MEET OUR SPEAKERS

We are currently planning the agenda for the Virtual Island Summit 2020… Stay tuned – the full program will be announced in June!

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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 Islanda

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

Peter Clegg

University of the West of England

Peter Clegg is an Associate Professor in Politics and Head of the Department of Health and Social Sciences at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

He was formerly Visiting Research Fellow at both KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of South East Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands, and at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

His main research interests focus on contemporary developments within the British Overseas Territories and the international political economy of the Caribbean. Recent books include Euro-Caribbean Societies in the 21st Century (with S. Chauvin and B. Cousin) and Post-colonial trajectories in the Caribbean: The Three Guianas (with R. Hoefte and M. Bishop). He has had articles published recently in Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Contemporary Pacific, Third World Quarterly and The Round Table.

Peter Clegg

University of the West of England

Jim Randall

University of Prince Edward Island

For the past 8 years, Jim Randall has been the Coordinator of the MA Island Studies program at UPEI and the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Island Studies. He recently started a second four-year term as UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability. Jim is the Principal Investigator of the three-year Sustainable Island Futures research program being discussed in this webinar. This project brings together researchers and practitioners from 12 island states and subnational island jurisdictions (SNIJs) around the world to examine how different systems of governance (and especially the differences between island states and SNIJs) influence approaches to sustainability and sustainable development. In his spare time, Jim has also just completed a Bachelor's-level Introduction Island Studies textbook that should be in print at about the time this webinar takes place.
Jim Randall

University of Prince Edward Island

Olly Newton

The Edge Foundation

Olly Newton spent 12 years in the Department for Education working on policies including 14-19 diplomas, raising the participation age and finally as Head of Apprenticeship Strategy. Olly is now Executive Director of the Edge Foundation, where he oversees a programme of primary research, is lead author on all of the charity’s policy reports and runs the Edge Future Learning delivery programme for schools and colleges. At Edge, Olly founded the Island Education Network to support and connect islands around the UK and overseas with their education work. In his spare time, Olly volunteers with the Scout Association, is Enterprise Adviser for Firth Park Academy and supports community theatre in Sheffield.
Olly Newton

The Edge Foundation

Matthew McMillan

BuzzMaker

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.
Matthew McMillan

BuzzMaker

Victor Richardson

Sr. Vice President, BuzzMaker

Victor Richardson, is a seasoned field strategist and political and public affairs management expert with a wide range of experience across many levels of US and international issue, public policy and electoral campaigns. Mr. Richardson has directed projects across North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa. He specializes in political management consulting, field systems development, project management and communications. In 2013, he was awarded the ``Rising Star`` in political consulting by Campaigns & Elections magazine. In 2018, he was given the “40 Under 40” award by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).

Mr. Richardson holds a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) in Classics and English from Howard University and an MPP in Public Policy from Georgetown University. He is based on the island of Antigua.

Victor Richardson

Sr. Vice President, BuzzMaker

Armando Valdes-Prieto

Principal, Valdies-Prieto y Asociados

Armando A. Valdés Prieto is a lawyer, writer, and political consultant. He is a former Director of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Office of Management and Budget, President of the Board of the Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation, advisor to two governors, and intergovernmental affairs director at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, among many other roles in public service.

He has done campaign work in the US, Puerto Rico, Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico, and is a partner at BuzzMaker, a political consulting firm based out of Washington, DC. He is a weekly columnist in the San Juan edition of Metro, and an occasional op-ed contributor to The Washington Post, Latino Rebels, El Nuevo Día and El Vocero.

He holds degrees from Yale (B.A.), Johns Hopkins (M.A.) and the University of Puerto Rico (J.D.). He lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico with his wife, his daughter, a cat and a dog.

Armando Valdes-Prieto

Principal, Valdies-Prieto y Asociados

Kalim Shah

Professor, University of Delaware

Kalim Shah is currently leading the new Island Policy Lab at the University of Delaware. He is a globally recognized expert on policy and regulatory design and implementation in island states, particularly in environmental, energy, climate and corporate sustainability fields. From his 'institutional structuration' model for meeting national clean energy targets; his 'triple-steam' sectoral climate adaptation approach; his 'legitimacy gap' analysis for building public-private partnerships; and his island-adapted methods for regulatory impact assessments, Kalim continues advancing applied island research. With over thirty research publications, his innovative approaches are being applied by governments, multilateral banks and the private sector in island contexts. Most recently he completed Guyana's first National Climate Change Policy and is now working with Guam and the Marianas Islands to model their national clean energy transition pathways. He is originally from Trinidad & Tobago, is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Doctorate in Public Policy.
Kalim Shah

Professor, University of Delaware

Jevan Jutagir

Owner, Red Advertising & Marketing

Owner of Barbados' most awarded and regarded advertising firm which also has offices in Trinidad & Tobago, Jevan Jutagir is a Caribbean advertising powerhouse. He has worked with a who's who of corporate clients providing advertising, marketing, public relations and public affairs services. From the financial industry to transport to telecommunications to beverages, his firm represents a who's who of well known Caribbean brands, helping position their companies in competitive markets. Prior to starting RED, Mr. Jutagir worked for a decade in London for global beverage brands and for global advertising firm McCann Erickson. Mr. Jutagir received a degree from the University of Aberdeen after growing up in Trinidad.
Jevan Jutagir

Owner, Red Advertising & Marketing

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