Strengthening Project of PDHJ supported by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID). Also, he has worked in Japan (Tokyo and Kobe) for DRR in Japan (particularly on Disaster Information- Tsunami and Volcanic Hazards) as well as for some selected developing countries, namely Indonesia, PRC, Nepal, and Peru for Housing Earthquake Safety/ School Earthquake Safety. Since 2017, he has served also as a Visiting Associate Professor, at the Advanced Disaster Prevention Engineering Research Centre, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan. He is a certified disaster coordinator (Bosaishi) in Japan (2021), and a member of AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters)- Japan Committee. He is also one of the authors of the World Disaster Report 2007 (IFRC) in terms of Minority Rights and Disaster. Besides, he has worked on gender and caste issues, particularly in Tamil Nadu- India which was affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Mr. Nakamura holds a Master in Laws (LLM) from Keele University (U.K), an LLM in International Business Law from Yokohama National University (Japan), and a Bachelor of Arts in Area Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies-TUFS (Japan).

Mami Mizutori

Special Representative of the Secretary General for Risk Reduction United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Mizutori was Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia, UK from 2011. Ms. Mizutori served for twenty-seven years in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in various capacities, including: Budget Director; Director of the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) at the Embassy of Japan in London; Director of the National Security Policy Division, Director of the United Nations Policy Division; Director of the Status of US Forces Agreement Division; and Deputy Director of the Personnel Division.

Having graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and obtained a Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain, she has taught courses on governance in East Asia at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and international studies at Waseda University, Tokyo.

A Japanese national, Ms. Mizutori speaks fluent Japanese, English and Spanish. She is married to Barak Kushner and lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

Shawn Boyce

Chief Hydrologist Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology

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Mr. Shawn Boyce heads the Centre for Water Resources, Hydrology, Geoscience and Earth Observation Applications at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) where he is employed as the Chief Hydrologist. He joined the CIMH in 2006 following the completion of a post graduate degree in Sustainable Management of the Water Environment from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom from where he graduated with distinction. Mr. Boyce also holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the West Indies and worked in Barbados as a civil engineer for three years prior to joining the CIMH. Mr. Boyce’s primary roles at the CIMH include (i) the management of the hydrology training programme, (ii) implementation of research and development activities, projects and programmes and (iii) execution of business development interests. He also supports the development and maintenance of impact-based forecasting workflows and the commissioning of early warning systems for use by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. Other interests include surface and groundwater modelling and earth observation applications.

Grahame Niles

Remote Sensing / GIS Specialist Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology

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Grahame is the resident Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems Specialist with the Centre for Water Resources, Hydrology, Geoscience and Earth Observation Applications at the CIMH. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

In his role at the CIMH, he is responsible for delivery of geospatial training for online and classroom courses associated with certificate programmes offered to meteorological, water resources and other affiliated agencies within CMO member states. His role at the institute also involves academic research and development activities to support institutional initiatives related to disaster risk-management, climate, hydrology and land- use.

Clarice Barnes

Independent Scholar

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University of Birmingham School of Education B.Phil. Child Psychology, M.Ed. Education Psychology, PhD. - Dissertation The Montserrat Volcanic Eruption: A Study of Meaning, Psychosocial Effects, Coping and Intervention.

University of Illinois in Chicago-Institute of Juvenile Research-Family Systems Program, Department of Psychiatry-International Fellow in Family Therapy. Independent Scholar and Curator Museum Without Walls Alliougana.

Research, and teaching on the Psychosocial Effects of the Montserrat Soufriere Hills Volcanic Eruption.

Dinand Alkema

Assistant Professor - Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) University of Twente, The Netherlands

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Dinand has an MSc in Physical Geography from Utrecht University (NL) on slope stability analysis in Colombia (1995) and a PhD in Physical Geography from Utrecht University on the application of 2D flood propagation models for hazard and risk assessment (2007). He currently works at the University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands), Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation – and worldwide recognized as ITC. His research interest links to flood and landslide hazards and risk assessment. Since 2012 he is the Project Officer of the department of Applied Earth Sciences and his duties have extended to coordinating all external collaborations with this department. These include prospecting for research and capacity development funding opportunities as well as taking a leading role in the execution of these type of projects. From 2014 to 2017 he coordinated the CHARIM project: Caribbean Handbook for Risk Information Management.

Over the last 10 years he has coordinated or led more than 30 projects ranging from small (e.g. a one-week course of less than 10.000 Euros) to large multi-years, multi-partner projects (>2 million Euros) funded by the EU, Dutch government and World Bank. The common denominator in his project activities is his strong interest in capacity development and institutional strengthening. He currently serves as chair of the ITC’s Faculty Council.

Victor Jetten

Chair in Natural hazards and Disaster Risk Management University of Twente, The Netherlands

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Throughout my academic career I have been creating models for natural hazards and land degradation processes. Starting with biomass and grazing capacity in Botswana, the effects of logging on the natural rain forest water balance in Guyana, I moved to soil erosion and land degradation processes as a result of land use change and overgrazing. I became a professor at the Faculty ITC of the University of Twente in Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management, in 2006. ITC has a mission and world wide reputation for of development in a context of large societal problems, and I came to realize that disaster processes can only be studied in a multidisciplinary and integrated way. In the context of Natural Disasters stakeholders are confronted with chains of multiple hazards at the same time: for instance wind damage, coastal surges, flash floods and landslides all caused Tropical Cyclones. We have worked on various Caribbean islands in the last 7 years, as well as in other places in the world where disasters happen. I believe science has to be useful for society and my aim is to provide timely and actionable spatial information for risk assessment, disaster preparedness, prevention and response. To this end I develop together with colleagues and PhD researchers the opensource model openLISEM, that we feel is a step in the right direction.

Denise Tannis

Sustainable Tourism Specialist Disaster Risk Reduction Centre – UWI

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Denise Tannis is a development Specialist with the Caribbean Policy Development Centre where her work is centered around Capacity Building and Policy/Advocacy Support. She also leads on a programme of support promoting the sustainability of small farming operations in the Eastern Caribbean through climate change adaptation and resilience building. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of York, England and has worked at a number of development agencies, including UNDP and UNICEF contributing to sustainable national and regional development practices.

Ms. Tannis has also worked with the Government of Barbados in its Poverty Reduction Programmes and as a Programme Manager on a USAID funded Global Public Health Project. Denise has also worked in the area of Policy Formulation and Social Research; conducting research for UWI, CDB and others in the areas of Education, Child Protection, HIV-AIDS and Poverty Reduction.

Kerry Hinds

Director Dept of Emergency Management, Barbados

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EDUCATION
In 2001, Kerry Hinds became a graduate of the Geography undergraduate degree programme at the University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica. She continued her education at the George Washington University Washington DC USA graduating in 2005 with a Master of Science in Engineering Management specialising in Crisis and Emergency Management and received the designation of Applied Scientist in Crisis Risk and Emergency Management from the same University in 2012. She is also a 2017 graduate of the Caribbean Leadership Development Programme.

WORK EXPERIENCE
Miss Hinds assumed the role of Director on May 1st, 2015. In this role, she is responsible

for the daily operations at the Department of Emergency Management and the coordination of the National Emergency Management Programme. Previously she was the Deputy Director at the Department of Emergency Management from 2007 to 2015, and Programme Officer from 2001-2007.She has represented the department and the Government of Barbados at several disaster management conferences and meetings as well as held positions on a number of disaster risk management working group committees both locally and internationally. Ms. Hinds has also worked as a Business Continuity Consultant for the World Bank Group.

Ms. Hinds has also published “Caribbean Disaster Management Project: A National and Regional Approach to Natural Hazard Mitigation The Barbados Experience” in the Sharing Innovative Experiences Examples of Natural Disaster Mitigation in Small Island Developing States, United Nations Development Programme.

Chevaughn Burton

Youth Leader & Educator, Antigua & Barbuda

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My name is Chevaughn Burton, a trained educator in the ministry of education (antigua & barbuda). I have been teaching Mathematics for the last six years. Recently, I completed my bachelors of education focusing specifically on the teaching of Mathematics. My aim as an educator is to help lessen the innate fear of Mathematics for many learners, at all ages of life. I am working to increase my service to the community by being a part of youth groups focused on advancing the people of our country. My other interests include tutoring students from my community who require further mathematics intervention strategies and perfecting my dishes in my oven.

Denise Tannis

Sustainable Tourism Specialist Disaster Risk Reduction Centre – UWI

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Denise Tannis is a development Specialist with the Caribbean Policy Development Centre where her work is centered around Capacity Building and Policy/Advocacy Support. She also leads on a programme of support promoting the sustainability of small farming operations in the Eastern Caribbean through climate change adaptation and resilience building.

She holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of York, England and has worked at a number of development agencies, including UNDP and UNICEF contributing to sustainable national and regional development practices.

Ms. Tannis has also worked with the Government of Barbados in its Poverty Reduction Programmes and as a Programme Manager on a USAID funded Global Public Health Project. Denise has also worked in the area of Policy Formulation and Social Research; conducting research for UWI, CDB and others in the areas of Education, Child Protection, HIV-AIDS and Poverty Reduction.

Leith Dunn

Sociologist & Gender Analyst

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Dr Leith Dunn is a Jamaican Sociologist and Gender Analyst. She is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow and former Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) Mona Unit, at the University of the West Indies. Leith has over 25 years’ experience of teaching, research, publications and training to promote gender mainstreaming in development, including climate change and disaster risk management. She has conducted research, developed courses and training materials for the UNDP, the Commonwealth Foundation, CDEMA and the UWI’s Disaster Risk Management Centre. The latter includes gender mainstreaming training manuals for the EKACDM Initiative (Enhancing Knowledge and Application of Comprehensive Disaster Management). She currently lives in Botswana and is a Research Affiliate with the Sociology Department in the University of Botswana.

Dr. Carla Barnett

Secretary General – CARICOM

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Hon. Rodolphe Samuel

Minister of Education, Culture and Sport St. Maarten

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Dr. Patrick Antoine

CEO & Technical Director CARICOM Private Sector Organization Secretariat

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Gayle Drakes

Education & Training Specialist CDEMA

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Tannecia Stephenson

Deputy Dean - Department of Physics University of the West Indies, Mona

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Melanie Lubin

CARICOM Youth Ambassador - St. Lucia

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Dr. Jerry Chandler

Director Directorate of Civil Protection Ministere de l'Interieur Rue de la Reunion Port au Prince, Haiti

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Dr. Meghan Lopez

Chief Strategy Officer Global Support and Development

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Natasha Porte

Quality Manager Caribbean Examination Council

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Roberto Sandoval

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