SAVE THE DATES! CAB CONFERENCE 2022
Tuesday October 25th to Saturday October 29th, 2022
CAB’s 49th Annual Conference & General Meeting will be held from October 25 – 29 2022. We are pleased to announce a return to an in-person format, and look forward to seeing you all at the Harbor Club in Saint Lucia.
We are confident that our comprehensive programme will deliver the knowledge-rich conference experience that has supported learning and development in our industry for over 15 years. We hope you will join us as we rise to the challenges and opportunities of a new decade.
Join the five-day event which includes a training day, AGM, two-day conference, and networking day.
More information, and registration details, will follow shortly.
OPENING CEREMONY - October 27th
|Session Start||Session End||Description|
|6:55 p.m.||7:00 p.m.||Call to Order – Master of Ceremonies|
|7:03 p.m.||7:10 p.m.||Welcome Remarks|
|Mr. Dalton Lee, Chairperson, Caribbean Association of Banks Inc.|
|7:10 p.m.||7:30 p.m.||Welcome Flag Ceremony|
|Saint Lucia Cadet Corps|
|7:30 p.m.||7:45 p.m.||Feature Address: Resilience through Innovative and Creative Leadership|
|His Excellency Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States|
|7:45 p.m.||7:55 p.m.||Introduction of New CAB Board of Directors|
|7:55 p.m.||8:00 p.m.||Cultural Presentation / Welcome to Saint Lucia|
|8:00 p.m.||8:10 p.m.||Welcome of New Members / Signing of MOU’s|
|8:10 p.m.||8:25 p.m.||Virtual Mixologist|
|8:25 p.m.||8:30 p.m.||Vote of Thanks|
TRAINING DAY - October 26th
CORRESPONDENT BANKING AML CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
As part of the Conference, CAB is pleased to offer the Correspondent Banking AML Certificate Program presented by FIBA in partnership with Florida International University (FIU) and the Caribbean Association of Banks Inc.
The one-day online training will be held on Tuesday, October 26th. Registration is open now.
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE ONE-DAY BOOTCAMP
In conjunction with the Caribbean Governance Training Institute, CAB is also pleased to offer the Corporate Governance One-Day Bootcamp
The one-day online training will be held on Tuesday, October 26th. Registration is open now.
AGENDA DAY 1 - October 28th
STAYING AHEAD OF THE GAME
|Session Start||Session End||Duration||Description|
|8:30 a.m.||8:35 a.m.||5||Welcome Remarks|
|Mr. Dalton Lee, Chairperson, Caribbean Association of Banks Inc.|
|8:35 a.m.||9:20 a.m.||45||Keynote: The COVID Crisis – Weathering the Pandemic|
|Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados|
|9:20 a.m.||9:35 a.m.||15||Diamond Presentation – Raymond James | Life Well Planned – Don d’Adesky|
|9:35 a.m.||10:30 a.m.||55||Towards Transformative Customer Experience|
|Mr. Enrique O’Reilly, Regional Director, Temenos|
|10:30 a.m.||10:45 a.m.||15||Diamond Presentation – Howden | Disaster Relief – Mr. Blair Buchanan|
|10:45 a.m.||11:45 a.m.||60||Agile Banking For Beyond|
|Mr. Lyndon Guiseppi, Chief Executive Officer, Belize Bank; Mr. Septimus “Bob” Blake, Chief Executive Officer, NCB Jamaica; Mr. Nigel Baptiste, Chief Executive Officer, Republic Financial Holdings Limited|
|11:45 a.m.||12:00 noon||10||Diamond Presentation – Hitachi Security Systems|
|12:00 noon||12:30 p.m.||30||Banking at its CORE: Experience. Inclusion. Adoption. Efficiency
Dmitri Dawkins, Commercial Director – Phoenix International | MC Systems
|12:30 p.m.||12:55 p.m.||30||LUNCH|
|12:55 p.m.||1:55 p.m||60||Regulating For Transformational Banking|
|Mr. Christopher Louard, Director of Bank Supervision, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB); Gov. John Rolle, Central Bank of the Bahamas; Mrs. Cheryl Greenidge, Director of Bank Supervision, Central Bank of Barbados; Mr. Prakash Mungra, Executive Director, Centrale Bank Van Aruba|
|1:55 p.m.||2:05 p.m.||10||Introduction Alternative Cross-Border Payments, IBIS Management | Thunes|
|2:05 p.m.||3:00 p.m.||55||Cyber Security – A Step Ahead|
|Mr. David Green, Hitachi Security Systems|
|3:00 p.m.||3:15 p.m.||15||CLOSING REMARKS|
AGENDA DAY 2 - October 29th
THRIVING THROUGH THE UNKNOWN
|Session Start||Session End||Duration||Description|
|7:30 a.m.||8:00 a.m.||30||Global Minimum Tax Rates – Everything YOU Need To Know (HOT BUZZ TOPIC!) FREE!|
|Mr. Robert Moncrieff, Global International Tax and Transaction Services Leader & Regional Economic Substance Leader, EY|
|8:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||60||The Consortium: A Case For Collaboration|
|Mr. Johnathan Johannes, 1st National Bank (St. Lucia); Mr. Dalton Lee, Bank Of Montserrat; Ms. Joanna Charles, ACB Caribbean; Mr. L. Everette Martin, Bank Of Nevis; Mrs. Annette Severin-Lestrade, National Bank Of Dominica|
|9:30 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||15||Diamond Presentation|
|9:45 a.m.||10:30 a.m.||45||Strategic Implementation For Long-Term Value|
|Ms. Gina Matthew, Executive Director, EY|
|10:30 a.m.||10:40 a.m.||10||Platinum Presentation: Business Model Transformation – Winning in a VUCA World
Mr. David McConney, Executive Director, Caribbean, Infosys | Finacle
|10:40 a.m.||11:40 p.m.||60||Intra-regional Payments: A Case for Deepened Regional Integration|
|Sra. Fabiola Herrera, Deputy Manager Systems and Innovation, Banco Central de la República Dominicana; Mr. Francis Fontenelle, Senior Banking Specialist, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank|
|11:40 a.m.||12:40 p.m.||60||LUNCH – Performance: Mr. Paul Keens-Douglas|
|12:40 p.m.||1:20 p.m.||40||The Regional Response to COVID-19: What Lies Ahead|
|Ms. Elizabeth Riley, Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA); Dr. Joy St. John, Executive Director, The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)|
|1:20 p.m.||1:35 p.m.||15||Diamond Presentation – TBD|
|1:35 p.m.||2:20 p.m.||45||A Green Inflection Point|
|Ms. Maria Eugenia Sosa Taborda, Latin America and Caribbean Coordinator, UNEP FI; Mr. Ray T. Klien, Head of Investment Banking, Republic Bank|
|2:20 p.m.||2:30 p.m.||10||Platinum Presentation – TBD|
|2:30 p.m.||3:00 p.m.||30||Keynote Closing: Leading Through Uncharted Waters|
|Ms. Tanya McCartney, CEO & Executive Director, Bahamas Financial Services Board|
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
Dalton A. Lee, Chairperson, Caribbean Association of Banks Inc.
Dalton, a career banker and accountant, is the principal of Veradenis Business Consulting LLC, which provides financial consulting to small and medium-sized companies in the broadcasting, banking, financial services, e-commerce, and entertainment industries. Veradenis offers a broad range of services, including accounting; tax preparation and advice; process automation and improvement; ERP selection and implementation; transaction due diligence, financing, and implementation; and designing and implementing dynamic senior executive/board level financial reporting packages. He is one of the founders of Bank of Montserrat Limited, and currently serves as Chairman of its Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Lee is the Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Banks and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Caribbean Court of Justice Trust Fund representing the CAB. Mr. Lee has held positions of increasing responsibility with Bank of New England (now Bank of America). He started his career in banking with Barclays Bank.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley
The Honourable Mia Mottley is the 8th Prime Minister of Barbados. She became the first woman to occupy the high office, following General Elections on May 24th 2018, in which she led the Barbados Labour Party to an emphatic victory, winning all 30 seats in the House of Assembly by the largest margin ever seen in the electoral history of the country.
An Attorney-at-Law and Queen’s Counsel, Prime Minister Mottley has been active in the political life of Barbados for almost three decades. First elected in 1994 she is presently serving her sixth term as Member of Parliament for the constituency of St. Michael North East.
Between 1994 and 2008 Miss Mottley served in the Cabinet of three successive Administrations, first as Minister of Education and Culture; then as Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs; and then as Minister of Economic Affairs. In 2003 she was appointed Deputy Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Mottley currently also holds the portfolios of Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment.
Since becoming Prime Minister, Miss Mottley has served as the Chair of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) between January 1st and June 30th, 2020. Notwithstanding that, Miss Mottley, as Prime Minister of Barbados, serves as the Lead Head of Government within CARICOM, bearing responsibility for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
Prime Minister Mottley also serves as Co-Chair of the Americas Cruise Tourism Task Force for the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America markets.
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.
Lyndon Guiseppi, Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited
Mr. Lyndon Guiseppi was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited in July 2008 and currently chairs the boards of its two major subsidiaries: The Belize Bank Limited and Belize Bank International Limited.
Prior to joining CIHL, Mr. Guiseppi held executive management positions at several Caribbean financial institutions culminating in his assumption of the Managing Director position at RBTT Merchant Bank in Trinidad and Tobago, immediately prior to joining CIHL.
In addition to Mr. Guiseppi’s involvement in the Financial Services Sector spanning a period of 28 years, Mr. Guiseppi has held several significant board positions at various times representing the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association, British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, Development Finance Limited and RGM Limited – one of the largest property development companies in the Eastern Caribbean.
Mr. Guiseppi is the author of several industry publications including, Project Financing in the Caribbean and Financing A Mining Project In An Emerging Market – both of which were published by the prestigious Project Finance Yearbook in 2000 and 2001, respectively.
Over the years, Mr. Guiseppi has consulted with several Caribbean multi-lateral organizations and also sat on several Cabinet Appointed Committees charged with the responsibility of reviewing the financial services sector in Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Guiseppi holds an M.Sc in Economics from the University of the West Indies.
Septimus ‘Bob’ Blake, Chief Executive Officer, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited
Septimus Blake is the Chief Executive Officer of National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited. He is a results oriented decisive leader with proven success at excelling in dynamic demanding environments while remaining pragmatic and focused. With over 20 years of progressive experience in all domains of Banking and Financial Services he has demonstrated the ability to drive increased revenues, market share and business growth. He possesses solid professional acumen and a track-record of accountability and execution. Septimus inspires and empowers teams through a culture of performance, continuous improvement, collaboration, innovation and talent development.
He serves as a director in several companies to include NCB Jamaica Limited, NCB Capital Markets Limited, NCB Insurance Agency and Fund Managers Limited, NCB Cayman Limited, NCB Capital Markets (Cayman) Limited, NCB Trust Company (Cayman) Limited, NCB Merchant Bank (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited, Caribbean Mezzanine Fund. He is the current President of the Jamaica Bankers Association.
Nigel M Baptiste, President and Chief Executive Officer, Republic Financial Holdings Limited
Nigel M Baptiste, a career Banker for the past thirty years, holds the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Republic Financial Holdings Limited and Managing Director of Republic Bank Limited. Mr Baptiste holds a B.Sc.(Hons.) and M.Sc. in Economics from the University of the West Indies, is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme, holds a diploma with distinction from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking (USA) and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (England).
Mr. Baptiste joined Republic Bank in 1991, after spending two years at the Caribbean Development Bank in Barbados where he was employed as a Country Economist. Prior to assuming his current position of Managing Director, he served as Deputy Managing Director and Executive Director of Republic Bank Limited, General Manager-Human Resources and Managing Director of the Group’s subsidiary in Guyana.
Mr. Baptiste currently sits on the Board of the Group’s subsidiary in Guyana, Ghana, Cayman as well as various other subsidiaries in Trinidad.
Dmitri Dawkins, Commercial Director, Phoenix International
Conventional and passive are not words that can give a true characterization of Dmitri Dawkins, Phoenix International Commercial Director – MC Systems. This networking savant is innovative, non- traditional and adventurous.
Richard Branson once said, “Have fun, do good and the money will come,”. This is Dmitri’s ‘go to’ quote, that keeps him inspired, and motivated to make an impact through his work. He believes in what he does and has a deep love and passion for it.
Dmitri’s training began traditionally at university, but then he switched gears and instead took another path, similar to that of Steve Jobs. He decided to learn in a more experiential manner and started his own business. Today, Dmitri is trained and certified in a broad spectrum of technical areas. Continuous learning is key…..reading at least fifty (50) pages a day is habitual.
An avid reader, Dmitri digests books like The Complete Works of Rudyard Kipling and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. When his hands are not flipping through pages, they are busy turning steering wheels. Dmitri is an ardent race car driver who not only enjoys rallies but is also a director of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC). Words like risk-taker and adventurer, aptly describes Dmitri. Enjoying unique experiences and living life to the fullest is what he does best.
The job becomes a calling when it excites you. As Commercial Director, he understands the value of core banking technology solutions that gives customers financial inclusivity. Being able to deliver this to customers, lights up his day.
As a leader, Dmitri’s philosophy is two pronged. He believes one must lead with emotional intelligence in order to listen well and advise accurately. He also maintains that radical collaboration and open communication can result in fast turnaround.
“Did I have a positive impact?” is a question he often asks himself. It is what keeps this intuitive, audacious networking pro pushing every day, to provide his answer.
His fast decision-making skills, willingness to take risks and fail; and having patience are characteristics that make him who he is today. He also credits his professionalism to sticking to his gut. The one advice Dmitri would give to anyone looking to join MC Systems’ team of pioneers is, “Technology is not about technology, technology is about people.”
Timothy N. J. Antoine, Governor, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)
Mr. Timothy N. J. Antoine, a national of Grenada, assumed duties as the third Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) on 1 February 2016.
Mr. Antoine is an economist and development practitioner by training, experience and passion. He holds a BSc Degree in Economics with Management from the University of the West Indies and an MSc Degree in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics.
Before assuming the office of Governor, Mr. Antoine had a 22-year distinguished career with the Government of Grenada. Much of that time (14 years), he served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.
He is the recipient of The Order of Grenada Gold Award for Excellence (2016). He has also been conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by St. George’s University for services to Grenada and St. George’s University (2018).
Mr. Antoine has contributed to the development of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) and wider Caribbean by serving on several regional and international boards and committees including:
- Chairman, ECCU Technical Core Committee on Insurance
- Chairman, Governance Reform Committee, Board of Directors, Caribbean DevelopmentBank
- Director, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
- Director, Small Countries Financial Management Centre, Isle of Man
- Director, Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC)
- From November 2005 to November 2007, Mr. Antoine served as Advisor to the ExecutiveDirector for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean in the World Bank Group and was based in Washington D.C.
At present, he is the Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Home Mortgage Bank and the Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange.
John A. Rolle, Governor, Central Bank of the Bahamas
Mr. Rolle was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas in January 2016.
Prior to this, he served as the Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, where he spearheaded the implementation of the Government’s fiscal reform initiatives.
Mr. Rolle also served on the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean Constituency. In this role he was a principal advisor on economic policy matters, supporting advocacy on behalf of Caribbean countries.
The Governor’s substantive career from 1990 to 2012 was also in central banking. He served in various capacities at the Bank, progressing up the ranks of the Research Department.
The Governor has also contributed as an Adjunct Lecturer, in Economics, at the American University (2008) in Washington DC and for many years as a Part-Time Lecturer in Economics and Statistics at the College of the Bahamas. He holds graduate degrees in Economics from the American University in Washington DC and Carleton University in Ottawa Canada; and is an undergraduate of the University of Western Ontario, Canada and The College of The Bahamas.
He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
The Governor has published scholarly articles in a number of professional journals, and continues to pursue research on monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies.
Cheryl Greenidge, Director, Bank Supervision, Central Bank of Barbados
Mrs. Cheryl Greenidge is the Director of the Bank Supervision Department of the Central Bank of Barbados with responsibility for developing and managing strategies to ensure the effective supervision and regulation of entities licensed under the Financial Institutions Act. She is a career central banker of 37 years.
She has served on several of the Bank’s Committees addressing national issues relating to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Financial Stability Board and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, among others. She has also worked on the reform of various financial sector laws.
Mrs. Greenidge is a trained Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) Financial Expert and has participated in several mutual evaluation exercises. She represents Barbados on the Steering Group of the CFATF and several of its Working Groups. She was seconded to the Office of the Attorney General in 2019, serving as the anti-money laundering national coordinator, technical expert and lead negotiator in discussions with the CFATF and FATF, and continues to play a key role in the national anti-money laundering program.
Mrs. Greenidge is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, and holds a M.B.A in Finance from the University of Manchester.
Prakash Mungra, Executive Director, Centrale Bank van Aruba
Prakash Mungra studied business economics (1981 -1986) and accountancy (1987-1990) at the University of Amsterdam. He started his career at Moret & Limperg (legal predecessor of Ernst & Young) in 1986. His client portfolio consisted mainly of financial institutions. In 1990 he obtained the title of Chartered Accountant and became a member of the Royal Dutch Institute for Chartered Accountants. Around that time he took up the position of manager at a regional accounting office in Amstelveen, The Netherlands. In that position he was co-responsible for the day-to-day management of that office. November 1992 he moved to Aruba to assume the position of senior examiner at the Supervision Department of the Centrale Bank van Aruba (the CBA). In 1994, Mr. Mungra was appointed manager of the Supervision Department; in 2008 he was promoted to General Manager Supervisory Affairs; and in June 2010 to Executive Director. His main responsibility is to manage the supervision and legal affairs division within the CBA. Furthermore, Mr. Mungra chairs the CBA’s Risk Management Committee and is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee and Strategic Planning Committee of the CBA.
David Green, VP Sales, Hitachi Systems Security, Inc.
David Green is an information technology, sales, and leadership executive with over 20 years of experience in the financial services and information technology sectors. A former Chief Information Officer at two major Caribbean banking institutions, he currently heads the Hitachi Systems Security, Inc.’s (Hitachi, Ltd.) sales team as Vice President of Sales. A sought-after and seasoned speaker at numerous high-profile events across the Caribbean and United States, David brings his passion and expertise in cybersecurity and data privacy with him to the virtual stage.
Robert Moncrieff, Global International Tax and Transaction Services Leader / Regional Economic Substance Leader, EY
Robert Moncrieff is the Global Insurance International and Transactions Tax Services Leader for EY and the Economic Substance and BEPS Leader for the BBC region of The Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands.
Robert advises on cross-border structuring, debt financing, and investment transactions for multinational insurance companies and financial institutions. He also specializes in advising reinsurance businesses in Bermuda in respect of their US and European operations, including managing regulatory supervision aspects. Additionally, Robert oversees the provision of tax services in establishing and consolidating Shared Services and Global Delivery Centers for companies in the financial services sector. Robert has also been involved with custody matters and was one of the original team involved in the development of the firm’s Global Withholding Tax Reporter. Most recently, Robert has spearheaded the discussions with financial institutions and certain jurisdictions with respect to the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Initiative, including Country-by-Country Reporting and the impact on financial services businesses from the UK’s proposed departure from the European Union. He has also assisted clients and at the government level with matters relating to the impact of the EU and OECD initiatives on offshore tax neutral jurisdictions with significant financial services industries.
Robert has been with EY since 1989, working initially in the International Tax Services practice in the London office until 1994, when he joined the UK Tax Desk in New York. He has also established UK Tax Desks in Boston and Chicago and is a frequent on insurance tax matters and BEPS.
Robert holds an honours degree in law from the University of London and is a Certified Professional Accountant in Bermuda, a Chartered Accountant (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and a Certified Tax Advisor.
L Everette Martin, General Manager, Bank of Nevis Ltd.
L Everette Martin is the General Manager of The Bank of Nevis Ltd, a position he has held since May 2008. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Martin was employed at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank for sixteen years where he held various positions including his last position as Director of the Bank Supervision Department. As Director of the Bank Supervision Department he was responsible for the supervision of the commercial banking sector in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union and was actively involved in policy development for the banking industry across the sub-region. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission and played a pivotal role in the process of capital market integration across the Caribbean. He has extensive training in commercial banking, bank supervision, capital market development and investment management.
He holds a Master of Science Degree in International Banking and Financial Studies from the University of Southampton, England and double Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Finance and Accounting from the University of the Virgin Islands.
He is a past President of the Bankers and Financial Services Association of St Kitts and Nevis, former Chairman of the Nevis Division of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce and a Board member of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He also served as a director of the Caribbean Credit Card Corporation for over eight years and holds the designation of Chartered Director.
Gina Matthew, Associate Partner, Ernst & Young
Gina Matthew is an Associate Partner at Ernst & Young. She operates out of the Trinidad office in the Strategy and Transactions service line. Gina has over 20 years experience serving clients at various stages of the mergers and acquisition transaction cycle. She has led several buy-side due diligences, business valuations and divestitures.
Gina has also provided strategic advisory services to clients on their growth strategies, business pursuits and diversification opportunities across the Caribbean. Her experience includes organisations in sectors such as financial services, manufacturing, retail & distribution, real estate, and hospitality. Gina has also supported a number of business support organisations and state agencies with their mandates relating to financial sector transformation, fintech, trade and manufacturing.
Gina is also the Manager of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards programme for Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean. This global programme was launch in the Caribbean in 2015 but started in the United States over 30 years ago. Gina believes that fostering and enabling entrepreneurship is a critical driver for the economic and social transformation of regional economies.
Fabiola M. Herrera de Valdez, Deputy Manager, Systems and Technological Innovation, Central Bank of the Dominican Republic
Ms. Herrera current work areas include Payment Systems, IT, Cybersecurity, and innovation, and because of this, also Fintech, Financial Inclusion and Financial Education.
After 14 years in the private banking sector, she joined the Central Bank in 1996, in the IT Department. From 2006, she was for 12 years Director of Payment Systems, and the project manager for the National Payment System Reform. She currently oversees the Departments of Payment Systems, IT, and Cyber Security. As such, recently promoted the national legal framework for cybersecurity in the financial sector, and the creation of a cyber-incident response center for this sector. Currently, is supporting the implementation of an Innovation HUB for the financial system, with the assistance of the IDB.
From 2005 to 2018, she represented the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic before the Payment Systems Technical Committee of the Central American Monetary Council (CMCA), a committee that promotes the operation of SIPA, a system that interconnects the payment systems of the countries that belong to the CMCA. In addition, she was Vice Chairman of the Working Group on Payment Systems Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean (GTSP – LAC) of the Payment and Securities Settlement Forum of the Western Hemisphere. Currently, she represents the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic before the Fintech Forum coordinated by the CEMLA (Center for Latin American Monetary Studies). Locally, is a member of the National Table for Digital Economy, hosted by the Presidency and represents the Central Bank at the National Cybersecurity Council.
Francis Fontenelle, Senior Banking Specialist, Banking and Monetary Operations, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
Mr. Francis Fontenelle currently holds the position of Senior Banking Specialist in the Banking and Monetary Operations Department at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB). He is currently the head of the Payment System Development and Oversight Unit. The unit is charge with the responsibility of leading the drive by the ECCB in the Modernisation of the payment system in the ECCU.
Prior to that he held the position of Director of Finance in the Ministry of Finance, Government of Saint Lucia. He was also the Budget Director as well as the Deputy Director of Finance with responsibility Debt and Investments for the Government of St Lucia.
Mr. Fontenelle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Economics and a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Jamaica. He has pursued numerous shot term professional courses in the areas of Finance, Debt Management, Reserve Management and Payment system.
He is a sports enthusiast and his hobbies are playing football, cricket, hiking and reading.
Elizabeth Riley, Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
Ms. Riley has over 20 years experience in the area of disaster management at the regional and international levels in various capacities. At the operational level, she has played a leadership role in the coordination of regional responses to Hurricane Ivan (2004); the Haiti Earthquake (2010); Tropical Storm Erika (2015), Hurricanes Joaquin (2015), Matthew (2016), Irma (2017), Maria (2017) and Dorian (2019). Her field experience includes the leadership of CDEMA deployment teams in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma (2017) and Dorian (2019). Ms. Riley is currently playing a leadership role in the coordination of the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has written, presented and published technical papers in disaster management and environmental management whilst attached to CDEMA and, prior to that, during her tenure at the University of the West Indies and the Ministry of Physical Development and Environment in Barbados. At the international level, she has contributed to a range of technical advisory committees and is currently Vice-Chair of the ICG/Caribe Early Warning Systems Group of Experts on Coastal Hazards. She also sits on the Regional Advisory Group leading the implementation of the Regional Strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean on Disaster Risk Management in the Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Sectors. Ms. Riley has also lectured in Disaster Management at the University of the West Indies, Mona and Cave Hill. She holds a M.A. (Econ) in Environment and Development from University of Manchester, United Kingdom, BSc. (Hons) in Geography from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica and a Masters Certificate in Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation and Information Systems from the University of Laval, Quebec.
Joy St. John, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency
Barbadian born Dr Joy St John entered QC in 1971, determined to become a doctor since she was age 6.
In 1986 she entered the Mona Campus of the UWI to study Medicine, graduating with her MBBS in 1991. During her internship, she found that the specialty of Public Health very exciting and in 1996, she graduated from the Mona Campus with the Master of Public Health placing first in her class.
Dr St John not only loved the Public Health specialty but once she started acting at the Ministry of Health, discovered that she really found her greatest satisfaction in the challenge of administration of programs and projects which had benefit at the population level.
Some of these included:
Research into Cervical Cancer programming for older women, the closure of the Christ Church District Hospital, the development of the Alternative Approach to Care of the Elderly, the creation of the Fast Track Service at the Winston Scott Polyclinic, Extended Hours Services at Randall Phillips and Maurice Byer Polyclinics and the Adult MMR campaigns.
Dr St John rose in the ranks of Public Health in Barbados from 1994 to become the first Barbadian Chief Medical Officer of Barbados in 2005. Dr St John held the position of International Health Regulations Focal Point, Liaison Officer for IAEA for Barbados and sat on the QEH Board, the NCD Commission and the Board of the Barbados Water Authority, among many.
Dr St John also represented Barbados on the Executive Board of WHO and then became the first Caribbean person to Chair the Executive Board from 2012 to 2013.
Dr St John had two stints with other organizations during the twelve years she was the CMO. She was a Senior Advisor with WHO, supporting the co-facilitators of the UNGA Review of the High-Level Summit on NCDs in 2014, then she was the Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at CARPHA from October 2015 to August 2016 until she left finally left the post of CMO in 2017 when she became the Assistant Director General at the WHO HQ in Switzerland. There she held the Portfolio of Climate and Other Determinants of Health and successfully completed the first phase of the Climate Change and Health SIDS Initiative.
In July 2019 Dr St John became the Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency. There she has steered CARPHA through a CARICOM Evaluation, selected new Directors, improved the governance and accountability frameworks of CARPHA, as well as focused on strengthening CARPHA’s resource mobilization and partnership portfolios.
CARPHA has led the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Dr St John’s leadership has seen her have over 200 speaking engagements about COVID-19 as she engages with multiple sectors, and the Health leaders and Heads of Government in CARICOM.
Maria Eugenia Sosa Taborda , Latin America and Caribbean Network Coordinator, United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative UNEP-FI
Maria is Latin America and Caribbean Network Coordinator for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative UNEP-FI. She has more than 15 years’ experience with the dissemination and consolidation of corporate social responsibility strategy in large companies, sustainable finance and developing innovative projects with positive impacts. She worked for 11 years in the financial sector with different subjects: Financial Education and Social, Entrepreneurship and Environmental Risks and Opportunities, working directly with different Business Units: Investments, Credit and Insurance. Maria Eugenia is graduated in business administration at PUCCAMP and she is currently studying a Masters at USP (São Paulo University) with a focus on social impact.
Ray T. Klien, Group Head, Investment Banking, Republic Financial Holdings Limited
Ray is the Group Head of the Investment Banking for Republic Bank, the leading capital markets advisory in the Caribbean. In his role, Ray is responsible for mergers, acquisitions, and debt capital markets and structured finance. Previously, he was a Vice President at Citigroup’s Private Bank, where he structured alternative investment products for professional family offices. Before Citi, Ray worked at Morgan Stanley, where he ran a $13 billion alternative investment platform for high net worth clients to invest in private equity and real estate opportunities. Ray holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University of New York.
Ray serves on the Board of Literacy Incorporated, a non-profit organization based in New York that promotes reading for children in low-income communities throughout New York City. He is also the current President of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of the Caribbean.
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
M.B.A, Columbia University of New York (Graduate School of Business), 2016
Tanya McCartney, CEO and Executive Director, Bahamas Financial Services Board
Tanya McCartney is a UK trained barrister and chartered banker who since 2016 has served as the CEO and Executive Director at the Bahamas Financial Services Board. Over the past two decades Tanya has distinguished herself as a hardworking professional with expertise in the law, regulatory and gaming compliance, risk management, banking and international financial services. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Reading (United Kingdom), A Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, U.K.), an MBA in Leadership from The College of the Bahamas as well as a Chartered Banker MBA from the University of Bangor in Wales (United Kingdom). Tanya is presently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration degree with a focus on Change Management with Edinburgh Napier University. She holds an International Compliance Association (ICA) special certificate in Money Laundering Risk in Betting and Gaming and is also a Certified Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.
Tanya plays a critical role in facilitating collaboration between the private sector and policy makers in The Bahamas with respect to all the global regulatory initiatives impacting the financial services sector. She serves as an advocate over 250-member financial services institutions that are members of The Bahamas Financial Board. Since 2016 Tanya has organized and lead contingents of Bahamian professionals to promote the Bahamas as an international financial centre in The United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America. The primary objective is to increase international awareness of the Bahamas value proposition as an international financial centre. She is playing a central role in rebranding the jurisdiction as an international business centre. Tanya is intimately involved in the development of a strategic plan for sustainability of the Bahamian financial services industry
Miss McCartney previously worked as Assistant General Counsel in the hospitality sector and served as Managing Director of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), RBC FINCO for six years commencing in 2008. She joined RBC in 2006 as Regional Manager for Compliance for the Bahamas and the Caribbean with responsibility for the Caribbean (Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean countries). Tanya started out in the legal profession in 1997 as Assistant Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General working in civil litigation representing government ministries, agencies and departments. She has also served in the criminal prosecution division. In 1999 Tanya moved into the private sector as legal counsel and compliance officer for a local private bank. Subsequently she has served in various senior positions with several international banking institutions in The Bahamas.
Tanya was appointed to the Senate of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in 2001 being one of the youngest persons ever appointed to the Upper House where she served for five years. She is a former President and founding member of the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers. She is also an adjunct professor in the School of Business at the College of the Bahamas. Tanya was awarded the Bahamas ICON Award for financial services in 2018. She recently authored the book “Strategies for Success: A Roadmap for the Compliance Professional in Financial Services”