Ms. Alison Germak is the Director of Corporate Development at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution.
Within OPIC’s Small & Medium Enterprise Finance department, Ms. Germak leads a team responsible for counseling U.S. firms pursuing investments in over 100 emerging market countries. Since joining OPIC in 2004, she has originated successful project financings in sectors such as agribusiness, franchising, energy, tech, education, and health. Additionally, Ms. Germak chairs OPIC’s Innovative Financial Intermediaries Program (IFIP), which capitalizes private equity funds and other financial intermediaries investing in impactful and innovative emerging markets enterprises. Ms. Germak is a frequent presenter at trade and investment conferences and conducts various training seminars.
Ms. Germak holds a M.A. in International Commerce and Policy with an emphasis in Global Business from George Mason University’s School of Policy and Government and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Susquehanna University.
With executive-level experience in a number of fields ranging from non-profit management to environmental conservation, Alexandra Garcia is a seasoned leader and international development professional. She currently serves as the Chief Program Officer of World Central Kitchen, the non-profit founded by activist and humanitarian Chef José Andrés. There she leverages her expertise - along with her passion for supporting underserved communities around the world - to help WCK effect real and meaningful change through innovative and action-oriented programming. Alexandra oversees the organization’s food resiliency initiatives that fall outside the realm of disaster relief, focusing specifically on the areas of food access, security, and sovereignty.
Prior to WCK,
Alexandra served as the Executive Director of the International League of Conservation Photographers, an organization dedicated to supporting environmental, wildlife and cultural conservation agencies by providing quality, ethically-sourced photography from the League’s Photographer Fellows. Before iLCP, Alexandra spent 3 years as the founder and principal of WEDGE Resources, a strategic consultancy focused on organizational planning and program implementation in the nonprofit sector. Previously, she served as the President of The Fabretto Foundation, where she spearheaded the growth of the 501(c)3 organization from a grassroots, home based, all-volunteer project to a sustainable nonprofit entity with 8 employees and a $3.5 million operating budget.
Alexandra holds a Masters in International Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and a B.A. in Finance from Georgetown University. When she’s not busy empowering sustainable communities, other hats Alexandra enjoys wearing include wife, mother, planet earth lover, travel junkie, road biker, photography enthusiast, and all-around adventure seeker.
An energy industry veteran and a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 20 years’ experience in international government relations, financing, business development, information technology and management consulting, Ainsley is the founding member, Group Chief Executive Officer and Director of the NiQuan Energy Group, and also serves on the NiQuan Energy Trinidad Limited Board of Directors. NiQuan Energy is dedicated to the production of ultra-clean paraffinic diesel which significantly reduces vehicle emissions and improves air quality. NiQuan’s first project, at Pointe-a-Pierre in Trinidad, is due to begin production in Q2, 2020.
Prior to creating NiQuan Energy, Ainsley served as the Foreign Registered Agent for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) in the United States, promoting foreign relations, national security, trade, energy, business development and investments. He was the principal consultant to GORTT in negotiations to leverage the country’s membership in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum and was also engaged by the GORTT for the initial conceptualization, strategy development and rollout of the implementation plan for the Trinidad and Tobago International Financial Center.
Ainsley has also worked as principal development consultant to the state-owned gas company, Songagas, G.E. of Equatorial Guinea, where he advised on the collection, transformation and commercialization of all of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) interests. He also led negotiations to increase Sonagas’ equity interest in the Alba field and the establishment of the 3G consortium, which included Union Fenosa, Eon Ruhrgas and Mitsumi. In addition, Ainsley was the lead development consultant to RWE Supply and Trading and Excelerate Energy in the development of a major Natural Gas downstream facility and was principal consultant to BPTT in the promotion of the Trinidad and Tobago/ U.S.A. strategic energy interest.
Ainsley has founded several highly successful companies, one of which, CompSpa Inc., provided services to the US Government, including the IRS and NASA.
Ainsley serves as the Chairman of Leadership Global, a non-profit organization that works across the world empowering youth through leadership skills training and capacity building initiatives.
Greg is the Director of The Green Caribbean Center (CGTC) at the University of the Virgin Islands. The mission of the CGTC is to enhance the social and economic transformation of the U.S. Virgin Islands by teaching, developing, and helping implement the use of green technologies – renewable energy, green infrastructure and recycling/composting. Previously, Greg worked as Florida Urban Programs Director for the Nature Conservancy, where he initiated and developed a varied portfolio of research, implementation and outreach efforts that promoted the use of natural systems to improve quality of life of vulnerable communities in Southern Florida, and mitigate the impacts of natural hazards.
He also was a Post-Doc and Research Associate with the Natural Capital Project at Stanford, looking at how to model and design natural infrastructure for disaster risk reduction in cities and along coastlines. Greg started his career as a civil engineer with the sediment remediation consulting firm Anchor QEA. He has a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Ecole Superieure des Travaux Publics (Paris), a M.S. in Ocean and Coastal Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University.
Mr. Eric Guichard is founder & CEO of Homestrings, Inc., a Diaspora
investment advisory platform. Homestrings advises public, private and
multilateral organizations on how to mobilize diaspora capital for
investment into public and private projects.
Prior to Homestrings Eric was Founder and Chairman of GRAVITAS Capital,
an institutional asset management company he created in 1996. Before his
entrepreneurial stint, Eric was Portfolio Manager at the World Bank where
he also served as technical adviser to sovereign and multilateral institutions
Eric is a graduate of the University of Dakar, in Senegal; of Duquesne
University in Pittsburgh; and of the Harvard Business School, where he
earned his MBA (World Bank Scholar and Harvard Fellowship award.)
He serves on several non-profit boards, including: The AU – African
Diaspora Health Initiative (AU - ADHI) Steering Executive Committee
(Americas); The African Development Bank’s Steering Committee on
Diaspora Investments; The International Organization on Migration
Advisory Board on Diaspora Investments; and the University of Maryland's
Center for Financial Policy – an academic think tank on policy reform.
In 2013 Eric received "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" from London-based
African Diaspora Awards for successfully launching Homestrings.com. In
2014, Homestrings Ltd received the "African Financier of the Year" Award
from the Association of African-Owned Enterprises, UK.
Mr. Selwin Hart was appointed by the Government of Barbados as Ambassador of Barbados to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Barbados to the Organization of American States on 1 November 2016.
Prior to his appointment Mr. Hart served as the Director of the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Change Support Team (CCST) where he played a key role in the historic adoption and entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change. As a Senior Advisor, Mr. Hart provided substantive advice on climate change to the Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon in his engagements with Heads of State and Government and other senior officials. He was also responsible for providing overall supervision and guidance to the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team in the implementation of the Secretary-General’s second-term Five-Year Action Agenda.
Before joining the United Nations Mr. Hart served as the Climate Finance Advisor to the Caribbean Development Bank. He was responsible for positioning CDB to better mobilize climate finance from international sources to support the Bank’s interventions in the areas of climate resilience and low carbon development.
Mr. Hart is a career Foreign Service Office in the Barbados Foreign Service. He has served as a Senior Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consul in the Consulate-General of Barbados in New York and Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Barbados to the United Nations. At the Permanent Mission of Barbados to the UN he was responsible for economic and financial affairs, sustainable development and oceans issues. At meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,
Mr. Hart served as the Chief Climate Change Negotiator for Barbados as well as coordinator and lead negotiator on finance for the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS), a coalition of 43 Islands and low-lying coastal states. He was a member of the Kyoto Protocol Adaptation Fund Board from 2009 to 2010 and was elected by the UN General Assembly as Vice-Chairman of the 2nd Committee of the UNGA (Economic and Financial) during its 60th Session. Mr. Hart also served as the Sherpa to The Right Hon. Freundel Stuart, Q.C. M.P, Prime Minister of Barbados in his capacity as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability.
Mr. Hart holds a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Economics and Accounting, from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados and a Master of Arts Degree in International Political Economy (specialization in International Economics), from Fordham University in New York. He was also the recipient of an Organization of American States (OAS) fellowship to Georgetown University in Washington D.C. where he completed a post-graduate certificate in Trade Planning and Strategic Management in 1995.
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