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.
Florence Jean-Louis has long experience in managing public health projects from a community perspective. She is currently employed as Deputy Director of the Health System Development Support Project (PADESS), which helps to regulate and streamline the health service delivery provided by the government, private sector, and religious communities in Haiti. She holds diplomas in the medical and social services (Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico City) as well as rural development and natural resources management (Southern Border College, Chiapas). Over many years, Jean-Louis has focused on HIV and AIDS, and brought strong gender dimensions to community health programmes. She is an accomplished trainer of trainers. Before PADESS, she worked with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Red Cross and several other health promotion programmes.
Franklin McDonald (retired) was most recently Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development at the University of the West Indies. A geologist by training, he has a long and distinguished career in environmental and disaster management, landslide and erosion control, engineering geology, economic rehabilitation, and recovery efforts. McDonald has respectively been the Director of Jamaica’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, the Pan Caribbean Disaster Preparedness Project (based in Antigua and Barbuda) and the National Environment and Planning Agency in Jamaica. He was the first moderator of the White Water to Blue Water Partnership between the Caribbean Basin countries and the United States. He has worked as an advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme in the Caribbean.
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.
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.
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).