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AGENDA

MONDAY

September 7, 2020

Pre-Session Orientation 1

September 7, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

Join us in this pre-session for technical and logistical guidance for all participants. We will also set the scene on island sustainability with an overview on what’s to come in the week ahead of the Virtual Island Summit 2020.

Speakers:

  • James Ellsmoor, Director, Island Innovation

Session Duration: 45 minutes

Pre-Session Orientation 2

September 7, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

Join us in this pre-session for technical and logistical guidance for all participants. We will also set the scene on island sustainability with an overview on what’s to come in the week ahead of the Virtual Island Summit 2020.

Speakers:

  • James Ellsmoor, Director, Island Innovation

Session Duration: 45 minutes

TUESDAY

September 8, 2020

Grand Opening – Eastern Hemisphere

September 8, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

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.

Speakers:

  • The Honourable Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji
  • The Honourable Lourdes “Lou” A. Leon Guerrero, Governor of Guam

Session Duration: 2 hours

Press Conference

September 8, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Invitation only. Please click here to request an invitation

Speakers:

  • James Ellsmoor, Director, Island Innovation
  • Anil Srivastava, CEO, Leclanché

Session Duration: 1 hour

Grand Opening – Western Hemisphere

September 8, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

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.

Sponsor:

  • Leclanché

Moderator:

  • Matthew McMillan, President, BuzzMaker

Speakers:

  • Anil Srivastava, CEO, Leclanché
  • Dr. The Honourable Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President, Guyana

Session Duration: 2 hours

Towards Sustainable Island Futures: Comparing Small Island States and Subnational Island Jurisdictions – A Report

September 8, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

Island jurisdictions are often viewed as vulnerable, poverty-stricken, and destitute, but research shows many of these islands are better described as innovative and entrepreneurial. This three-year project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSRHCC), brings together six representatives of small island states (Iceland, New Zealand, Mauritius, Palau, Cyprus, St. Lucia, and Grenada) and six representatives from non-sovereign, subnational island jurisdictions (Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, La Réunion, Lesbos, Guam, and Tobago).

Sponsor:

  • Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island

Moderator:

  • Dr. Laurie Brinklow, Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island

Speakers:

  • Dr. Jim Randall, UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability
  • Dr. John Telesford, lead researcher for Grenada, T. A. Marryshow Community College
  • Dr. Preeya Mohan, lead researcher for Tobago, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus
  • Dr. Mark Stoddart, lead researcher for Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Dr. Gerard Prinsen, Project Methodology Researcher, Massey University, New Zealand

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Hometown Heroes: Encouraging Local Champions For Ocean Protection

September 8, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

In the quest to build a more resilient planet, no action is too small. And more often than not, the work of dedicated grassroots activists can echo far beyond their home shoreline. We will explore the successes, challenges, and path forward for local action. This panel will highlight ocean champions from island nations around the world who are leading efforts to protect their oceans, one reef, one beach, one coastline at a time. How can governments and NGOs successfully support communities to build lasting ocean protection and health? And how can we inspire (and be inspired by) the next generation?

Sponsor:

  • Waitt Institute

Moderator:

  • Moderator details coming soon

Speakers:

  • Speaker details coming soon

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

WEDNESDAY

September 9, 2020

Plenary Session – Island Collaboration and Planning for the Future

September 9, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

This session will feature keynote addresses on the global collaboration between islands and response to challenges that island communities face.

Moderator:

  • Celeste Connors, Executive Director, Hawaii Green Growth Local 2030 Hub

Speakers:

  • Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
  • The Honourable Evarist Bartolo MP, Minister for European and Foreign Affairs, Government of Malta
  • Dr Stuart Minchin, Director-General, The Pacific Community

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Clean Energy Development and Integrated Resource Planning (IRP)

September 9, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

The session will focus on supporting economic growth and sustainability in island states through clean energy development and the importance of integrated resource planning in this process. Many island states have historically been dependent on imported fossil fuels for power generation, however reliance on these imports can lead to high macroeconomic vulnerability from fuel price volatility and high electricity costs at the consumer level. A growing number of island states are preparing for fundamental changes to their energy mix through the development of IRPs (Integrated Resource Plans) and new power generation plans. Transitioning to clean power generation can provide island states with improved energy security and independence, support local economic development, and combat climate change and other negative local environmental impacts. Ricardo Energy and Environment has supported various states in clean energy development plans. The session with showcase best practices and lessons learned from the island states of Bermuda and Sao Tome and Principe.

Sponsor:

  • Ricardo Energy & Environment

Speakers:

  • Jessica Leigh, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment
  • Thomas Amram, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Meet Ellen, the Future of Clean Maritime Transport

September 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Islands have been stuck between a rock and a hard place regarding transit. On the one hand, they require vessels for transport and trading; on the other, modern boats and ferries running on diesel fuel pollute the air and water of the very islands they serve. Environmental concerns have finally gone mainstream. Industry and government have joined forces using carbon-reduced regulations and an expanding range of cleaner energy alternatives.
Meet Ellen, a 100% electric ferry powered by the world’s largest electric ferry engine and battery storage system.

Sponsor:

  • Leclanché

Speakers:

  • Dean Jennings, VP, e-Marine, Leclanché
  • Halfdan Abrahamsen, Media & Information Manager, Renewable Energy, Ærø
  • Ole W. Petersen, Mayor, Ærø Municipality, Denmark
  • Sverre Eriksen, Senior Principal Engineer, Electrical Systems, DNV GL

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Democracy In The Islands: Political, Issue & Public Affairs Campaigns.

September 9, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

Some Caribbean’s most well regarded political, issue advocacy, communications & public affairs consultants talk about how to reach elite audiences, sway decision makers, engage communities, communicate your message effectively and win over hearts and minds. Collectively our panelists have advised hundreds of global and regional brands, political figures and advocacy organizations on strategy and communications..

Sponsor:

  • BuzzMaker

Moderator:

  • Matthew McMillan, President, BuzzMaker

Speakers:

  • Alexa Lightbourne, Special Advisor to the Premier of Bermuda, Government of Bermuda
  • Victor Richardson, Senior Vice President, BuzzMaker
  • Armando Valdés-Prieto, Principal, Valdés-Prieto y Asociados
  • Jevan Jutagir, Owner, Red Advertising & Marketing

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

THURSDAY

September 10, 2020

Gestion Intégrée Des Ressources Naturelles Et Développement Durable Des Petites Iles (Integrated Management Of Natural Resources And Sustainable Development Of Small Islands)

September 10, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

This session will be in French with simultaneous translation into English.

Gestion intégrée des ressources naturelles et développement durable des petites îles : l’objectif de la session est de discuter de la nécessité et des défis de la gestion intégrée des ressources naturelles sur les petites îles : quelles sont les spécificités de ces territoires? Quels sont les exemples positifs de pratiques durables, basées sur des décisions partagées, en particulier des exemples de solutions fondées sur la nature?

Experts from different geographical areas and backgrounds will lead this session: from public representatives, to site managers and civil society organisations. The goal of the session is to discuss the need for and the challenges of natural resources integrated management on small islands: what are the specificities of those territories? What are positive examples of sustainable practices, based on shared decisions, in particular example of nature-based solutions?

Partner:

  • SMILO

Moderator:

  • Fabrice Bernard, Head Delegate, Europe and International Delegation, Conservatoire du littoral, France

Speakers:

  • Frédéric Tardieu, Founder of the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation and Owner of Pangatalan island, Philippines
  • Jean Hervé Bakarizafy, Director of the Nosy Hara Marine National Park, Madagascar
  • Bochra Nabli, Town Council of Kerkennah and President of Kerkennah’s Island Committee
  • Marie Cortez, Ville de Marseille, France

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Intelligent Energy Solutions For Isolated Territories: The Ushant Case Study

September 10, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

The ICE project tackles the key challenge faced by the Channel area in reducing the energy vulnerability of the region. Isolated territories such as islands and peripheral communities of the Channel area are either located at the end of energy distribution networks or depends mainly on fossil fuel generation which can be expensive and vulnerable to supply issues. In this context, Ushant island (850 inhabitants) has a strong and demanding objective: reach 100% renewable by 2030 with a checkpoint at 50% in 2023 while ensuring quality and without undermining the security and reliability of the electric grid.

Sponsor:

  • Intelligent Community Energy

Moderator:

  • Sebastien Dalmas, Partner at Edenway

Speakers:

  • Hélène Morin, Head of European Affairs at Bretagne Developpement Innovation, France
  • Peter Connor, Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy Policy, University of Exeter, UK
  • Helen Smith, Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy at the University of Exeter, UK
  • Phédeas Stephanides, Senior Research Associate, Norwich Business School, University Of East Anglia, UK
  • Jonathan Williams, CEO of Marine South East Ltd, UK
  • Hélène Vente, Energy Project Director at the SDEF, France
  • Gwendal Vonk, Project Manager at SDEF

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Further Education And Preparation For Work

September 10, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Further Education and preparation for work can present some particular opportunities and challenges in an island setting – from getting the right expertise in the teaching workforce to teaching practical subjects remotely and tailoring training to the local labour market.

Sponsor:

  • The Edge Foundation

Moderator:

  • Olly Newton, Chief Executive, Edge Foundation

Speakers:

  • Louise Misselke, Principal of Guernsey College
  • Jan Gimbert, Department of Education, Isle of Man
  • Dr. Anna Baldacchino, Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, University of Malta
  • Curtis Greaves, Caribbean Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (CAPSS)

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Technology and Innovation Policy for Island Sustainability

September 10, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

This session is being held by the University of Delaware’s Island Policy Lab in conjunction with the UN Universities Consortium of Small Island States and funded through a grant by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. We will discuss speeding up and scaling up technology driven interventions that promote sustainable development. The session will update participants on the current and future state of technology transfer, adoption and implementation policies between islands and global technology hubs with particular focus on universities and academic research institutions.

Sponsor:

  • University of Delaware

Speakers:

  • Dr. Kalim Shah, Professor, University of Delaware and Coordinator of the Universities Consortium of Small Island States
  • Dr. Laura Hosman, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Atul Raturi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
  • His Excellency Anton E. Edmunds, Ambassador of St Lucia to the United States
  • Arthur Trembanis, Associate Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy University of Delaware, U.S

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

FRIDAY

September 11, 2020

Political Roundtable Of Island Political Leaders On Responses To COVID-19

September 11, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

This roundtable session is intended to ignite conversation around the coastal and environmental challenges faced by islands and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will include discussion on the role of sub-national island jurisdictions in achieving and developing a sustainable future.

Speakers:

  • Deputy Gavin St Pier, Chief Minister, Government of Guernsey
  • Senator Percy Downe, Senate of Canada
  • Grace O’Sullivan, Member of the European Parliament, Republic of Ireland

Session Duration: 1 hour

SATURDAY

September 12, 2020

Local Government Roundtable (English session)

September 12, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

The local mayor roundtables consist of one English and one Spanish session and will bring Mayors from across the globe together for an open discussion and information exchange on how local governments are addressing issues around sustainable development on their islands, as well as post-COVID 19 recovery.

Moderator:

  • Evangelia Papoutsaki, Associate Professor, UCA

Speakers:

  • Monique Croon, Mayor of Chatham Island
  • Vanessa Miranville, Mayor of La Possession, Réunion
  • Robin Adams, Mayor of Norfolk Islands

Session Duration: 1 hour

Brexit and Beyond: Global and Local Challenges for Britain’s Islands

September 12, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The impacts of Brexit are far and wide. As with Britain, its Overseas Territories have broken formal links with the European Union and are part of the transition period until the end of 2020. It is now incumbent on the Territories, with the support of Britain, to recalibrate their relations not only with the EU, but with the wider world and Britain itself. Islands closer to the British mainland also need to adjust to the new reality and be conscious of how their own vulnerabilities can be mitigated.

Sponsor:

  • University of the West of England

Moderator:

  • Dr Peter Clegg, Head of Department Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England

Speakers:

  • Benito Wheatley, Special Envoy, British Virgin Islands Government
  • Dr Kate Matheson, Department of Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Local Government Roundtable (Sesión en Español)

September 12, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

The local mayor roundtables consist of one English and one Spanish session and will bring Mayors from across the globe together for an open discussion and information exchange on how local governments are addressing issues around sustainable development on their islands, as well as post-COVID 19 recovery.

Moderator:

  • Dr Francesco Sindico, Founder and Co-Director, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG)

Speakers:

  • Marisol Andrade Cardenas, Mayor of Porvenir, Chile
  • Pedro Pablo Edmunds Paoa, Mayor of Rapa Nui Municipality, Easter Island

Session Duration: 1 hour

SUNDAY

September 13, 2020

Closing Ceremony

Join us for the official close of the Virtual Island Summit 2020. More details coming soon!

Speakers:

  • Speaker details coming soon

Session Duration: Details coming soon

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Taylor Mills

Marketing Startegist

Taylor is a marketing strategist who helps entrepreneurs monetize their personal stories, skills, and experiences so they can impact others and create freedom for themselves. She is a multilingual graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has professional experience in Latin America, Europe, the U.S., and Asia producing sales and marketing campaigns for a range of clients–from small organizations to hypergrowth tech and Fortune 500 companies.Taylor is a full-time traveling entrepreneur, born and raised in Los Angeles. She’s lived in 8 cities on 4 continents and speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She loves exploring languages & cultures, discovering new perspectives, and building meaningful relationships.

Isabel Godoy

Isabel Godoy

Ambassador Coordinator

Isabel Godoy is a Public Administrator and Political Scientist from the University of San Sebastián, Chile. She was a university student leader and participated with different international youth organizations related to the UN and SDG. She was a Pacific Alliance Fellow at the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo in Mexico and Erasmus student at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Romania.

Experience managing and planning projects. Highly proactive and creative, awarded multiple times by universities of three countries for researching and working on projects for international relationships and sustainable development. Easily adapts to change, looking for challenges, and delivering high-quality results in every task.
She lived her childhood on Navarino Island (Puerto Williams), the southernmost city in the world, there she learned to adapt to adverse and extreme conditions, be creative with limited resources, appreciate the meaning of living in community, which has led to her love of the outdoors and passion for environmental protection, which drew her to link with Island Innovation.

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!


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!