OPENING REMARKS

H.E. Riyad Insanally, Ambassador of Guyana

H.E. RIYAD INSANALLY
Ambassador of Guyana

Roundtable I - Legislative & Policy Framework

MICHELLE A. BROOKS

Michelle A. Brooks, US Department of Commerce

Country Specialist Caribbean Region

International Trade Administration 

U.S. Dept. of Commerce. 

DAV-ERNAN KOWLESSAR

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

Secretary and Head of Secretariat

Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC)

SALLY YEARWOOD

Sally Yearwood

Former Executive Director
Caribbean Central American Action

BARTON CLARKE

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

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

Roundtable II - Regulatory & Technical Issues - Ports

LCDR ZEKE LYONS

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International Port Security Program Coast Guard 

DARWIN TELEMAQUE

Darwin Telemaque, Chief Executive Officer, Antigua Port Authority

Chief Executive Officer

Antigua Port Authority 

Lunch Session - Issues on Industrial Hemp & Medical Canabis

SCHERIL MURRAY POWELL, ESQ.

Scheril Murray Powell, Esq.

Managing Partner

Scheril Murray Powell, P.A 

DR. GARY RHULE

Dr. Gary Rhule, Golden Bay Developments

Golden Bay Developments

CHUCK MORGAN

Chuck Morgan, RS2DO

Business Development Consultant

RS2DO

Roundtable III - Innovation in SMART Agri-Business

SABINE O'HARA

Sabine U. O'Hara, Dean of CAUSES and Land-grant Programs University of the District of Columbia

Dean of CAUSES and Land-grant Programs University of the District of Columbia

MIGUEL GARCIA WINDER

Miguel Garcia Winder

Manager, Center for Strategic Analysis for Agriculture (CAESPA) at IICA. 

BENJAMIN BRANCH

Dr. Benjamin Branch is the Deputy Librarian at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Deputy Librarian at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus 

Jamaica

AARON KOREWA

Aaron Kowera, McCain Institute, ASU

Project Coordinator

Decision Theater

McCain Institute for International Leadership, ASU

SINCLAIR SKINNER

Sinclair Skinner, BitMari

Co-Founder
BitMari - Pan-African Bitcoin Wallet

Keynote Speaker

AMBASSADOR SELWIN HART

Ambassador Selwin Hart

Executive Director, Caribbean

Inter-American Development Bank 

Roundtable IV - Industry Associations Agricultural Sector

SHAHERA MCKOY

Shahera McKoy, BELTRAIDE

Manager of ExportBelize

Belize Trade and Investment Development Service

(BELTRAIDE)

JEREMY COON

Jeremy Coon

Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Representative
Inter-American Foundation (IAF)

RACHEL (RAHA) SHAHIDSALES

Rachel (Raha) Shahidsaless is a Senior Private Sector Specialist at the World Bank Group

Senior Private Sector Specialist at the World Bank Group

VASSEL STEWART

Vassel Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA)

Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA)

Roundtable V - Micro-Insurance and Marketing Ecosystems

AARON MOSES

Aaron Moses, Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions

Director for the Caribbean

 World Confederation of Credit Unions

ELDA DEVARIE

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President, EMD SALES

STEVE MCDONALD

Steve McDonald, YAADMarket

Owner & CEO

YAAD Markets

HARRY CROYDON

Harry Croydon, Microfinance

CEO

Microfinance.com

WILL BULLOCK

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National Cooperative Business Association

Stories From The Field

KIMONE GOODEN

Kimone Gooden, Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Task Force

Chair, Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Task Force

NEIL CURTIS

Neil Curtis, Farm Up Jamaica

Founder and Executive Director

Farm Up Jamaica

PAUL GUENETTE

Paul Guenette, ACDI VOCA

Chief Communications Officer

ACDI VOCA

Roundtable VI - FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

ALISON GERMAK

Alison Germak

Director of Corporate Development Overseas Private Investment Corporation

MICHAEL K. JACKSON

Michael K. Jackson, US EXIM Bank

Export Finance Manager at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) 

KELLEE JAMES

Kellee James, Mercaris

Founder & CEO

MERCARIS

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)

AMBASSADOR DR. EDWARD GREEN

     

Dr   Edward Greene, currently UN Secretary General Special Envoy for HIV in the  Caribbean   was previously Assistant Secretary General, Human and Social  Development, CARICOM   Secretariat 2000-2010, and Senior Adviser, Health and Human Development, PAHO/WHO 1995-1999. He   played pioneering roles in the  establishment of the Pan Caribbean   Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) 2001, the Caribbean Accreditation Authority   for Medical and other Health  Professionals 2004, and the   Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), 2013.


He served on many prestigious Boards including Vice   Chair of United Way Jamaica,   Coordinator of the Inter American Foundation ( outreach) for Jamaica   that helped to develop small business opportunities and community projects,     Director of the Board of the  Canadian International Institute   for Peace and Security, Member of the  Commonwealth Secretariat High Level   Panel for South-South Cooperation in Higher Education and observer on the   UNAIDS/ Lancet Defeating AIDS- Achieving 

Sustainable Health. He was also a Director of the   International Cricket Council for Caribbean World Cup Cricket 2007 and Chair   of the CARICOM Steering Committee for Climate Change and Sustainable   Development 2008-2010 and now serves as an Advisor to the Caribbean Community   Climate Change Centre. 


His distinguished academic career at UWI   included: Pro Vice Chancellor, Development and Alumni Relations 1989-1993,   University Director, Institute of Social and Economic Relations (ISER), 1982-1989,   Interim Director of the Consortium Graduate School for the Social Sciences in   the Caribbean 1984-85; and appointments to the rank of Professor (1987) and   inaugural Professorial Fellow, ISER (1994). He has authored 10 books and over   60 articles and is Professor Emeritus of UWI.  He holds a B.Sc. in Economics (London   University), MSc Political Economy (Mc Master University) and Ph.D. (University of British Columbia) In addition Dr Greene has been consultant   to several international agencies including the World Bank, IDB, The European   Union , UNDP, UNESCO and held visiting Professorship at UCLA, University of   Havana, and University of British Columbia.


Dr    Greene is the recipient of numerous   awards, including national honours from  Guyana and Suriname, the prestigious PAHO/WHO Award for Administration in Public Health and the Sir Phillip Sherlock Award from the University of the West  Indies and University of Technology,   Jamaica for outstanding contribution to health and development in the Caribbean 

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