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This symposium is an open gathering for the local and overseas participants to be introduced to the international bamboo experts by way of key thematic presentations at this CIBS. It will include a presentation on Bamboo standards as well as executive reports and discussions.

Meet Hon. Audley Shaw, CD, M.P.

Hon. Audley Shaw, CD, MP a recipient of the Donald R. Grubb distinguished Alumni Award, is a graduate of the Northern Illinois University (NIU), with B.A. and M.A. Degrees in Journalism and post-graduate studies in Marketing, Finance and Public Relations. He joined the Chicago Office of Burson-Marseller (a Public Relations Consultancy firm) in 1981 as Client Executive, and later put that experience to work when he joined the Jamaica National Investment Promotion Limited (JNIP), later re-named JAMPRO, as Director for Public Relations and Advertising. Between 1983 and 1986 Mr. Shaw was responsible for JNIP’s Marketing and Overseas Offices, which gave him worldwide responsibility for the organization’s offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. During this period many new investments came to Jamaica, employing thousands of people all across the country.

Mr. Shaw resigned his position with Government in 1986, becoming a Merchant and Marketing Consultant, and thereafter widening his scope to the political sphere as he joined the Jamaica Labour Party a year later. He served as General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party and has been a Deputy Leader since 1999. In September 2007 Mr. Shaw was appointed Minister of Finance and the Public Service, and also later assumed the portfolio of Planning, in the new Government of the Jamaica Labour Party. During his tenure as Minister of Finance, which saw the world’s worst recession since World War II, among the highlights of policies implemented by him was the Jamaica Debt Exchange – an innovative debt management strategy, which has been hailed by the IMF and other multi-lateral institutions. He also introduced a fiscal responsibility framework for Jamaica, which includes legislative criteria to promote accountability and transparency in the financial affairs of the country.

Minister Shaw also commenced major structural reforms in Treasury management, tax reform, pension reform and public sector reform resulting in a stable economy, characterized by a stable exchange rate, adequate foreign exchange reserves, low inflation, sharply reduced interest rates with a return to growth.


Meet Dr Hans Friederich

Dr Hans Friederich is the Director-General of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR – www.inbar.int), based at its Headquarters in Beijing, China. INBAR is an international treaty-based Inter-Governmental Organisation with currently 44 Member States, dedicated to promoting bamboo and rattan for sustainable development.

Hans has helped INBAR to make the change from a forestry research institution to a global development organization, through spearheading a new strategy, strengthening the relationship with United Nations and several Global Conventions and launching the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan. In December 2017, INBAR became an official Observer to the United Nations.

A Dutch National born in Tilburg with a first degree in Physical Geography from the University of Amsterdam, Dr Friederich obtained his PhD in 1982 from the University of Bristol, UK. He has more than 35 years working experience in Africa, Asia and Europe as natural resources manager and sustainable development specialist. Hans has worked for local and national governments, managed projects and programmes for international organisations and had national, regional and global briefs. He was appointed INBAR Director-General in late 2013, and moved to China in January 2014.


Meet Mr. Lu Wenming

Mr. Lu Wenming was born on December 28, 1963. Before he serves as the Deputy Director General of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR), he was a professor on forestry policy and economics, and also the Director of the Division of International Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Forestry. As the pioneer of forest certification in China, he provides quite a lot of technical support to the China Forest Certification Scheme, including scheme design, standard development, technical and policy researches, and endorsement process by PEFC. He is the Deputy Secretary General of the China Forest Certification Council.


Meet Honourable J.C. Hutchinson, CD, MP

William James Charles (J.C.) Hutchinson is a professional farmer with a passion for agriculture.

Having entered the political arena in 1979, Mr. Hutchinson was elected Member of Parliament for the constituency of North Eastern St. Elizabeth in 1980 and currently serves as Member of Parliament for North Western St Elizabeth, following his election to represent that constituency in 1997.

The veteran politician has served in various capacities in Government over the years, and effective March 2016 has been appointed Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

Minister Hutchinson is committed to advancing an agricultural sector that forms the foundation for industrial development in Jamaica. He believes that agro-industrial development is a priority for the country and that growth and sustainability can be achieved through agro-economic zones equipped to facilitate expansion along the value chain so that we can “grow what we eat; eat what we can and can what we can’t”.

Prior to his current ministerial appointment, Mr. Hutchinson served as Minister of State for Agriculture during the period 2007-2011 and as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education 1980-1983. In addition to farming, he has also worked as a part-time teacher and a football coach at the St Elizabeth Technical High School.

He attended Knox College in Manchester, Munro College in St Elizabeth and Cornell University in New York, USA.


Meet Senator Matthew Samuda

Senator Matthew Samuda, at 34 years old, has pursued several entrepreneurial, civic and political areas. A man with many passions, he has worked in the fields of Entertainment, Marketing and Project Management since his teen years. Matthew Samuda possesses a deep regard for the environment, a passion which led him to be a founding partner of Jamaica’s first full service recycling company, One Jamaica Recycling, which processed waste material for export.
As a marketer, Senator Samuda has for the last 10 years, worked in some of the most dynamic business environments on the Jamaican landscape including Red Stripe, Advertising & Marketing Jamaica Ltd., Wray & Nephew and the Musson Group, as Deputy General Manager for Facey Commodity, and in his current capacity as Group Project Manager for the wider group of companies.

His voluntary activities have included his service as President of the Seaview Gardens Football Club in 2011, during which tenure he ensured the enrollment of all youth teams in reading and school feeding programs to support their general development.

His political career started in 2006, through membership in G2K. He ascended to the presidency of that organization in March 2015, after serving as its Vice President for 3 years. He is currently a member of various JLP bodies and committees, including the Standing Committee, Central Executive and the Public Relations Committee.

His most recent and significant political accomplishment was his appointment to the Jamaican Senate, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Regulations Committee. Senator Matthew Samuda is the current Chairman of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica and the National Education Trust and serves as a Director of the Students Loan Bureau and the Jamaica 4H Clubs.


Meet Mr. Stephen Wedderburn

Stephen Wedderburn is a senior public policy professional who has served the Government of Jamaica in several roles, requiring a combination of technical and commercial expertise.

Prior to joining the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) in July 2017, he served as Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries where he played a key role in the formulation of policies related to economic development, competitiveness, development of the manufacturing and MSME sectors, development of new industries, regulation of commercial activities, international trade, consumer protection, and standards and quality.

Mr Wedderburn has also served the Jamaican Government in the areas of energy and infrastructure development.

Before the BSJ, his former positions include Acting Deputy Group Managing Director and Group Technical Director at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Interim Managing Director of Petrojam Ltd. and Director of Privatization and Infrastructure Projects at the National Investment Bank of Jamaica.

Mr Wedderburn holds a Master of Public Policy and Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is active in community and church circles, a past president of the Rotary Club of Kingston and an Elder at the Ridgemount United Church.


Meet Dr. Carey Wallace

“…an incredibly driven

 professional with the

 passion, depth of

 experience and track

 record of success…”


Dr. Carey Wallace, Executive Director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund since March 1, 2017 is responsible for directing and managing the Agency in fulfilling its mandate of promoting growth and development in the local tourism sector.

Prior to joining TEF, Dr. Wallace was a Senior Consultant with T2 (UK) Limited, one of the world’s leading providers of Psycho-Linguistics, where he guided blue-chip clients to optimum operational and customer performance. In addition, he led T2’s growth strategy through new product development and expansion into International markets.

Dr. Wallace’s experience in Tourism spans some 20 years. He held the position of Chief Executive Officer of S. Manley Wallace & Sons for some 13 years, using his aptitude for business to expand the family enterprise from one hotel to a group of companies, including three hotels, a shopping mall and a night club. Before joining the family business he was Managing Director of Mariner’s Resort, where he transformed the hotel from a bed and breakfast to a successful all-inclusive.

Dr. Wallace holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology from Cardiff University in Wales, an MBA in Finance from Cornell University, New York, and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies (Mona).

He is an incredibly driven professional with the passion, depth of experience and track record of success to lead the TEF forward on its path.


Meet Mr. Robert Rainford

Robert Rainford is a Jamaican Lay Pastor in the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and currently serves in the Greendale Charge in Jamaica. He is a Human Resource Management Specialist and Trained Trainer in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a Consultant with Training Dynamics and Consultants and Founder and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica. He is a retired Permanent Secretary from the Jamaican Public Service. He is also the founder and Executive Vice Chairman of the Green Gold Group Cooperative Society Limited and founder and Director of Golden River Products Limited.

In addition, he is a member of the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) and a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Saint Andrew, Jamaica. He is married and the father of four (4) children.


Meet Miss Valerie Veira

Valerie Veira has spent the last thirty-one years working in the field of Industrial Development.  Her most significant projects led to the design and establishment of two government limited liability companies that currently provide critical support to the MSME sector.

She is also involved in Education as she lectures an Entrepreneurship course for financial year students in the Faculty of Management Studies, UWI.  The course is aimed at preparing the students to participate effectively in the business sector as entrepreneurs. Miss Veira serves on several boards and has led a number of teams in negotiating technical assistance for Jamaica with international donor organizations such as the United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO), Canadian Industrial Development Agency (CIDA), United States Agency for International Development (U.S.A.I.D) and the Commonwealth Secretariat.


Meet Dr. Wayne St. Aubyn Henry, J.P.

On July 1, 2016, Dr. Wayne Henry assumed duties as Director General of the PIOJ, the agency of government leading the process of policy formulation on economic, social and environmental issues and external co-operation management. Prior to joining the PIOJ, he spent five years as Vice President, Government Affairs of the Scotiabank Group, served as Chief Technical Advisor to the Minister of Finance, as well as Special Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture. He previously worked as the World Bank Representative in Jamaica, and spent several years as a Lecturer in Economics at the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus).

He is currently the Chairman of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), the PetroCaribe Development Fund (PDF), a member of the Generation Procurement Entity (GPE), the National Financial Inclusion Council and the Advisory Board for the Governor General’s Programme of Excellence. He is a Justice of the Peace for the parish of St. Andrew.

Dr. Henry holds a PhD in Agricultural and Development Economics as well as an MA in Economics from the Ohio State University, an MBA (Finance) from Howard University and a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Management from the University of the West Indies. He is married to Dr. Gail Webster, an Ophthalmologist, and has two sons, Matthew and Joshua, and a daughter, Gabrielle.


Meet Mrs. Andrene Collings

Andrene Collings has worked for over thirty years in the private and public sectors in Jamaica, holding several senior positions in domestic and international commerce.  She is currently the acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. Prior to this assignment, Mrs. Collings was the Chief Technical Director for the Commerce portfolio.

Her previous assignment with the Ministry was a consultancy to establish the MSME Division of the Ministry. She represents the Ministry on several Boards and Committees and previously worked with Peter King Associates as a Senior Associate and with Jamaica Promotions (JAMPRO) as a Senior Divisional Director. She holds an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management; BSc in Management Studies; a Diploma in Marketing and a Diploma in Advanced Trade Policy. She is married with two adult children.


Meet Mr Esmond Reid

Esmond Reid has spent nearly 28 years working in the Jamaican Foreign Service. He has served in various capacities locally and overseas, including at Jamaican diplomatic Missions located in the UK, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. He has worked extensively on bilateral, regional and international issues, especially in relation to the negotiation of international trade agreements. He holds a BSc Degree in International Relations from the UWI and an MBA in International Business from Schiller International University in London. He assumed duties as Senior Director for Foreign Trade in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade in December 2014 and has been the Acting Under Secretary for Trade as of December 2017.


Meet Dr Wu Junqi

Ms. Wu holds a Ph. D degree in Trade Policy of Forestry Products from Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF)

Ms. Wu had been working for INBAR over 15 years as a Statistical Officer and Trade Coordinator of INBAR after a few years working experiences of forestry policy research at CAF. Ms. Wu works with the World Customs Organization(WCO) and China Customs Administration for HS code development of bamboo and rattan commodities, with a success of over 10 new HS codes individually for bamboo and rattan. She has also been working with trade consultants on international market evaluation, trade policy facilitation on bamboo and rattan. Currently, Ms. Wu takes the lead of Communication work at INBAR for raising public awareness to bamboo and rattan, and INBAR, the only international intergovernmental development organization on bamboo and rattan.


Meet Ms. Diane Edwards

A former Trade Commissioner for JAMPRO in New York, Brussels and London, Ms. Edwards has a wealth of knowledge and experience in international marketing and business development.

She successfully managed product launches of Jamaican food brands into mainstream markets and conceived and negotiated substantial European Union funding for the innovative ‘Target Europe’ Trade Development Programme, an initiative that positioned Jamaican products in the European market, and subsequently evolved into the five-year Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP).

Equally adept at investment promotions, the President also commenced negotiations with foreign investors Riu and Iberostar, which led to landed investments in Jamaica; and was instrumental in the development of Jamaica’s garment sub-contracting and information and communications technology (ICT) industries.

Prior to rejoining JAMPRO on September 2, 2013, Ms. Edwards completed a highly successful tenure as General Manager and Director of J. Wray & Nephew UK Ltd., where she led the organisation to profitability and successfully grew the UK Company’s turnover by 77% over 10 years.

During her time at JAMPRO since rejoining the organisation, she has led its transformational development to serve as a catalyst for wealth creation through increased customer focus and more effective marketing communications programmes, and has promoted a culture of innovation to facilitate and support the development of new industries in Jamaica. She has also been a strong advocate for the development and advancement of Jamaica’s business brand and transformation of the nation’s business environment.  Ms. Edwards also currently serves as the President of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) where she strives to position the Caribbean Region as a premier destination for foreign investment.

Ms. Edwards holds an MBA from New York’s Pace University, a Masters in International Relations from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a BA (Hons) in French, Spanish and German from the University of the West Indies (UWI). She is a member of the UK Institute of Directors, a Trustee for the British Foundation for the University of the West Indies, and an active member of the St. Andrew High School Old Girls’ Association.


Meet Mr. Gladstone Rose

Mr. Rose holds a BSc (Special) degree in Chemistry and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies. He has specialized training in Total Quality Management (Sweden) and Total Quality in the Food Industry (Malaysia) as well as being a trained Lead Auditor (ISO and HACCP). Mr. Rose first joined the staff of the Bureau of Standards in 1979 where he worked as a Standards Scientific Officer rising to the post of senior standards scientific officer and Head of the Food Unit after which he left to join the Private Sector in 1986.

During his first stint at the BSJ, Mr. Rose became the first person to extract Hypoglycine-A from the Ackee fruit in a Laboratory outside of the University as well as the first person to be skilled in the use the now popular High Pressure Liquid Chromatography(HPLC) machine in Jamaica. He was later an IADB/UNDP consultant to the BSJ where he assisted in training others in Hypoglycine analysis and extraction from Ackees.

After working in the Private Sector for 15 years (Desnoes and Geddes Limited and Grace Kennedy) Mr Rose re-joined the staff of the Bureau of Standards in 2001 as the Manager for Standardization. In 2006 Mr. Rose was promoted to the position of Senior Director Technical Services and served the BSJ as Acting Executive Director between 01 June 2007 and 01 January 2008 during which time he reported to the Standards Council. Since 2011 Mr. Rose has been serving as Director Special Projects where he grabbed the opportunity to lead the charge to create a modern Bamboo Industry in Jamaica. As chairman of the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Committee, Mr. Rose helped to get Jamaica into INBAR as the 38th member in January 2012 and was instrumental as the Focal Point for INBAR in Jamaica’s selection as the Chairman of the Governing INBAR Council in November 2014 until November 2017.

As Director for Special Projects, Mr. Rose is guiding the emergence of a new Bamboo Industry in Jamaica with the transition of BIMAC into the Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) and the spawning of BIMAC working groups such as the Bamboo In Construction Working Group (BICWG), the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Standards Technical Committee (BIMSTC) and the Bamboo In Soil Restoring Working Group/ Bamboo Products Research Management Committee. He was also instrumental in leading the formation of the Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium Planning Committee (CIBSPC) along with the Chairman of CIBSPC, Mrs. Marie Casserly Rademacher of the JBDC.


Meet Mrs. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams

Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams is an Attorney-at-Law and Lecturer at the University of the West Indies. She is the Coordinator at the Western Jamaica Campus of the Mona Law Faculty and the former Minister of State in Industry Investment and Commerce with responsibility for Bamboo.  She is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR).


Meet Mr. Adane Berhe Kerso

Adane Berhe Kerso, completed high school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1983, after which he pursued a Diploma in Accounting. In 1986, he started his own business, an incense stick factory named 5CUPS P.L.C. By 1993, after the government regime change, he was able to upgrade his company into a bamboo business following a visit to Taiwan. Since then, expansion of the factory has been realized with Taiwanese technology, producing bamboo blinds/curtains, bamboo flooring, toothpicks and more allied products utilizing the natural resource of the virgin bamboo forests of Ethiopia. During a further upgrading process in 2004 the company was renamed and now operates as ADAL Industrial P.L.C. Within 5 years of the expansion programme, the factory was left with excess byproducts from its operations. Mr. Kerso saw in this excess waste, an opportunity for further business development for ADAL, precipitating the introduction of bamboo charcoal briquette production.


Meet Ms. Verónica Correa Giraldo

Verónica María Correa Giraldo is a Civil Engineer from the National University of Colombia with a Masters in Engineering (Structures) from UNAM.

She has complemented her training with different workshops and courses in the technical and academic field of her specialization as a Structural Engineer,  as well as in topics related to technological innovation, innovation management and climate change. She has been a guest professor for different chairs at universities in Mexico and has participated in several technical-academic events in different parts of the world. In addition, she is part of the National Council of Wood in Construction in Mexico, she participated in the drafting committee of the Complementary Technical Standards for the most recent Construction Regulations of México City (2017); and also is part of the Colombian Seismic Engineering Association.

She is a founding partner of Kaltia® (www.kaltia.com.mx), company with more than 9 years experience in developing structural engineering projects with construction systems and conventional and non-conventional materials. She is also a founding member of Bambuterra® (www.bambuterra.com.mx), bio-construction company specialized in the use of bamboo and other materials of natural origin and recycled materials. Co-creator of the prefabricated systems for construction Bambulosa®, Biopanel® and BiBa®. She is Co-author of two software programs for the automation of structural engineering processes taking into account the environmental impact, one of them specialized in engineering with round bamboos.


Meet Mr. Pablo Jacome

Pablo Jacome is an Agricultural Engineer with a Diploma in Agricultural Public Policies and a Masters in Organic Agriculture from the Wageningen University. He is INBAR´s Regional Coordinator for Latin American and the Caribbean, with more than 12 years of experience in the agricultural area and International Cooperation Management for Latin America, by working for Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) as Operations Senior Technical Officer in Ecuador, and HQ Office (Roma). Agriculture & Livestock Ministry (MAG) of Ecuador as Advisor and General Secretary for the Productive Relationship System (Vice Minister); Consultant for the United Nations Development Program. Professor on Sustainable Agricultural Business Enterprise at ESPE University.


Meet Mr. PU Ji

Pu Ji is a Senior Professional Manager. Mr Pu is the Executive Vice President of China Nanjing Jinban Group, and Chairman of China Yunnan Xinghaoxing Investment Management Co., Ltd., and the Partner of Cybernaut Investment Group, and Vice President of Jiangsu Chamber of Commerce in Yunnan Province, and General Manager of Zhejiang Xinzhou Bamboo-based Composites Technology Co., Ltd.


Meet Mr. Jiao Jiwen

Mr Jiao Jiwen is a Senior Engineer and Director of International Cooperation for Tus-clean Energy Group in Beijing. He has a Masters in Engineering and has worked as Development Manager and Engineer in clean technology and renewable energy for more than 15 years. He has advanced cooperation globally as a representative of Tus-clean Energy, building many cooperative and renewable energy projects, in particular in solar thermal, solar PV, biomass and biofuels.

His experience in the solar and biomass fields has emphasized solar thermal technology such as hot water supply for industrial and residential applications, and smart monitoring and control systems on solar PV.

In recent years Mr. Jiwen has worked with Professor Dehua Liu and Dr Jianbin Kang to develop biomass technology for gasification and bamboo fiber application, promoting the new technology by way of a new business model – technology+industry+capital.


Meet Mr. David Knight

David Knight is the co-founder, President and CEO of Resource Fiber LLC, the only vertically integrated bamboo fiber products company in the U.S.   Resource Fiber is growing bamboo and manufacturing high-performing bamboo industrial products while developing bamboo bio-composites for plastics, carbon fiber and polymers for 3-D printing.  The company’s bamboo nursery is the largest in the U.S.

David also co-founded Teragren Fine Bamboo Flooring, Panels & Worktops in the mid-90s with his wife and business partner, Ann Knight.  Together the Knights pioneered the bamboo flooring industry in the U.S. to create a complementary raw material to wood.

With 20+ years’ experience in the bamboo products industry, David remains passionate about promoting the use of bamboo to a large and growing market with an emphasis on sustainability and delivering strong bottom line results.



Meet Mr. Mario Salan

Mario Salan received his Master’s Engineering Science in Civil Engineer, specializing in Land Management and Sustainable Development Issues in Munich, West Germany. He is General Manager of Laminados Estructuras Kunth S. A. and manages bamboo plantations in Guatemala. Mario has studied at the Central American Institute of Administration (INCAE) where he has obtained tools for strategic planning and financial evaluation of projects and is currently participating in the MBA Program.


Meet Mr. David Stedeford

David Stedeford is an acknowledged British Entrepreneur within the paper, forest products and nonwovens industry. His background in paper sales and marketing was with Wiggins Teape (now Antalis), his last position there being Marketing Manager Europe Synthetic Products. His first “start-up” experience was to project manage DuPont’s first dedicated initiative (Envelopes International) in the role of Sales and Marketing Director (83-89) to produce Tyvek Envelopes in Europe, DuPont’s spun-bonded HDPE nonwoven, a material known for its strength and durability. In 1987 Envelope’s International won the Queens Award for Export, presented to David by HM Queen Elizabeth together with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

In 1992 David worked with an international project group to finance, build and operate Europe’s first de-ink pulp mill, producing quality recycled pulp for the Fine Paper and Tissue Industry from recovered paper (office waste). The project was successfully financed ($200,000,000) in 1995, designed and built at Château-Thierry (100km NE Paris) design capacity 150,000 tonnes and commissioned in 1997. David’s last position was as PDG/CEO, together as Shareholder.

In 2000 David accepted the role as Business Development Director for Paper Exchange IT, the first web-based global marketplace for forest products.
In 2004 David visited Azerbaijan with a Royal Commission headed by Prince Michael of Kent, to study suitable opportunities for UK investment outside of the oil and gas sector. This resulted in Caspian Development Investments Corporation UK Ltd (CIDC) financing and building CIDCAZ a tissue manufacturing facility CAPEX circa €100,000,000. David maintains the role of Non-Executive Director and Shareholder.

From 2009 – 2011 David set up Supplies4Office on behalf of NUQUL Group (Amman, Jordan) the leading tissue producer in the MENA Region, in a new initiative to set up a ‘turn-key’ office supply catalogue sales/distribution company.
From 2015 – 2018 David took on the role as Business Restructuring Consulting for AVGOL Nonwoven Industries (Tel Aviv, Israel) a leading global manufacturer and supplier of ultra-lightweight and high-quality nonwoven fabrics primarily for the manufacture of baby diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products.

David currently maintains the role of Global Director for Chase Durable Paper Products (USA) for the PaperTyger brand of durable papers, which he has been responsible for since 2011.


Meet Mr. David Silvera

David Silvera has 30 years’ experience working with international corporations, civil society organisations as well as being the managing partner of his own project management consultancy company in the UK. He has a wide range of experiences dating back to his first job out of university at Caribbean Central American Action in Washington D.C. where he played a role in supporting the implementation of the Caribbean Basin Initiative which was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1983.

Upon his return home in 2006 he joined the human rights organisation Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) and was a part of the executive team preparing and presenting submissions to Parliament on all economic, social and justice bills tabled. He co-authored and presented to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights the Report on Human Rights in Jamaica in 2014.

One of the founders of Caribamboo Limited, he intends to play a leading role in the creation of a new industry that will bring a lasting improvement to the lives of many in Jamaica. He presently serves on several of the PSOJ’s Standing Committees and is also on the Board of Campion College; his alma mater.


Meet Mr. Martin Tam

Practicing architect with a strong architectonic bias. Over 48 years’ experience. Specializes in project development administration as well as construction management, of almost all building types, and combinations thereof, for residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and civic purposes, to satisfaction of end-users as well as all concerned.

Extensive social services include contributions towards developments and advancements in professional, educational, environmental, community, and industrial, sectors of society.

Personal interests and social conscience have induced keen attention towards zero-carbon and sustainable development concerns for Mother Earth, with particular emphasis on

  1. bamboo movement
  2. innovative materials for building use
  3. indoor air quality improvements
  4. micro climatology

Meet Mr. Trinh Thang Long

Mr. Trinh holds a BSc. Degree in Forestry of Vietnam Forestry University and an MSc degree in Carbon Management of the University of Edinburgh.

He has been working for almost twenty years for several national, international organizations and consulting companies including WWF, FFI, GFA, GIZ, SNV, ILO, UNDP. He has gained deep knowledge and experience of the following areas; Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Forest Management, Natural Resources Management, Sustainable Livelihood, and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. He has worked in many countries including Vietnam, Bhutan, Indonesia, Lebanon, Vanuatu, United Kingdom, China. He is currently working for International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) as the Programme Coordinator of Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan for green development progamme. He is based in INBAR headquarter office in Beijing, P. R. of China.


Meet Dr. Suzanne Shaw

Suzanne is Managing Director and Head of Impact Investment of The Leap Co., a company that supports and invests in businesses in the Caribbean that deliver positive social or environmental impact alongside solid financial returns.

Suzanne has 15 years’ international experience in sustainable energy, CO2 mitigation and technology evaluation. In her role as Head of Impact Investment, Suzanne oversees the Leap Impact Investment Fund, established in partnership with JN Fund Managers of Jamaica. Two key target areas of the Fund are sustainable energy and climate resilience.

Suzanne specializes in economic and financial analysis of projects and investments. She has advised Caribbean governments and multilateral financing institutions on sustainable energy and climate resilience projects of cumulative US$ 1 billion, contributing to the implementation of a Solar Schools PPP project in Jamaica, and an electric vehicles initiative in St. Vincent. Suzanne was also an advisor in the conceptualisation of the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, a newly-formed organisation established to drive resiliency in the Caribbean.

Prior to returning to the Caribbean in 2012, Suzanne worked for various European institutions, advising on low-carbon energy strategies and on incentives for sustainable energy development. She also worked as a consultant helping energy companies green their energy supply portfolios.

Suzanne has a PhD in Economics from Université Paris-Dauphine, an MSc in Energy and Environmental Economics from Ecole Polytechnique, and a BSc in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of the West Indies.


Meet Mr. Harold Davis

Harold Davis is a trained Industrial Engineer with over twenty-five (25) years’ experience in Industrial development. His areas of specialization include Development Finance, Agriculture, Construction, Creative Industries, Business Development, Energy Management and Micro, Small and medium-sized Entities (MSME) development strategies.

His professional affiliations include membership in the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants, Director of the EXED Community College Foundation and an Advisor to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Technology.

A certified Energy Manager, Mr. Davis is a Musician, Singer, Song Writer and Recording Artiste.


Meet Miss Lisa Callender

Ms. Lisa Callender EMBA, MA (Industrial Design), BSc. (Industrial Engineering) is Founder/Lead Consultant of ProTradeConsult (www.protradeconsult) a private technical assistance network which offers capacity building support to the development of trade and entrepreneurship. In 2012, she was contracted by the Commonwealth Secretariat to undertake a regional study of the economic usage of fibres and prospects for the development of related industries and attraction of investment in four Caribbean countries, including Jamaica.  Simultaneous research was undertaken by other consultants in Africa and the Pacific and all the feedback from all regions was presented at a global symposium in India. This assignment was one of more than 40 short-term projects undertaken in the areas of research, policy, strategy, training and capacity building on behalf of institutional clients in 20 countries over the past 13 years.  (protradeconsultnetwork@gmail.com).


Meet Professor Nilza Aples

In promoting curiosity and a spirit of enquiry as well as creating new knowledge and innovative technologies, a university transforms not only the lives of its students but the life of society. Since joining the staff of the University of Technology, Jamaica in 1999, Prof. Aples has set out to inspire her colleagues and students into worthwhile and diverse areas of discovery and, through her research, personal and collaborative effort; to transform lives and the Jamaican landscape. In doing so, she has afforded the University well-needed recognition particularly in the fields of Waste Management, Natural Fibres and Composites and Structural Materials.

Prof. Aples has continuously embarked on a journey of personal exploration but she has successfully engaged the minds and inspired the curiosity of her students in the continuous search for knowledge and discovery. As a result she has supervised PhD and MPhil students in research related to Materials Science, Biofuels, Energy, Cosmetology and Pharmacy as well as numerous major projects in areas such as the production of margarine using fourth generation of catalyst, biofuels, emulsion asphalts, wastewater treatment, inter alia. In addition, coached by Prof. Aples, students have been encouraged to participate in the International Mathematical Modeling Competition where they have attained meritorious, honourable mention and Certificates of Achievement.

Since 1999, Prof. Aples has spearheaded the Waste Management & Laboratory Services Research Unit at the University. As Project Manager, she was directly responsible for sourcing a total of J$9.1M towards the initiation of the UTech Waste Minimization Study, the establishment of the UTech Wastewater Treatment Plant and the development of the University Integrated Waste Management Plan.  Research and consultancies in environmental testing services originating in this Unit continue to contribute significantly not only to safeguarding the island’s environment, but to the provision of opportunities for research and training for students, government agencies and the industry as a third-generation source of income for the University.

In collaboration with her colleagues in Jamaica and in Cuba, she has contributed 21 refereed conference papers and contributed to the University’s academic visibility by presenting these papers in conferences in Kingston, Havana, Argentina, Brazil, France and Scotland. Her work has also received recognition in seven refereed Journals. In 2007, her Faculty awarded her a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Tribology Research Group. She has also undertaken and completed several projects in the study of alternative uses of natural fibres in Jamaica. Her ongoing research in this area has received local and international recognition via 142 scholars’ citations also leading to her representing the Caribbean at the Commonwealth Secretariat organized Partnership Meeting for the Global Natural Fibre Forum in London in June 2013.

Through her research, professional service and membership in the Jamaica Professional Engineer Board, Jamaica Institute of Engineers and internationally in the American Chemical Society, American Engineering Education, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and recently in the Global Engineering Dean Institute, she has afforded the University of Technology, Jamaica well-needed recognition and has placed within the grasp of Jamaicans the possibility of finding home-grown solutions to our problems.


Meet Dr. Marva Blankson

Marva Blankson is an Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Technology, Jamaica. Currently, she is the Director of the Civil Engineering Department and her expertise is in construction engineering materials, with specialization in the durability of reinforced concrete facilities. She has authored many peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conference compendia and assisted with the writing and review of over 30 technical and competency standards.  She is also an active member of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers and has served on several committees at the Bureau of Standards.

Dr. Blankson has received training at universities across the globe – the City University of NY (USA), University of the West Indies (Trinidad), and the University of Nottingham (UK). As an Engineering Practitioner, she worked at Cable and Wireless, the Bureau of Standards and with Lebros Construction Company. Her pleasure is in helping young adults to realize their potential.


Meet Dr Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell

Dr Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell joined the staff of the Biotechnology Centre, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica and initiated the Medicinal Plant Research Group in 1999, after seven years at the Scientific Research Council, Jamaica and two years at the Sugar Industry Research Institute. During 2002-2012, she also taught and coordinated the Herbal Elective course for Pharmacists at UTECH.  Dr Mitchell is presently a Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students in biotechnologies related to economic and medicinal plants grown in Jamaica. She is trained in various aspects of technology commercialization and has over 33 years experience in tissue culture. Her own research includes in vitro physiology, on-farm research, tissue culture protocol development and bioactivity testing, biofarming and the development of medicinal plant monographs. More than 900 farmers, in many communities across Jamaica have been directly impacted by training or by provision of planting material. Dr Mitchell’s publications to date include 27 refereed articles, an e-book, 3 book chapters and many other types of publications. Dr Mitchell has been a board member of the Jamaica Bureau of Standards and CASE. She believes the Caribbean has real potential to realize in the sustainable utilization of its plant biodiversity for nutritious food, herbs, spices, fine chemicals, nutraceutics, cosmeceutics, medicine, aromatherapy, furniture, and biofuels through the judicious use of biotechnology, a goal towards which she is diligently working.


Meet Ms. Charmaine Marie Brimm

Charmaine Brimm is employed to the PIOJ as Technical Specialist with portfolio responsibility for Socio-economic Development. She holds an MBA (Business Administration) from the University of Leicester, England and a BSc (Hons) in Public Administration (Major) and Political Science (minor), from the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus). Prior to joining the PIOJ, she spent three years working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on the Jamaica Violence Prevention Peace and Sustainable Development Programme (JVPPSD); and two years with the International Labour Office ILO/USDOL HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Project, where she contributed to the successful implementation of the HIV/AIDS programme in several Corporate Organizations across Jamaica.

Miss Brimm’s contribution to the Bamboo Industry began in 2015 when she successfully mobilized USD130, 000 from the Organization of American States (OAS) to support the implementation of the Peckham Bamboo Pre-processing project in Peckham, Clarendon. In this regard, she established the Peckham Bamboo Project Steering Committee, which she currently chairs; and under her leadership the following were achieved: training of 80 youths in Bamboo Colliership and Solar Technology, the development of five curriculum ((by HEART Trust-Nta), as per the five Bamboo Value Chains, drafting of the Bamboo Policy framework, Tissue Culture Research, including training of 12 farmers (conducted by UWI-Biotechnology centre).

In 2014, Miss Brimm was a delegate for Jamaica to the People’s Republic of China for a seminar on Scientific and Technological Innovation Capacity and Policies of Bamboo Industry for Latin American, the Caribbean and the South Pacific Region and most recently to Barbados where she attended the regional World Congress of Families conference.

She currently serves on the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Committee (BIMAC), the CDB/EHF CDRRF – Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Project Steering Committee, the British Council Social Enterprise in Schools Steering Committee; and member of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Core Group.


Meet Ms. Saffrey Brown

Saffrey Brown is the Head of Innovation of The Leap Company, a Jamaican based social enterprise start-up focused on achieving a sustainable and inclusive world through innovative business and investment.

Prior to co-founding The Leap Company, Saffrey was the vibrant and innovative leader of the Jamaica National Foundation, the philanthropic arm of one of Jamaica’s oldest indigenous financial companies. Under her direction, the JN Foundation re-energised its mandate to foster sustainable development through the provision of technical and financial support to communities in the areas of social enterprise and economic community development.

Saffrey’s extensive local and international experience in community-based initiatives, project development and strategic management, as well as her structured and innovative approach to creating shared value, strengthened the impact of the work of the JN Foundation across the island and throughout the Jamaican Diaspora.

With 20 years of extensive international experience in development work, Saffrey has effectively implemented urban regeneration programmes in Jamaica and the United Kingdom and forged deep partnerships with global stakeholders and affiliates. She is considered the architect of the social enterprise movement in Jamaica and has mentored and guided some of Jamaica’s leading social entrepreneurs towards effecting important change for society.

A life-long volunteer, Saffrey was elected Chairperson of the Council of Voluntary Social Services in 2016; the umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector in Jamaica.

A Trini-Jamaican, Saffrey is a graduate of The University of the West Indies, Mona, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Geography and a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School.


Meet Mrs. Alicia Edwards

Alicia Edwards joined the Forestry Department in December 2014 and is the Manager of the Forest Resource Information Management (FRIM) Branch in the Forest Science and Technology Services Division. Before coming to the Forestry Department, she spent 12 years at the National Works Agency, serving as GIS officer and then GIS Manager. Mrs. Edwards is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. In 2007, she was awarded a Chevening Scholarship and pursued her Masters in Geographic Information Systems, followed in 2010 by her completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and Management from the Mona School of Business. Mrs. Edwards is an active member of the Land Information Council of Jamaica and currently chairs the National Cartographic Standards Committee.


Meet Mr. Mark Nash

Mark Nash is President and CEO of Advanced Pulp and Paper Machinery located in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and Zhucheng, China. Mark has over 35 years of international business in Asia, Africa and the Americas. He attended Simon Fraser University in Honours Commerce and was a Teaching Assistant in Advanced Marketing.  He is also a co-author for a published paper in “Impact of Brand Name on Consumer Behaviour”. Mark was the Brand Campaign Manager for the IBM Personal Computer Family and held the position of Director, Data Centre Outsourcing and Systems Integration at IBM’s subsidiary. At Unisys, he held the position Vice President Operations for Canada. For the last 14 years, he has been a Management Consultant to International businesses in the Natural Resources sector until jointing AP&P Machinery.



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