Lord Michael Hastings
Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG
KPMG International's Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, Lord Michael Hastings was previously the BBC's Head of Public Affairs and the first Head of Corporate Responsibility. He is also the second Chancellor of Regent's University London and a trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and previously served for 9 years on the Board for Responsible Business at British Telecom. He has also been awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire and has been granted independent peerage to the House of Lords.
Executive Vice President,
The Home Depot Inc
Ms. Ann-Marie Campbell currently serves as an Executive Vice President of US Stores at The Home Depot, Inc. Over her career at The Home Depot spanning 30 years, she has served in many capacities including Vice President and President roles for multiple store operations, merchandising, sales and marketing. She has served as an Independent Director at Barnes & Noble and is currently on the board of Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business and of Catalyst, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and business.
Hon. Dr. Nigel Clarke
Dr. Clarke has previously served as Ambassador of Economic Affairs where he represented Jamaica’s interests with multilateral institutions and also served as a Senator between 2013 and 2015. His public sector career includes service, over various periods, as Chairman of numerous boards. Minister Clarke formerly served as Vice Chairman of the Musson Group where, over 15 years, he played an integral executive leadership role in the expansion of the group from a base in Jamaica to subsidiaries in over 30 countries.
Chairman, DiversiTech Corporation;
Board Member, The Home Depot Inc.
and General Electric
Recently appointed to the board of Wells Fargo, Mr. Hewett is a seasoned executive leader who has worked across a number of industries. Since March 2018, he has served as an advisor to Permira, a global private equity firm, and Non-Executive Chairman of DiversiTech Corporation. His distinguished corporate CV includes a post as Chief Executive Officer of Klöckner Pentaplast Group. Mr. Hewett's career has also included over 20 years with General Electric Company across roles as Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of several business lines within the conglomerate.
Throughout his highly successful international career, Jeff Pulver is known for promoting internet communications and telephony and has changed the way the world communicates. An "Order" named after Jeff Pulver was issued by the Federal Communications Commission supported by the White House. In 1995, he defined "VON" to stand for Voice/Video on the Net. Founder / co-founder of numerous startups including Alchemist, Free World Dialup, and Vonage, Jeff is the reason that services like FaceTime, Messenger and WhatsApp are free.
After a 21-year career as an intellectual property and digital technology lawyer, Jimmy joined nCHain Group as nChain Group CEO, Diversity & Innovation. Over the course of his private practice legal career, Jimmy was a partner at three major U.S. law firms – most recently Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He represented multinational corporates and emerging companies in a wide range of sectors including technology, entertainment & media, sports, financial services, consumer products, retail, and automotive.
Peter Blair Henry
Dean Emeritus, NYU Stern School of
Business; Board Member, Citi Group
and General Electric
A current member of the board of Citi Group, Peter is an author and economist, having led one of the world's most recognized business schools - at NYU - as the youngest person to assume Deanship there. Furthermore, he has raised over US$225 million to date - more than any Dean in school history. He is the author of "Turn Around: Third World Lessons for First World Growth". Peter sits on the boards of CitiBank, General Electric and the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2009, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Commission of White House Fellowships.
Dr. Bernard Harris
Founder and CEO, Vesalius
Dr. Harris is currently Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm that supports and invests in early to mid-stage Healthcare technologies and companies. In addition, Dr. Harris serves as a Director of a number of investment funds, including Babson Capital Funds Trust with over $600m AUM. A veteran astronaut for over eighteen years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space, as the first African American astronaut who has walked in space.
Christopher Edgerton Warburton
Founding Partner, Lion’s Head
Christopher “Edge” Egerton-Warburton is a Founding Partner of Lion’s Head Global Partners, a London-based merchant bank that provides advisory, financial structuring, capital raising and asset management services, specializing in Development, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Health and renewable energy. Prior to establishing Lion’s Head in 2008, Edge spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs within the Debt Capital Markets group.
Founder and CEO, Movement Capital
Harvard-educated investment banker, Mr. Eric-Vincent Guichard is the Founder & CEO of Movement Capital, formerly Homestrings.com, an electronic investment platform that caters to opening up market opportunities to diaspora investments. Prior to this, he founded Gravitas Capital, an institutional asset management company. He serves on several non-profit boards including University of Maryland's Center for Financial Policy, Capital Partners for Education and OIC International – an initiative that encourages economic self-reliance in Africa.
Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and chair of the Leadership Initiative. Hill is regarded as one of the top experts on leadership and is the co-author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, co-founder of Paradox Strategies, and co-creator of the Innovation Quotient. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world in 2013 and received the Thinkers50 Innovation Award in 2015. Hill’s research focuses on implementing global strategies and leading innovation; building innovative organizations and ecosystems; developing leaders for innovation; and the role of the board in governing innovation. Collective Genius was named by Business Insider as one of “The 20 Best Business Books” in 2014 and received the Gold Medal for Leadership, Axiom Business Book Award. Hill has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs, including the Young Presidents' Organization Presidents' Seminar and the High Potentials Leadership Program, and Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation.
Global Leader on Innovation and Transformational Leadership
Sterling Hawkins has become a master of innovation through massive changes and obstacles he has experienced in his own life. As a business leader, entrepreneur investor and futurist, Sterling is an internationally renowned keynote speaker. As a 5th generation retailer and still very active in retail innovation, he has worked with the likes of Stanford, Cornell and the University of Texas to create the future of commerce, and today evaluates over 1,000 innovative technologies annually which are looking to dynamically transform retail and how people fulfill on their wants and needs. He has worked with countless startups, investment groups, retailers, brands and Fortune 500 companies including P&G and Mitsubishi to ignite innovation and innovation thinking inside their organizations. Sterling has been seen in Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes and other major media outlets. Living at the intersection of in-store, online and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Sterling is actively shaping the future by helping others create and respond to innovation in a way that betters businesses, communities and the human condition.
Paul B. Scott
Chairman and CEO, Musson Group
Mr. P.B. Scott is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Shareholder of the Musson Group. His Chairmanship extends to Musson’s subsidiaries and affiliates; namely Facey Group Ltd, T. Geddes Grant Ltd., General Accident Insurance Company Ltd., Seprod Ltd., and PBS Group Ltd. In addition to his responsibilities at Musson, he serves on several boards and commissions which include being Chairman of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), He is also trustee of the American International School of Kingston. He is a former President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica.
CEO, Wisynco Group Ltd.
Andrew Mahfood is the Chief Executive Officer of Wisynco Group Ltd. one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of consumer goods in the Caribbean representing global brands including Coca-Cola, Unilever, Kellog’s, General Mills and Haagen Daaz alongside locally produced and widely popular local brands such as Wata and CranWata. In 2017 Wisynco Group issued an Initial Public Offering in Jamaica marking the largest IPO in the island’s history. Andrew Mahfood also serves as Chairman of Food for the Poor the largest charity organization in Jamaica and the largest international relief and development organization in the United States.
CEO, Jamaica Producers Ltd.
Jeffrey Hall is the Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Producers Group (JP). JP is listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and has its primary interests in manufacturing, agri-business and logistics in the Caribbean and Europe. Mr. Hall joined the company in 2002 and has served as CEO since July 2007. Mr. Hall is credited with a turnaround of the Group and under his tenure led an acquisition strategy that included Kingston Wharves (Jamaica’s leading multipurpose port operator and private investor in logistics), Hoogesteger (the leading fresh juice company in Northern Europe), Tortuga International (a leading Caribbean rum-based food souvenir brand), Mavis Bank Coffee Factory (a since divested leader in Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee) and Ram Shipping (a UK based freight forwarder serving all of the English Caribbean territories). He serves on the Board’s Audit and Executive Committees and as a director of its international subsidiaries and associated companies. Mr. Hall presently serves as Chairman of Scotia Group Jamaica, Scotia Investments Jamaica Limited and Kingston Wharves. He is also a Director of the National Housing Trust, Blue Power Group, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund Limited SCC and the Shipping Association of Jamaica Property Limited.
Co-Founder and CEO, Proven Investments Ltd.
Christopher Williams is a pioneer in Jamaica’s finance space having played an integral role in the success of Proven to date – from raising US $30 million of equity exclusively through a private placement representing one of the largest private or public US dollar offerings in Jamaica's capital market history; posting just over US $10 million of profit in its first two years of operation and being the first company to list on the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s US market. Christopher was formerly the Managing Director of NCB Capital Markets Limited, which he grew into one of Jamaica’s most successful investment houses and leading stock brokerage and primary dealers.
Co-Founder and CEO, HotelPlanner.com
Mr. Tim Hentschel is the Co-Foudner and Chief Executive Officer of HotelPlanner & Meetings.com. Hentschel was an early leader in providing online resources for group travel, becoming a mainstay for group event planners and hotel partners alike. Tim has grown HotelPlanner to $50M in net revenues annually, growing organically YOY while continuing to give back to their community and their employee shareholders. HotelPlanner provides group travel technology expertise to over 5 million group event planners, generating approximately $10 billion in group hotel revenues. He emphasizes a mantra of entrepreneurship through giving back, and supports several great charities through his two annual events; The American Group Travel Awards and The European Group Travel Awards, recognizing the best suppliers in the group travel industry. He has been named the recipient of the 2018 Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award, an honor given annually by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship by his alma mater the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
President and CEO, Inolife Sciences Inc.
Michael is a passionate entrepreneur with over 20 years experience as an executive and over 25 years experience in the financial industry having served served many commercial industry leaders, both private and publicly listed companies as well as traditional financial and institutional lenders. Inolife commercializes patented, FDA-cleared, needle-free injection systems. He is currently the President and CEO of Inolife Sciences, an emerging life science company and innovation leader in comprehensive needle free injection solutions. Michael is also a Managing Partner at N3GU; a boutique investment fund. A bold, charismatic leader, Michael is a former Chairman and President of the Chairman of the Children’s Wish Foundation, where he strongly contributed to the charity’s explosive growth.
Dr. Jason Mars
Co-Founder and CEO, Clinc
Dr. Jason Mars is co-founder and CEO of Clinc, the cutting-edge A.I. startup that developed Finie, a customizable, voice-activated personal financial assistant and intelligence platform for banks. He is a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan where he directs Clarity Lab, one of the best places in the world to be trained in A.I. and system design. He is an active part of the IBM Watson Conversational System Research Center and participates in ongoing collaborative research with Intel and the National Science Foundation. Jason has devoted his career to solving difficult real-world problems with A.I., computer vision, and natural language processing at scale. Prior to University of Michigan, Jason was a professor at UCSD. He also worked at Google, Intel, and IBM. Jason’s work building the world’s first open-source platform for constructing large-scale A.I. and deep learning-based Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPAs) has been recognized globally and continues to have a significant impact on industry and academia. Jason holds a PhD in Computer Science from UVA.
Managing Director, Innovation Partnership Program, Singularity University
Sean Watson is a social entrepreneur, innovation strategist, and coalition-builder who has spent the past decade working with corporations, impact organizations, governments, and startups to transform critical business and societal challenges into game-changing opportunities. As Managing Director of IPP - a joint venture of Singularity University and XPRIZE Foundation in alliance with Deloitte - Sean Watson leads a membership ecosystem of Fortune Global 500 companies from nearly every industry, convening and empowering senior executives to adopt emerging technologies and business models, co-create solutions to pressing business and societal challenges, and thrive as leaders in our exponential age. An alumnus of the 2008 Obama campaign, in 2011 Sean founded his consulting firm - Catalytik - to build cross-sector coalitions and initiatives to tackle complex issues on the nexus of business, policy, and impact. He has led successful regional and national initiatives in diverse realms, including clean energy, fisheries management, conservation, mobility, public health, industrial agriculture, and arts education. Sean is a graduate of Wesleyan University, a tri-citizen, and a competitive distance athlete. At the end of March 2019 he’s partnering with Nike to lead a record-breaking attempt with six runners in a 340-mile relay race, from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, against teams from around the globe.
Hon. Wayne M. Caines JP MP
Min. Caines graduated Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Minor in Political Science. He went on to obtain a Law Degree at the University of Kent, School of Law; and enrolled at the Royal Military Academy (Sandhurst), Territorial Army Officers Commissioning Course. Wayne was employed for seven years as a Crown Counsel with the Bermuda Department of Public Prosecutions. Minister Caines is the former Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Bermuda and CEO of SENIAC Consulting. Mr. Caines is the Minister of National Security, having administrative responsibility for the Bermuda Police Service, the Royal Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda Customs, the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, and the Bermuda Department of Corrections. His portfolio also includes the Department of ICT Policy and Innovation, E-Commerce and FinTech.
Country Head and Vice President, Sutherland Global
A senior executive in the Business Process Outsourcing and Transformation space with over 20 years of
entrepreneurial experience, Odetta Rockhead-Kerr is the Country Head and Vice President at Sutherland
Jamaica since its inception in 2012. Headquartered in New York and established in 1986, Sutherland is the
largest privately owned global provider of business transformation and technology management services,
employing over 50,000 professionals in 19 countries globally supporting 21 Languages, with 40% of its revenue generated by Fortune 50 companies. Odetta spearheaded Sutherland’s entry into Jamaica eventually employing more than 5,000 professionals at a growth rate of 1,000 per year and establishing 4 (soon to be 5) service delivery centres in less than 5 years.
Diane Edwards is the President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) – the national investment and export promotion agency. Possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience in international marketing and business development, Ms. Edwards is committed to building Jamaica’s business brand through increased customer focus and effective marketing communications programmes. Prior to leading JAMPRO, she served as General Manager and Director of J. Wray & Nephew UK Ltd., where she successfully grew the UK Company’s turnover by 77% over 10 years. Ms. Edwards holds an MBA from New York’s Pace University, a Masters in International Relations from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and German.
CEO, SSL Growth Equity Ltd.
Mr. Mark Croskery is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SSL Growth Equity Limited, parent Company of SSL that provides growth equity and finance for entrepreneurs and companies in Jamaica and the Caribbean. He has been involved with SSL since 2006, and previously served as President and CEO of Stocks and Securities Limited, until March 2018. He steered SSL into a leading investment bank with a brokerage distribution arm, that sells leading managed financial plans and brokerage accounts for Jamaicans. SSL manages in excess of US$ 260 million of Assets under Management and 7,000 investment accounts in 2018. Mr. Croskery specializes in providing growth equity, investment advice and other services to Companies and Families in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of SSL Growth Equity Limited, SSL Capital (Cayman) Limited, SSL REIT Limited, Dolla Financial Services Limited, and Everything Fresh Limited. Mr. Croskery received a M.Sc. in Global Financial Analysis and a dual B.Sc. in Corporate Finance/Accounting from Bentley University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also a Member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Director of Partners and Sales, Microsoft
Mauro has over 25 years of work experience starting his career as a SMB owner at age 17 in Sao Paulo city, Brazil, during a period of high inflation and heavy taxes burden. He then moved into Corporate world including 8 years at Royal Dutch Philips and for the last 16 years working for Microsoft in several positions in Brazil, Florida and now in the Caribbean. Now based in Puerto Rico, Mauro has been appointed as Director for Partners and Sales for the Caribbean, helping Microsoft Customers, Governments and Partners to transform their businesses and services through digital solutions.Mauro is Brazilian, Industrial Engineer from Sao Paulo University and Master Degree in Finance and Political Science from Getulio Vargas, with extension at UCLA Anderson Business School.