The Virtual Island Summit is a free and entirely online event designed to connect global islands to share their common experiences through a digital platform. Join islanders from around the world to share ideas, good practices and solutions.
Sharing knowledge for resilient, sustainable and prosperous islands worldwide.
WHAT IS THE VIRTUAL ISLAND SUMMIT?
10,000+ attendees including policymakers, entrepreneurs, academics and NGO leaders share their expertise on island communities bringing examples of good practices from around the world.
Leclanché is currently developing the largest solar generation plus energy storage project ever to be built in the Caribbean, a 35.6 MW solar energy plant and 44.2 MWh battery storage facility that will be built on government provided land in the Basseterre Valley, adjacent to the City of Basseterre and the current SKELEC PowerStation on the island of St. Kitts.
The Institute of Island Studies is committed to contributing to the formulation and enhancement of public policy applied to small islands and, in particular, to Prince Edward Island. To that end, we will use our resources to engage stakeholders on current and topical island issues via public symposia, lectures, policy papers, and research projects. We will strive to be inclusive and take an objective, evidence-based approach to island issues, serving as a forum for collaboration and consensus among those with differing points of view.
The Island Studies constellation at UPEI also includes an undergraduate Minor in Island Studies and a Master of Arts in Island Studies Program, which is an interdisciplinary, and policy-driven graduate program that critiques islands on their own terms. Finally, the Institute of Island Studies is the proud institutional home of Island Studies Journal, an open-access scholarly journal dedicated to the study of islands.
Edge’s research shows that a broad and balanced curriculum, including creative and technical subjects, rich employer engagement, teacher autonomy and interactive pedagogy, can help to bring learning alive and prepare students for more than just a set of exams.
Edge runs the Island Education Network, which brings together islands around the British Isles and British Overseas Territories to discuss issues relating to education policy in an island setting.
We have deep experience providing government relations, public affairs, public relations, communications and advertising campaigns in dozens of small island developing states. In total, we've worked in 16 islands in the Atlantic and Caribbean and, beyond our island work, we've worked on every continent in the world. If you're looking to advocate for a policy change, advance an issue position, understand and engage with government and civil society stakeholders or win an election, we'd love to help.
At UM we to carry out academic research and provide a vibrant higher education setting in the arts, sciences and the humanities as required for Malta’s economic, social and cultural development. Our courses are designed to produce highly-qualified professionals in multiple disciplines. Our alumni community is growing exponentially: well over 3,500 students graduate in various disciplines annually.
We are committed to high standards of research and teaching and every member of staff at UM plays an important role and contributes to an outstanding student experience.
VIRTUAL ISLAND SUMMIT 2020 Free Registration
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Professor, University of California, Berkeley
He was a partner with international accounting firms KPMG and Deloitte and held senior positions locally at Kleinwort Benson and Barclays Wealth.
He was elected to the States of Deliberation in April 2012 and was Treasury and Resources Minister until 30th April 2016. Following his re-election to the States of Deliberation in April 2016, he was elected President of the Policy & Resources Committee, Guernsey’s Chief Minister on 4th May 2016.
Deputy Gavin St Pier
Chief Minister, Government of Guernsey
In the political sphere, she managed the Progressive Labour Party's successful 2017 general election campaign in Bermuda and was involved as a campaign consultant with political parties in Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis and Grenada. She also worked on President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign for President.
In the corporate sector, she was a consultant with Deloitte and worked on a number of private sector management projects. Ms. Lightbourne holds an LLB from the University of Westminster.
Special Advisor to the Premier of Bermuda, Government of Bermuda
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
The Prime Minister is one of the leading global voices calling on the international community to commit to more ambitious targets to curb the carbon emissions that are warming our planet. Joining his fellow leaders from the Pacific, he is committed to drawing global attention to the impact climate change is having on vulnerable communities, including Pacific Islanders and the residents of other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and low-lying areas of the world.
Under his leadership, Fiji was the first country to ratify the Paris Agreement. It has also offered to give permanent refuge to the people of Kiribati and Tuvalu should their countries become uninhabitable due to rising sea levels. The Prime Minister has issued a worldwide call for every level of government, every section of civil society, and all businesses great and small to join him in forging a “Grand Coalition” to defend the collective agenda and increase the momentum for change, with a particular focus on climate adaptation and building resilience.
The Prime Minister was born in Suva and educated at Marist Brothers High School in the capital. He enlisted in the Royal Fiji Military Forces Naval Division as an Ordinary Seaman in 1975 and was commissioned from the ranks as an Ensign in 1977. He assumed the appointment of Chief of Staff of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in October 1997. Later, he was appointed Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and promoted Commodore on 01 March 1999.
The Honourable Frank Bainimarama
Prime Minister, Fiji
In 1975 Bartolo graduated from the University of Malta with a B.A. (Hons) degree in English Literature and continued his studies in journalism at Stanford University. He also read for a Master’s in Education at the University of Cardiff.
He spent three years teaching at De La Salle College as well as working with the national broadcasting station and editor of numerous media organisations.
A member of parliament since 1992, he worked mostly in Education, European affairs and Tourism as well as serving as Minister of Education and National Culture under a Labour government between 1996 and 1998.
Minister Bartolo is known for being a proponent of civil rights in Malta, co-sponsoring a Parliamentary Bill for the introduction of divorce legislation in Malta. The bill was approved in Parliament in October 2011 following a successful referendum campaign.
Hon. Evarist Bartolo MP
Minister for European and Foreign Affairs, Parliament of Malta
Dr. Jules had had extensive regional and international experience, most of it focused on education, social policy and organisational transformation. He served as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council (2008-2014) leading a thorough modernization of the Council. He has also served as Vice President Human Resources Cable and Wireless St, Lucia (2005-2008); Permanent Secretary for Education & Human Resource Development St. Lucia (1997-2008) as well as Permanent Secretary for Education and Chief Education Officer in revolutionary Grenada from 1981-1983.
He has provided consultancy services to national governments, regional and international organisations in the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and North America. He chaired the World Bank’s Vision 2020 Committee on Education in the Caribbean and has served on many private sectors, educational, and philanthropic boards. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, an MSc in Curriculum & Instruction and a PhD in Educational Policy and Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a MBA from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill.
Director General, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Anna holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education, Leadership and Learning. Her Master’s thesis explored the challenges involved in implementing child-centred learning pedagogies. She also holds a Doctorate from the University of Sheffield in the UK.
Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, University of Malta
School Improvement Adviser, Isle of Man Department of Education, Sport and Culture