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.



Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Colonel Roger Carter was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1968. He joined the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (Army) on 29 December, 1989 and was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 2016.  

In 1990, he attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and the Platoon Commanders’ Battle Course in Teteron Barracks, Trinidad.  On commissioning in 1991, he was posted to the 1st Infantry Battalion, Trinidad and Tobago Regiment where he served as a rifle platoon commander.

During his career, Colonel Carter has held a variety of appointments to include Adjutant, Battalion Logistics Officer, Training Officer, Company Second in Command and Company Commander. He has served as the Battalion Second in Command and Battalion Commander of Infantry, Engineer and Combat Service Support units.


In 2003, he was appointed Operations Officer for the Inter Agency Task Force, a police/military anti-crime unit in Trinidad and Tobago.  He served as the Director of the Specialised Youth Service Programmes from 2008 to 2012 where he managed all of the government’s military-led youth programmes for youths at risk.  In 2011, Colonel Carter was appointed Assistant Chief Staff Officer Operations at the National Military Headquarters where he was responsible for Joint, Inter-agency and multi-national operations and management of the Inter Agency Counter Terrorism Team.  He was Trinidad and Tobago’s lead planner for Exercise Tradewinds 2017.  He was appointed Defence Attaché to Washington in April 2018 and is to be accredited as Defence Attaché to Canada.

Colonel Carter was deployed to Haiti as a Platoon Commander from 1995 to 1996 with the 4th CARICOM Battalion as part of the United Nations Mission in Haiti. He also deployed to the Commonwealth of Dominica in 2017 as the Contingent Commander of the Trinidad and Tobago contingent in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Colonel Carter has attended the Jamaica, Junior Command and Staff Course, both as a student and as a member of the directing staff.  He has also completed the Army Operations Course in Canada, Defence Resource Management at the Naval Post Graduate School in California and Human Rights in Peace Keeping in Buenos Aires, Argentina among many other courses.  Colonel Carter holds an MSc (with distinction) in National Security and Strategic Studies from the University of the West Indies and has been pursuing a PhD in Criminology at the University of Trinidad and Tobago since September 2017.

He is married to his childhood sweetheart Ava and together they have two beautiful girls; Kezzia and Kerenha.  He enjoys writing and published his first work of fiction, “Deep in Thought about Nothing” in 2011. His current writing project “Outside a Wobble”, is a discourse on achieving innovative solutions within the policy environment.

Defense and Military Attache
Embassy of the Republic of 
Trinidad & Tobago

COL. ROGER CARTER Defense and Military Attache Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago


Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF)

Jerry Christopher Butler was three times elected and until recently served as one of the fourteen (14) resident Board Chair Executive Directors for the 48 country owners, who create policy and approve all lending, investment, and grant operations in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) for the IADB Group. He was Chair of the Programming Committee for the $15 billion lending envelope of 2018 operations. He has served as Dean and Chair of the Board. The IADB is the oldest and largest regional multilateral development and investment bank with a triple A rating and over $100 Billion in Assets. It is also the largest source of public financing in Latin America and the Caribbean. Jerry previously headed a Bahamas-based private consultancy practice that provided business advisory services and specialized in identifying and executing Project Investment opportunities in both the Public and Private Sectors in LAC. He is frequently accessed to provide strategic advisory services on policy and legislative initiatives throughout LAC. He is also the Founding Chairman of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), the largest and oldest Caribbean investment forum for renewable energy stakeholders. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the Bahamas Securities Commission; Chairman of the Latin American Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC – ACORE) Advisory Board; Consultant on the World Bank Caribbean Entrepreneur (EPIC) SME Program; and Director of a significant Caribbean insurance company. His professional experience in finance, banking, public accounting, wealth management and financial services spans over thirty (30) years in New York, Washington, LAC, and Europe. He holds an MBA from the University of Miami as Summa Cum Laude Class Valedictorian, a BSc in Computer Science from New York’s Manhattan College, and was a law student at the University of the West Indies. He is also licensed as a Chartered Accountant, a Building Contractor, a Financial and Corporate Services Provider (FCSP), a Realtor, and is a Certified IAAF Coach in Track and Field Sports.

Jerry C. Butler, Chairman, Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

Jerry C. Butler, Chairman, Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum


Resilience Capital Ventures LLC and Technology for Development

Gillian Marcelle, PhD is a senior leader in economic development and international business with a proven track record in attracting investment to emerging markets. She is currently the managing member of Resilience Capital Ventures LLC, an advisory firm

in the blended finance space and serves as a non-Executive Director of Tafari Capital, an innovative fintech start-up in Joburg, South Africa. Her finance background includes development finance with the International Finance Corporation, as well as, equities and

capital markets with JP Morgan Chase. She has also advised the United Nations on impact investment and innovation for the benefit of the global South. In July 2018, she completed a contract as the Executive Director of the UVI RTPark, a specialist economic development agency for the US Virgin Islands. In this role, she successfully

transformed the organization; doubling the number of technology and knowledge based investors in three years and placing focus on deriving social investment contributions

from the firms benefiting from generous tax incentives. A global citizen with wide networks and various communities of practice drawn from her personal and professional

connections in Washington DC., London, Johannesburg and Trinidad & Tobago. Her educational background includes earning degrees in Economics from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, and the Kiel Institute of World Economics, an MBA with a

specialization in high technology management from the George Washington University and a doctorate in innovation policy from the Science and Technology Policy Research

Unit, SPRU, University of Sussex. For her scholarly work, she is an affiliated researcher at the Tata Center for Technology and Design, MIT, Cambridge MA. 

Founder, Resilience Capital Ventures LLC and Technology for Development

Dr. Gillian Marcelle, Founder, Resilience Capital Ventures LLC and Technology for Development

Dr. Gillian Marcelle, Founder, Resilience Capital Ventures LLC and Technology for Development