Commonwealth Caribbean Broadband Forum 2016


Gilbert Peterson S.C., Chairman of the Board, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago


Mr. Peterson, S.C., has recently been appointed Chairman of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. He has wide experience in all areas of Civil and Criminal Law. Since his admittance to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago in 1987, Mr. Peterson has appeared in numerous criminal trials both as Defense Counsel and Special Prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions of Trinidad and Tobago. He has functioned in both capacities in numerous jurisdictions. Mr. Peterson was admitted to the inner bar and became Senior Counsel in November 2003. He has appeared at Court of Appeal and Privy Council Level for the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago in constitutional motions and judicial review applications. His expertise has seen him function temporarily as a High Court Judge in Trinidad and Tobago. He was former Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of Trinidad and Tobago. Today he sits as Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago. Gilbert Peterson SC is widely considered one of the best practitioners of law in Trinidad and Tobago and has the reputation of being an extremely well prepared and tenacious advocate.


Josanne Leonard, Director, Miribai Communications, Trinidad & Tobago


Josanne has almost thirty years experience in the media, entertainment and cultural sectors and has been central to the region’s policy initiatives in AV and music, notably with the OTN, formerly the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery. She is a producer and event manager and is regarded highly as one of the leading figures at the forefront of efforts to build a policy and industrial architecture for the region’s cultural sectors.
Josanne is also an experienced broadcaster, radio/tv producer and public affairs specialist who has worked with clients and affiliates in the Caribbean, USA and Europe. Josanne sits on the board of the World Independent Network of Music (WIN) and is a member of the Creative Economy Advisory Team of the UNDP’s South-South Special Cooperation Unit. She has a very wide network of contacts regionally and globally in both the development and industry spheres.
Josanne is Founder of the soon to be launched private sector led think tank InCITE, Institute for Culture, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise. Current projects include working with an international team of UK based creatives led by Keith Khan to develop and launch a three year (2011-2014) Caribbean multi-arts programme in partnership with the Barbican Centre and East London Partnership with an eye on London 2012 and the Diaspora 50 Anniversary Independence Celebrations of T&T and Jamaica in the UK.

Araceli Marchan, Director, I CAN LEARN Programme, ICLP Centre


Founder and Director of I CanLearnProgram (Trinidad and Tobago and International)- Araceli holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Accounting with a concentration in Taxation. She is currently pursuing her PhD. Araceli is STEM (Curriculum and Instruction integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) certified by the University of the West Indies and has been awarded by the Ministry of Education of Trinidad and Tobago’s eConnect and Learn initiative for inspiring students to make a difference in the world and sparking their imagination to strive for innovation and positive advancement and change.


The Honourable Darcy Boyce, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Energy, Telecommunications, Immigration and Invest Barbados and President, CTU


Mr. Darcy Boyce graduated in 1974 from the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies with a first class honours degree in Economics. He is a Certified Management Accountant, holds an M.B.A in Finance and Applied Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados.

Mr. Boyce has worked as an Economist with the Caribbean Development Bank, as a Director of Coopers & Lybrand Associates, as the Executive Director of the Agricultural Venture Trust, as the Partner in charge of Management Consulting with KPMG, as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados between 2000 and 2004, and as Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. from 2004 to early 2008. Between 1992 and 2000, Mr. Boyce also served as the Coordinator of the Barbados Private Sector Agency to provide business sector input into the tripartite governance arrangements in the country. He has also served on the Board of Directors of several private sector companies. In 2015, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union elected Barbados, represented by the Hon. Darcy Boyce, as its new President.


Abdullahi O.Abdulkadri, Coordinator, Statistics and Social Development Unit, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago


Mr. Abdullahi Abdulkadri is the Coordinator of the Statistics and Social Development Unit, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. A Professor of Economics at The University of the West Indies (UWI), he previously served as the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Social Sciences at UWI, Mona Campus.
Mr. Abdulkadri recently led an ECLAC study assessing big data for official statistics in the Caribbean. He is a proponent of improved access to and dissemination and use of Caribbean data, including big data.


Sonia Gill, Secretary-General, Caribbean Broadcasting Union, Barbados, Barbados


Ms Sonia Gill is a broadcast journalist, media regulator, development practitioner and attorney at law. She is also the first woman to be appointed Secretary General of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) in its forty-six year history.

She began her career in broadcast news and production at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Barbados, where she won the Radio Journalist of the Year award from the Barbados Association of Journalists (BAJ).

After completing a first-class honours degree and then pursuing post-graduate studies at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Ms Gill held the post of Assistant Executive Director, and Executive Director (Ag.) of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica for over a decade.


Cynthia Reddock-Downes, Chief Executive Officer (Ag), TATT


Cynthia Reddock-Downes is by profession a Chartered and Certified Accountant and also holds a Degree in Management from the University of the West Indies. She has experience in both operating and regulatory telecommunications environments, having worked at the Telephone Company in Trinidad and Tobago for several years. Cynthia also worked in the United Kingdom for several years and joined the regulator Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago in November 2004. Since that time, she has been Executive Officer for Finance and Administration at the Authority, the development and implementation of policy frameworks on costing of services; Universal Service; Regulatory Accounting and other related policy frameworks. Cynthia also represents the GORtt and the Authority as Vice-President of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Study Group 3 – Regional Group for Latin America and the Caribbean. Cynthia is currently Chief Executive Officer (Ag.) of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago


Gerard Best, Communications Consultant, Trinidad & Tobago


Regionally, he is a multimedia journalist covering technology development across the Caribbean and Latin America. He is the former Communications Specialist for CARCIP, a World Bank-funded technology development project coordinated by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union across the Eastern Caribbean.
Locally, he was New Media Editor at Guardian Media Limited, parent company of the Guardian newspapers, CNC3 Television and the TBC Radio Network. He also worked as Multimedia News Editor at Caribbean Communications Network (CCN), parent company of Trinidad Express Newspapers and TV6.


Oliver Gale, Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder, Bitt, Barbados


Oliver is the Co-Founder and CFO of Bitt, a Barbados-based financial technology company founded in 2012. The company was envisioned, and launched, to solve many of the banking issues that cripple the Caribbean – particularly that of financial inclusion. Oliver believes that proper, unfettered access to the financial system can drastically change the shape of Caribbean economies and empower its citizens. Oliver is an Honours graduate from the University of Bristol, graduating from the Finance and Management program. Prior to Bitt, Oliver founded the record label Authentic Revolution, featuring internationally acclaimed artists and producing albums that topped Caribbean and European MTV music charts.


Anat Lewin, Senior ICT policy specialist, Transport and ICT, World Bank Group


Anat Lewin is a Senior ICT Policy Specialist at the World Bank, where she leads teams working on assisting developing country governments in e-Government, Open Data and Big Data, Cyber Security and ICT Policy and Strategy.

In the area of Open Data and Big Data, she helps governments publish machine-readable datasets with open licenses so that businesses can create economic value with data-enhanced products and governments can strengthen transparency, accountability and data-informed policymaking. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2000, Anat worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Ethiopia on Science and Technology policy.

Anat holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto in Canada.


Alice Bain, Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program Project Coordinator, Ministry of Communication, Works, Physical Development, Public Utilities & ICT, Grenada


Alice Bain is an ICT professional with over 15 years progressive experience in the industry. She has a BSc. In Computer Science from Andrew’s University, USA and an MBA in international Business from the University Of Birmingham, UK. She also holds various ICT certifications. Her working experience spans regional and international borders. She is currently working as the Grenada National Project Coordinator for the World Bank funded Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (CARCIP). Prior to that she worked with the Organisation of Easter Caribbean States (OECS) as the Grenada country based specialist on another World Bank funded project Electronic Government for Regional Integration Project (EGRIP). She has also worked as a consultant in the areas of systems analysis, business analysis, project management and project implementation in both the UK and the Caribbean. Alice is recognized as one of the few women involved in the implementation of eGovernment initiatives in the OECS region and is passionate about enabling economic development through the implementation of ICT initiatives.


Vino Vinodrai, Principal, Vinodrai & Associates Inc., Steering Board Member, Wireless World Research Forum, Canada


Vino is one of Canada’s leading experts in the mobile radio industry with more than 40 years of experience ranging from spectrum engineering, standards development, new wireless services and satellite communication. He is also a very active member of Wireless World Research Forum
He has worked both in government as well as private industry. He worked for over 10 years for Ontario Government and over 16 years for Bell Mobility. Currently he is Adjunct Professor; Dofasco Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, McMaster University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers & Technology, Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), European Engineer, and the Institute Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


Devindra Ramnarine, Executive Director & Lead, Government and Public Sector, Ernst & Young Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago


Devindra Ramnarine is an Executive Director with EY Caribbean and leads its Government and Public Sector practice for the Caribbean. He has over 25 years of experience in e-government, telecommunications and the management of complex ICT projects.

Devindra served the countries of the Commonwealth as Head, Commonwealth Connects Secretariat, Commonwealth Secretariat, London. He has significant experience at continental, regional and national levels having worked with the E-Africa Commission on a pan-Africa strategy, the Commonwealth Pacific on ICT strategy, and on the national ICT strategic plans for Trinidad & Tobago, Tonga, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.


Reginald Bourne, Chief Telecommunications Officer, Ministry of Finance, Investment, Telecommunications and Energy, Barbados


Reginald Bourne, Chief Telecommunications Officer, Division of Energy and Telecommunication, Prime Minister’s Office, Barbados
Reggie is currently the Chief Telecommunications Officer of the Government of Barbados. He has responsibility for advising Government on Telecom/ICT policy and regulatory matters and enforcing the laws as enshrined in the Country’s Telecommunications Act.
He represents the Barbados Government in several fora including, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), the (Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) where he serves as Chairman of the Executive Council of the CTU.
Mr. Bourne has over 42 years experience in the Telecommunications/ICT services sector; he spent his first 32 years in the private sector working for a regional telecommunications services provider. He has worked in many aspects of the business including radiocommunications, data communications, circuit-switched telephone networks, and satellite communications systems.


Shernon Osepa, Manager, Regional Affairs, Latin America & The Caribbean Bureau, Internet Society, USA


Mr. Shernon Osepa is the Manager, Regional Affairs for Latin America & The Caribbean Bureau of the Internet Society (ISOC).
Prior to joining ISOC, Mr. Osepa was the Manager Regional Relations Caribbean for ICANN for more than three years. Before ICANN he worked as a Policy Advisor with the Telecommunications & Post Regulatory Authority (Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post) in the Netherlands Antilles for almost 6 years. Previously he worked with the local telecommunications incumbent operator UTS/Setel in Curacao, for almost nine years.


Graham Butler, Chairman, Bitek Group of Companies, UK


Founder of Bitek, Graham Butler has over 35 years of international experience in telecommunications services and product development. Recognized as a pioneer in internet voice services (Voice Over Internet Protocol), he was formally a Senior Director of Deutsche Telekom, AG where he was responsible for the implementation and rollout of the world’s first international VoIP calling card service. Understanding the challenges that a migrating telecoms market would present to carriers and regulators, he pioneered the Bitek Guardian system to intelligently manage VoIP traffic.
Graham is a recognised speaker on cybercrime. He served on the High Level Experts Group for the ITU (UN) Cybersecurity Agenda and as a member of the Working Group on Cybercrime for the EastWest Institute (EWI). He advises internationally on VoIP and OTT (Over the Top) traffic management and security, including the monitoring and filtering of large-scale fraud and bypass services to protect carrier revenues and USF contributions.


Apollo Knights, Director, National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, St. Vincent and the Grenadine


Apollo Knights holds a Masters in engineering, he has over fifteen years of progressive managerial and leadership experience spanning both the private and public sectors with a sound ICT background. Has a passion for developing and implementing polices and projects that provides a positive benefit to the lives of our citizens at the local and regional level.

He conceptualised the design and development of five projects that are in various stages of implementation via funding from the Universal Service Fund (USF) in St.Vincent and the Grenadines. He has operationalised one of the first Universal Service Funds in the Caribbean in 2009 at NTRC.
He has collaborated with Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) in facilitating a number of ICT initiatives at the local and regional level including development of ICT pilot projects and a regional ICT policy and strategy within the ambit of the World Bank funded Telecommunications and ICT (TICT) project 2005-2011.


Philip Cross, Consultant, Techsmart Consulting Inc. & Associate Consultant, CTO


Mr. Philip Cross, a Jamaican national, is a Telecommunication Engineer with 38 years of experience in telecommunications. He graduated from the University of East London, UK, in 1975 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (including Electronics and Telecommunications). In 1977 he joined the Post and Telegraphs Department, Kingston, Jamaica, as a Telecommunications Engineer and was promoted to Chief Telecommunications Engineer in 1980. He was responsible for government telecommunications matters including spectrum management and broadcasting. He led Jamaica’s delegation to many international and regional conferences.


Honourable Gregory Bowen, Minister of Communications, Works, Physical Development, Public Utilities and ICT


Gregory Bowen, Member of Parliament for the constituency of St. George South East, he is a member of the New National Party (NNP) and is the current Chairperson of the Party.

An Electrical Engineer by profession, upon graduating, he embarked upon a teaching career. In 1976, he entered the University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine, Trinidad where he pursued studies and obtained a B.Sc. in Engineering.

In 1979, Bowen joined the Grenada Electricity Services (GESL). Two years later, he left Grenada in pursuit of post graduate studies in Canada where he obtained an M.Sc. degree in Engineering. In 1983, he rejoined GESL and was promoted to General Manager in 1985. During 1985-1994, he took GESL, from a loss making entity valued at $15m to a profit making company valued over $100m. In addition, he is also credited for having led an ambitious rural electrification program which resulted in an increased percentage of residents gaining access to electricity which grew from 45% to 98% between 1986 and 1989.

He has a successful political career. In 1995, following the decisive victory of the NNP, he was appointed to the Upper House of Parliament (The Senate) and joined the Cabinet as Minister for Communications, Works, Public Utilities and Transportation. In 1999, he was elected as the representative for St. George South East, retained his previous portfolio with added responsibility for Energy.

Between 1995-2003, given his portfolio and experience, he facilitated the improved infrastructure of Grenada to the tune of $380 million dollars; liberalization of the Telecommunications Sector which was once a monopoly thus affording diversion and access.

Bowen has also held the position of Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries, Public Utilities, Energy with special responsibilities for the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB).


Shola Taylor, Secretary-General, CTO


A Nigerian citizen, Mr Taylor was appointed Secretary-General of the CTO in June 2015. Until then, we was Chief Executive Officer of Kemilinks International, an ICT consultancy firm based in Lagos. A telecommunications engineer by training, he brings to the CTO over 35 years of global experience in ICTs with government and the private sector. Previous positions held include regional director for Africa at Inmarsat (1994 – 1999), space technology coordinator for developing countries at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU, 1993 – 1994) and project director, also at the ITU (1987 – 1993). Twice elected as a member of the ITU’s Radio Regulations Board (vice-chair in 2004, and chair in 2005), Mr Taylor has a rich inside knowledge of international organisations. Early in his career, he worked in telecommunication engineering, including as senior engineer at Nigerian Telecommunications (1981 – 1985) and spectrum engineer at Intelsat (1985 – 1987).


Nigel Cassimire, Acting Secretary-General, CTU


Mr. Nigel Cassimire is a telecommunications engineer with over thirty years of experience in the operational and executive management of telecommunications technologies and services, with practical experience in network planning, network operations management and telecommunications policy development. Mr. Cassimire has functioned as a Consulting Telecommunications Specialist since July 2005 and has worked extensively with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Secretariat in Port of Spain in the areas of spectrum management and Internet governance. He has also successfully conducted consultancies for several of the member governments of the CTU. Mr. Cassimire has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering as well as a Diploma in Management Studies from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He is a fellow of the Telecommunications Engineering and Management Institute of Canada (TEMIC) and an alumnus of the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, Fountainbleau, France.


Kevin Connolly, Affordable Access Initiatives, Business Development, Microsoft


Kevin is an emerging markets technology specialist with over a decade’s experience launching products and initiatives for Microsoft across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Kevin currently serves in Microsoft’s Affordable Access Initiative, an organization that partners with organizations worldwide to help connect the 4 billion people worldwide currently lacking access to the Internet. Kevin has been based in Paris, Johannesburg, and Nairobi, and currently lives in Seattle.


Andre Griffith, Assistant Director, Caribbean Centre for Development Administration, Barbados

Dr. Bitange Ndemo

Mr. Andre Griffith (Barbados) is e-Government Advisor at the Caribbean Center for Development Administration (CARICAD) with more than 15 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. Previously, Mr. Griffith has served in various positions in para statal organisations, including Head of Information Systems at the Bureau of Statistics, Guyana Water Inc., and Guyana Revenue Authority. Andre was a member of the Task Force that produced Guyana’s National ICT4D strategy and a volunteer of the regional disaster response team. Mr. Griffith holds BSc. degree in Electronic Engineering and MBA


Cheryl Hector, Director, Economics and Finance, Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority

Cheryl Hector, Director, Economics and Finance, Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority

Cheryl Hector is Director of Economics and Finance at ECTEL, a position she has held for the past three years. ECTEL, a regional telecommunications regulatory authority, was established by Treaty to promote competition in telecommunications in Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines

Ms Hector was instrumental in the publication of a recent study of Broadband Access and Use in the ECTEL Member States. She also publishes an annual review of telecommunications sector’s performance tracking key indicator including investment, penetration and affordability.

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from UWI and an MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota.


Cleveland Thomas, ITU Area Representative, Caribbean Office

Cheryl Hector, Director, Economics and Finance, Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority

Mr. Cleveland Thomas was appointed the ITU Representative for the Caribbean. Prior to this appointment Mr. Thomas was the CEO for the State Enterprise, National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited (Trinidad and Tobago). He also held the post of National Chief Information Officer (NCIO) for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. As NCIO and CEO, Cleveland was chartered with the responsibility to implement the Government’s Vision for development.
Cleveland is a Certified Accountant having obtained his designation in the United Kingdom and also possesses a Master’s Degree in Information and Communication Technology for Regulations and Policies from the University of the West Indies (UWI).


Cris Anand Seecheran, Senior ICT Consultant (Policy, Regulation and Technology), Trinidad and Tobago

Mr. Seecheran has extensive experience in the development of policies and in the implementation of plans, including at a national level, in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), telecommunications and broadcasting.

He has played a key role in the development of a robust converged Regulatory body in Trinidad and Tobago responsible for the regulation of telecommunications, broadcasting and the national resource (spectrum) management. He also played a pivotal role in the transformation of the telecommunications sector from that of a monopolistic environment to that of an open competitive sector, which has resulted in diverse operators in the fixed, mobile and international markets providing a range of telecommunications services to customers in Trinidad and Tobago.


Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, St. Lucia

Born in St. Lucia Dr. Jules is known as a radical educator. He was influenced by the work of Paulo Freire and his early work included pioneering literacy work in the Prisons in St. Lucia. He was a principal actor in the National Literacy Campaign in Grenada during the revolution of 1979. He later served simultaneously as Chief Education Officer and Permanent Secretary for Education, Youth, Culture, Women & Social Affairs in Grenada. He serves on the International Journal of African and African American Studies Editorial Group.
Following the demise of the revolution, he served as an education consultant helping to establish mass literacy programs in St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Vincent and other parts of the Caribbean. He worked internationally with multilateral agencies such as CIDA, the World Bank, SIDA and assisted the African National Congress in developing adult education programs for its cadres.


Doyle Gallegos, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank

Doyle Gallegos is Global Lead, Broadband Access for All, in the Transport and ICT Global Practice of the World Bank and ICT Regional Coordinator in the Latin America & Caribbean Region. Mr. Gallegos leads the Bank’s telecom policy and regulatory agenda, regional backbone and rural connectivity programs, and implementation of PPPs in client countries. Prior to joining the World Bank he worked as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Advisor and as a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting throughout the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and US. Mr. Gallegos also has held VP level positions with telecom start-up and emerging business enterprises. Mr. Gallegos has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Columbia University.


Dr Kim Mallalieu, Deputy Chairman, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

Kim Mallalieu received her BS Electrical Engineering from MIT; MS Optics from the Institute of Optics (University of Rochester) and Ph.D. Electronic and Electrical Engineering from University College London. Kim is the Deputy Chairman of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, TATT. She is also a Fulbright Fellow and senior lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of the West Indies where she leads the academic, commercial and outreach programmes in Communication Systems. She has served as Head of Department and led the development of the Master’s degree in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy, MRP (Telecommunications), coordinating its delivery to participants from over thirty developing countries around the world.


Ian Lenathen, Business Development Manager, Service Provider Infrastructure, CCS Group Ltd, Bermuda

Ian is an innovative thinker and visionary in the applications of computer and telephony networks. As Managing Director of Internet Associates International, he connected millions of people in the Caribbean Basin to the internet. Ian wrote and executed the first business plan , for a telephone company to become a commercial internet service provider (Cable and Wireless Antigua) then connected 11 more Island Nations to the internet including Anguilla, Aruba, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Dominica, Jamaica and Turks & Caicos. Ian is currently working to provide the first Mobile VoIP and Mobile Broadband over IP commercial solution, for wireless internet service providers (WISP’s), utilizing licensed and unlicensed spectrum (LTE, Microwave and Wi-Fi) along with the Data Center, Core and Cloud computing platforms powered by CCS.


Jennifer Britton, Deputy Programme Manager, ICT for Development, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Guyana

Jennifer Britton has over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field. She is currently the Deputy Programme Manager, ICT for Development (ICT4D) for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, GUYANA
Her key achievements include participating on the Prime Ministerial Sub-committee which developed the CARICOM Connectivity Agenda, spearheading/coordinating the work to develop the Regional ICT action plan 2004, Regional Framework for action (ICT) 2007, Regional Digital Development Strategy and Regional E- Government Strategy(2009); Lead technical advisor –Regional ICT Steering Committee 2007 – 2011; Regional project Manager for the CARICOM Secretariat Videoconferencing project.


Kiran Maharaj, Managing Director, Caribbean Lifestyle Communications Media Network, Trinidad and Tobago

Kiran Maharaj is Managing Director of Caribbean Lifestyle Communications Media and Entertainment Network; Vice President of Trinidad & Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association; and a Director of T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce. She has over 25 years experience in the media industry.
The U.S. organization, Alliance for Women in Media dubbed her “an island of one”. She is Founder of the world’s first radio station for women, Heartbeat Radio.
Kiran has a Fellowship in Broadcast Leadership from the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington; a Certificate from Harvard University in Effective Media Strategies; Degrees in Literature and Business Administration; Master’s Certificates in Internet Strategy and Digital Media.


Kirk Sookram, Executive Officer – Technical Services & Development, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

Mr Kirk Sookram is the Spectrum Management Engineer at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. Before this, he was employed as a Telecommunications Engineer by the Ministry responsible for Telecommunications in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
His qualifications include a BSc (Honours) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UWI and an MSc (Distinction) in Operational Telecommunications from Coventry University, as well as specialized training in spectrum management and wireless technologies.
Mr Sookram also serves as a Member of the Caribbean Spectrum Management Task Force, which was established by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union.

Maria Divina O’Brien, STAY A Coping Resource – Founder, Trinidad and Tobago

Maria Divina O’Brien is the founder of STAY- A Coping Resource, an application whose design is inspired by the deficit of coping resources for those at risk of Suicide in developing countries – on social, cultural and psychological level. Suicide currently ranks as the second leading causes of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 29.
Maria has over ten years experience as a digital designer in various sectors of the digital landscape from 3d animation to UI/UX Design. She currently works at the Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago as their Lead Animator.

Marlon Parieaho, Police Officer, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service

Marlon Parieaho is a thirteen [13] year veteran of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. At present, he is attached to the Criminal Gang and Intelligence unit [ CGIU ], which is charged with the responsibility for investigating, suppressing and prosecuting gang related activities. Mr. Parieaho He has performed duties in the capacity of an Intelligence operative and as a forensic artist since 2008, and has extensive experience in the characteristics of criminal gangs in the Port of Spain area. He has assisted in the analysis of criminal gangs and continues to do so even after he became blind in 2011.

In addition to his present duties, Mr. Parieaho is an advocate for persons with visual impairment, a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association council, secretary of the Vision Impairment Awareness committee of Person Associated with Visual Impairment and a motivational speaker.


Melesia Sutherland, Director, Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations, Jamaica

Melesia Sutherland is a regulatory specialist working with the multinational company Cable & Wireless which uses the consumer brands FLOW and Horizon (Cable TV) in the Caribbean.
Ms. Sutherland has twenty (20) years’ experience in regulatory management. She is a director of the trade association for telecoms operators across the Caribbean region (CANTO) and Chair of the Regulatory & Emerging Technologies Committee of CANTO. The Committee addresses policy issues which are priorities for CANTO members.
Ms. Sutherland holds a first degree in Government from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Universities of Manchester and Wales, in the United Kingdom.

Nievia Ramsundar, Corporate Secretary, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

Ms. Nievia Ramsundar holds the position of Corporate Secretary and Executive Officer of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT). She is an attorney at law with 16 years’ experience and is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, UK. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies, Cavehill, Barbados, a postgraduate diploma in Economics for Competition Law from Kings’ College, University of London and a Master of Laws from Queen Mary College (formerly Queen Mary and Westfield College), University of London. She is currently heavily involved in updating the legislative and regulatory framework for the telecommunications and broadcasting sector in Trinidad and Tobago.