SAVE THE DATES! CAB CONFERENCE 2022
Tuesday October 25th to Saturday October 29th, 2022
At the CEO & Directors’ Forum in Miami, Florida, USA, we welcomed scores of attendees representing our membership across the Caribbean, North America, and the United Kingdom, as well as regulators, central banks, service providers, and technology partners. After a successful event, our attention now turns to CAB Conference Saint Lucia 2022, 25-29 October, at the Harbor Club Saint Lucia, Curio Collection by Hilton, in Gros Islet.
Day 1 (Tue 25) – Training Day
Day 2 (Wed 26) – AGM & Opening Ceremony
Day 3 (Thu 27) – Opening Plenary & Bonfire
Day 4 (Fri 28) – Closing Plenary
Day 5 (Sat 29) – Networking Day
DAY 1 - TRAINING DAY
|09:00||Addressing Trade Finance Risks in the Caribbean||Compass Room, 5th Floor||IFC | International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group)|
|13:00||International Banking Essentials and Regulatory Updates||Compass Room, 5th Floor||FIBA | Financial & International Business Association|
DAY 2 - AGM & OPENING CEREMONY
|09:00||Members Forum and Annual General Meeting||Compass Room, 5th Floor|
|16:00||Atlantic Council Roundtable||Compass Room, 5th Floor|
|18:55||Opening Ceremony||14 North, 6th Floor|
|09:00||Welcome Remarks||Ms. Wendy Delmar – CEO, CAB|
|09:05||Keynote Address||Dr. Didacus Jules – Director General, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States|
|09:30||Diamond Sponsor Presentation – EY||The Lending Journey Of The Future
Mr. Esan Reason, Senior Manager, Business Transformation and People Advisory Services
|09:45||Sanctions – The Unintended Impact of International Economic Sanctions on the Caribbean’s Financial Services Industry||Mr. David Schwartz – President and CEO, FIBA | Financial & International Business Association
Dr. Jan Yves Remy – Director, Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services (SRC) of University of the West Indies
|Supply Chain Resilience – The Drawback of Interdependence while Maintaining Connectivity||Mr. Curtis Dennie – Vice President- Port Operations, Pt. Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation (PLIPDECO)|
|10:15||Coffee Break – Ascendancy Fund|
|10:30||Diamond Sponsor Presentation – Howden||Disaster Relief Financing and Structured Credit Insurance Solutions, Mr. Blair Buchanan, Head of International Financial Institutions|
|10:45||ESG – The What, Why and How of ESG Implementation||Ms. Maria Daniel – EY Partner, Strategy and Transactions|
|Trade Finance – A Possible Roadmap for Recovery||Mr. Faisal Bin Sidiqui – Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, IFC
Mr. Lucas Diez-Suarez – Principal Counsel, IFC
Mr. Chad Carson – Risk Officer, IFC
|11:15||Diamond Sponsor Presentation – Alliance One Management Consulting||Cyber Resiliency, Mr. Deryck Greer – Global Lead – Cyber Security Strategy & Implementation|
|12:30||Platinum Sponsor Presentation – Temenos||Tailored Banking & the New Industry Trends, Enrique Ramos O’Reilly, Regional Director – LatAm & Caribbean|
|13:40||Sponsor Booth Visits|
|14:40||Diamond Sponsor Presentation – Hitachi||Hitachi Systems Security Inc. – Helping You Build Digital Trust, Mr. Stephen Juteram, Vice President Sales – Caribbean|
|14:55||Technology & Payments – Enabling a Safe Payments Landscape||Mr. Stephen Juteram – Vice President (Caribbean Region) Hitachi Systems Security Inc.
Mr. Deryck Greer – Global Lead – Cyber Security Strategy & Implementation, Alliance One Management Consulting
|15:55||Diamond Sponsor Presentation – Euro Exim Bank||The Challenges and Opportunities for Banks in International Trade
Dr. Graham Bright JP – Head of Compliance and Operations
|16:10||Coffee Break – Salesforce|
|Evening||Pool Deck Cocktails||Presented by Ictual (Dress Code: Casual)|
DAY 4 - CLOSING PLENARY
|08:30||Main Sponsor Presentation – Trinidad & Tobago Unit Trust Corporation||Bringing Global Investment Opportunities to the People of the Eastern Caribbean: Regional Mutual Funds
Mr. Trevor E Blake, Managing Director, Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange Group
Mr. George Edwards, General Manager, The Guyana Association of Securities Companies and Intermediaries Inc. (The Guyana Stock Exchange)
Ms. Alousia Faisal, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission
|09:15||Platinum Sponsor Presentation – Grant Thornton|
|09:25||Coffee Break – HPS|
|09:40||Sponsor Booth Visits|
|10:10||Platinum Sponsor Presentation – ERI||How Technology Can Help Banks Future-Proof Their Growth and Better Serve Their Clients, Mr. Jean-Philippe Bersier, Director (Business Development)|
|10:20||South-South Co-operation in the Banking Sector: Opportunities and Reservations Explored||Mr. Alwyn Jordan – Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Barbados
Mr. Parasram Salickram – Group Vice President, Republic Bank
Mrs. Tanya Watson-Francis – General Manager, Treasury and Correspondent Banking Division, NCB Jamaica
Mr. Manfred Rene Awambeng – Global Head, Client Relations · The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
Mr. John Bosco Sebabi – Deputy CEO, Pan African Payment Settlement System · African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
|11:35||Diamond Sponsor Presentation – First Citizens|
|12:50||The Changing DNA of Caribbean Banks||Ms. Lisa-Maria Alexander – CEO/Chief Strategist, The Leadership Xperience|
|13:35||Diamond Sponsor Presentation – Mastercard||Technology and Caribbean Banking
Mr. Dalton Fowles – Country Manager – Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados & Eastern Caribbean, Mastercard
|13:50||Dynamic Leadership Today for the Needs of Tomorrow||Mr. Roger Hennis – CEO, Avvant|
|14:35||Coffee Break – Moody’s Analytics|
|14:50||Platinum Sponsor Presentation – Finastra||Elevate your Treasury into the Cloud, Mr. Tracy Greeley, Solution Consultant (Treasury and Capital Markets)|
|15:00||De-risking and the Caribbean Banking Sector – Efforts & Strides||Mr. Wazim Mowla – Assistant Director, Caribbean Initiative, Atlantic Council Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Mr. Jason Marczak – Senior Director, Caribbean Initiative, Atlantic Council Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
|16:30||Wrap-Up Session & Keynote|
|19:00||Closing Party||Black with a touch of Madras (fabric to be provided by CAB)|
DAY 5 - NETWORKING
Surf & Turf
Travel by catamaran to Fond Doux Eco Resort in scenic Soufriere, and enjoy a museum tour, chocolate making, and more -presented by Republic Financial Holdings Ltd.
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
Lisa Maria Alexander, CEO/Chief Strategist, The Leadership Xperience
Lisa-Maria Alexander brings to audiences, a unique diversity of professional skills – she is a Female C-suite Executive, Marketeer, Organizational Strategist, Licensed Stockbroker, Behavioral Coach Certified, and an experienced Facilitator and Public Speaker. Her areas of expertise include Customer Experience Management, Strategy Development & Implementation, Market Planning, Relationship Marketing, Internal Branding, and Performance Management.
Lisa-Maria has had more than a decade of experience in leading Marketing Strategy, Customer Journey Management, Communication and Public Relations, as well as Product Development and more recently, Sales Management within the Financial Sector in Trinidad and Tobago and Regionally. Lisa-Maria’s accomplishments over the last decade also include Brand Building and Reputation Management, Brand Architecture, as well Customer Experience Design for a leading Regional Brand.
With more than two (2) decades of professional experience in the Financial Services Sector, Lisa-Maria has also led three regional Brokerage and Securities Dealer firms as its General Manager and Country Manager, in Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados respectively, and has been a high profile Marketing and Public Relations Leader, for more than twenty (20) years.
Lisa-Maria holds a BSc.in Industrial Management and a Masters in Management Studies – Advanced Marketing, as well as having attained a Behavioral Coach designation in 2019 and an Executive Certificate in Organizational Design in the same year.
Lisa-Maria was an original member of the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago (AFETT), and President for 2008-2009, her passion for Women in Leadership and Business is ongoing as she has also pioneered the launch of JMMBWIN – Women’s Inspiration Network in 2019 and continues to coach female leaders in her personal capacity.
In her public service, Lisa-Maria has been a Director of the Queen’s Hall theatre facility (2004-2009), the Greater Chaguanas Chamber of Commerce (2012-2013), chairperson for the Volunteer sub-committee Trinidad & Tobago Cricket World Cup (2007) and Director of the Securities Dealers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (2008).
Lisa-Maria holds the firm belief that People matter! Throughout her career, Lisa-Maria has demonstrated both technical and interpersonal competence, as well as a passion for learning and development. She continues to coach teams and individuals for Business and Organizational success.
Manfred Rene Ndonuie Nforngwen Awambeng, Director & Global Head Client Relations, Afreximbank
Mr. Awambeng joined the African Export-Import Bank in December 2016 as Director & Global Head, Client Relations. He is an experienced international banker, with a successful track record of over twenty-five years in managing people, teams, projects and banking institutions and initiatives.
He is a specialist in structured trade, corporate, commercial and investment banking. In addition, he is experienced in origination (client relationships, sales, marketing, customer service experience) Product management, cross border trade flows, trade finance, credit risk management, compliance, treasury, project finance, as well as general banking management across Africa, Middle East and Europe.
Rene is a regular adviser on current trends in Banking, Commodity Trade Finance, Regional business, Intra- African Trade and Infrastructure Development. He is a regularly called upon to speak at international banking conferences and seminars.
Mr Awambeng has established an extensive network of key relationships across both the public and private sector across Africa, Europe, UAE, UK and Russia. He has also developed strategic institutional partnerships over the course of his career.
Prior to joining Afreximbank, Mr. Awambeng worked for 19 years at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated the pioneer pan-African commercial banking group. He served as the Group Head of Global Corporates, Regional Corporates, and Commodity Finance, Corporate & Investment Bank, Ecobank Transnational Inc. based in Paris, France and Lagos, Nigeria and London, United Kingdom. Prior to this, he was Executive Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Rwanda, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Democratic Republic of Congo and served in Ecobank Cameroon as a pioneer Director.
Rene holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Yaoundé, Cameroon and an MBA from University of Nottingham Business School, Nottingham, UK. He is a member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), London, UK.
Mr Awambeng is the Founder and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Awambeng Renal Care Foundation a non-for-profit charity providing medical support to patients with critical kidney disease. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the African Sepsis Alliance and the Board of the Africa Energy Chamber as well as President SME Trade & Business Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club.
Trevor E. Blake, Managing Director, Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange (ECSE)
Trevor E Blake is the Managing Director of the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange Ltd (ECSE), and its subsidiary, the Eastern Caribbean Central Securities Depository Ltd (ECCSD).
Prior to joining the ECSE Group in January 2005, Mr Blake held the position of Director of the Financial & Enterprise Development Department of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), where he had direct responsibility for the Bank’s Money & Capital Markets Development programme.
Mr Blake is the Vice President of the Association of Central Securities Depositories of the Americas (ACSDA), and a member of the Board of the World Forum of CSDs. He is also the Vice President of the St Kitts- and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
An active Rotarian, he is a Past District Governor of Rotary International District 7030.
Mr Blake holds an MBA (Financial Studies) from the University of Nottingham and qualified as an Associate of the UK Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Dr. Graham Bright, Head - Compliance and Operations, Euro Exim Bank Ltd
Dr. Graham Bright JP is Head – Compliance and Operations at Euro Exim Bank Ltd, an innovative financial institution specialising in Trade Finance, facilitating global trade for corporates and SMEs worldwide.
Spanning more than 40 years in the finance industry, his experience encompasses working collaboratively with industry utilities, regulatorsand Central Banks, consulting, and partner/channels management.
He holds a Professional Doctorate in Leadership and Management, and a BA (Hons.) degree in Business Studies. He is also a serving UK Justice of the Peace and sits on Crown Court appeals.
Formerly Director of FSI Solutions and Strategy at EMC, he was financial SME with responsibility for paperless banking, governance, compliance and risk solutions.
Prior to EMC, he was Managing Director of Financial Tradeware, provider of a Swift Bureau service, broker and hedge fund trading systems.
Graham was a Regional Sales Manager at SWIFT for 20 years, a member of the UK CHAPS Technical Committee, account manager for the Bank of England RTGS system, onboarding and servicing banks across Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and working in fintech partner relations.
Graham is a regular contributor to trade journals, interviewed for Reuters, Bloomberg and Forbes TV channels, featured with industry videos on YouTube and a published thought leader with articles in financial technology press. He is a recognized speaker at trade industry conferences across the globe including GTR and TXF, and receiver of prestigious bank and industry including ‘Asia Person of the Year 2021’.
Blair Buchanan, Howden Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Blair Buchanan works for a specialist team providing a number of insurance solutions to financial institutions. Many of his clients face complex risks and exposures in a fast and developing regulatory environment. Blair provides tailored and bespoke products to solve the problems clients face whether on a specific case basis, or a specialist product need.
Howden Insurance Brokers Ltd is a leading provider of insurance brokerage, risk consultancy and employee benefits advice. Part of the Howden Broking Group, it places over $11bn of client premiums into international markets. Spanning across 40 different territories, with over 11,000 employees, it has the scale and expertise to deliver for its clients.
Areas of expertise:
Crime, Cyber Crime, Cyber Liability, Civil Liability and Directors and Officers Liability insurance. Howden has produced its own products in this field for over 10 years, advancing and customizing them to tackle modernized threats to fit the needs of its clients business.
Blair is a keen sportsman, particularly playing rugby, golf and fly fishing for salmon.
Chad Carson, Subject Matter Specialist, IFC
Chad Carson is an anti-financial crimes specialist at IFC, the arm of the World Bank Group focused on promoting economic development through private-sector investment. Chad forms part of IFC’s Business Risk and Compliance Department, where he supports IFC in managing risks through its investments with financial institutions and contributes to the World Bank Group’s capacity building initiatives to support banks and financial institutions in accessing financial markets and managing financial crime risks.
Prior to IFC, Chad spent eight years as a consultant with Promontory Financial Group, a premier global consulting firm owned by IBM that advises financial institutions on regulatory compliance, strategy, and risk management. Chad was most recently a Sr. Principal in Promontory’s anti-financial crime practice and worked extensively with the firm’s clients in Latin America and the Caribbean to address issues related to the loss of correspondent banking relationships. Chad is a FIBA Certified Professional in Anti-Money Laundering and has a degree in International Economics from Georgetown University in Washington DC, USA.
Maria Daniel, Lead Partner, ESG & Sustainability, EY Caribbean
Maria is a Partner in the Strategy and Transactions (SaT) practice based in EY Caribbean’s Trinidad office.
She has led several high-profile engagements and provided clients with advice on raising both debt and equity capital, as well as strategic options analysis towards maximizing shareholder value. She specializes in business valuations, transaction support services on both the buy-side and sell-side, mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, strategic advisory services including digital transformation, and turnaround advisory.
Maria has been involved in the raising of capital for clients both from a debt and equity perspective, as well as supporting financial modelling and company valuations where applicable.
She is a long-term advisor to the region’s leading Financial Institutions and has collaborated with tax professionals to derive optimal financing structures.
Maria’s experience has resulted in networks and contacts with both regional and international financiers for infrastructure projects.
Maria has recently taken up the portfolio of Lead Partner for EY Caribbean’s ESG & Sustainability services and is an advocate for finding balance between people, planet and profits.
She is also passionate about facilitating entrepreneurs who wish to develop innovative business plans for new and game-changing projects.
Curtis Dennie, Vice-President - Port Operations, Pt. Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation (PLIPDECO)
Mr.Curtis Dennie is a trained management consultant and has more than 20 years as a logistics practitioner. He has published several pieces on logistics and supply chain including the peer reviewed Journal of Maritime Themes, Portside Caribbean Magazine and the OAS (CIP)Newsletter. He served as Port Operations Manager, Antigua & Barbuda Port Authority where he was part of the leadership in the transformation and development of the Port. He has also served as Research Officer (CAB) and as Logistics Specialist (CDEMA).
He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT, United Kingdom) and a Member of the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants.
Mr. Dennie holds Certificates in Global Value Chain, – Duke University, Trade Finance Infrastructure Development – UNITAR, and Development Policy, -World Bank Institute.
He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Liverpool and a Master of Science–Logistics and Supply Chain Management- Caribbean Maritime University. He is a Guest Lecturer for the University at the West Indies Cave Hill Campus in International Business. He currently serves as Vice-President Port Operations at the Point Lisas industrial Development Corporation in Trinidad.
Lucas Diaz, Principal Counsel and Head of Integrity and AML Risk, IFC
Lucas is a Principal Counsel and Head of Integrity and AML Risk at IFC, the private-sector focused arm of the World Bank Group, where he leads IFC’s efforts in managing reputational risks and works to help IFC’s clients in strengthening capacity to mitigate such risks. Before joining IFC, Lucas worked on integrity matters at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he was involved in revamping the IDB’s integrity policies and implementing one of the first methodologies among multilateral development banks to conduct tax due diligence over private sector companies. Lucas also has experience working as a deal lawyer, including practicing law in China at one of the largest Spanish law firms, and as General Counsel for a private equity firm. He is a recognized expert in trade finance and countering-trade based money laundering.
George Edwards, General Manager, Guyana Association of Securities Companies and Intermediaries Incorporated (GASCI)
Mr. George Edwards is the General Manager of the Guyana Association of Securities Companies and Intermediaries Incorporated (GASCI), Guyana’s local Stock Exchange. Prior to joining the Stock Exchange in 2005, Mr. Edwards spent most of his working life in Banking, working previously with Barclays Bank and the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Business Management from the University of Guyana and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Guyana/Commonwealth of Learning.
Alousia Faisal, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission
Ms Faisal is a financial services professional with over 29 years’ experience in the financial services sector in the ECCU, over fifteen of which, are in financial regulation and supervision.
Ms Faisal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Studies with First Class Honors from the University of West Indies and a Master in Business Administration (Finance) degree from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.
Ms Faisal is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). In her role as Secretary of the ECSRC, Ms Faisal is responsible for day to-day management of the operations of the Secretariat of the ECSRC.
Dalton Fowles, Country Manager, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados & Eastern Caribbean, Mastercard
As the Country Manager for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Eastern Caribbean Dalton oversees Mastercard’s strategy to achieve greater proximity in the markets and streamline operations that generate efficient responses to its partners in the Caribbean. He also leads a team tasked with identifying business opportunities and driving revenue and profitability for Mastercard and its customers. Additionally, Dalton serves as a Mastercard representative to the government and regulatory bodies in the markets. Originally from Kingston, Dalton is an experienced professional with expertise in Banking and Telecommunications. Before joining Mastercard, he spent many years in banking, specializing in payments, digital infrastructure deployments, digital wallets, mobile & online banking, and other digital self-service channels.
Wayne D. Girard, Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Youth Economy, Government of Saint Lucia
Honourable Wayne D. Girard, Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Youth Economy in the Cabinet of the Government of Saint Lucia, grew up in Jacmel, Anse La Raye, where he spent his formative years. After moving to Castries he would continue to spend most weekends in the community attending Mass as an acolyte at the Jacmel Catholic Church. Wayne attended the St. Aloysius R.C. Boys School and Castries Comprehensive Secondary School. Upon completion of his A levels, Wayne took up employment at Flow (formerly Cable & Wireless), where he would work for 3 years in order to save the necessary funds to travel to the UK for his University education. He is Member of Parliament for Anse La Raye-Canaries.
Tracy Greeley, Treasury and Capital Markets Consultant, Finastra
Tracy Greeley is a solution consultant at Finastra for its Treasury and Capital Markets business, covering the Americas. With over 21 years’ experience in the financial services industry and a special focus within Treasury and Foreign Exchange, he has held a variety of roles within Finastra including business development, pre-sales, implementation, and regional product management.
Deryck Greer, Global Lead, Cyber Security Strategy & Implementation, Alliance One Management Consulting
Deryck Greer is the Global Lead, Cyber Security Strategy & Implementation Practice lead for Alliance One a I.T. and Business Management Consultancy, specializing in the execution of Digital Transformation Strategies and People Development.
He is a former Secret and Top Secret cleared cyber and intelligence practitioner with over seventeen years of Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Operations, and Law enforcement experience.
Deryck has a wealth of hands on applied professional practice in both overt and covert Cyber Strategy, Cyber Intelligence Operations, Cyber Security, Threat Intelligence, Information Security, Incident Response, HUMINT and SIGINT.
He currently provides cyber and information security guidance and good practices through implementation and thought leadership to; Executives, Governments, Politically exposed and high net worth individuals in the areas of Finance, Law, Energy and Nation State response to cyber and information security threats.
Ken Hackshaw, President, Founder, and Lecturer, Caribbean Risk Management Academy / CEO and Founder, Trinidad and Tobago Risk Management Institute (TTRMI) / Lead Consultant, KHBC Limited
After gaining extensive international experience in Risk Management and International Operations, Ken Hackshaw currently serves as Managing Director and lead consultant at KHBC Limited, a risk management consulting company. Mr. Hackshaw was also a lecturer/facilitator at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (UWI) in various risk programs including Enterprise Risk Management, Operational Risk Management, and Ethics and Compliance. He is the program developer and lecturer in the International Certificate in ERM, offered at the UWI, Cave hill campus and in conjunction with the Caribbean Risk Management Academy, where Mr. Hackshaw is President and Founder. Mr. Hackshaw’s career was built over the last 23 years working in the United States and London, in the fields of Operational Risk Management, International Operations, and Business Process Re-engineering.
An organized change architect and Risk Practitioner, his highlights include;
- Senior Risk Analyst, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, N.Y.
- Vice President, Deutsche Bank, N.Y. & London
- Vice President, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), N.Y.
Mr. Hackshaw holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, a Diploma in Law from the University of London, and advanced training and certification in Operational Risk Management, International Securities Processing, and Project Management as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Risk Management and Strategic Thinking from Stanford University.
Roger Hennis, Chief Executive Officer, Avvant
Roger is the Chief Executive Officer of Avvant, a boutique consulting firm focused on strategy, digital and human capital. In addition to being Avvant’s CEO, he also leads the Digital and Talent & Organisation practice areas. Roger is an experienced business consultant specializing in Strategy and Digital Transformation. Roger has worked at a number of leading advisory firms including IBM, Fujitsu and most recently Deloitte. Over the past few years has led digital transformation engagements for clients in both the public and private sectors. across the region and Latin America.
Patrik Heuri, General Manager, Hitachi Systems Security Europe
Patrik Heuri, former CISO of Deutsche Bank for 10 years and Global CISO of HSBC Private Banking for 6 years, joined Hitachi in 2016. Since, as General Manager, Patrik is running Hitachi Systems Security Europe SA, a company based in Switzerland covering EMEA with 17 security professionals, including a SOC operating 24/7.
Alwyn Jordan, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Barbados
Alwyn Jordan is the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados. As part of his role, he has responsibility for the Bank’s Research and Economic Analysis, Bank Supervision, and the Management Information Systems departments, and is Chair of the joint Financial Oversight Management Committee (FOMC).
His research interests include monetary policy issues, macro-prudential policy developments, currency regimes, and economic forecasting.
Alwyn holds a BSc Economics and Accounting from the University of the West Indies and a Mac Finance and Economics from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
Dr. Didacus Jules has had a long distinguished, multidimensional career focused on education, social transformation and organisational re-engineering. Dr. Jules is currently the Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) – a regional integration grouping of eleven Member States.
His career experience 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; the Caribbean Climate Accelerator; World Bank Task Force on Caribbean Education Strategy 2020.
Jason Marczak, Senior Director, Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Jason Marczak is senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. He joined the Council in 2013 to launch the center and set the strategic direction for its work. Marczak has over twenty years of expertise in regional economics, politics, and development, working with high-level policymakers and private-sector executives to shape public policy.
Under his leadership, the Latin America Center delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to advance hemispheric prosperity and is a regular venue for heads of state, Cabinet-level officials, and other public and private sector leaders to build consensus on regional priorities. He recently oversaw development of a campaign focused on a reconstruction of Venezuela’s democratic institutions and has shaped efforts to map a post-COVID regional recovery. In 2021, he led the establishment of a Caribbean Initiative. Under his leadership, the Center advances a global vision for its select lines of programming: Venezuela’s multidimensional crisis; Central American prosperity; US-Mexico ties; China in Latin America; Colombia’s future; a changing Brazil; Caribbean development; commerce’s evolving shifts; energy resources; and post-COVID prosperity.
Since 2016, Marczak has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where he teaches on Central America and US immigration policy. He was previously director of policy at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and cofounder and senior editor of Americas Quarterly magazine, and his responsibilities included overseeing development of the magazine’s online presence. In 2003, he joined Partners of the Americas to advance work on civil-society engagement in the Summits of the Americas and other forums. Marczak held positions at the National Endowment for Democracy and in the office of then-Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) with a portfolio including trade and foreign affairs.
Marczak frequently provides English- and Spanish-language commentary on political and economic issues in Latin America. He is a frequent op-ed contributor, a sought-after speaker, and has testified before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Marczak received a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.
Sekou Mark, Chief Investment Officer, Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation
Mr. Mark is a career banker, who is passionate about building strong, resilient, impactful and sustainable communities. He has worked in more than 20 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.
He has over 25 years of experience working in multilateral institutions and the banking and financial services industry, and has held senior leadership positions at regional and international financial institutions.
Mr. Mark has extensive experience in investment banking, project finance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, asset management and strategic innovation. He is the holder of an M.B.A. with a concentration in International Business Finance from George Washington University.
Mr. Mark is also the Chairman of the Agricultural Development Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.
Wazim Mowla, Assistant Director, Caribbean Initiative at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Wazim Mowla is the Assistant Director of the Caribbean Initiative at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. Mowla is also a nonresident scholar at the Florida International University (FIU) Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and an affiliate of the Resilient and Sustainable Islands Initiative at the Overseas Development Institute. Mowla holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations and history and a master’s in history from FIU. He also holds a master’s from American University’s School of International Service in comparative/regional studies. Mowla frequently provides English language commentary and analysis to US and Caribbean media outlets.
The Honourable Philip J. Pierre, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
Prime Minister, Hon. Philip J Pierre was re-elected as the Parliamentary Representative for Castries East on July 26, 2021. He also serves as Minister for Finance, Economic Development, and the Youth Economy.
Prime Minister Pierre is a dedicated politician and a committed district representative with over thirty (30) years of experience in government and opposition. He has held many portfolios over the years including Deputy Prime Minister as well as Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Commerce, Investment, Consumer Affairs, International Financial Services, Infrastructure, Ports Services, and Transport. In 2016 he became Leader of the Opposition and Political Leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party which he led to victory in July 2021.
Hon. Pierre is a management professional with a broad range of skills and extensive public and private sector experience that he utilised in his private practice to assist state agencies and private sector enterprises to achieve their goals. His areas of proven expertise include: programme and project planning; implementation and evaluation; design of hotel development incentive packages; economic analysis and economic forecasting; financial policy; financial management and budgeting; organisation management and development, business plans, feasibility studies, business re-organisation advice, sourcing business financing, tourism policy development, policy advice, facilitation and implementation, and training in capacity development for SME in Saint Lucia and the region.
Hon. Pierre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of the West Indies. Prime Minister Pierre continues to be a very strong advocate for the promotion and advancement of entrepreneurship, and the small business sector as a critical engine for economic growth.
Enrique Ramos O'Reilly, Regional Director, Temenos LatAm & Caribbean
Enrique is the Regional Director, Temenos LatAm & Caribbean since 2013.
Enrique has more than 30 years of experience in banking technology and financial services sector, having worked in Europe, Africa and The Americas. With extensive knowledge in digital banking, open banking, innovation and software implementations.
With more than 20 years of experience at TEMENOS, he leads the Temenos LatAM and Caribbean operations. He is a firm evangelist of digital transformation, financial inclusion and FinTech growth for the region.
Esan Reason, Senior Manager, Business Transformation and People Advisory Services, EY
Esan is a Senior Manager within EY’s Consulting service line, with responsibility for Business Transformation and People Advisory Services. He has over 14 years of IT and business consulting experience spanning both the public and private service. He has successfully led a number of digital transformation initiatives including the design of operating models for digital first banks, organization structure redesign, customer journey mapping, organization culture assessments and the development of change management strategies.
Jan Yves Remy, Director, Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services (SRC)
Jan Yves Remy is Director of the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services (SRC) at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados where she lectures in the SRC’s flagship Masters in International Trade Policy Programme and conducts research on trade law, WTO reform, gender and trade, dispute settlement regimes, regional integration, climate change and e-commerce Her doctoral thesis focused on the role of the Caribbean Court of Justice in promoting Caribbean regional integration. She is also the WTO Chair holder for the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus); has been nominated as a panelist on two WTO disputes; and has been included on the list of arbitrators under a number of FTA dispute settlement mechanisms.
Jan Yves holds a Ph.D. in International Law (summa cum laude) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), an LL.M (Hons) in Commercial and International Law from the University of Cambridge (UK) and an LL.B. (Hons) from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (Barbados). Prior to joining the SRC, Jan Yves worked for five years as a Senior Trade Associate at the offices of Sidley Austin LLP in Geneva and Washington D.C. In the previous six years, Jan Yves served as a Legal Officer at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the WTO, where she assisted Members of the Appellate Body in their disposition of appeals in trade disputes.
Parasram Vic Salickram, CFA, FRM, FCCA, ACMA, CGMA, Vice President, Republic Bank
Mr. Salickram is the Vice President of Republic Financial Holdings Limited and Vice President of Republic Bank Limited. He has been with the Republic Group for the last eighteen years (18) and previously held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer in the Republic Group.
He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA) and the Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA). Mr. Salickram is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and holds the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP).
David J. Schwartz, President and CEO, FIBA (Financial & International Business Association)
David Schwartz is President and CEO of the Financial & International Business Association (FIBA), the leading voice for international banking in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. FIBA’s core mission is to provide high-level educational and advocacy support to its membership which includes community banks as well as the largest banks in Europe, the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean that are active in international trade and finance.
Prior to joining FIBA, David held executive positions at various financial institutions in the U.S., Europe and Latin America in the areas of Risk Management and Compliance, Wealth Management, Correspondent Banking, Credit and Treasury.
David received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School and also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He has completed foreign studies and training in Hong Kong and Paris, France and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.
John Bosco Sebabi, Deputy CEO, PAPSS (Pan-African Payment & Settlement System)
John Bosco comes with more than 20 years’ experience in the financial sector and was, until joining Afreximbank, a consultant with the World Bank on the establishment of the Africa Wide Payment Platform. John Bosco is the former chairman of the Rwanda Airports Company, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (formerly the PTA Bank), vice- chairman of Cogebanque and, to date, serves on the Board of Bralirwa and BancABC Botswana. From July 2014 to October 2018 John Bosco served as the Deputy Director General of the Rwanda Social Security Board, in charge of funds management, managing assets over $1 billion in value. Between March 2013 and April 2014, he was the CEO for the East Africa Commodity Exchange, which is mandated to uplift national and regional economies by eliminating market barriers to trading, providing access to financing for farmers and traders in return for commodities, and more broadly engaging in regional capital market development.
John Bosco holds a MSc in International Economics, Banking and Finance from Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales (UK), a BSc in Economics and an Associate degree in Economics, both completed with distinctions from the University of Rwanda (formerly the National University of Rwanda) and a certificate in Financial Programming and Policy from the IMF. John Bosco is also a fellow of the Fletcher Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion of the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He also holds an executive education certificate of the Advanced Management Program (AMP), a sandwich programme from three prestigious universities: Strathmore, Lagos and IESE business schools.
Wayne Shah, Senior Vice-President, Wells Fargo Bank
Wayne Shah is an experienced and qualified banking practitioner. He has held significant roles at global organizations – including Wells Fargo Bank, Wachovia Bank, M-Frontier Inc., Bladex/Clavex LLC. , ABN AMRO Bank, and Citicorp/Citibank
Currently he is a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank. He heads the Correspondent Banking business for the Caribbean region. He joined the organization under Wachovia Bank as the head of Global Transaction Services (GTS) for the Americas.
In 2006, Mr. Shah was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Clavex LLC. a wholly owned subsidiary of BLADEX – the Latin American Export Bank.
In 2002, Mr. Shah co-founded M-Frontier Inc. a Miami company focused on providing technology and product solutions for Banks in the Emerging Markets.
In 1998, Mr. Shah joined ABN AMRO as the head of Capability Management and Transaction Banking Operations for Latin America and Caribbean. In 2000, Mr. Shah was appointed Head of ABN-AMRO’s E Commerce / B2B business development team with a focus on Procurement, Settlement and Working Capital. Before departing from ABN AMRO, he was the senior Global Transaction Banking consultant to the energy sector (oil & Gas) covering both Asia and Latin America.
Prior to joining ABN AMRO, Mr. Shah held a variety of positions during his 11 years at Citicorp, both in Citibank domestic (retail) Bank and in the International Corporate Bank. Citibank provided fertile ground to develop skills in sales, marketing, electronic banking, product development, project management, operations, and customer service. Mr. Shah was awarded the Citicorp Service excellence award and was recognized as Manager of the year on multiple occasions.
He is a graduate of Florida International University School of Law, with a Juris Masters in Banking and Compliance. He also holds a BA in Environmental Studies.
He is a Certified AML/TF Professional – CPAML and AMLCA.
He is a Board Member of the Miami Dade International Trade Commission.
He also sits on the Board and Executive Committee of the Financial & International Business Association – FIBA.
Mr. Shah has appeared before the US House Committee on Financial Services as a subject matter expert on multiple occasion and is an advocate for emerging markets financial inclusion.
Faisal Siddiqui, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Faisal is Deputy Chief Compliance Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Faisal helps lead IFC’s Business Risk and Compliance Department, which focuses on integrity, regulatory, international tax, and other risks. Faisal also directly manages IFC’s integrity due diligence efforts (including anti-corruption, AML/CFT, and sanctions issues) and heads many of its crisis management teams.
Prior to IFC, Faisal was Managing Director at Fannie Mae, responsible for all compliance investigations for the institution. Previously, Faisal supervised the Administrative Law Division at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), where he managed Ex-Im Bank’s integrity, regulatory, compliance, litigation, ethics and corporate governance portfolios. Earlier in his career, Faisal practiced litigation as an Associate at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC and an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps of the United States Air Force.
Tanya Watson Francis, General Manager, Treasury & Correspondent Banking Division, National Commercial Bank Jamaica
Tanya Watson Francis is the General Manager for National Commercial Bank Jamaica’s (NCB) Treasury & Correspondent Banking Division.
She has responsibility for providing strategic leadership for the Bank’s Asset and Liability management functions. This includes the management of the Bank’s investment portfolio, management of interest rate, liquidity, funding and foreign exchange risk. She also provides direction for the management of relationships with Financial Institutions and Correspondent Banks.
Tanya has twenty years of experience in Treasury management.
She is a member of a number of management committees in the NCB Financial Group and is Head of NCB’s Institute of Leadership and Organisation Development (ILOD) – a school within NCB’s Corporate Learning Campus.
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