Speakers


The Most Honourable
Portia Simpson Miller
Prime Minister of Jamaica
The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller was sworn in as Prime Minister of Jamaica on January 5, 2012. Previously she had been Prime Minister from March 2006 to September 2007, after having served for 17 years as a Cabinet Minister with portfolio responsibility for Labour and Social Security, Tourism and Local Government, Community Development and Sport. She was conferred with the Order of the Nation in May 2006.

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Anthony Hylton
Minister of Industry,
Investment and Commerce
Government of Jamaica
The Honourable G. Anthony Hylton is a Lawyer and businessman who served as Member of Parliament from 1993–2002 and from 2007-present. He is regarded as a skilled negotiator and international trade specialist, who emerged as a leading figure in negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO); the European Union/African, Caribbean and Pacific (EU/ACP) Cotonou Agreement; the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

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Ancile Brewster
Country Representative
Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB)
Ancile Brewster is Country Representative and Head of the Inter-American Development Bank operations in Jamaica since January 16, 2011. He was Country Representative and Head of the Inter-American Development Bank operations in the Republic of Suriname from July 2006 – January 2011.

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Steven Puig
VP Private Sector Operations
Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB)
Steven J. Puig, a dual citizen of the Dominican Republic and the United States, was appointed Vice President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations, at the Inter-American Development Bank, effective November 7, 2007.

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Jose Jorge Saavedra
Private Sector Development Lead
Specialist for the Caribbean
Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB)
A Bolivian national, works for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since 2003. In 2008, he moved to Barbados as Private Sector Development Lead Specialist for the Caribbean Region. He is responsible for leading financial and technical assistance programs in the areas of private sector development and competitiveness in the Caribbean. He also serves as Executive Director of the COMPETE CARIBBEAN program, the largest IDB program to support private sector development and competitiveness projects in CARIFORUM countries.

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Michele English
President & COO
FLOW
Michele is president and chief operating officer of Flow in Jamaica. She took on this role in August of 2008, having been a part of the Flow team since 2006 as General Manager. In her position, Michele has played an integral role in managing Columbus' aggressive US$350 million capital investment program; a program that has virtually transformed the telecommunications industry in Jamaica.

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John Bartholdi
Professor,
Georgia Institute of Technology
 
John Bartholdi is a Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is Director of Global Research at The Supply Chain and Logistics Institute and holds the Manhattan Associates Chair of Supply Chain Management. He teaches courses in supply chain issues at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and in Georgia Tech's program of industry short courses.

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Richard Byles
Chairman
Desnoes & Geddes
Richard Owen Byles is the President and CEO of Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited (formerly Life of Jamaica Limited).  He is the Chairman of the Board of Desnoes and Geddes, Pan Caribbean Financial Services, and number of Sagicor’s subsidiaries.  Mr. Byles is a member of the Executive Committee of the ultimate parent company, Sagicor Financial Corporation.

 

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Stefan Wright
Senior Investment Officer
IDB
Mr. Wright is a Senior Investment Officer in the Structured and Corporate Finance Department at the Inter-American Development Bank (“IDB”) in Jamaica.  Mr. Wright is responsible for making loans directly to the private sector throughout Latin America and the Caribbean with an emphasis on Jamaica.

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Peter Lillis
Director
Strategy Partners Ireland
Peter Lillis, who lives in Dublin, Ireland, is a Director of Strategy Partners Ireland which recently completed a number of sectoral reviews, FDI strategies and value propositions for JAMPRO in the context of FDI and the planned Investment Forum. The IDB had appointed Strategy Partners as consultant to support the COMPETE CARIBBEAN Project in Jamaica.

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Niraj Shah
Senior Investment Officer
IFC
Niraj H. Shah, an Indian national, is a Senior Investment Officer with IFC’s Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Regional Department, based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is the Sector Lead for IFC’s investments across the Caribbean in the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services cluster. Niraj relocated to the DR in September 2011 from IFC’s Mumbai, India office where was the anchor for IFC’s investments in Agribusiness, Tourism and Retail across South Asia.

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Helena Lawson Brooks
Senior VP, Specialty Operations
Convergys Corp.
Helena Lawson Brooks is senior vice president of Specialty Operations for Convergys Corporation, a global leader in relationship management.

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Abel Matutes Prats
General Manager
Fiesta Hotel Group
Abel Matutes Prats is the General Manager of the Fiesta Hotel Group, a Spanish hotel chain based in Ibiza, Spain. In 2007, he began the process of implementing a new strategy for the company that led to a high-priority search for new destinations, the doubling of the number of rooms in five years and the standardisation of the product.

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Phillip Vandervoort
Head of Business & Marketing
Operations, Microsoft
Latin America
Phillip Vandervoort is General Manager of Microsoft Marketing & Operations in Latin America. In this capacity, Mr. Vandervoort is responsible for managing the overall product strategies, compete intelligence, in addition to marketing and operations execution in the region.  He directs a high performing and diverse team dedicated to delighting customers across the region with the power of Microsoft's technology.

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Danny Hughes
Senior Vice President,
Caribbean, Mexico, and Latin
America, Hilton Worldwide
Since late 2008, Daniel Hughes has acted as senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico, and Latin America, for Hilton Worldwide, forming part of the company's senior operations team. Daniel runs a portfolio of all Hilton Worldwide managed properties from Mexico and the Caribbean down to Argentina, while playing a key role in the company's expansion efforts and overseeing its current development pipeline in the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America.

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Arthur Lok Jack
Chairman,
Guardian Holdings Limited
Mr. Arthur Lok Jack was born on June 25, 1944, on the islands of Trinidad & Tobago. After completing his secondary education at Queen's Royal College, he embarked on his career in the business world and, at the age of 28, he started his own manufacturing business – Associated Brands Investments Limited – which, after 38 years in existence, has grown into one of the largest privately owned businesses in the region.

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Harsh Muthal
CEO and Managing Partner
Tholons,
At Tholons, Harsh leads the Information Technology and Business Consulting practice. He also leads overall management of business activities for the North American Business region.

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J. Barry Griswell
Chief Executive Officer
Community Foundation of
Greater Des Moines
Retired chair and CEO
Principal Financial Group

Barry Griswell serves as chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, providing strategic direction and shaping the Community Foundation's role as a civic leader, grantmaker, philanthropic partner and charitable giving vehicle.

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