JERRY C. BUTLER

Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF)

Jerry’s extensive global and Caribbean work spans more than 35 years in Project Finance, Renewable Energy, Infrastructure, Financial Service and the Insurance sectors. His multilateral experience included World Bank and Caricom consultancies, and since 2004 to 2018, he has been elected by 48 countries to serve three non consecutive terms on fourteen member Board of Executive Directors of both the Private Sector IIC- Inter American Investment Corporation and the Public Sector Bank of the IADB- Inter American Development Bank Group. He has been Chair and Dean of both Boards.

Jerry returned home to the Bahamas in September 2018 to participate in private offerings for infrastructure, renewable energy, and new emerging technologies in the Bahamas and the wider LAC Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently engaged in fundraising and promotional missions to Dubai (World’s Fair 2020), New York, and Beijing for funding new technologies for a proposed Caribbean commercial banking license, a cryptocurrency exchange, a digital fiat, island wide electric vehicle infrastructure, a Stem cell medical center, and a renewable energy and natural gas installation on three different continents.

Jerry created the CREF- Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (www.newenergyevents.com) twelve years ago with his business partner and events manager. He predicted that renewable energy in the Caribbean both on the grid, and in transportation, would be the single most disruptive challenge to enhancing the competitiveness of small island economies. His annual CREF meetings and network of over 600 investors, stakeholders, and utilities is focused on transforming the energy matrix in the Caribbean and now extends to Central America. CREF is regularly attended at the highest levels, and sponsored by all Caribbean Governments, the US DOE, US AID, Canada DOE, the World Bank, the IFC, the IDB, German GIZ, and the CDB. Jerry is particularly proud of the launch last year of WIRE - Women in Renewable Energy at CREF.

In addition to previously serving as the Deputy Chair of the Bahamas (SEC) Securities Commission, Jerry is licensed as an FCSP Financial Corporate Service Provider experienced in creating and managing mutual funds and offshore vehicles in the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, BVI, Cayman and Turks and Caicos.

He is also trained and licensed as a Bahamas and New York State Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Auditor with expertise in corporate governance, business development, and risk management. He holds an MBA Summa Cum Laude in International Business, a Computer Information Systems degree, has studied law, is a certified licensed realtor, and a certified coach in Track and Field. 

Jerry C. Butler, Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum
Jerry C. Butler, Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

DR. LIZ ALLEN

Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute

Dr. Liz Allen contributes to interdisciplinary resilience research initiatives at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute, applying a sociotechnical systems perspective to study sustainability and social justice implications of the sharing economy, energy system transitions, and climate change adaptation and resilience. She also supports international research coordination and partner engagement within the Global Resilience Research Network.


Liz holds a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. Her doctoral research explored approaches to stakeholder engagement in regional climate change impacts modeling and analyzed how environmental models are used in agricultural and forestry land use planning. Her community engagement work centers on collaborative system dynamics modeling to facilitate dialogue and span boundaries between different ways of understanding complex food, energy, and water systems in the context of global change.

Dr. Lisa Allen
Dr. Lisa Allen

ISAAC ANTHONY

Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility CCRIF SPC

Isaac Anthony is currently the Chief Executive Officer of CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility), the world's first multi-country risk pool providing parametric insurance. He has over twenty-five years of senior management experience spanning the areas of public finance, financial sector supervision and economic planning having held key positions with the Government of Saint Lucia including Permanent Secretary, Finance, Economic Affairs & National Development.


Mr Anthony led the most far-reaching reforms in public financial management in Saint Lucia and is a strong advocate for sound public finance in the Caribbean having been instrumental in the establishment of the Caribbean Public Finance Association and serving as its first chairman. He is now using his rich experience in public finance and disaster risk financing to promote catastrophe insurance as a strategy to support fiscal and climate resilience. 


Mr Anthony has served on several Boards, including those of the Caribbean Development Bank and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. He is the current Chairman of the National Insurance Corporation in Saint Lucia and a Commissioner of the Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission (ECSRC). He graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration.

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ARNO BOERSMA

Island Impact

Arno Boersma is the founding partner of Island Impact - a social enterprise that aims to bring positive impact to small islands through initiatives in sustainable development - and the former director of UNDP’s Center of Excellence for Small Island Developing States. He is an experienced knowledge strategist with a passion for turning knowledge into action, preferably knowledge related to island opportunities in energy, water, climate, tourism, waste, ocean, and biodiversity. Arno has been an entrepreneur as well as worked for multinational firms, the World Bank and the UN. Most recently, from 2016-2019, he led the launch and growth of the UNDP's Center of Excellence for Small Island Developing States which aims to foster island-to-island collaboration and knowledge exchange. He recently moved from Aruba to Washington, DC where he subsequently launched the Network of Island Professionals.  

Arno Boersma, Island Impact
Arno Boersma, Island Impact

JEAN ROBERT BAGUIDY

Jean-Robert D. Baguidy, Senior Business Development Specialist, Access to Capital Team Lead, MBDA

  

Jean-Robert Baguidy is the Access to Capital Team Lead in the Office Business Development at the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), United States Department of Commerce. Mr. Baguidy is Haitian-American and has over 30 years twenty years of experience in Commercial Banking, International Trade Finance and Venture Capital. He holds a BBA in Finance from Howard University and an MBA in International Finance and Banking from George Washington University. 


Prior to joining MBDA, Mr. Baguidy worked at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Investments, as an Investment Analyst for Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) engaged in Venture Capital, and his duties involved the review and approval of funding requests, evaluating financial performance and portfolio monitoring of private equity funds. (Over a seven-year period, Mr. Baguidy approved over $5 billion in financing for SBICs). Jean-Robert also worked for ten years at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), as a Loan Officer in the following divisions: U.S. Small Business Credit, Structured Export Finance, and Export Credit Insurance. 


Mr. Baguidy also spent time in the private commercial banking sector working as a Commercial Loan Officer at Navy Federal Credit Union, Industrial Bank, NA, and National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. 

Jean-Robert D. Baguidy, Senior Business Development Specialist, Access to Capital Team Lead, MBDA
Jean-Robert D. Baguidy, Senior Business Development Specialist, Access to Capital Team Lead, MBDA

JEREMY COON

Inter-American Foundation (IAF)

  

Jeremy is the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) representative for Bolivia and regional initiatives including the Gran Chaco. He also is the regional champion coordinating IAF’s Sustainable Natural Resources, Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. He has a long history of commitment to grassroots groups and economic and social development projects in Latin America. He has specialized in micro small and medium enterprise development, local economic development, value chain finance, strategic planning and NGO capacity building. Before coming to the IAF. 


Jeremy worked with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the SEEP Network, and Social Compact providing expertise on developing their strategies constructing local development initiatives that empower communities and small businesses in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the United States. He founded and supported the founding of several NGOs in enterprise development, health, culture and education. 


He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and has worked and lived in Brazil. Jeremy speaks Spanish and Portuguese as well as some Guarani, French and German. Jeremy received his MA in International Development and a Ph.D. in International Economic Development from Tulane University and a BA in Economics and International Relations from Boston University both in the United States.

Jeremy Coon, Inter-American Foundation
Jeremy Coon, Inter-American Foundation