HON. MINISTER MARSHA CADDLE

Minister of Economic Affairs, Barbados

Marsha Caddle is an economist, Member of Parliament and Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment in Barbados.  Her specialties in Economics are financing for development, macro-fiscal governance, and inequality, social protection and labour.  Prior to joining the Cabinet of Barbados, Ms. Caddle worked as Governance Specialist with the Caribbean Development Bank, and Programme Manager with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  She was also Programme Specialist, Economic Security and Rights with the then United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).


She received a Masters in Economics from the Universidad Católica Santo Domingo in 2002, and has since continued her training in International Economics with the University of Utah, and in Poverty Analysis and Measurement with the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.


Ms. Caddle has written and spoken extensively on issues of economic justice, providing advice to governments and international organisations on inclusive growth, macro-fiscal governance and inequality. 

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BENITO WHEATLEY

British Virgin Islands (BVI)

  

Benito Wheatley is the Special Envoy of the Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and also the Premier’s 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. 


During his tenure from 2014-2018, Benito was the BVI’s Sherpa for annual ministerial meetings and Brexit discussions between the OTs and the UK and ministerial meetings between the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and the EU. He was also the Co-Chair of the OCT/EU Financial Services Partnership Working Party in Brussels and the Territory’s spokesman on financial services in the UK and Europe. In 2016/2017 he represented the BVI at the OECD’s Phase 4 Examination of the UK’s implementation and enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.

From 2016-2018, he represented the BVI as a Vice President of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC) which is the permanent Caribbean subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). 


In 2016, he served as the Chairman of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) in London on behalf of the BVI. Prior to this in 2014/2015 he served as the Chairman of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) in Brussels, also on behalf of the BVI, during which time the BVI hosted the 13th OCT–EU Forum, as well as the EU-Caribbean Regional Conference and OCTA Ministerial Conference. 

Prior to becoming the BVI’s UK and EU Representative, Benito was Deputy Director and Political Officer at the BVI London Office from 2011-2014. He was also formerly an Analyst in the International Affairs and Services Department at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Washington, DC. 


Benito is a Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge where he is examining the future of the British Overseas Territories (OT), particularly in relation to financial services, hurricane recovery, Brexit and partnership with the United Kingdom (UK).

He is also a member of the prestigious International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and AMLP Forum—The Financial Crime and Corruption Association


Benito 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 of the Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Benito Wheatley Special Envoy of the Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI)

H.E. RIYAD INSANALLY

Ambassador of the Republic of Guyana

Dr. Riyad Insanally assumed the post on September 1, 2016, as Guyana's Eighth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America and Fourth Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS). He sees his mission as working to enhance Guyana’s bilateral relations with the US and raising Guyana’s profile as a responsible member of the hemispheric community, as well as helping to build bridges across the Guyanese-American Diaspora.


Ambassador Insanally is a career diplomat, having joined Guyana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990. Prior to this posting, he was the OAS Representative in Trinidad and Tobago (2008-2016) and an Adviser to the OAS Assistant Secretary General, in Washington, DC (2006-2008).


Ambassador Insanally was a Senior Trade Adviser at the Guyana High Commission in London, and Commercial Representative of the Guyana Sugar Corporation, representing Guyana’s sugar interests in Europe (2004-2006). He was a Political Adviser to the first two Secretaries General of the Association of Caribbean States in Port of Spain, Trinidad (1997-2003); and a Senior Foreign Service Officer in the Guyana Foreign Ministry (1990-1997), specializing in multilateral diplomacy and regional integration issues. He was also a Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Guyana from 1981 to 1984.


Ambassador Insanally studied Modern Languages and Latin American Studies and holds MA and MPhil degrees from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from Harvard University. He is married to Sarah and the couple have two children, Emily and Jamie.


Ambassador Insanally comes from a distinguished family of educators. His father, Sheik MD Insanally, taught Spanish at the University of Guyana for a number of years. In his letters of credence to President Barack Obama Ambassador Insanally paid tribute to his predecessor Ambassador Bayney Karran who has been posted to China. Ambassador Insanally spoke about the importance of bi-lateral and mutli-lateral relations with the United States and the role of the diaspora.

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