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Dorienne Rowan-Campbell, President (JAMAICA)

For 30 years, Dorienne Rowan-Campbell has been an international consultant on gender, human resource development, training, and environment. She started her career as a broadcast journalist in Canada, quickly specialising in improving the portrayal of women. She founded an environmental enterprise “Rowan’s Royale” which produces organic Blue Mountain Coffee. Rowan’s Royale aims to be a model for organic enterprises and highlights environmental issues and the role a small farmer can play in combating climate change, environmental degradation and disaster mitigation. She currently participates in a team implementing ICT and organic farming workshops for women farmers in the Caribbean. Rowan-Campbell is a qualified organic farm inspector. She also runs a community greening project in her neighbourhood which has set up the first regular recycling collection service in Jamaica.

Melinda Bickerstaff, Treasurer (USA)

Melinda Bickerstaff has worked for many years in change management, human capital strategy and implementation and strengthening of teamwork in the corporate sector. She is currently employed as Senior Vice President at Healthy Companies International, a consultancy which helps executives of companies to improve performance. From 2006-2008, she was Chief Learning Officer at Discovery Communications, where she lead the functions of talent and knowledge management, organisational development and transformation, leadership, succession planning and performance management. Prior to this, she worked at Bristol Myers Squibb (5 years) and KPMG Consulting (4 years). For many years, Bickerstaff also served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and received numerous awards for her leadership and contributions to the Society and to the field of workplace learning and performance.

Yves Renard, Director (SAINT LUCIA)

Yves Renard has a particular interest and experience in participatory approaches to natural resource governance and sustainable development policy. He currently works as an independent consultant, in the Caribbean and internationally. Between 1992 and 2001, he served as Executive Director of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), an organisation that works to foster the development and adoption of policies and programmes in support of increased participation and collaboration in natural resource management. Renard has edited books and published a number of guidelines, articles, papers, and reports on issues of natural resource management, sustainable development, culture, and community development.

Cletus Springer, Director (SAINT LUCIA/USA)

Cletus Springer is currently the Director of Sustainable Development at the Organisation of American States (OAS), responsible for the design and implementation of sustainable development cooperation among OAS member states. A graduate of the University of the West Indies (Public Administration and Mass Communication), Oxford Brooks University (Urban/Regional Planning Studies) and Aberdeen University (Environmental Impact Assessment), he has widely published on environmental management and planning. In the 1990s, he was Permanent Secretary, respectively in the Ministry of Tourism, Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and National Mobilisation of Saint Lucia; and in the Ministry of Planning, Development, Environment and Housing. In 1998, he joined the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as advisor in policy and strategy development. Subsequently, Springer headed a consultancy practice working for Caribbean governments and intergovernmental institutions. Springer is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI).

Nicole A. Brown, Director (JAMAICA)

Nicole A. Brown has worked on the relationship between natural resource management and human development as a facilitator, writer, evaluator, and designer/implementer of programmes and participatory processes for the past 25 years. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction; natural resource management and biodiversity conservation; and community and stakeholder mobilisation and participation. Nicole has a particular interest in communicating technical issues to lay audiences and has written and co-authored several training manuals and toolkits used in the Caribbean.  She is a trained evaluator who has worked in the inter-governmental and not-for-profit sectors in the Caribbean, Central America and the Commonwealth.

Weaver Destin, Director (HAITI)

With a Diploma in Journalism and International Relations and Training in Health Communication programmes and project management on development issues, Weaver Destin is a Haitian professional with more than 20 years in the media, communication and development sectors. After 4 years as a journalist in radio and television, he served with UN Agencies, including UNFPA and UNDP, in the field of communications and worked with several national and international civil society organisations in Haiti. Since 2009, he is the Executive Director of Perspectives pour la Santé et le Développement (PESADEV), a national NGO aims to fight poverty and promote development in marginalised communities.