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Dr. Huguette Labelle, Chair of the Board of Transparency International

Keynote Speaker, opening the conference

Dr. Huguette Labelle will open the conference on Wednesday, 19 March, 2014, following the reception at 5:30 pm in the Vassel Johnson hall. Dr. Labelle is the Chair of the Board of Transparency International, which works in more than 100 countries in the fight against corruption. Each year, Transparency International scores countries in a Corruptions Perceptions Index, on how corrupt their public sectors are seen to be. Among the other global surveys the organization conducts is the Global Corruption Barometer, the only worldwide public survey on views and experiences on corruption. A Bribe Players Barometer rates the wealthiest nations by their firms' propensity to bribe abroad. For more information on Transparency International, go to www.transparency.org.


Dr. The Hon. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance of Nigeria

To Share the Nigerian Experience

Dr. The Hon. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance of Nigeria, will be sharing her experience in fighting corruption in her own country.


Mrs. Cheryl-Ann Lister, OBE, Chair of the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee (NAMLC) of Bermuda

To Speak on Anti-Corruption Assessment and Strategies in the Region

Mrs. Cheryl-Ann Lister, Chair of the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee (NAMLC), which plays a key role in the development and implementation of Bermuda's regime to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism, will share the Bermuda perspective on anti-corruption strategies. She previously served as chair of the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

A Bermuda Government scholar, she received her BSc (Hons) in Probability & Statistics from Queens University in 1978 and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Toronto in 1980. In 1986, she qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst.


Plenary Keynotes

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Yvette Noble-Bloomfield

To Speak on the Role of the Church in Strengthening Ethics and Values in the Community

Ordained to the Ministry in 1984, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Yvette Noble-Bloomfield has distinguished herself as a good preacher, teacher and pastor. She is now serving as the Moderator of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Prior to coming to the Cayman Island, where she ministers at Grand Cayman's John Gray Memorial United Church, she served in various churches in Jamaica and Nova Scotia, Canada.

Mr. Greg Christie, Former Contractor General of Jamaica

To Discuss Jamaica's Anti-Corruption Model and Lessons for the Region

Mr. Greg Christie has served as Jamaica's fourth Contractor General for seven years, ending November 2012, and has been credited with transforming the country's Office of the Contractor General into what is now widely regarded as one of Jamaica's most respected State agencies and its leading anti-corruption institution.

As the Principal Adviser and Consultant to the National Integrity Action (NIA) of Jamaica, he is currently assisting in the continued advancement of the NIA's objectives of combatting corruption and building integrity in Jamaica on a non-partisan basis.

Mr. Christie is the holder of the LL.M. Master of Laws Degree in corporate, insurance and international law from the University of London; the LL.B. (Hons.) Degree from the UWI; and the Certificate in Legal Education (CLE) from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad.

The Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas

To Speak on the Ethical and Anti-Corruption Framework of the Bahamian Government

The Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, who will speak on the "Ethical and Anti-Corruption Framework of the Bahamian Government," is the fifth to serve in his current capacity. He is also Minister of Finance, with responsibility for the Office of the Prime Minister, Department of Lands and Surveys, Department of Statistics and the Ministry of Finance.

He attended the University Tutorial College, London; Inner Temple; and Birmingham University, from which he graduated with honours in 1969. Having read law at the University of London, he is an attorney-at-law.

Dr. Richard Drayton, Professor at King's College, London, England

To speak on Democracy and Corruption in the Caribbean

Dr. Richard Drayton, an Oxford University graduate and former Oxford professor, will examine key issues in democracy and corruption in the Caribbean. Dr. Drayton is now at King's College, London, joining as Rhodes Professor of Imperial History,in 2009. Dr. Drayton was born in Guyana and grew up in Barbados.


Mr. Dan Duguay, Cayman's Former Auditor General

To Share Insights into Local and Regional Auditing Challenges

The former auditor general of the Cayman Islands, Mr. Dan Duguay, will highlight challenges facing Cayman's Office of the Auditor General. His broad experience will enable him to place this experience in the context of regional challenges.


Dr. Trevor Gardner, President Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica

To Share Ideas on the Role of Tertiary Institutions in Safeguarding Ethical Standards

Dr. Trevor Gardner, who holds a PhD in Educational Administration, has more than forty years' experience in academics, having served as lecturer, principal and administrator in several secondary and tertiary institutions in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He has spent the last ten years in Seventh-day Adventist tertiary institutions in the Caribbean, where he currently serves as the president of Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica. He will be joining a panel to discuss the role of tertiary institutions in safeguarding ethical standards.


Dr. The Hon. Ralph Everad Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

To Speak on the State of Corruption in the Caribbean

Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves has been the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines since March 2001. He holds a master's degree in government from the University of the West Indies, and a PhD in government from the University of Manchester, England. A practicing lawyer, he was called to the bar at Gray's Inn, London. He has researched, written and published extensively on a range of matters touching upon the Caribbean, African, trade unionism, comparative political economy, and developmental issues generally.


Mr. Swatantra Goolsaran, Former Auditor General of Guyana

To Speak on the Anti-corruption Model of Guyana and Lessons for the Region

Mr. Swatantra Goolsaran, former Auditor General of Guyana and current Director of the Transparency Institute of Guyana, will speak on the Guyanese anti-corruption experience. Mr.Goolsaran is a former Chief Resident Auditor of the United Nations.


The Rt. Rev. Dr. Howard Kingsley Gregory, Anglican Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

To Speak on the Role of the Church in Strengthening Ethics and Values in the Community

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Howard Kingsley Gregory will be joining a panel of his peers to discuss the work of the church in strengthening ethics and values from a community perspective. He was consecrated as the 14th Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, in 2012, in the Cathedral of St. Jago de la Vega, Spanish Town. He was elected at a Special Synod of the Church earlier in 2012, succeeding the Rt. Rev. Alfred C. Reid, who retired on December 31, 2011.


Mr. Dirk Harrison, Contractor General of Jamaica

To Speak on "A Corruption-Free Government for Jamaica: A How-to-Manual from the Contactor General's Office, with Implications for the Region"

Mr. Dirk Harrison, who was appointed Contractor General of Jamaica by the Governor General of Jamaica in March 2013, will speak at a lunch plenary on the role of his office in maintaining a corruption-free Jamaica from the perspective of his role as Contractor General.

He holds B.A. in History (Hons.) and LL.B. (Hons.) degrees from UWI and the C.L.E. legal professional qualification from the Norman Manley Law School.

As the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission of the Contractor General of Jamaica, Mr. Harrison is entrusted with the exclusive statutory authority, on behalf of Parliament, to monitor and to investigate the award and termination of all Government contracts, licences and permits, with a view to ensuring probity, propriety, accountability, competition and transparency in the Jamaica public sector procurement, contract award and licensing processes. He is vested with the powers of a Judge of the Supreme Court of Jamaica and has extensive statutory powers of investigation, enquiry, search, discovery and subpoena.

Prior to his appointment as Contractor General, Mr. Harrison, who is a Caribbean trained lawyer, was employed as the Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution with special responsibilities for the Anti-corruption Unit. He was also Head of the Coroners and the Environmental units, and one of the Government Experts for Jamaica for the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption Review Mechanism.


Professor Yvette Jackson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Studies, UWI

To Share Ideas on the Role of Tertiary Institutions in Safeguarding Ethical Standard

Professor Yvette Jackson was appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies with effect from August 2012.

Professor Jackson has a distinguished record of original work. She has established a very fruitful collaborative research programme with the University of Alabama, from which a number of good quality publications have resulted. She has over 45 publications which have appeared in some of the best scholastic chemistry journals. Professor Jackson has also established an international presence not just through her publications but also through participation in some 46 symposia and conferences both locally and on the international scene, on many occasions as invited speaker.

Professor Jackson has supervised numerous postgraduate students, in addition to appraising many PhD and MPhil theses and is a member of the editorial board of referees of five highly-rated international academic journals on Chemistry.


Mr. Earl Jarrett, Acting Chair, National Building Society of Cayman and General Manager, Jamaica National Building Society

Mr. Earl Jarrett, CD, Hon. LLD, is Acting Chairman of the National Building Society of Cayman (NBSC) and General Manager of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), the parent of NBSC. He will share his conference plenary on tackling the issues of corruption in the private sector with eminent Trinidadian Anti-Corruption Activist Afra Raymond.

Mr. Jarrett, a Chartered Accountant and graduate of The University of the West Indies, is, notably, honorary secretary of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. He was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD), by the Government of Jamaica for service in the financial sector.

He is regional representative on the FIA World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism - North America, Chairman and President of the Executive Board of the Caribbean Association of Housing Finance Institutions; and Deputy Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board.

Mr. Jarrett similarly conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in November 2011 by The University of the West Indies for his contribution to the banking sector in Jamaica. He was conferred with the Doctor of Laws (LL.D) degree, honoris causa, by both the University of the West Indies, Mona and the University of Technology, Jamaica.


Mr. Joseph Kamara, Anti-Corruption Commissioner of Sierra Leone

To Discuss Success in Anti-Corruption Efforts in Sierra Leone

Mr. Joseph Kamara, Anti-Corruption Commissioner of Sierra Leone, will discuss his success in curbing corruption in Sierra Leone. Mr. Kamara is also the 1st Vice President of the West African Bar Association. In August 2008 Mr. Kamara was appointed by the Government of Sierra Leone and approved by the UN Secretary-General as Deputy Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He is the first Sierra Leonean to hold the office. Sierra Leone's Anti-Corruption Commission was established in 2000, in the wake of a post-civil-war Sierra Leone that had been consistently ranked as highly corrupt by Transparency International's annual Corruption Perception Index and by all other independent accounts.


Professor Trevor Munroe

Since 2011, Professor Trevor Munroe, one of the Caribbean's leading public scholars, has been Executive Director of Jamaica's National Integrity Action Limited, a not for profit NGO dedicated to the building of integrity and the combat of corruption in Jamaica on a non-partisan basis. Prior to this he directed the National Integrity Action Forum a coalition of leaders of public sector anti-corruption agencies, a 2-year project launched in 2009 and supported by USAID. In 2012, Professor Munroe was appointed an individual member of Transparency International, the only such person from the Caribbean, one among 27 in the world.


Pastor Shian O'Connor, President, Conference of SDA, Cayman Islands

Pastor Shian W. O'Connor joined the Cayman Islands Conference in July of 2000. He was appointed Pastor for the Kings and West Bay Seventh-day Adventist Churches. He served the West Bay congregation for seven years and the Kings congregation for twelve. He also served the Maranatha and Ebenezer Churches for two years.

Pastor O'Connor served the Cayman Islands Conference as Departmental Director in the areas of Personal Ministries, Education, Family Life Ministries, Men's Ministries, and Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, before he was elected President in January 2012.


Mr. Eugene Otuonye, the Director of the Integrity Commission of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI)

To Share the TCI Anti-Corruption Experience

Mr. Eugene Otuonye, director of the Integrity Commission of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI),will discuss recent developments in the TCI. He will examine the anticorruption model of the Turks and Caicos Islands, focusing primarily on his own role as head of the Integrity Commission, the successes so far, and lessons for the entire region.


Dr. Anna Kasafi Perkins, Theologian and Ethicists

To Speak on the Role of the Church in Strengthening Ethics and Values in the Community

Dr. Anna Kasafi Perkins, a Jamaican Roman Catholic theologian/ethicist, will be joining a panel of her peers to discuss the role of the church in strengthening ethics and values from a community perspective. Dr. Perkins is a former Dean of Studies at St Michael's Theological College, an institute of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston, and an affiliated institution of The University of the West Indies, Mona. Since 2007, she has been the Senior Programme Officer in the Quality Assurance Unit serving the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies and adjunct faculty at St Michael's Theological College.


Mr. Afra Raymond

Afra Raymond calls out government corruption, demanding more transparency and accountability from the leaders of Trinidad and Tobago. His work in recent years has focused on the CL Financial collapse of 2009 and subsequent government bailout, which Raymond says operated "with different laws of physics" than bailouts of financial institutions in other countries. Writing on topics like white-collar crime, good governance and national development, Raymond shows that corruption shouldn't be a given. He wrote the column "Property Matters" in The Business Guardian from 2004 through 2012. Now, he writes on his own website, AfraRaymond.com


Dr. Cliff K. Riley, University of Technology, Jamaica

To Share Ideas on the Role of Tertiary Institutions in Safeguarding Ethical Standards

Dr. Cliff Riley, an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Health Sciences, University of Technology, Jamaica, will join a team of tertiary level educations to speak on the challenges and successes in producing ethically grounded graduates. He will also share ideas about treating issues of academic integrity, such as plagiarism, and promoting honesty and rigor in research and academic publishing.

He holds a PhD in Biotechnology (Pharmaceutical), A Master of Arts (Teaching), and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of the West Indies, Mona.


The Hon. Tara Rivers Minister of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs for the Cayman Islands Government

To Present on "Teaching Values and Ethics to the Millennials," the Cayman Perspective

The Hon. Tara Rivers is the Minister of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs for the Cayman Islands Government. At this conference, Minister Rivers will address the topic, "Teaching Values and Ethics to the Millennials" jointly with the Minister of Education of Jamaica. She will consider the extent to which the education system has a responsibility to teach values and ethics, and its level of success in doing so.


Mr. Alastair Swarbrick, Cayman's Auditor General

To Examine Cayman's Anti-Corruption Framework

The current Auditor General of the Cayman Islands, Mr. Alastair Swarbrick, will focus on his own role and will examine the changes he deems necessary to the anticorruption framework of the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Alastair Swarbrick took up the post of the Cayman Islands Auditor General in July 2010 and has overall responsibility for the management and work of the Office of the Auditor General. He has over 20 years' experience in public auditing across a variety of sectors and working for a number of organisations.


Dr. Stephen Tomlinson

To Examine and Discuss Strategies for Fostering Medical Ethics

Caymanian Dr. Stephen Tomlinson, a surgeon and obstetrician and gynaecologist, currently practices at the Chrissie Tomlinson Hospital, which he founded in 2000. Among roles over his medical career, he has served as the Isands' Medical Officer of Health and as Chief Surgeon at the Cayman Islands Hospital. He is also a former Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands.

Dr. Tomlinson participates annually in medical symposiums and conferences worldwide. He has also published numerous articles and papers for medical journals and subscribes to the BJS, JAMA, New England Journal of Surgery and the West Indian Medical Journal.

He is a member of the Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society, The Southeastern Medical Congress, British Medical Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and is registered to practice medicine in the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Massachusetts and the Cayman Islands.


Dr. Lloyd Waller, UWI Professor

To Examine the Role of Technology in Curbing Corruption in Caribbean Societies

Dr. Lloyd Waller, who is a lecturer in methodology at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, will examine the role of technology in curbing corruption in Caribbean societies. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, with a specialization in Information and Communication for Development and Advanced Research Methods.

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