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Patron: The Most Honourable Professor Sir Kenneth Octavius Hall, ON, GCMG, OJ

 

 

Trustees


Honourable R. N. A. Henriques, OJ, QC


Honourable Oliver Jones, O. J., J. P.


Lt. Colonel (ret'd) Euken Mills

Advisors


Douglas Burke former Canadian Junior Champion in the Under-18s and Under-21 categories ITF High Performance Coach


Pete Chang

Businessman


Professor the Honourable Arnold Foote, O.J. J.P

President Emeritus

World Federation of Consuls


Professor Norris Haynes

Clinical Professor, Yale University


Honourable Frank Phipps, O.J. Q.C.

Attorney-at-Law


Prince Lamourd Thiobiany, Author of Leadership Africa


Professor Arnoldo Ventura 

Former Chairperson, United Nations Committee of Science and Technology Development 


Traci Wong 

Prize-winning Artist 

 

Directors 

 

Dr. Angela Ramsay – President. 

Dr. Angela Ramsay is a Commonwealth scholar who has pursued her education in Jamaica, Canada, Australia, Israel and India.  She is an award-winning educator, a professional coach credentialed by the International Coach Federation, and the holder of the 6 Sigma Belt in Quality Management.  She has performed consultancy assignments for several international organizations, not limited to UNESCO, the International Labour Organization, and the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.  She is one of the architects for the Recruitment of Commonwealth teachers.  In the private sector, she works as an organization development and environmental health consultant.  Angela Ramsay is the author of fourteen books, four of which have been published by UNESCO.

Dr. Ava Maxam – Vice President.

Dr. Ava Maxam joined the Mona Geoinformatics Institute (MGI) in November 2006 shortly before completing PhD studies in Oceanography at the University of the West Indies, where she also obtained a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Zoology and Botany. She is currently Deputy Director of MGI, where she manages the Natural Hazards & Environment Division, the Human & Social Division, and the Software Development Division. As lecturer at the University of the West Indies, she delivers Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses to graduates, undergraduates and professionals.

Dr. Maxam’s range of professional experience has spanned from coastal processes modelling and spatial analysis, to developing spatial solutions for clients across private and government sectors. She has led consultancies in GIS application, coastal hydrodynamic modelling, as well as oceanographic, environmental, ecological and bio-physical assessments.  She resides on several Technical Committees related to the environment, education and business development. Source: Mona Geoinfomatics Institute.

 

Stephen Delapenha 

Stephen has been in the retail pharmacy business for over 30 years and is a former President of the Pharmacy Owners Association. He continues to serve on their board.

Stephen is also an avid recreational cyclist, proud member and former President of the Cutters Cycling Club of Jamaica. 

 

Mrs. Emma Lewis (M.A. Oxon) - Vice President, Communication and Futurism

In 2012, Emma Lewis retired from the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, where she worked for sixteen years in Public Affairs, She served as Media Coordinator there for six years, working with the Jamaican media and coordinating seminars, press conferences and training programmes. As Public Affairs Specialist, she conducted outreach with Jamaican civil society and non-governmental organizations. She coordinated visits by U.S. speakers; administered small grants; administered the U.S. Ambassasdor's HIV Prevention Program; and assisted with U.S. State department official visits in the region, including Secretary Clinton's trips to Barbados and to the Summit of the Americas to Trinidad.

Since 2010, Ms. Lewis has developed her personal blog at petchary.wordpress.com addressing Jamaican current affairs, environmental and climate change issues, the arts, and human rights and including book reviews. She writes a weekly post at gleanerblogs.com and contributes regular articles to globalvoices.org. a world wide network of writers and online activists. she received a Certificate of Merit for the petchary.wordpress.com blog from the Press Association of Jamaica in 2015; and FIPA's Centennial Award for Outstanding Writing in March 2018. She also won the Plume d'Or and a Certificate of Honour for Jamaica from the Alliance Fracaise, as one of the top 100 winners worldwide in 2013. During her tenure at the U.S. Embassy, she received serveral awards for her work in public affairs and diplomacy, including four Franklin Awards and four Meritorious Honor Awards.

Ms. Lewis conducts social media and advocacy training for non-governmental organisations and communications practitioners. She participates in and serves as rapporteur for local conferences, seminars and workshops. She current serves on the Boards of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, the Natural History Museum of Jamaica and the Farquharson Institute of Public Affairs. She is also a member of the Inter-American dEvelopment Bank Civil Society Consulting Group and the Media Working Group of Birds Caribbean. 

An alumna of the Calabash Fiction Workships, her love of reading and writing led her to write a novel, poetry and several short stories.

Ms. Lewis graduated from Oxford University with B.A. (Hons) and Master's degress in Oriental Studies. She speaks Japanese, French, German and Jamaican Patois.

 

Oran Hall M.ED. BA, FCSI, CIM, FMA – Vice President of Membership 

Oran Hall is the Principal Consultant of Oran A. Hall Consulting Services.  He has substantial experience in investment management, personal financial planning, lecturing and writing, providing independent, relevant personal financial solutions and training; writing and research services for businesses, organisations, and individuals; and public education through a weekly personal financial advisory newspaper column.

 

Karan Delapenha, FCA, FCCA – Treasurer 

Karan Delapenha is a Chartered Accountant who has worked with the audit firm Price Waterhouse and the prestigious Jamaican conglomerate, Lascelles Demercado and Company. She is currently semi-retired, taking on accounting and management consultancy projects periodically.

 

Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee 

Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr. is the Director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute at the University of the West Indies, which functions as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) hub of the Mona campus. He is a US Eisenhower Fellow and a Senior Lecturer at the University. 

He is the Chairman of the Water Resources Authority and National Works Agency. He sits on several other boards, including the Main Board of Grace Kennedy Ltd, its Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee and Audit Committee, as well as a Director of Grace Kennedy Foods & Services Limited and Hi-Lo Food Stores: in addition, he is a Director at the Bureau of Standards of Jamaica. He obtained his PhD in Geography from the University of Oxford, which he completed in 2 ½ years, at the age of 23. Since then, he has received several local and international awards for research and business development. He is also the author of the award winning Natural Hazards Atlas of Jamaica.’ Source: Mona Geoinfomatics Institute.

 

Nisa Hall  

Nisa Hall is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Immediate Past President of the Nurse Practitioners Association of Jamaica.  She is formally trained as a registered nurse, registered midwife, public health practitioner and counsellor. She has given forty years unbroken service to the nursing profession in Jamaica.

 She serves her community as secretary of her local citizens association and in several leadership capacities in her church, including that of Elder and Family Life Director, and provides voluntary service in health education and health care to the less fortunate members of the society.

 

Adellee Fraser 

 Adellee Fraser has over eighteen years in the field of Human Resource Management and over six y ears operating at the Senior Management level.  The experience spans across a number of industries, inclusive of manufacturing, financial and health, in both private and public sectors.

 

Charles A. Atkinson

Charles Atkinson is a recently retired Educator who spent thirty five (35) years at Excelsior Education (EXED) Centre as a Principal Lecturer and Head of the School of Engineering, Logistics and Build Environment (SELBE). He also held special responsibilities for safety, security and emergencies, including various assimilations and drills.  Charles is an Engineer who also holds a BSc in social sciences and an MSc in Workforce Education Development.