Speakers

Click on name to go to speakers’ bios: Senator Marc Bean, Dr. Edmond Mansoor, Denzil West, Nerissa Golden, Gregory Richardson, David Little, Ken Shipley, Bevil Wooding, Bernadette Lewis, Shernon Osepa, Selby Wilson

Senator Marc Bean

Junior Minister of Transport, Tourism, Environment and Sport

Senator Bean is an FAA certified commercial pilot as well as a small business entrepreneur. He is currently Managing Director of Paradise Air Limited and a Director of OMP Limited. He is deeply involved in volunteer service as Deputy Chairman of the West End Development Corporation. A natural leader, Marc has represented Bermuda in junior tennis and continues to play a significant role in Bermuda’s sporting community. Senator Bean serves as junior Minister of Transport, Tourism, Environment and Sport.

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Dr. Edmond Mansoor

Honourable Dr. Edmond A. Mansoor, as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science and Technology, has been at the epicentre of the ICT Revolution in Antigua and Barbuda.

His award winning Connect Antigua and Barbuda Initiative, has successfully positioned the twin-island Nation as a cutting-edge technology hot spot.

Dr. Mansoor, who is a licensed physician, is an honours graduate of St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada and the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, where he was awarded the top prize for the most outstanding results in the final surgery examinations.

He previously served as the President of the Senate of Antigua and Barbuda.

  
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Mr. Denzil West

Director 
Department for Information Technology and E-Government Services (DITES
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As Director of DITES, Denzil is responsible for the management of the IT infrastructure and systems for the Government of Montserrat, as well as leading the development and implementation of the e-Government Strategy.

Denzil holds a BSc in Computer Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts and an MSc in Enterprise Network Management from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.

Denzil is a firm believer in the notion that the Caribbean has the talent and skills to use ICT’s to develop services and content for local and regional consumption rather than relying strictly on foreign providers. 

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Ms. Nerissa Golden

Director/Entrepreneur

Nerissa Golden is the Director of Information & Communications for the Government of Montserrat. She is also the Creative Director and owner of goldenmedia Montserrat, a public and media relations firm that has been working with young entrepreneurs and the non-profit sector in the Caribbean for more than five years. Its flagship brand is trulycaribbean.net, which is a web portal that celebrates the work of Caribbean people, and provides information and resources to boost spirit, mind and body.

Nerissa uses today’s technology to provide motivation, strategic business development and new ways of promoting and experiencing the Caribbean. Her expertise on Caribbean entrepreneurship is being used by UK and US-based Advertising Firms, entrepreneurs and non-profit agencies around the region. Her recommendations have been featured in Fortune Small Business magazine, CNN Money.Com, Essence.com, She Caribbean and Caribelle magazine.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Tampa and has more than 20 years experience as a journalist and motivator.

In March 2009 she released The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur: Strategies for Overcoming Fear and Building Wealth as well as Truly Caribbean Woman’s Guide to Good Love. 

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Mr. David Little

President and a founding partner

PSTG Consulting

David is President and a founding partner of PSTG. He specializes in the transformation of public sector service delivery and has been involved in a number of groundbreaking initiatives in Canada and abroad.

David works with senior management to guide them through the entire transformation process ­ from re-thinking to redesign and through to renewal. His experience in strategy development, business planning, e-government, service transformation, performance management and organizational transition is extensive. This experience allows him to design and implement breakthrough strategies that enable organizations to reach new heights in service delivery and operational effectiveness.

In recent years David has been engaged by several emerging countries to assist them in the design and implementation of their national ICT and e-Government programs.

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Gregory Richardson

Entrepreneur

Secure Tech International (St. Maarten)

“From a very young age I had a deep interest in technology,” remembers Gregory. “During my stint at college I quickly saw there was some money to be made by designing and building my own computers and selling them to classmates.  I did so and my first part-time business was born.  At the time (1987) there was no internet, but there were some other networks of computers.  One such network was called BBS’s (or Bulletin Board Systems).  BBS’s functioned on an individual’s PC which had some special software running on it Needless to say before long I had an extra telephone line installed in my dorm room and was running a pretty decent sized BBS right from my dorm.  People would log on and upload and share applications and games for other people to download.  It was quite an interesting experience.”

“Being a lover of all things technological I quickly diversified into other areas of high-tech.  Including digital video production, I actually produced and sold via magazine ads some guerilla videos on specialized topics.”

“As entrepreneurs one need not reinvent the wheel each day, instead learn from those who have faced that specific type of issue before and adapt and in some cases even improve on their methods.”

“After several failed attempts, I now own and operate Secure Tech International, a network security consulting firm with clients throughout the North Eastern Caribbean.  Secure Tech started in a spare bedroom and has since grown to our current state with a staff of qualified technicians and network security engineers as well as our administrative support staff.”

“Secure Tech International is the Northeastern Caribbean’s first company to specialize in network security.  As our technology and use thereof in the Caribbean grows, nothing is more important than ensuring that the technology we leverage is secure.  We do network design and creation, we manage large corporate networks as well as provide the full slate of white hat hacking services including penetration testing.” 

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Mr. Ken Shipley

Entrepreneur

Search Antigua

Klaus Ken Shipley is an entrepreneur, well known for his web design and graphic art work. Before building his company, Search Antigua Inc., he developed many websites for local businesses and the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

 As a young man, Ken Shipley got his first break in the technology business when he became the Webmaster for a popular online casino. He controlled the companies’ websites, maintained their high standards and spearheaded development work on new projects. As time progressed, he became a freelance web designer, where he developed numerous websites for businesses locally and within the region under thinredline Designs. After years of building websites Ken partnered with Google to create the very first Search Engine for Antigua and Barbuda, www.searchantigua.com under the new company Search Antigua Inc. In a short time span, Search Antigua Inc already made a name by building websites such as www.antiguamangofest.com, www.abwrec.com, www.theantiguan.com, www.agricultureantiguabarbuda.com and many more.

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Mr. Bevil Wooding

Internet Strategist

Packet Clearing House

Mr. Bevil Wooding is an Internet Strategist with Packet Clearing House, a non-profit research institute that supports operations and analysis in the areas of Internet traffic exchange, routing economics, and global network development. He is also a Global Director and the Chief Knowledge Officer of Congress WBN, a non-profit organisation comprising networks of professional groups, education institutions, businesses, churches and university students from over 85 nations.

He has worked closely with organizations regionally and internationally in the public and private sector to leverage the power of ICTs and has been a strong advocate in developing countries for the adoption of Internet and internet-based technologies as a tool for corporate, economic and social transformation.

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Ms. Bernadette Lewis

Secretary General

CTU

Bernadette Lewis’ career in telecommunications spans a period of more than twenty years. She acquired her technical skills working at the engineering and managerial levels with the national service provider, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd.

In 2000, with her appointment as the technical Manager for the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations (CANTO), her activities extended to regional information and communications issues.

Ms. Lewis was appointed to the position of Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in August 2003.She is the first female to hold this position.  Under her guidance, the CTU has been addressing the issues of harmonisation of policies in Spectrum Management and Internet Governance on behalf of the Caribbean, producing harmonised Caribbean policy frameworks in both areas of study.

Her mission for the organization is to ensure that that the citizens of the region have affordable access to, and are able to derive tangible benefit from the effective use of information and communication technologies.

Ms. Lewis holds a BSc. from The University of the West Indies and Masters Degree from Aston University in the United Kingdom.

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Mr. Shernon Osepa

Manager Regional Relations Caribbean

ICANN

Shernon Osepa joined ICANN in July 2008 as Manager Regional Relations Caribbean.

Prior to joining ICANN he was Policy Advisor with the Regulatory Authority in the Netherlands Antilles. As a part of his responsibilities, he acted as a liaison with the regional Caribbean organizations involved in ICT. Previously, he worked for almost nine years with the local telecommunications incumbent UTS/Setel in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.

Shernon is a national of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University for Professional Studies in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University for Professional Studies in Enschede, the Netherlands and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago. He is fluent in Dutch, English, Spanish, Papiamento (local language of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao), and has a working understanding of French.

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Mr. Selby Wilson

Telecommunications Strategist

Caribbean Telecommunications Union

Selby Wilson is a professional Chartered Accountant. He holds a Masters Degree in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy. He has over thirty years experience in both the public and private sectors.  He was the General Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago Telephone Company from 1972-1981.

He is also a former Minister of Finance in the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago from 1986-1991. He serves on the Board of Directors of several companies.

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