Sharing knowledge for resilient, sustainable and prosperous islands worldwide.

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.

7-13 September 2020

WHAT IS THE VIRTUAL ISLAND SUMMIT?

Free access to world-class experts. The Summit will be a free event to attend in order to ensure maximum accessibility to expertise from a variety of fields.
Interactive sessions in various formats. The Summit will imitate a traditional in-person event with opportunities to interact with speakers and other attendees with the goal of creating an online community.
A diverse range of viewpoints. Speakers and attendees from 100+ island communities including the Arctic, Caribbean, Europe, Indian Ocean, Pacific Islands, South America and beyond…
A zero carbon conference. The Summit will use modern technology to maximize opportunities for participation and minimize harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
The SDGs and beyond. The Summit will covers all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in addition to other topics pertinent to island communities.
Cross-sector collaboration. The Summit will emphasize the need for input and partnerships from across the private, public, academic and NGO sectors.

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.

SPONSORS

Leclanché

Building on 100 years in the development, production and application of batteries Leclanché is a leading provider of turnkey battery energy storage solutions (BESS) based in Switzerland and operating internationally.

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.

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States is an inter-governmental organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance between countries and territories in the Eastern Caribbean. It also performs the role of spreading responsibility and liability in the event of natural disaster.OECS currently has eleven members which together form a continuous archipelago across the Leeward Islands and Windward Islands. The membership of OECS is comprised of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Monserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe and Martinique are also associate members of OECS.

The Institute of Island Studies

The Institute of Island Studies is a research, education, and public policy institute based at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown.
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.

The Edge Foundation

Edge is the independent education charity dedicated to shaping the future of education in the UK. We believe a coherent, unified and holistic education system can support social equity and enable all young people to fulfil their potential.

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.

University of the West of England

UWE Bristol is a University Alliance university with a common mission to make the difference to our cities and regions. We use our experience of providing high quality teaching and research with real world impact to shape higher education and research policy for the benefit of our students and business and civic partners. We innovate together, learn from each other and support every member to transform lives and deliver growth.

BuzzMaker

BuzzMaker is an award-winning global political and public affairs consultancy. BuzzMaker has operated at the highest levels of campaigns in 30 countries, territories and regions around the world. Our references include several sitting and former Prime Ministers, Presidents, Opposition Leaders and major international brands.

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.

Ricardo Energy & Environment

VIRTUAL ISLAND SUMMIT 2020 Free Registration

Register now to attend the various online events taking place 7-13th September 2020.

Registration is FREE, but spaces are limited, so reserve your spot now!

Can’t make the live event dates? No worries! Register for the event, and we’ll send you the replay link after the event. If you can attend live, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions to speakers and interact with other guests.

Please complete your registration today to ensure you get the latest updates, access to the live sessions and copies of the recordings!

SPEAKERS

Daniel Kammen

University of California, Berkeley

Daniel Kammen is Professor and Chair of the Energy and Resources Group (ERG), and Professor in both the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as Science Envoy for the US State Department, as Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable at the World Bank, and has been a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Daniel Kammen

University of California, Berkeley

Deputy Gavin St Pier

Chief Minister, Government of Guernsey

Gavin is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser. Having qualified in Guernsey, he worked in London for a couple of years and qualified as a barrister before returning to the island in 1995, following which he worked in the fiduciary sector.

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

Alexa Lightbourne

Special Advisor to the Premier of Bermuda, Government of Bermuda

A seasoned management professional, Alexa Lightbourne currently serves as a Special Advisor to the Premier of Bermuda. Her previous government experience included serving as a Policy Analyst in the Ministry of Health.

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.

Alexa Lightbourne

Special Advisor to the Premier of Bermuda, Government of Bermuda

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

Anna Baldacchino

Lecture in the Faculty of Education, University of Malta

Anna Baldacchino is a provider of specialist services in the area of Adult Education and Child Development to tertiary education institutions in Malta and abroad. She has served as a Learning Manager at Holland College and part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Prince Edward Island, both in Canada. She has delivered various presentations on themes relating to Adult Education and Child Development in Taiwan, Sweden, Japan, Canada, Australia and Barbados. Anna now teaches at the Faculty of Education (Early Years) at the University of Malta.
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.
Anna Baldacchino

Lecture in the Faculty of Education, University of Malta

Chad Blackman

Barbados Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations

His Excellency Chad Blackman, is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva.
Ambassador Blackman has worked in the international development sector for over fifteen years, and has engaged as an international trade law specialist and development consultant respectively.

He served as a legal Consultant in Caribbean Law Firm, where he led the team on issues international trade and data protection laws from 2016.
Ambassador Blackman is the Chair for the Trade and Environment Committee in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and former Chair of the Trade and Development Committee and chairs the SIDS Group in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
He is an Associate member of the London based, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators , and has both an LLB Law and LLM International Trade Law from the University of Essex.

Chad Blackman

Barbados Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Jan Gimbert

School Improvement Adviser, Isle of Man Department of Education, Sport and Culture

Jan is an experienced Teacher and Adviser with a demonstrated history of working in educational leadership and management across all phases. Skilled in coaching, teacher training and professional development as well as the strategic leadership of curriculum development, careers and employability education. She is an advocate of choice and opportunity for children and young people, with a real passion for life wide and life long learning.
Jan Gimbertr

School Improvement Advise, Isle of Man Department of Education, Sport and Culture

Preeya Mohan

Fellow, University of the West Indies

Dr Preeya Mohan is a Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. She has conducted research on and is widely published in a range of topics focused around Caribbean growth and development, including diversification, natural disasters, extractive industries, firm competitiveness and innovation and entrepreneurship.
Preeya Mohan

Fellow, University of the West Indies

Benito Wheatley

Special Envoy, British Virgin Islands Government

Benito Wheatley is the Special Envoy of the Premier and British Virgin Islands (BVI) Government Advisor on International Relations, with a particular focus on the United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN).

He was formerly the BVI Representative to the UK and EU during which time he served as the Territory’s chief diplomat and Director of the BVI London Office, as well as Senior International Strategist for the Premier’s Office with responsibility for UN and the Commonwealth.

Benito is a member of the prestigious International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and AMLP Forum—The Financial Crime and Corruption Association.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Diplomacy and International Strategy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Morehouse College.

He has represented the BVI in numerous international fora on a range of subjects such as financial services, climate change, biodiversity, hurricane recovery and constitutional relations, among other things.

Benito Wheatley

Special Envoy, British Virgin Islands Government

Laurie Brinklow

Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island

Dr. Laurie Brinklow is Co-ordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability and the Institute of Island Studies at University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Canada, where she facilitates and supports research on sustainable communities on islands around the world, as well as knowledge mobilization and public engagement activities. She also teaches ‘islandness’ in the Master of Arts in Island Studies program and supervises graduate students. She is Secretary of the International Small Island Studies Association and Treasurer of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, and is Iceland’s Honorary Consul to Prince Edward Island. A passionate Islander, her PhD research explored people’s attachment to islands by examining 'islandness' in Tasmanian and Newfoundland artists. She is also a published poet, editor, and former book publisher.
Laurie Brinklow

Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island

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