MICHELLE A. BROOKS

US Department of Commerce

Ms. Brooks has over 25 years of expertise as a country specialist for the English-speaking Caribbean region for the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this role of Desk Officer for the Caribbean Region, Ms. Brooks supports and can play a leadership role in developing ITA’s activities in the Caribbean region. The Desk Officer must liaise consistently and productively with stakeholders including our commercial offices and the business community and have an overall strong knowledge of the technical issues, politics and economics of the region, relevant research, and best practices on all points related to programs and issues as assigned. The Desk officer serves as a contact point between the overseas missions and headquarters, and, though the headquarters agency, with other interested parties in support of the development and implementation of programs and priorities. 


Ms. Brooks earned both a Bachelor of Science and master’s in business administration from Columbia Union College (CUC). 

Michelle A. Brooks,  Caribbean region, International Trade Administration, U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

Michelle A. Brooks, Caribbean region, International Trade Administration, U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

DAV-ERNAN KOWLESSAR

Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC)

Mr. Dav-Ernan Kowlessar, a Business Development and Management Consultant by profession with over 20 years’ experience, is the Executive Chairman of DYKON Developments Limited; a business development firm operating out of Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.


Graduating from the University of the West Indies with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Industrial Management, he qualified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2003, and has completed several courses in Gender and Development (UWI), Trade, Growth and Poverty (World Bank Institute) along with certificates in Human Resources Management (Canada) and is in the process of completing certification as an International Trade Professional (CITP).


With a skill-set that includes market research, institutional development, economic and financial analysis, trade facilitation, SME development, training and change management, Dav-Ernan has presented around the world at various conferences, workshops and been part of international working groups and committees on subject areas such as trade agreements, capacity building for SME development, globalisation and finance, climate change and disaster risk reduction, business continuity, as well as institutional strengthening and the socio-financial market. He has lectured in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management for CIPS and BTEC from the UK.


In practice, Dav-Ernan has worked on and chaired several Steering Committees that led to the establishment of the Central Finance Facility in Trinidad and Tobago and the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Service Industries. Dav-Ernan has served in various capacities on the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) currently he is the Secretary and Head of Secretariat. Under the CAIC he is the Chair of the CARIFORUM side of the EU-CARIFORUM EPA Joint Consultative Committee, Chair of the ACP Non State Actors platform and Chair of the Regional Private Sector Network on DRR by UNISDR. 


He was also a Trustee of the Caribbean and Central American Action (CCAA) and is a member of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside, Canada, a past president of the Rotary Club of Maracas/St. Joseph, Trinidad, and chair of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) for District 7820, Canada.



Dav-Ernan Kowlessar, Head of Secretariat, Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC)

Dav-Ernan Kowlessar, Head of Secretariat, Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC)

BARTON CLARKE

Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)

Mr. Barton Clarke was appointed Executive Director for the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) on 12th May, 2015. Mr Clarke is a national of Barbados and has a wealth of professional experience in agricultural development and a deep understanding and knowledge of the Region’s political and socio-economic systems.

In his position Mr Clarke is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Institute’s work programme inclusive of donor funded projects. He also leads resource mobilisation activities, so as to increase scientific and technological research, innovation and partnerships critical to boosting the Region’s agricultural sector.


Mr Clarke has held many senior managerial positions including the position of Chief Agricultural Officer in his native Barbados. He served as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Representative for Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname at the FAO Office in Trinidad and Tobago. He also held various positions previously at CARDI including Country Representative for Barbados, Dominica and St Lucia, Deputy Director Technical Programmes for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Project Manager for European Union (EU) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded projects.

Barton Clarke, Executive Director, Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)

Barton Clarke, Executive Director, Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)