ABOUT THE FORUM

The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA) in association with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission will host a virtual Investor Forum to be held on May 17 at 9AM, this high-level presentation and discussion aimed at highlighting climate-smart, investment-ready projects in the eastern Caribbean to investors, and creating a platform for the formation and strengthening of relationships among eastern Caribbean leaders and potential investors

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MEET OUR SPEAKERS

UNFCCC Global Ambassador & Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator

Racquel Moses

Racquel has enabled leadership and organizations around the world to go beyond their current vision and stay on the cusp of what’s next.

As the newest UN Global Ambassador in the Race to Zero, Racquel has become a critical advisor for driving the shift to digital, process automation, and implementing key turnaround projects that heighten customer engagement and strengthen organizational performance.

Known for her ability to build coalitions, Racquel’s success in the public and private sectors has allowed her to drive important advancements on world-changing topics that require regional consensus, such as climate change, sustainability and building resilience.

Director General, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

Dr. Didacus Jules

Dr. Jules has had a long distinguished, multidimensional career focused on education, social transformation and organizational re-engineering. He is currently the Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) – a regional integration grouping of eleven Member States.

His career covers national, regional and international experience with the following highlights:

  • Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council
  • InterRegional Coordinator of the International Literacy Support Service
  • Permanent Secretary for Education and Human Resource Development (St. Lucia) as well as Permanent Secretary for Education & Chief Education Officer (concurrently) in Revolutionary Grenada

His qualifications include BA (Hons) UWI; MSc Curriculum Univ. Wisconsin-Madison; PhD Education Policy University of Wisconsin-Madison and EMBA UWI.

Board appointments include: Caribbean Center for Educational Planning UWI Mona; Knowledge, Innovation & Exchange Program (KIX); Global Partnership for Education (LAC region); Chancellor’s Commission on UWI Governance; Caribbean Climate Accelerator; World Bank Task Force on Caribbean Education Strategy 2020.

Associate Principal at CrossBoundary

Jamie McInerney

Jamie McInerney is part of CrossBoundary’s global investment advisory team based out of the Washington, DC office. He leads implementation of CrossBoundary’s investment facilitation programs in the Caribbean and is responsible for business development with new and existing development sector and private sector clients. Prior to joining CrossBoundary he worked for FTI Consulting where he led client engagements specializing in foreign market entry strategies, principally in frontier and emerging markets. Jamie developed successful strategies that achieved enterprise value creation while also creating development impacts and economic benefits in local markets. Earlier in his career Jamie was an economic and political risk advisor at ExxonMobil and prior to that a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. He holds an MA in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA from Middlebury College.

Co-Chief Executive Officer at Invert Inc.

Andre Fernandez

Former Chief Operating Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation. Managed +2700 employees across 5 continents with a CAPEX budget of $2B and an OPEX budget of $500M. Previously worked in manufacturing finance and asset management and was part of the team that implemented the World Class Manufacturing methodology to transform Chrysler when Fiat and Chrysler merged. Holds a B.Sc. from Queen’s University and an MBA from Rotman School of Management (UofT).

Director - Environmental Sustainability Division (ESD), Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission

Mr. Chamberlain Emmanuel

Chamberlain is a Professional Civil Engineer (BSc); Certified Project Manager (PMP, Dip.); and Innovation and Leadership enthusiast (MSc. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship). At the OECS Commission he oversees a portfolio spanning: Climate Change and Disaster Resilience; Biodiversity and Ecosystems; Land and Water Resources; Ocean Governance and Fisheries; Sustainable Energy; and Chemicals, Waste and Pollution Management. Chamberlain has over twenty years of practical experience in leading and implementing regional and national programs and projects for sustainable development in Eastern Caribbean and other Small Island Development States.

Renewable Explorer, TotalEnergies Marketing Jamaica Limited

Stephen Wedderburn

Stephen Wedderburn is a senior energy, infrastructure and public policy professional with strong interest in sustainability and climate resilience. He is currently a member of TotalEnergies’ global team of Renewable Explorers working to make TotalEnergies one of the five largest suppliers of renewable energy by 2030.

Mr. Wedderburn previously served in several senior Jamaican Government roles including Interim CEO of the Petrojam Petroleum Refinery, Acting Deputy CEO and Group Technical Director at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Director of Privatization and Infrastructure Projects at the National Investment Bank of Jamaica, Chief Technical Director at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and Executive Director of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica.

He is one of the most experienced professionals in executing public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the Caribbean region and was involved in several ground-breaking PPP transactions in Jamaica including the first independent power provider (IPP) projects, the first airport privatization and the first private toll highway project. He was also involved in early-stage development of the Wigton Wind Farm, the first renewable energy IPP in CARICOM.

During consulting stints, Mr. Wedderburn advised clients such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Government of Canada, United States Agency for International Development, MBJ Airports, Airports Authority of Jamaica and IC Power on sustainable energy and infrastructure matters.

Mr. Wedderburn is an alumnus of Duke University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Programme Coordinator, Sustainable Energy Unit, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission

Judith Ephraim-Schmidt

Judith Ephraim-Schmidt is the Programme Coodinator for the Sustainable Energy Unit of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission. Ms Ephraim-Schmidt has been working in the field of sustainable energy for the past 20 years. Prior to joining the OECS Commission, she was the Chief Energy, Science and Technology Officer in the Government of Saint Lucia. During her tenure with the Government of Saint Lucia she worked on the development and implementation of the Sustainable Energy Plan and Sustainable Energy Policy for Saint Lucia. Ms Ephraim-Schmidt has also worked in the areas of Climate Change, Science and Technology, the Green Economy, and Hazard and Disaster Mitigation. Ms Ephraim-Schmidt holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Bristol UK, and a MSc in Resources Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT,) in Germany.

Programme Director, Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management

Joan John-Norville

Mrs Joan John-Norville has been active in the field of environmental management for the past four decades. She began her career as an agriculturist in Saint Lucia and is currently employed at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as Programme Director, Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management. She also has oversight for the Land and Water Resources programme within the Environmental Sustainability Division at the Commission.

Joan enjoys assisting communities and resource users to improve their livelihoods while conserving the natural ecosystems of this biodiversity rich region.

She has facilitated the implementation of several projects and activities related to ecosystems management including biodiversity, marine, coastal and protected areas management, climate change and disaster management, waste management and community resilience enhancement and sustainable livelihoods.

[Mrs Norville holds a BSc in General Agriculture and an MSc in Horticulture. She also holds project management certification.]

Programme Director, Oceans Governance and Fisheries, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

Commander David Robin

Commander David Robin (Ret.), assumed the post of Programme Director, Oceans Governance and Fisheries at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, in October 2016. In this capacity he provides strategic leadership, coordination, development and implementation of a cohesive ocean governance and sustainable (blue) economy plan to support the (OECS) Member States in delivering and achieving agreed priorities and outcomes collaboratively with key stakeholders and partners.
He supported delivery of the OECS Blue Economy foundation through the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project (CROP), and complimentary initiatives and partnerships to towards the achievement of integrated national and regional outcomes including secured access and rights to utilize marine resources.

Commander Robin has over 30 years experience in maritime safety, security and environmental protection at the national and regional levels and in their integration at the international level. He is a graduate of the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden; the Staff College, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA; and the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Devon.

Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management Coordinator, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission

Crispin d'Auvergne

Crispin d’Auvergne is currently Programme Director for Climate and Disaster Resilience at the OECS Commission. A national of Saint Lucia, he previously worked for many years with the Government of Saint Lucia, in the fields of Fisheries, Natural Resources, Environment and Energy, with his final position being that of Chief Sustainable Development and Environment Officer. In that position, he also served as his country’s lead technical negotiator on Climate Change.

Crispin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies (Natural Resources) from the University of East Anglia (UK) and a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management (Climate Change) from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus).

Managing Partner, Deetken Impact

Alexa Blain

Alexa is co-Founder and Managing Partner of Deetken Impact, a Canadian registered investment fund manager with a 10-year track record of delivering strong, stable returns to investors by supporting businesses that make a meaningful contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. Together with its affiliates, Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy and Deetken Impact Alternative Finance, Deetken Impact currently manages $150 million in impact assets.

Prior to joining Deetken, Alexa was an executive with African Alliance, a pan-African financial services group and an associate with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Macquarie Group in Toronto.

Recognized as one of Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40 by Business in Vancouver magazine, Alexa is a CFA Charterholder, a Chartered Business Valuator and holds an MA in Financial Economics from the University of Toronto.

Director, Credit Suisse

Imene Moussa

Imene Moussa is a director of Credit Suisse, based in London, in charge of developing and executing ESG / Sustainability related structured credit products since 2020.

Imene originally joined Credit Suisse in 2007 and worked for more than 11 years in the equity derivatives and structuring team in London before joining UBS Honk Kong to develop and execute quantitative investment strategies solutions for two years. Before 2007, Imene worked for Societe Generale Paris as a fund manager for 2 years.

Imene holds an Engineering Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from ENSIIE and an MSc in Mathematical Statistics and Probability from Paris 6 University.

Managing Director, ANSA Merchant Bank Limited

Gregory Hill

Past CCSA Investor Forums

The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA) virtual Investor Forum was held on December 1st, 2021, it was a high-level presentation and discussion aimed at highlighting climate-smart, investment-ready projects in the Caribbean to investors, and creating a platform for the formation and strengthening of relationships among Caribbean leaders and potential investors.

The theme of the forum was: Creating Connections to Accelerate Climate Resilience – watch the recording.

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