Caribbean Conservation Finance Congress 2021
Hails from the village of Liberta in the Caribbean Island of Antigua and Barbuda breaking down barriers unto the International scene, the Hon. Everly Paul Chet Greene brings immense experience in trade, commerce, industry, sports, business, and culture with sacrifice, humility, and dedication -remain a servant with a personal life’s motto of ‘Others’.
He has served extensively in various capacities as minister, senator, president, chairman, Executive Member, Protocol Consultant and in his community.
By way of background, he is the President Antigua and Barbuda Olympic Association Antigua and Barbuda’s National, Commonwealth of Nations, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), United Nations (UN).
Representative – Minister of Foreign Affairs: Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly | Organization of Eastern Caribbean State v Association of Caribbean States (ACS) | United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) | Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) | Caribbean Community (CARICOM) | Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) | CUBA – CARICOM Summit | CARICOM – CHINA Summit | UNITED NATIONS
Positions held: Member of several commissions and committees at the local, regional and international levels in sport: Commissioner of Sports, Government of Antigua and Barbuda, | Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Futsal Commission | Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Beach Football Commission | Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Match Commissioner | Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Administration Commission | Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Futsal Commission | Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Disciplinary Committee | Colony Forming Unit (CFU) Vice President | Colony Forming Unit (CFU) Administration Commission | Colony Forming Unit (CFU) Match Commissioner
VIP – Protocol Consultant Cricket World Cup, 2007 | Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Executive Member | Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Test Match Coordinator | Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) General Secretary
- Chairman of the YA-So-so Group of companies a group dedicated to baking and catering services.
- A passion for agriculture which represents a legacy and honor to my father who passed on 16 July 2018.
- Special love for and interest in the elderly and their wellbeing.
- and soon to add Mandarin
In Jan 2019, she was appointed Envoy to the Caribbean Challenge Initiative to bring awareness and build up resilience of the marine and coastal resources in the Caribbean.
She is the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Saint Lucia and is a citizen of Saint Lucia. On May 24, 2019 the Federal Republic of Germany bestowed on Karolin the Order of Merit to acknowledge her work as Honorary Consul and her volunteer leadership in Saint Lucia and the Caribbean to promote sustainable operations, building resilience and mitigating effects of climate change.
Over the course of his career, Jens’s work has taken him from leading the strategy and analysis of international climate and forest policies in Kenya with the United Nations Environmental Programme; to managing projects on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in Indonesia and Laos; to climate adaptation in India, sustainable forestry in China and Vietnam, and energy, environment, and climate financing in Egypt. He also chairs the board of the Directors of the eco.business Fund and is a board member for the Georg-Ludwig-Hartig Foundation.
Dr. Mackensen received his doctorate in forestry from the University of Göttingen after research in Indonesia, Canada, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Australia.
Prior to joining the CBF he worked for GITEC/GIZ (German Government Technical Cooperation Agency) in Mexico, The Nature Conservancy’s International Government Relations Department and Europe Office, the World Bank-GEF Unit, the United States Geological Survey, and IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute) in Brazil. He holds an MA in International Relations and Environmental Policy from Boston University.
She is currently Conservation Finance Program Manager for the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund and plays a critical role in the coordination and technical support to the National Conservation Trust Funds. As the Funds and the Conservation Finance Program grows, this will include support for Governance, Sustainable Finance Mechanisms, and Effective Grantmaking.
As a diplomat, he served as Grenada’s Ambassador to the United States, Mexico and Canada and also as Grenada’s Ambassador to the United Nations. A qualified medical doctor with an MBA, Dr. Friday brings a wide perspective on the interconnected nature of business, health, and international economic policy.
Celeste is a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center and was a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. Celeste has served on numerous boards including her current service on Hawaiian Electric Industries, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), the Institute for Sustainability and Resilience at the University of Hawaii and Icebreaker One. She previously served on the Board of America’s Service Commissions, the IUCN World Conservation Congress National Host Committee, and was a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations. Celeste grew up in Kailua, O‘ahu.
Under his leadership, Grupo Puntacana Foundation has received numerous international awards for its environmental programs, including awards from World Tourism and Travel Council, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, and National Geographic Traveler.
His book, Waking the Sleeping Giant: Unlocking the Hidden Power of Business to Save Our Planet, uses examples from his vast experience in Punta Cana to demonstrate how companies can drive breakthroughs in sustainability.
Jake is on the Board of the Center for Responsible Tourism (CREST) and former President of the National Association of Businesses for Environmental Protection (ECORED) in the Dominican Republic, an association of nearly 100 prominent companies committed to sustainability.
Jake co-directed and produced the award-winning documentary film Death by a Thousand Cuts, which explores Dominican-Haitian deforestation and escalating human conflict on the border. The film was acquired by Participant Media and Univision and screened at three dozen international film festivals. He is currently producing a hosted documentary series, Island Naturalist, to be released in 2022.
Jake has a Master’s in Environmental Management from Cornell University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Mrs. Armstrong-Vaughn is coordinating the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme for the Caribbean, which aims to improve the management and governance of protected areas through the provision of tools, services and funding for the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. She works closely with the Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway, a resource hub for biodiversity and protected area data and information, hosted at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) at The University of the West Indies in Barbados. She is a national of Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.
Among others, she has advised a wide range of actors on climate finance and corporate financial transactions, and has worked on several socio-economic valuations of ecosystem services to support the incorporation of natural capital into decision-making at the private, public and NGO sectors. As a former partner at Wolfs Company, she advised governmental and non-governmental conservation organizations applying the conceptual framework (of her authorship) for sustainable financing ‘Eco2Fin’, for the development of sustainable financing strategies for the management of more than 25 Protected Areas (PAs) in the Greater Caribbean and Central America. Viviana is also a co-author of two major products published by the Conservation Finance Alliance: “Conservation Trust Funds 2020: Global Vision, Local Action” and “2020 Practice Standards for Conservation Trust Funds”. From 2015 to 2019 she was legal consultant at the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Vanessa holds a Master’s degree in International Economics & Public Policy with a concentration in Development Economics from the University of Mainz, Germany. Before joining KfW in 2019, she has been working for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) as well as in the private sector.
Eighteen years ago, Valerie joined the World Bank as a specialist in East Asia and the Pacific, working on environment and rural development projects in Cambodia, China and Lao. Valerie has since worked across the Bank’s regions providing design and implementation support to a variety of operations, including in fragile states, where she led the Bank’s environment portfolio in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. After joining the World Bank’s global team, Valerie became chair of the blue economy, biodiversity and wildlife crime communities of practice and convened the Bank’s deep technical expertise in pursuit of providing policy advice and implementation support to accelerate the role of natural resource management in getting people out of poverty and into the middle class. Next, Valerie managed the Bank’s natural resources and environment risk management portfolio across Europe and Central Asia. Before joining the World Bank, Valerie worked for World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society and the US National Park Service where she worked on invasive species programs in Lake Mead, the reservoir to the Hoover Dam. Valerie holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.
His mission is to contribute towards the establishment, active management and advancement of nature protected areas, through effective communication with stakeholders and policy makers, improving local capacity in adaptive natural resource management, ensuring institutional strength and consistency, and increasing organizational vigilance to face future challenges, for the preservation and restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems.
Previously, Sarita was a Fisheries Biologist in the Department where she led the marine resource management portfolio designed to promote effective administration of locally managed marine areas, sustainable fisheries and creation of sustainable livelihoods.
Sarita holds a Master’s degree in Marine Management from Dalhousie University and Bachelors of Science degree with a specialization in Biology and minor concentration in Marine Biology and Biotechnology from the University of the West Indies.
Executive Director – Bahamas National Trust
Board Member Bahamas Protected Areas Fund
Board Member Bahamas Public Parks and Beaches Authority.
BirdsCaribbean – two 2-year terms – President
BirdsCaribbean Governance Committee
Former Board Member Cape Eleuthera Foundation.
Former Board Member One Eleuthera Foundation.
Key Committee Appointments
Former Chairman – National Wetlands Committee.
US Department of Interior – Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Team
Partners-In-Flight International Conservation Award
Wings Across the Americas Research and Management Partnership Award.
University of the Bahamas’ Alumni Hall of Fame.
University of the West Indies – Zoology and Botany BSc
Extensive Training in wildlife conservation and nonprofit management.
Presented at conferences throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States, including at the United Nations HQ.
Peer reviewed publications on Kirtland’s Warbler and Plant Conservation.
Key BNT Achievements:
Transformed the BNT from a small 10 person organization into fully functional Organization with 75 employees.
Mr. Harry is a license and registered Architect in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He is a member of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Institute of Architects (SVGIA) and also serves as the secretary for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Architects Council. Vanburn holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Construction for Developing Regions and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the university of Santa Clara, Cuba.
Mr. Harry is also an avid Taekwondo practitioner and holds a 5th Degree Black Belt. He is the president of the SVG Taekwondo Association and an Executive member of the SVG National Olympic Committee
Moreover, Angelique has experience working with civil society as a co-founder and board member for not-for-profit organizations in Seychelles and abroad.
She was formerly Senior Director for International Oceans at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she initiated the Global Ocean Commission. Before that she was Head of Greenpeace International’s Political & Business Unit and of their international oceans campaign. Karen has master’s degrees in international environmental law and in international political economy.
Since 2016, Joan’s leadership has driven Convergence to become a global independent authority for blended finance. As CEO, Joan ensures Convergence continues to elevate the field of blended finance through its products and services and accelerate the flow of private capital into SDG projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Joan also serves on the FinDev Canada Advisory Council, the Advisory Group of Financial Experts for the Global Environment Facility’s Non-Grant Instruments Program, and HRH The Prince of Wales Sustainable Markets Council.
Over the years, I have coordinated and managed the implementation several environmental projects including but not limited to environmental impact assessments (EIA), the Third National Communication (TNC) and First Biennial Update Report (BUR1).
In August of 2020 I became the Executive Director of the Saint Christopher and Nevis Conservation Foundation (SCNCF) working closely with the executive committee to advance the medium term goals of the Fund.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union. It has been active in the Caribbean for 40 years, supporting public infrastructure and private sector development through its loans and technical assistance programs. As the EU bank, the EIB is committed to putting EU climate goals into practice around the world, lending over 23 billion euros to climate action projects last year.
At Wayaj, her unique role, besides overall management, is to guide the team of talented and passionate professionals to ensure that sustainability and the health of the planet remain front and center in every decision that is made. Nelly has created a cooperative company culture, based on respect, diversity, inclusion, and compassion, where every team member has a voice, and all opinions and ideas are valued. Nelly never misses an opportunity to travel, but her favorite travel experiences are those that allow her to engage with the local communities.
Sustainable financing has emerged as an area of deep interest recognizing that effective management and conservation of natural resources including biodiversity that sustains our human existence requires access to financial resources. Thus, committed involvement and work with others through various stages with the eventual establishment of the SVG Conservation Fund (SVG CF) has been a valued development.
Mr. Wilson presently serves as Director of National Parks with the National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority (NPRBA) and represents the institution as a director on the SVGCF in the capacity of secretary treasurer.
Heidi’s primary responsibilities include managing development projects across eight Caribbean islands. By harnessing the power of volunteerism and activism led by team members, guests, travel agents, local, regional, international, nonprofit organizations and corporate partners, Heidi and her team effect life changing programs that reach far beyond the doors of the Sandals and Beaches all-inclusive resorts.
Born and raised in Jamaica, Heidi has extensive experience in the education, social services and business management fields. She attended the University of Miami, where she studied child psychology and education.
Here in Jamaica, she is a certified Game Warden with the National Environment and Planning Agency and sits on the boards of the South West Coast Fish Sanctuary Alliance; the Fish Sanctuary Network, the North East Regional Health Authority Fundraising Committee, and the Culloden Early Childhood Institute. Heidi also sits on the board of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation.
Justin has a Diploma in Executive Management from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds an M.Sc. in Economics from University College, London, a B.Sc. from The University of the West Indies, and a post-graduate certificate in sustainable environmental management from The University of California, Berkeley.
Deika has worked as a Chief Research Officer for a multinational conglomerate and her public sector policy and management experience includes eight years in numerous capacities with the Government of Jamaica. She has served as a senator, Deputy Minister of Finance & Planning and Chairman of the Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission. She has also promoted private sector participation in the water sector with the National Water Commission of Jamaica.
Deika has served on numerous boards and committees in the public, private and non-profit sectors including the American Chamber of Commerce in Jamaica, the Economic Policy Committee of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, the Women’s Leadership Initiative (United Way of Jamaica) and the Rotary Club of Kingston. She was recently appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development (The ISD), The University of the West Indies. She is also the President of the UPenn’s Alumni Club of Jamaica.
Deika graduated cum laude from the M&T program in 1994 with degrees in Applied Environmental Systems and Finance. In 2001, she returned to Wharton to pursue her MBA, took a leave of absence when asked to serve in the Jamaican government and returned to complete the Executive MBA in 2008. She also has an MS in Engineering Science from Harvard.