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Grand Opening – Western Hemisphere

September 8 — 7:30 PM EDT

September 8, 2020 11:30 AM EDT


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Session Duration: 2 hours
Organiser: Island Innovation & Leclanché
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The Grand Opening sessions will set the tone for the Virtual Island Summit 2020, featuring a series of keynote addresses from island leaders. The sessions will include discussions on how these islands are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals to meet the needs of future generations, the impact of the global pandemic, and a look at how island communities are responding to a wide range of challenges.

Session Speakers:

Matthew McMillan

President, BuzzMaker

Matthew A. McMillan is an accomplished international political & public affairs consultant that has worked in 30 regions, countries and territories around the world. He has won dozens of political consulting awards, has organized large-scale events and has advised Heads of State, Opposition Leaders, Governors, major political parties and well known corporate brands around the world.

In the Caribbean, Mr. McMillan has worked on high profile political, corporate and public affairs campaigns in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Mr. McMillan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Columbia University. He is based in Washington, DC.

Matthew McMillan

President, BuzzMaker

Anil Srivastava

CEO, Leclanché

Anil Srivastava joined Leclanché as Chief Executive Officer in June 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Srivastava was the Chief Executive of Areva Renewables and a member of the Areva Group’s executive committee from January 2009 to December 2011. Until recently he was the Chief Executive of a large offshore wind business in Germany. He is an experienced executive with a strong track record in building global businesses. Prior to his activity at Areva, he has held senior executive positions in companies such as TomTom group and Alcatel-Lucent. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and graduated with an Executive MBA from the Wharton School of Business in the USA.

Anil Srivastava

CEO, Leclanché

Dr. The Honourable Ralph Everard Gonsalves

Prime Minister, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Dr. The Honourable Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Political Leader of the Unity Labour Party (ULP), was appointed by His Excellency the Governor-General to the Office of Leader of the Opposition with effect from October 1, 1999. Dr. Gonsalves succeeded the distinguished statesman, the Honourable Vincent Ian Beache, who voluntarily demitted that Office. On December 6, 1998, Dr. Gonsalves was elected Political Leader of the ULP in succession, to Mr. Beache. He is now into his third term as Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, his Unity Labour Party (ULP) having successfully contested the General Elections of 2001, 2005 and 2010.

Early Years and Education

Ralph E. Gonsalves, known affectionately as “Comrade Ralph“,was born in a rural village at Colonarie, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, on August 8, 1946 to his father, Alban Gonsalves (a farmer and small businessman, now deceased) and his mother, Theresa Francis (a small business woman). His foreparents came to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 1845 as indentured servants from the Portuguese-ruled island of Madeira, some 300 kilometers off the north-west coast of Morocco in North West Africa. He is married to Eloise Gonsalves nee Harris, a Trinidadian of Dominican parentage, who is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill campus) in English and French and of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in Designing. Dr. Gonsalves is the father of five children (Camillo, Adam, Isis, Storm and Soleil), aged between 32 years and 9 years. He and his wife are practising Roman Catholics.

Ralph Gonsalves attended the Colonarie Roman Catholic Primary School and then the St. Vincent Boys’ Grammar School. Thereafter, he was educated at the following tertiary institutions:

* University of the West Indies (U.W.I.) (Jamaica) from which he obtained the B. Sc. (Econ.) and M. Sc. (Govt.) degrees;

* University of Manchester (England) from which he secured his Ph.D. degree in Government. During his doctoral studies at Manchester he spent one year at Makerere University in Uganda (East Africa) as a Research Associate conducting research work for his doctoral dissertation entitled “The Political Economy of Trade Unions and Industrial Relations in Uganda, 1950 – 1971.“

* Gray’s Inn (London) from which he obtained his Degree of Utter Barrister (professional law qualification)

At University, Ralph Gonsalves participated fully in a range of activities including: student politics; public-speaking and debating; cricket; steelband (He was a tenor-pan player for the University steelband); and journalism for the student newspaper. During this time he was the recipient of many student awards, including “The Student of the Year Prize for 1969 at U.W.I. (Mona Campus).“ He represented U.W.I. at the American Debating Championships; and he was elected President of the Guild of Undergraduates (the student body) at the same university. He was the first Vincentian student at U.W.I (Mona) to have been “Student of the Year“, Championship Debater, and Guild President.

Dr. The Honourable Ralph Everard Gonsalves

Prime Minister, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali

President, Guyana

Dr. Hon. Mohamed Irfaan Ali is a Guyanese politician, sitting Member of Parliament and a former Minister of Housing in Guyana. Ali was elected Presidential Candidate for the People’s Progressive Party on January 19, 2019.

EARLY LIFE & EDUCATION
Ali was born in Leonora, a village in the West Coast Demarara region of Guyana. The child of two educators and one of two sons, Ali also spent much of his formative years on the island of Leguan. He is a past student of the Leonora Nursery and Primary schools and Cornelia Ida Primary. Ali completed his secondary education at St. Stanislaus College in Georgetown, Guyana. He holds a doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the West Indies.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER
Ali served as Project Manager of the Caribbean Development Bank’s Project Implementation Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Senior Planner in the State Planning Secretariat.

POLITICAL CAREER
Ali became a member of the National Assembly of Guyana in 2006. He was subsequently appointed to the portfolios of Minister of Housing and Water and Minister of Tourism Industry and Commerce.

During his tenure as Minister, Ali performed the functions of President and Prime Minister on separate occasions. In 2015, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) went into opposition during which time he served as chair of the Public Accounts Committee and co-chair the Economic Services Committee of the Parliament of Guyana.

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali

President, Guyana

Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu

High Representative, Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, United Nations

Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu is the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. She assumed her role in May 2017.

Ms. ‘Utoikamanu is responsible for monitoring and following up on the implementation of all three Programmes of Action under the purview of UN-OHRLLS. She is also called on to advocate for the issues and concerns of these vulnerable countries as well as to ensure their integration into and coherence with global processes, including those related to the 2030 Agenda and other global development frameworks. Ms. ‘Utoikamanu also coordinates advocacy work related to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in forums and platforms outside the United Nations.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. ‘Utoikamanu was Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Tourism, Tonga; Acting Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (2015); Deputy Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (2009-2016); Deputy Director General and Director of Education, Training and Human Development of the Secretariat of Pacific Community (2009-2015); Permanent Representative and Ambassador of the Government of Tonga to the United Nations, United States of America, Cuba and Venezuela and High Commissioner to Canada (2005-2009); and Secretary for Foreign Affairs and European Commission’s National Authorizing Officer for Tonga (2002-2005).

A Tongan national, Ms. ‘Utoikamanu speaks Tongan and English. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics (1980) and a Masters in Commerce in Economics (1983) from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu

High Representative, Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, United Nations

Helen Royer

Director of Human Development, CARICOM

Mrs. Helen Royer assumed the position of Director, Human Development, in the Directorate of Human and Social Development, of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on 1 July 2019.

Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Royer, a national of the Commonwealth of Dominica, early in her career served in the field of nursing in varied capacities as Primary Care Nurse, Registered Nurse, Registered Nurse Midwife, Community Health Nurse and Senior Community Health Nurse/Maternal and Child Health Coordinator. During that period she also served as Senior Community Health Nurse and was instrumental in reviewing the Guidelines for Primary Health Care Directives for Dominica and also the Maternal and Child Health Manual.

She later assumed the position of National Coordinator of Health Promotion/Focal point for Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases and was successful in developing and receiving approval for Public Servant Wellness Programme. She was also instrumental in working on the response to disasters and other public health threats.

From 2011 to June 2019, Mrs. Royer worked as the Permanent Secretary within three ministries namely the Ministry of Health and Environment; The Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs and the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs of the Government of Dominica. As Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Royer participated in several national and regional consultations on public health issues, environment, sustainable development and social development and was instrumental in both the development of guidelines, and implementation of Policies.

She also served on several boards and committees; as Chairperson of the national Solid Waste Board, Chairperson of the National Non-communicable Diseases, Member of the Dominica Nursing Council , the Chair of the oversight Committee for CDB funded Project under the Basic Needs Trust Fund among others.

Mrs. Royer also served a member of the Technical Working Group for CariPHLYN (CARPHA Public Health Laboratory Network) and worked intensively with PAHO on the development of policies and Strategies for Non-Communicable and Communicable Diseases in Dominica.

In her current capacity as Director, she has represented the CARICOM Secretariat at various fora and currently overseers the Environment/Sustainable Programme.

Helen Royer

Director of Human Development, CARICOM

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