Pro Vice-Chancellor, UWI Cave Hill Campus
Professor Robinson oversees the Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies (OBUS). The OBUS is charged with responsibility for policy, quality and regionality in developing and coordinating policy initiatives to guide all aspects of undergraduate and sub-degree programming at The UWI and its regional and global affiliates.
Professor Robinson has served The UWI for 24 years and continues to have an illustrious career that spans teaching, programme coordination, research, university administration and public service.
He first joined the Cave Hill Campus as a Lecturer in the Department of Management Studies in 1997. In 2003, he was promoted to Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, serving in that capacity until 2007. Subsequently, he returned to teaching in Management as Senior Lecturer and then served as Head of the Department of Management for five years.
In 2012, he became Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and has held several other responsibilities at Cave Hill, including campus representative on the University Council and the Board for Undergraduate Studies.
He also served as a member of the task force, ‘Creation of an Entrepreneurial University’ in 2016, and a member of the task force for the establishment of a Faculty of Sport in 2017.
In 2020, Professor Robinson became the Head of the Department of Economics and Executive Director & CEO Ag. of the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management.
Professor Robinson has led the development of several BSc and MSc programmes, including the BSc and MSc Banking and Finance programmes and the BSc Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business
and Marketing. He has also served as supervisor to a total of 12 PhD and 15 MPhil students, to date.
Professor Robinson has been an invited presenter at prestigious conferences around the world, as far as Qatar.
His noteworthy portfolio of public service to national, regional, and international public and scholarly bodies spans positions such as Director of the Central Bank of Barbados, First Vice President of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Financial Advisor to the Barbados Co-operative Credit Union League, Financial Advisor to Windward Islands Farmers’ Association (WINFA), Chair of the Barbados National Insurance Scheme, Member of the Council of Economic Advisors, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Member of the ISSA Social Security Investments Expert Panel, and Member of the Oversight Committee on State-Owned Enterprises in Barbados.
Economic Advisor to the Barbados Government
Dr. Kevin Greenidge is the Senior Advisor to the Government of Barbados on leave from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he is a Senior Economist since 2011. Prior to that, he was Director of the Research and Economic Analysis Department at the Central Bank of Barbados where he spent 17 years.
Dr. Greenidge holds a B.Sc. in Economics with first class honours from the University of the West Indies, a Masters in Economics from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, also in the UK. He also holds an associate degree in Business Management from Columbia University.
Dr. Greenidge has published extensively in the area of eco-nomics with over 200 publications in numerous journals, both regionally and internationally. His publications in-clude the measurement of financial liberalisation and the challenges of policy makers in small developing countries, issues of exchange rate misalignment in the Caribbean, cross country monetary effects, and growth and convergence in the Caribbean. His current research focus is on growth and debt dynamics in small island economies, the macroeconomic effects of governance and corruption, and on fiscal multipliers and growth.
Dr. Greenidge is also a member of the International Atlan-tic Economic Society, the Western Economic Association, and a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society. He is also a referee for a number of journals.
Director Strategic Projects, Sagicor Life Inc.
John Edward (Ed) Clarke is Director of Strategic Projects for Sagicor Life Inc in Barbados. He retired from his position as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Barbados Operations for Sagicor Life Inc on 30th June 2020 after 13 years with Sagicor.
Mr. Clarke is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is a Certified Internal Auditor with more than 45 years' experience in the field of auditing, accounting, financial services, and international business management. He began his accounting career at Pannell Fitzpatrick & Company Chartered Accountants in Barbados (now Ernst & Young) and he later joined Texaco and subsequently Chevron Inc and served as a senior Manager in its Finance team in Barbados, Nigeria and the USA.
Mr. Clarke is currently a Director of Sagicor General Insurance Inc, Sagicor Funds Incorporated, Sagicor Asset Management Inc, The Estates Group Holdings Limited, Barbados Farms Ltd, Chequerhall Investments Inc, Chequerhall PV Inc and Four Cross Inc. He is the Immediate past Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association and immediate past Co-Chair of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) Monitoring Committee. He attended The Lodge School, in the parish of his birth, St John, he is married to Jane and is the father of two young adults and stepfather of three. Ed became a grandfather in 2021.
Tricia Watson has over 25 years' experience as a practising Attorney-at-Law. Tricia has substantial experience as in-house counsel at technology based companies, and honed her expertise as regulatory counsel over twenty years at Cable & Wireless and as a private practitioner providing regulatory advice and services to private sector clients and the Government of Barbados.
Tricia provides corporate, commercial, regulatory and compliance services to small, medium and large companies. She also provides professional services to the Government of Barbados. Tricia participated in the Government of Barbados' initial Telecommunications Working Group established in 1999 to design a national telecommunications policy and legislative framework to enable liberalisation of the sector, and had responsibility for preparing drafting instructions for the current Telecommunications Act and draft regulations. She has since sat on the Working Group to update the Telecommunications Act and associated legislation. Tricia's utility regulation expertise was also brought to bear as first ever Chair of the Barbados Light and Power advisory Committee (2015 - 2017). As a consultant, she has advised the Government of Barbados on legal and regulatory and policy matters related to the liberalisation and modernisation of the electricity sector.
In addition to her legal qualifications, Tricia holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Durham, Durham Business School and has trained extensively in telecommunications regulation, utility regulation, competition law, and international arbitration, legislative drafting, regulation and policy.
Tricia is a former moderator of Barbados' leading current affairs radio programme, Down to Brasstacks. She continues to moderate online public discussion and education fora.
Vice President, Clarity Insurance
Nikita Gibson is the Vice President of Clarity Life Insurance Ltd. and a Partner at Castalia Consulting Inc, companies registered in Barbados. Her experience ranges in the financial and insurance industries where she manages the expectations of shareholders, directors and clients.
Nikita has a Bachelor of Science, First Class Honours in Mathematics and Economics from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and a Master of Science in Actuarial Science from Heriot Watt University. She is an Associate Actuary with the Society of Actuaries and the Caribbean Actuarial Association.
In her role at Clarity Life, Nikita develops bespoke life insurance solutions for high-net worth individuals across the globe for purposes such as generational wealth transfer and asset protection. In her role at Castalia and as a risk management professional, she proactively explores new industry developments and impacts, facilitating innovative responses to assist clients in quantitative risk management solutions. Nikita has facilitated various training sessions across the region and has been asked to present in areas of financial health, wealth and investments for a range of individuals, businesses and associations.
Tracy Marshall is an Assurance Partner with EY and brings over 16 years of experience serving clients in the retail, distribution, manufacturing and hotel sectors in Barbados and the OECS. She holds a BSc. degree in Accounting from the University of the West Indies and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).
A Certified Learning Leader with the EY Caribbean practice, she utilizes her leadership and coaching skills to serve as a counselor and mentor for over 20 employees. Tracy, a practicing member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados since 2016 also serves as a Committee Member of the Accounting and Auditing Standards Committee. She also previously served as a member of the Nominations Committee of ICAB and is currently the Employer Advocate for the recently created Local Chapter of ACCA.
As it relates to her professional philosophy, she believes and practices the words of Maya Angelou, “Nothing will work unless you do!”
She currently serves as the chair of the EY Insider Newsletter Committee, a monthly internal publication showcasing news and focus stories impacting the practice and is also a Trustee of the EY Management Ltd. Pension Plan. Tracy finds balance for all her commitments via her love for yoga and fitness in which she engages at least 3-4 times per week.
How you transform your business as technology, consumer, habits industry dynamic s change? Find out from those leading the charge.
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Dr. Rochelle Haynes
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Many elements of what was considered the future of work have been accelerated and have become today’s reality for many companies, as COVID-19 made it necessary to undergo rapid workplace restructuring. But changes in the working world were already well underway long before the pandemic was upon us.
How do we manage these changes? What are the opportunities available in the new workplace? How do we keep pace with workforce transformation? How do we keep employees passionate about the new way of doing business? These questions and more will be discussed in this session.
Barbados recently hosted UNCTAD15 which was seen as an opportunity for the development community to align the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development with the new normal created by the global pandemic. But what is the purpose of the UN sustainable development goals and how do they impact on Barbados and the wider Caribbean? Why should our businesses be passionate about sustainability? What are the possibilities for sustainability in the Caribbean?
With the onset of the pandemic, the global supply chain had seen disruption like never before. Anyone going to the supermarket has seen not only an increase in overall prices, but often a scarcity of goods on the shelves. But this is not limited to the retail and distribution sector only, but throughout the economy. Are there any opportunities for business from this global crisis?
The term digital transformation has been on the tip of the tongue for everyone for some time now. We hear it from our leaders in the public and private sectors, but it is so much more than a buzzword, it is driving a new purpose in future business models. When done correctly it drives productivity, improves the customer experience, strengthens security, and makes your business better in just about every way. So, what does it really take to kick start digital transformation? Don’t miss this session if you want to know!
What is the purpose of ESG and Integrated Reporting? Gone are the days when an organization could simply record good deeds in a corporate social responsibility report or annual report. As environmental, social and governance issues continue to evolve as a top priority for investors, companies must determine what to disclose so that it outlines risks, but also highlights business possibilities. Today, ESG issues are prompting companies to integrate financial data with sustainability data to give investors a better picture of corporate risks and materiality, corporate strategy, and long-term value. So how can companies get ahead of this and have a greater impact on shareholder engagement? The answer lies in integrated reporting.