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

NetworkPlus

September 7, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

NetworkPlus Pass holders only – click here to get yours.

Use your NetworkPlus pass for access to private and more intimate conversations with industry leaders through the event. Hosted on the incredible interactive networking platform Remo, you can jump from table to table, catch up with colleagues and meet other participants just like you would at a physical conference. Each session will be facilitated with the opportunity to meet key summit stakeholders.

With your NetworkPlus pass you have:
-Exclusive access to NetworkPlus live Q&As with some of our top speakers.
-Special networking sessions, where you can meet with other guests, government officials, NGO leaders, and experts from around the globe!
– Opportunities to identify and connect with other attendees in your sector over live video and chat.
– Join the Island Innovation private communications channels where you can meet with other attendees and stay involved after the summit.

Click here to learn more!

Session Duration: 1 hour

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

Film Screening Of UNCIVILIZED

September 7, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

Directed by Michael Lees | 2020

Disenchanted with the modern world, Michael Lees heads into the forest of Dominica with some basic survival gear, religious texts, a camera, and questions: “Why did man ever leave the forest? And what makes for a good life?”

Just as he starts to acclimatize to his new life – the unexpected: Category 5 Hurricane Maria, one of the top ten Atlantic hurricanes in history, makes direct landfall. Michael must ride out the hurricane in his palm leaf and bamboo hut. With the nation in ruins, the forest destroyed, and essential services knocked out islandwide, the entire country must now return to a past way of life if they hope to survive.

Uncivilized is an adventure, as much as it is a meditation on the necessities of a good life – a timely question in an age of climate change and over-consumption.

Speakers:

  • Pepukaye Bardouille, Senior Operations Officer, Global Upstream Infrastructure, International Finance Corporation
  • Michael Lees, Director, Uncivilized

Session Duration: 2 hours

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.

Moderator:

  • Daniel Kammen, Former Science Envoy, US Department of State Lead Author, IPCC

Speakers:

  • The Honourable Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji
  • The Honourable Lourdes “Lou” A. Leon Guerrero, Governor of Guam
  • The Honourable Enele Sopoaga, Former Prime Minister of Tuvalu and Current Leader of Opposition
  • His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia

Session Duration: 2 hours

Press Conference

September 8, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

By-invitation Press Conference.

We welcome journalists to participate in this special media event which will include an overview of the Summit by Founder, James Ellsmoor, followed by guest interventions from representatives of the private, government, and academic sectors. All guests will take questions about their involvement with the event and journalists are invited to submit in advance or ask questions live on the day.

Please click here to request an invitation

Moderator:

  • James Ellsmoor, Director, Island Innovation

Speakers:

  • Anil Srivastava, CEO, Leclanché
  • Dr. Laurie Brinklow, Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island
  • H.E. Lois Michele Young, Chairperson, Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

Session Duration: 1 hour

Virtual Expo

September 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Visit the Virtual Expo to engage and connect with our Summit Sponsors!

Each organization will host their own virtual booths open at specific times during the Virtual Island Summit where you can:
– Browse and download their brochures, videos, and related materials.
– Talk to a representative to hear more about their services and offerings.
– Set up personal meetings with organization representatives.

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.

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
  • Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, United Nations
  • Helen Royer, Director of Human Development, CARICOM

Session Duration: 2 hours

The Sustainable Development Movement: A Catalytic Force Changing The Trajectory Of Development

September 8, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

The Sustainable Development Movement Summit creates an exciting space, where Senior Government Officials, Industry and Sector Leaders, Global Entrepreneurs and Civil Society converge over two days. Come to network, experience real transformation and chime in on the exchange of thoughts, best practices, untold stories and strategies concerning sustainable growth and development within the Caribbean.

Sponsor:

  • Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

Moderator:

  • Lisa Taylor-Stone, Head of Resource Mobilization and Development Coorperation, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

Speakers:

  • Didacus Jules, Director General, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
  • Keith Johnson, Managing Director, Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited

Session Duration: 1 hour

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

September 8, 2020 4:00 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

NetworkPlus

September 8, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

NetworkPlus Pass holders only – click here to get yours.

Use your NetworkPlus pass for access to private and more intimate conversations with industry leaders through the event. Hosted on the incredible interactive networking platform Remo, you can jump from table to table, catch up with colleagues and meet other participants just like you would at a physical conference. Each session will be facilitated with the opportunity to meet key summit stakeholders.

With your NetworkPlus pass you have:
-Exclusive access to NetworkPlus live Q&As with some of our top speakers.
-Special networking sessions, where you can meet with other guests, government officials, NGO leaders, and experts from around the globe!
– Opportunities to identify and connect with other attendees in your sector over live video and chat.
– Join the Island Innovation private communications channels where you can meet with other attendees and stay involved after the summit.

Click here to learn more!

Session Duration: 1 hour

Hometown Heroes: Encouraging Local Champions For Ocean Protection

September 8, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

In the quest to build a more resilient planet, the work of dedicated grassroots scientists and activists can echo far beyond their home shoreline. 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 island 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:

  • Kathryn Mengerink, JD PhD, Executive Director of the Waitt Institute

Speakers:

  • Weldon Wade, Communications Coordinator for the Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme
  • Hana Amir, Marine Biologist at Maldives Marine Research Institute, the Maldives
  • Yolanda Joab Mori, Founder of Island PRIDE Micronesia and FSM President’s Advocate on Climate Change, Federated States of Micronesia
  • Kendra Beazer, former Chairman of Agriculture, Lands Fisheries and Coastal Protection, Barbuda Council, Barbuda

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
  • Neville Aquilina, Director General, Global Issues, International Development, Economic and Cultural Affairs, Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, Government of Malta
  • Dr Stuart Minchin, Director-General, The Pacific Community
  • Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, The Scottish Government

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

NetworkPlus

September 9, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

NetworkPlus Pass holders only – click here to get yours.

Use your NetworkPlus pass for access to private and more intimate conversations with industry leaders through the event. Hosted on the incredible interactive networking platform Remo, you can jump from table to table, catch up with colleagues and meet other participants just like you would at a physical conference. Each session will be facilitated with the opportunity to meet key summit stakeholders.

With your NetworkPlus pass you have:
-Exclusive access to NetworkPlus live Q&As with some of our top speakers.
-Special networking sessions, where you can meet with other guests, government officials, NGO leaders, and experts from around the globe!
– Opportunities to identify and connect with other attendees in your sector over live video and chat.
– Join the Island Innovation private communications channels where you can meet with other attendees and stay involved after the summit.

Click here to learn more!

Session Duration: 1 hour

Clean Energy Development and Integrated Resource Planning in Island States

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 Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) 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. This session will showcase best practices and lesson learned for clean energy planning and discuss the future of integrated resource planning in island states.

Sponsor:

  • Ricardo Energy & Environment

Moderator:

  • Jessica Leigh, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Speakers:

  • Thomas Amram, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment
  • Nigel Burgess, Regulatory Authority of Bermuda
  • Jean-Michel Parle, Generation Expansion Engineer, Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE)
  • Curtis Boodoo, Consulting Engineer at UNDP / Chairman – Electric Vehicles Work Group, CARICOM Energy Programme
  • L. Nigel Burgess -Senior Manager Electricity Analysis and Planning, Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

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

Moderator:

  • Charlin Bodley, Sustainable Energy Project Development and Gender Expert, Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (CREEE)

Speakers:

  • Dean Jennings, VP, e-Marine, Leclanché
  • Halfdan Abrahamsen, Media & Information Manager, Renewable Energy, Ærø
  • Sverre Eriksen, Senior Principal Engineer, Electrical Systems, DNV GL

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Virtual Expo

September 8, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

Visit the Virtual Expo to engage and connect with our Summit Sponsors!

Each organization will host their own virtual booths open at specific times during the Virtual Island Summit where you can:
– Browse and download their brochures, videos, and related materials.
– Talk to a representative to hear more about their services and offerings.
– Set up personal meetings with organization representatives.

Session Duration: 1 hour

Island 2 Island Solutions: Curaçao’s Technology Driven Companies

September 9, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

Technology is at the core of the development of the above-mentioned sectors. The Virtual Island Summit serves as the platform to showcase some of our companies that can provide solutions to Small Island Governments and their private sector.

Curacao’s best practices are showcased as follows:

  • The Use sustainable technologies with existing island resources water, sun and wind by Omega Engineering;
  • The delivery of high end services in the information value chain, stock/investing/wealth management by DCSX;
  • Software Solutions for Tax, AEOI,  Social Security, and Permits & Licensing by Bearingpoint Caribbean
  • Solutions for Secure Digital Banking, as well as COVID 19 citizen mobility & traveler border control management systems by IBIS Management Associates Inc.

These are Curaçao born companies and homegrown solutions from our islands skilled professionals and business people at the service of islands.

Sponsors:

  • Ministry of Economic Development of Curaçao
  • Bearingpoint
  • Ibis Management Associates Inc
  • Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange
  • Omega Engineering

Moderator:

  • Vanessa Tore, Director Foreign Economic Cooperation at Ministry of Economic Development of Curaçao

Speakers:

  • Clark Russel, Ibis Management
  • Morales Esajas, Senior Manager Business Relations, IBIS Management Associates Inc.
  • Anthony van Sprang, Omega Engineering
  • Joselyne Navarro, Engineering Consultant, Omega Engineering
  • Luciana Petit, Engineering Consultant, Omega Engineering
  • René Römer, Senior Commercial Advisor, Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange
  • Diana Intriago, Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange
  • Menno Vinck, Bearingpoint Caribbean
  • Runy Calmera, Macro Economist Specialized, Macro Economic Analysis in Small Islands
  • Nelida Cathelina, Virtual Island Summit Ambassador, ProfPro Coaching

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Shining To The Future: Islands As Lighthouses Of Innovation

September 9, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

This session will provide an insight into various projects across the Orkney Islands, showcasing how the local communities are shaping energy developments to solve problems and shine a light for island futures globally. Project case studies will include:
– The development of community-owned turbines in island communities across Orkney, here highlighted by Stronsay and Shapinsay.
– The SMILE project, where the Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre and Eday communities are collaborating with Samsö and Madeira on tackling the problems of grid constraints by managing smart demand to both increase local generation and value to community energy and create modern affordable heating.
– The ReFLEX project and how it is now further developing intelligent local community approaches to energy use in order to deliver just and inclusive net-zero transition; here supporting electric community owned and managed transport and mobility services, in Hoy and Eday.

Sponsors:

  • Orkney International Science Festival
  • Orkney Renewable Energy Forum
  • Community Energy Scotland

Moderator:

  • Howie Firth, Director, Orkney International Science Festival

Speakers:

  • James Ellsmoor, Founder & Director, Island Innovation
  • Mark Hull, Head of Innovation, Community Energy Scotland
  • Rebecca Ford, Director, Orkney Renewable Energy Forum (OREF)
  • Adrian Bird, Turbine Manager, Shapinsay Renewables Ltd and Director of Shapinsay Development Trust
  • Andrew Stennett, Managing Director, Eday Renewable Energy Ltd
  • John Garson, Chairperson, Rousay Egilsay And Wyre Development Trust
  • Brian Clegg, Technical Director, Hoy Energy Ltd
  • Jan Jantzen, Engineer, Samso Energy Academy
  • Laura French, Turbine Manager for REWIRED Ltd, and Director of Heat Smart Orkney Ltd
  • Humberto Vidal, Associate Professor, Centre for Energy Resources, University of Magallanes
  • Ebrahim Jadwet, Secretary, Nicobar Chamber of Commerce and Industries
  • Lolly Young, Chair of Board of Directors, SHAPE St. Helena’s Active Participation in Enterprise

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
  • Pedro Valle Javier, Partner & SEM/Content Director, 303.Digital
  • 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:

  • Marta Ferretti, Project Manager, SMILO

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 Cortes, Head of the Sea and Coastline Directorate, Marseille City
  • Christophe Carbou, Director of the Innovation Sector of Adecal

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

The Caribbean Utility Model: A Drive Towards Sustainability And Resilience

September 10, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) will share some of the challenges and successes of managing a Caribbean Utility while striving to build Energy Sustainability and Resilience in the Caribbean States. The Caribbean Energy Sector is continuously developing strategies aimed at increased energy reliability, affordability, and sustainability; in accordance with the United Nations’ (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Small island utilities are faced with tremendous hurdles such as sourcing finance, the multi-sectoral impacts of COVID-19, natural disasters, and the onset of a global recession, which continue to stagnate our progress. In this panel discussion, you will get a birds-eye view into the Caribbean Utility and the everyday challenges encountered by Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in a quest for energy security and sustainability.

Sponsor:

  • Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC)

Moderator:

  • Martyn Forde, Community Leader at CARILEC Renewable Energy Community (CAREC)

Speakers:

  • Cletus Bertin, Executive Director, The Caribbean Electric Utility Corporation (CARILEC)
  • Leroy Abraham, General Manager, British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) and Vice-Chair of CARILEC
  • Andrew Daka, Executive Director, The Pacific Power Association
  • Roger Blackman, Managing Director, Barbados Light & Power Co Ltd
  • Ruth Forbes, President and CEO of FortisTCI

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)
  • Dr. Arlene Smith-Thompson, Higher Education Consultant, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Virgin Islands

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Stand Up And Be Counted: Using Data To Build Island Resiliency

September 10, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

Islands are often challenged when it comes to data collection and reporting. This can impact everything from political representation and policy design, to financial decisions, academic reports, and media coverage. The US-based Island Institute has developed its Waypoints: Community Indicators series as a powerful tool to help make the realities of Maine islands better understood. Join us to learn more about the challenges and opportunities of capturing data for island and coastal communities, hear personal experiences of local leaders putting data to work, and explore how these efforts help improve day-to-day lives of islanders.

Sponsor:

  • Island Institute

Speakers:

  • Suzanne MacDonald, Chief Community Development Officer, Island Institute
  • Meghan Grabill, Community Development Officer, Island Institute
  • Andrew Dorr, Town Manager, Vinalhaven

Session Duration: 1 hour

Virtual Expo

September 10, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

Visit the Virtual Expo to engage and connect with our Summit Sponsors!

Each organization will host their own virtual booths open at specific times during the Virtual Island Summit where you can:
– Browse and download their brochures, videos, and related materials.
– Talk to a representative to hear more about their services and offerings.
– Set up personal meetings with organization representatives.

Session Duration: 1 hour

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, Director of the Island Policy Lab, University of Delaware
  • 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, Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy University of Delaware, U.S
  • Philipp Blechinger, Head of Off-Grid Systems, Reiner Lemoine Institut
  • Pedro Lopes, Secretary of State for Innovation and TVET, Government of Cabo Verde
  • Dr Sara Trærup, Head, Technology – Transitions and System Innovation, UNEP DTU Partnership
  • David Damian Ramjohn, Chief Executive Officer, AlgEthernal Technologies, LLC, U.S

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

NetworkPlus

September 10, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

NetworkPlus Pass holders only – click here to get yours.

Use your NetworkPlus pass for access to private and more intimate conversations with industry leaders through the event. Hosted on the incredible interactive networking platform Remo, you can jump from table to table, catch up with colleagues and meet other participants just like you would at a physical conference. Each session will be facilitated with the opportunity to meet key summit stakeholders.

With your NetworkPlus pass you have:
-Exclusive access to NetworkPlus live Q&As with some of our top speakers.
-Special networking sessions, where you can meet with other guests, government officials, NGO leaders, and experts from around the globe!
– Opportunities to identify and connect with other attendees in your sector over live video and chat.
– Join the Island Innovation private communications channels where you can meet with other attendees and stay involved after the summit.

Click here to learn more!

Session Duration: 1 hour

FRIDAY

September 11, 2020

Innovation And Sustainable Development In The South Atlantic

September 11, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

The islands of the South Atlantic very rarely feature in global fora. They span vast distances and have very small population sizes, yet their isolation arguably drives innovation and there are many examples of island-led innovation in the region. This session focuses on Innovation and Sustainable Development in two islands of the South Atlantic: St. Helena and the Falkland Islands. The panel is comprised of island-based politicians and experts, who will showcase some exciting case studies that demonstrate how, with populations of 4,000 (St. Helena) and 3,000 (Falklands): knowledge economies are being developed that include the global export of technical skills; renewable energy goals are being set that have the potential to be world-leading, and new fibre optic cable projects are driving change and broadening the scope for sustainable development.

Sponsors:

  • Falkland Islands Government (FIG)
  • St Helena Research Institute
  • Enterprise St Helena
  • South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI)

Moderator:

  • Tara Pelembe, Deputy Director Innovation, South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI)

Speakers:

  • Dr Paul Brickle, Executive Director, South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI)
  • Denise Blake, Environmental Officer, Falkland Islands Government – Environment Unit – please add bio and pic emailed to you
  • The Honourable Mark Pollard MLA, Falkland Islands Government
  • Wendy Benjamin, Director of Education & Employment, St Helena Government
  • The Honourable Russell Yon, Member of Legislative Council, St Helena Government
  • Darrin Henry, Entrepreneur and Co-creator of the Inside St Helena App

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Political Roundtable Of Island 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.

Moderator:

  • Professor Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business; President Elect of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists; Co-chair UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Board Director EarthFund Global

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

Climate Change, COVID-19 And The Caribbean – Civil Societies Role In SIDS

September 11, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

In 2015, in preparation for COP 21 in Paris, a number of civil society organizations came together to create awareness across the Caribbean to the threats to lives and livelihoods posed by climate change. The civil society advocacy campaign, which was built around the theme of “1.5 to stay alive”, caught the attention of Caribbean citizens and helped to amplify the voices in support of an ambitious, legally binding Paris Agreement. Five years later, despite the adoption and coming into force of the Paris Agreement, the dangers posed to Caribbean countries by climate change have not abated. Greenhouse gas emissions remain on a dangerously high trajectory, and every year brings with it new temperature records, alarming levels of polar ice melting, debilitating droughts and devastating floods.

This session examines the hazards posed to Caribbean and other Small Island Developing States by climate change and explores the role that civil society can play in mobilizing action to save SIDS and other climate-vulnerable countries from the existential threat posed by climate change.

Sponsor:

  • Soloricon

Moderator:

  • James Fletcher, Managing Director, Soloricon

Speakers:

  • Rueanna Haynes, Senior Legal Adviser, Climate Analytics
  • Dizzanne Billy,Communications and Outreach Officer, Climate Tracker
  • Jose Alison Kentish, Freelance Science and Health Journalist
  • Nicole Leotaud, Executive Director, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
  • Carlos Fuller, Regional and International Liaison Officer at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Virtual Expo

September 11, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

Visit the Virtual Expo to engage and connect with our Summit Sponsors!

Each organization will host their own virtual booths open at specific times during the Virtual Island Summit where you can:
– Browse and download their brochures, videos, and related materials.
– Talk to a representative to hear more about their services and offerings.
– Set up personal meetings with organization representatives.

Session Duration: 1 hour

NetworkPlus

September 11, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

NetworkPlus Pass holders only – click here to get yours.

Use your NetworkPlus pass for access to private and more intimate conversations with industry leaders through the event. Hosted on the incredible interactive networking platform Remo, you can jump from table to table, catch up with colleagues and meet other participants just like you would at a physical conference. Each session will be facilitated with the opportunity to meet key summit stakeholders.

With your NetworkPlus pass you have:
-Exclusive access to NetworkPlus live Q&As with some of our top speakers.
-Special networking sessions, where you can meet with other guests, government officials, NGO leaders, and experts from around the globe!
– Opportunities to identify and connect with other attendees in your sector over live video and chat.
– Join the Island Innovation private communications channels where you can meet with other attendees and stay involved after the summit.

Click here to learn more!

Session Duration: 1 hour

SATURDAY

September 12, 2020

Local Government Roundtable (English Language 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, Convenor, Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI)

Speakers:

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

Session Duration: 1 hour

Island Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 12, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

This session will explore the impact and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the proposed collaboration on testing between the Faroe Islands and the Scottish Hebrides. This session will also discuss how the pandemic has brought unique issues to small island developing states (SIDS), including the impact of coronavirus on the tourism sector, and how Barbados is establishing efforts to rectify this and boost the tourism industry on the island.

Moderator:

  • Jessica Robbins, Director, Tasmanian Way

Speakers:

  • Chad Blackman, Barbados Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations
  • Kristina Háfoss, Member of Parliament, Faroese Parliament – Parliament of the Faroe Islands
  • Angus MacNeil, Member of Parliament, Na h-Eileanan an Iar
  • Ruth Forrest, Member of Legislative Council, Parliament of Tasmania

Session Duration: 1 hour

NetworkPlus

September 12, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

NetworkPlus Pass holders only – click here to get yours.

Use your NetworkPlus pass for access to private and more intimate conversations with industry leaders through the event. Hosted on the incredible interactive networking platform Remo, you can jump from table to table, catch up with colleagues and meet other participants just like you would at a physical conference. Each session will be facilitated with the opportunity to meet key summit stakeholders.

With your NetworkPlus pass you have:
-Exclusive access to NetworkPlus live Q&As with some of our top speakers.
-Special networking sessions, where you can meet with other guests, government officials, NGO leaders, and experts from around the globe!
– Opportunities to identify and connect with other attendees in your sector over live video and chat.
– Join the Island Innovation private communications channels where you can meet with other attendees and stay involved after the summit.

Click here to learn more!

Session Duration: 1 hour

Brexit and Beyond: Global and Local Challenges in the UK Overseas Territories

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
  • André EBanks, Head of the Cayman Islands Government Office in the UK
  • The Honourable Teslyn Barkman MLA, Falkland Islands Government

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

Local Government Roundtable (Spanish Language Session)

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
      • Emiliano Torres, Mayor of Bocas del Toro, Panama

Session Duration: 1 hour

SUNDAY

September 13, 2020

The Next Generation Of Island Leaders

September 13, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

Next Generation island Leaders explores the impactful work of youth advocates from across the globe who are spearheading transformative change. From government innovators to movement instigators, young climate champions will share their personal journeys and insights into how they’re making a difference.
The dynamic panel conversations will include perspectives from cross-sector leaders who are championing campaigns, initiatives, and solutions to complex social and environmental challenges. Throughout the program, moderators will highlight calls-to-action that provide viewers with meaningful opportunities to participate in local and global campaigns.

Partners:

  • March For Science
  • Island Resilience Partnership
  • Youth Climate

Speakers:

  • James Ellsmoor, Founder & Director, Island Innovation
  • Chet Monday, Director of Youth Engagement, March For Science
  • Heeta Lakhani, Global South Focal Point, YOUNGO
  • Marie-Claire Graf, Global North Focal Point, YOUNGO
  • Selina Leem, Island Resillience Partnership, Marshall Islands
  • Tarran Simms, Ministry of Tourism, Bahamas / YOUNGO, COY16 Liaison, Bahama
  • Solomon Yeo, Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change (PISFCC), Solomon Islands
  • Jamilla Sealy, Ministry of Environment, Barbados
  • Komal Narayan, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Fiji
  • Angelique Pouponneau, Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust
  • Onika Stellingburg, Department of Environment, Guyana
  • Elissa Lalande, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Seychelles
  • La Tisha Parkinson, UNICEF, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Joe Moeono-Kolio, UNFCCC Climate Negotiator, Samoa
  • Shafira Charlette, SIDS Youth AIMS Hub, Seychelles
  • Esteban Andrés Araya Silva
  • Florence Jansen, University of the Highlands & Islands
  • Rhoda Meek, Isle Develop CIC

Session Duration: 1.5 hours

The Future of Virtual Events

September 13, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

Join James Ellsmoor, Founder & Director of Island Innovation and Jordan Schwartz, Co-Founder & CEO of Pathable Inc, as they dive into discussion about the ins and outs of virtual events. Gain a deeper understanding of the Pathable virtual event platform, helpful capabilities and features, and what’s in store for the future. Find out more about the opportunities to use virtual events to connect global communities and possible trajectories for the development of the industry.

Sponsor:

  • Pathable

Speakers:

  • James Ellsmoor, Founder & Director, Island Innovation
  • Jordan Schwartz, CEO, Pathable

Session Duration: 45 minutes

Closing Ceremony

September 13, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

Join us for the closing session of the Summit as we listen to a series of artists from around the globe performing music and poetry from their Island.

Speakers:

  • James Ellsmoor, Founder & Director, Island Innovation

Performers:

  • Dieter Pereira, Singer-Songwriter, DD Peartree
  • Ronald Boo Hinkson, Musician, Saint Lucia
  • Jermainia Didier, Poet, Waitikubuli Writers, Dominica
  • Pàdruig Morrison, Musician, Ilse of Grimsay in the Outer Hebrides
  • Dr Liz Doherty, Donegal Fiddler, Ireland
  • MouseFX, Singer, Hong Kong

Session Duration: 2 hours

NetworkPlus

September 13, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

NetworkPlus Pass holders only – click here to get yours.

Use your NetworkPlus pass for access to private and more intimate conversations with industry leaders through the event. Hosted on the incredible interactive networking platform Remo, you can jump from table to table, catch up with colleagues and meet other participants just like you would at a physical conference. Each session will be facilitated with the opportunity to meet key summit stakeholders.

With your NetworkPlus pass you have:
-Exclusive access to NetworkPlus live Q&As with some of our top speakers.
-Special networking sessions, where you can meet with other guests, government officials, NGO leaders, and experts from around the globe!
– Opportunities to identify and connect with other attendees in your sector over live video and chat.
– Join the Island Innovation private communications channels where you can meet with other attendees and stay involved after the summit.

Click here to learn more!

Session Duration: 1.75 hours

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