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Lexan Fletcher

Lexan Fletcher is an entrepreneur and one of Grenada's most notable media personalities and presenters, with over 25 years of experience in media production and hosting.

She has produced numerous shows and programs for both stage and film, spanning beauty, fitness, lifestyle, and special interest. Lexan, a past Carnival Queen runner-up and Miss Caribbean 1999, is most notable for hosting and producing the CHIT CHAT tv show which ran for a decade on Flow CC6.

She has been featured in Caribbean print and media productions and has also voiced countless commercials for radio and television, for local and regional companies. Her voice-over portfolio features both radio and tv commercials, narrative work for special productions, and hosting live events.

She has hosted musical events featuring regional and international acts such as Ronald Boo Hinkson, Third World, Tessanne Chin, Taurus Riley, and Joss Stone just to name a few.

In the early 2000s Lexan landed the role of an actress in two stage plays Full Moon and Kidnapped Love, produced by Storyteller and PlayWright Richardo Keens - Douglas.

In 2017 Lexan added the title of Author to her repertoire with her first children’s book entitled “Kyle’s Red Shoes”. She continues to expand her reach with her latest venture, a self-titled online talk show platform “LexanTV”, showcasing Lifestyle, Cuisine, and Inspiring talk features. Lexan is married with two daughters.

Chrislyn Lashington

Chrislyn Lashington is a Creative Entrepreneur from Grenada (The Caribbean) who has honed her many talents and skills within the sectors of entertainment, media, advertising, health and wellness. She is a TV Producer & Host, dance fitness instructor, event producer and the CEO of Lashington Agency, a marketing, communications and entertainment agency based in Grenada.

Chrislyn holds a Master’s of Public Health from St. George’s University where she later worked as a Bioethics Clinical Tutor for medical students and continues to support the graduate public health programme. Her experience in public relations, marketing and entertainment afforded success to entities like the Grenada Tourism Authority, Sandals Resorts, Flow, Power FM, the Grenada Broadcasting Network, HOMA, a property development company, and more recently a UNESCO-funded Intangible Cultural Heritage project.

Her lifelong passion for the creative and performing arts has led her to become a household name in Grenada for TV and radio hosting under the alias Msy.Chrissy (pronounced Missy Chrissy), dance fitness, and the production of Upstage TV Show, an entertainment show birthed during the nationwide lockdown in 2020. Chrislyn has also produced the annual Carnival Sunday fete BeachBum and launched Jab in Shape, a dance fitness programme inspired by Afro-Caribbean music and movement. In 2022, she further expanded the Upstage brand, presenting a carnival band that revitalised the Traditional Sailor Masquerade for Spicemas She loves the beach and believes that dessert is the best part of every meal.


Björn is the director of Open Development & Education. He is an advocate for international cooperation and development, Global Public Goods, open development practices, Open Access, and Open Education and their role in global equity. He specializes in sustainable and scalable approaches for programme implementation to improve educational outcomes — across primary, secondary, and higher education. His research interests include digital technology (for education and research), teacher professional development, education systems research and equity/inclusion and work-based learning, and the role of multi-loop reflective learning for effective research designs and programming.

Björn is a founding director at the EdTech Hub ( and a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Education (University of Johannesburg,

Brenda Baptiste

Brenda Baptiste is a Multi Media Specialist and Marketing and HR Professional from Grenada.

A Moderator, Media Personality, Event Host who inspires, ignites and empowers. With a wide range of interests, she enjoys reading, writing about life events, community service, visual arts and nature. Dedicated the mantra, whatever you do, do it well

Britney McDonald

Ms. Britney McDonald is a global citizen who believes in empowering the youth of her generation to be active participants in shaping the future.

Ms. McDonald is an avid proponent for mental health awareness in Antigua & Barbuda and the Caribbean through her social enterprise MELT - The Melting Aroma. A brand that emphasizes the need for locally made products, while providing tangible literature which re-enforce best practices regarding self-care and mindfulness. She directs a concierge company, Sun Rise Concierge Services, which provides consulting and hospitality services to local, regional and international clients. As a Data Analyst, she also assists young persons seeking to harness technology to develop business plans, and trade within the local and regional economy.

Ms. McDonald works on Disaster Rehabilitation & Recovery Projects in response to disasters which disproportionately impacts the youth and vulnerable communities. Currently, Ms. McDonald has moved directly into the environmental space through providing services to the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Ecosystems Protection Agency Trust. She is a Project Management Professional with a Bachelors in International Relations from the University of Georgia and completing her Masters in Computer Information Systems at Boston University. Ms McDonald is currently serving as the Antigua & Barbuda representative on the inaugural USAID Youth Council, Partnerships & Stakeholder Chair on the UReport OECS Steering Committee and the Interim Communications & Information Board Member for the Caribbean Regional Youth Council [CRYC].

The Honourable Dickon Mitchell

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, National Security, Home Affairs, Public Administration, Information and Disaster Management

Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) Hons. from the University of the West IndiesLegal Education Certificate (LEC) from the Hugh Wooding Law School 2002

Professional Career

Attorney-at-Law practising in the jurisdiction of Grenada from 2002
Associate Attorney-at-Law at Grant, Joseph & Co. 2002 to 2005
Partner at Grant, Joseph & Co. 2005 to 2016
Principal at Mitchell & Co. Law Firm 2017 to June 23, 2022
Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Grenada 2007 to 2021

Political Career

Political Leader, National Democratic Congress 2021 to present
Prime Minister, Government of Grenada 2022 to present
Member of Parliament for the Constituency of St. David June 24, 2022 to present

Clinton D. White

Regional Representative, USAID/Eastern and Southern Caribbean

Mr. Clinton D. White joined the Barbados based USAID/ESC Mission in September 2019 as the Regional Representative assuming leadership of the Mission’s portfolios in the OECS and Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bahamas. USAID’s work in the ESC region directly supports United States foreign policy priorities, fortifying efforts to stem crime and violence and promoting sustainable development growth programs. Mr. White is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with extensive policy and public sector experience providing advisory and technical assistance within USAID as well as host governments. Prior to this assignment, Mr. White was the Senior Development Advisor for USAID/Libya. He was responsible for leading USAID/Libya on advancing U.S. priorities that focused on strengthening stability and self-reliance by partnering with governmental institutions, civil society, the private sector and other actors essential to Libya’s near-term stability and long-term development. He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) in the Management Bureau, the largest Bureau in the Agency, which oversees the Finance; Information Technology (IT); Procurement; Management Services; and Operational Policy, Budget, and Performance divisions. He has also served overseas as a USAID Regional Controller, directing financial management operations in numerous missions, including Egypt (2009-2013), Pakistan (2008-2009), Senegal (2005-2008), and Ghana (2003-2005). Mr. White’s career also includes working with national and municipal governments, a range of private sector and civil society groups, including those representing women, youth and marginalized communities, in their effort to improve the lives of families, communities and countries, along with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other international donors. Mr. White is also the recipient of multiple Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards for his efforts to advance U.S. objectives. Mr. White holds a B.S. in Business (Marketing) from the University of West Florida; an MBA from the University of West Florida; and studied Organizational Development and Leadership at the University of West Florida, as well as Public Financial Management at Duke University. His activities/hobbies include: Spending time with family, Cooking, Fishing, Hiking, Poetry, and Reading

Didacus Jules

Director General, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

His Excellency Dr. Didacus Jules assumed the post of Director General, of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States in May 2014. In this capacity he is responsible for driving the regional integration thrust towards a single economic and social space involving 10 Eastern Caribbean States.

Dr. Jules has had extensive regional and international experience, most of it focused on education, social policy and organisational transformation. He served as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council (2008-2014) leading a thorough modernization of the Council.

He has also served as Vice President Human Resources, Cable and Wireless, St. Lucia (2005-2008); Permanent Secretary for Education & Human Resource Development St. Lucia (1997-2008), as well as Permanent Secretary for Education and Chief Education Officer in revolutionary Grenada from 1981-1983.

He has provided consultancy services to national governments, regional and international organizations in the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and North America. He chaired the World Bank’s Vision 2020 Committee on Education in the Caribbean and has served on numerous private sector, educational, and philanthropic boards.


Mrs. Sealy-Burke has over twenty (20) years practical experience as a lawyer and consultant. She has local, regional and international experience, having worked throughout the O.E.C.S., the wider Caribbean and North America.

She has produced a wealth of research reports for international and regional agencies including UNICEF, UN Women, The World Bank, the OECS Commission, the O.E.C.S. Supreme Court, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the CARICOM Secretariat.

She is also an educator, having lectured with the Women’s Studies Programme at the University of Toronto in Canada for over 15 years. She taught at the level of adjunct Associate Professor at the St. George’s University where she offered courses in the Graduate Programme of the Public Health Department. Her area of academic focus is Family Violence.

The two (2) areas of child justice and gender based violence feature very centrally in Mrs. Sealy-Burke’s social justice work. In addition to extensive research, she has developed legal and policy frameworks for the advancement of children and families. This includes the production of child abuse and domestic violence laws and protocols for Grenada, St, Kitts/Nevis, Barbados, the BVI and other Caribbean countries. Her child justice experience is far reaching, having offered her expertise across the greater part of the region on a wide range of issues including diversion; institutional arrangements for children in conflict with the law; service/program development and legal reform.

Mrs. Sealy-Burke’s training and capacity development expertise is widely sought as demonstrated by the significant number of training workshops she has offered to diverse stakeholder groups, including judicial officers and other justice officials, social workers; counselors; law enforcement officers; medical personnel and education workers. The development of manuals and other training tools is frequently a prerequisite to the scores of capacity building assignments that she has facilitated over the years.

She brings a socio-legal perspective to all aspects of her work. Her dual experience in the fields of social services and legal practice allows her to establish the often missed linkages between the law and social service delivery. This asset significantly enhanced her role as the immediate past Director (2003-March 2017) of the Grenada Legal Aid and Counseling Clinic, which is a multidisciplinary setting combining legal interventions; psycho-social services; advocacy; research and public legal education.

Melisse Ogilvie

Melisse Ogilvie is the Program Manager of the Grand Bacolet Juvenile Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre in Grenada. She currently has specific responsibility for coordinating the development and delivery of the centre’s projects.

From the Juvenile Centre's inception in 2016, and for the first two years of its operation, she successfully led all aspects of the Juvenile Centre's coordination and administration.

A trained Social Work Practitioner, Melisse received her Bachelor's in Social work at Midwestern State University in Texas, and her Master's in Social Work at Stephen F. Austin University, also in Texas. For over 17 years Melisse has worked as a generalist social work.

practitioner in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Grenada, and has lent her voice and expertise to advance dialogue and best practices in many conferences and fora across the Caribbean and United Kingdom.

She specializes in interventions in child protection, juvenile justice, and project management.

In addition to her work at Grand Bacolet, Melisse is a passionate educator, who designs and conducts professional development training for diverse groups of professionals, in social care, youth development, and early childhood education. She is a devoted Sunday School teacher and an avid Toastmaster.

A lifetime learner, Melisse is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership, with a focus on organizational equity, diversity, and inclusion, at Western Illinois University.

She holds fast to the social work value of service — serving the needs of people and communities above one's own personal interests and gains.

Ms Natalie Irving-Mattocks

Executive Director for the Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH).

Ms Natalie Irving-Mattocks is the Executive Director for the Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH).

Natalie Irving-Mattocks has dedicated over 20 years to building teams and partnerships that lead to meaningful, measurable progress toward healthcare intervention programs across the Caribbean region. She has almost 15 years of experience with the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) which serves a global partner network for countries, Botswana, Tanzania, India, Haiti, Tanzania and Ukraine. In her role as Executive Director, she is leading C-TECH’s efforts to help countries achieve and sustain epidemic control of HIV/AIDS through health systems strengthening programmes and health workforce development. This includes overseeing a multi-donor fund, leading a technical team, and providing guidance and direction across the 15 treatment sites in Jamaica.

Natalie's experience at I-TECH includes serving as Deputy Country Director and Director of Finance and Operations. Prior to her role at I-TECH, she served as project manager at the University of the West Indies, overseeing projects in 13 Caribbean countries.

Natalie holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales (United Kingdom) and a bachelor's in International Relations and Human Resource Development from the University of the West Indies. She is a doctoral candidate in Public Health at the Atlantic International University. In 2021, she received the Governor General’s Achievement Award for significant achievement and leadership for her contribution to national development in Jamaica.

Nathan Wilfred


Nathan Wilfred is a 16-year-old student at the Saint Lucia Sports Academy who is from the Saint Lucian hamlet of Tavern-Babonneau and the country of Saint Lucia. He enjoys playing video games and football. Additionally, he enjoys participating in community service projects and joining events that have a positive impact. At his present institution, he is now taking welding, woodworking, and agriculture classes. Because of his motivation, he was selected to serve on USAID's youth council. He was able to share some of his experiences and get knowledge from the other members of the youth council regarding the increase in teenage crime and violence. As a result of being a part of this platform, he gained knowledge about various strategies for reducing crime and violence. Nathan also learned how to interact with young people and ways to keep them productive.

Moreover, as a result of the abilities he developed via his experiences, he aspires to establish his own mechanics and welding business in the Gros Islet neighbourhood. He wants to help young people just like himself become responsible adults who can contribute positively to society in their chosen fields. He is a living example that doing good in your community pays off and he wants to demonstrate to young people that they can choose to have a positive impact rather than a negative one. He will keep working to make a positive difference and, most importantly, to improve society.

Rafer Gordon

Rafer Gordon is a Project Manager within the Education Development Management Unit of the OECS Commission. He is presently leading implementation of the OECS Programme for Educational Advancement and Relevant Learning (OECS PEARL). He previously served as Senior Technical Specialist within the same unit. He is a former Curriculum Specialist with responsibility for English with the Ministry of Education, St Lucia. Mr Gordon is a passionate educator with specialisation in literacy and language study. His experience extends into the realm of publishing, as he is the author of various student books and teachers' guides for the Caribbean, in the area of English Language. His love of English is akin to his love of Spanish which he also speaks fluently. His maxim is: The excellent vision is a vision of excellence.

Rhea Yaw Ching

Rhea Yaw Ching is the Founder and Executive Director of Covela Foundation, US-Based 501c3 Non Profit Foundation that supports the architecting of critical ICT development pillars for emerging economies. Ms. Yaw Ching advises several organizations across the region on matters related to ICT and transformation. She is currently a special advisor - ICT to the OECS Commission, Caribbean Advisor for Meta and sits on the Eastern Caribbean Payments Council of the ECCB where she supports the shaping of the future of payments and settlements infrastructure in the Region. She holds a BSc Management Studies from the University of the West Indies, an MBA from Warwick Business School and Executive Certification in Social Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.

Tevin Shepherd

Tevin works as a Youth Specialist with the United States Agency for International Development Eastern and Southern Caribbean Mission (USAID/ESC). Before joining USAID/ESC, Tevin worked at the OECS Commission as a Technical Specialist, Education where he led several interventions in digital education, early childhood education and supported the OECS’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic . He brings a wealth of international experience having worked with the University of Cambridge where he supported with coordinating a Youth Development programme across 52 Commonwealth Member States focused on building leadership capacities of youth in that region.

Tevin was also involved in youth development at a community level; having established a Youth organization in 2009, focused on empowering young people in one of the poorest communities in Saint Lucia and served as the 2nd Vice President of the Saint Lucia National Youth Council where he established a scholarship fund for vulnerable youth, established student councils at primary and secondary schools and engaged in various advocacy initiatives.

Tevin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in International Social Development, Certificates in Leading Change, Executive Coaching and Project Management, is a Certified Green Project Manager, and is finalizing his thesis for a Master in Project Management. He is a Chevening Scholar and in 2016 received a leadership award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll for his contribution to youth development in Saint Lucia.

Nathalie Jolie Fanis

Mrs. Nathalie Jolie-Fanis is the Head of the Marketing and Communications Unit at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College responsible for the branding, image and the internal and external communication. She holds a Master’s degree in Training and Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. Mrs. Jolie-Fanis is a trained teacher and has served in the field of Education for over 20 years.

Anna-Kaye Boodho

Operations Manager

Anna-Kaye Boodho currently serves as the Operations Manager for Orbtronics. She has been an educator from 2019, starting off as a secondary school Mathematics Teacher and moving into STEM education throughout the years, specifically in Mathematics, Science, Robotics and Digital Literacy. She was introduced to the field of Robotics while preparing for the 2018 iteration of the FIRST Global Challenge. From there, she became more involved in Saint Lucia’s technological circles, co-facilitating and facilitating multiple STEM workshops, mostly in the field of Coding and Robotics, and working with students of varying ages. Additionally, she expanded her skill set by completing courses, training and workshops in the areas of Education, Classroom Management, Computer Coding and Data Analysis. Currently, Anna-Kaye is a Youth Worker in her community and mentors several of her Coding and Robotics students from the school she taught at previously, while learning to code in Python and working on her Professional Certificate in Data Analysis.

Natalie John

Natalie John, CEO of Dreamy Weddings celebrates 21 years in the destination wedding planning industry. This savvy and trend-forward entrepreneur who oversees a portfolio of growing businesses started with Dreamy Weddings operating in 2 destinations in 1999 and has grown to operating in 13 Caribbean destinations.

Recognized by leading media outlets, this recipient of the A-List Wedding Planner designation by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine in 2010, Caribbean Wedding Planner and Off-Site Wedding Planner of the Year 2018/2019 by Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards and in 2019 won the St. Kitts Business Excellence Awards by the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. In addition to being a certified wedding specialist, she is a Chartered Governance Professional with ICSA Canada and a trained florist with experience in securities, tourism marketing and export credit.

Born and raised in Saint Lucia, she studied commerce, finance and marketing at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Natalie continues to innovate, finding new ways to pamper discerning couples, assist corporate groups in planning Caribbean events, and helping island tourism officials develop creative strategies to remain competitive.

In 2020 she founded the Caribbean Wedding and Events Professionals, (CWEP) a non-profit regional organization that represents Caribbean professionals and business entities. As a regional champion for event industry excellence, she created CWEP as a platform for industry professionals to network, leverage their creativity and grow.

As part of Romance and Black History Month celebrations in February, Natalie launched her first book, "The Destination Wedding & Events Vendor Guide to COVID-19" on February 23, 2021 in both a paperback and Kindle formats, which are available on Amazon. The new publication has received many reviews as the “go-to” industry handbook that provides standard guidelines of operation that event professionals should follow to ensure the health and safety of guests, employees, vendors and the community. Throughout the pandemic, John's recognition as a regional and international advocate for the weddings and events industry, continues to grow as she demonstrates leadership, resilience and creativity, From a business perspective, The Dreamy Group now includes Dreamy Weddings & Tours Inc., Dreamy Floral & De cor Bar Ltd., Dreamy Proposals and Dreamy Rentals.

Dr. Edem Adzogenu

Dr. Edem Adzogenu's work straddles the public, private and civic sectors, with an emphasis on innovation, economic development, pan-African integration and social transformation.

He has facilitated investment of millions of dollars into community-friendly mining, environmental remediation, large-scale technology platforms and health faclities across Africa and beyond. His global advisory experience ranges from advising African Heads of State, Fortune 500 companies, G7 countries and African regional institutions, to helping resolve disputes over investments in war-threatened regions.

He brings to these roles a unique set of skills in crisis management, change management, and complex partnerships formation, often to redesign large and sensitive projects and transactions with a fresh and innovative perspective.

Dr Adzogenu has been at the forefront of ground-breaking initiatives to promote public-private partnerships and a stronger role for the African private sector in regional and continental integration.

Under his leadership, AfroChampions, an organisation he co-founded, has grown into an influential regional public-private partnership platform that partners the African Union and several regional institutions to drive African integration and transformation, using innovative toolkits such as technology investing, novel financing instruments and intergovernmental policy design.

Working with some of Africa's foremost thinkers and leaders, he guided the adoption by African Heads of State of the “Trillion Dollar Private Sector AfCFTA Investment & Financing Framework (TDF)” in support of AfCFTA Implementation.

To ensure the success of the TDF, he has mobilised support at the highest levels of Pan-African leadership for vehicles such as the 4D initiative that is bringing together individual countries in Africa, the African Union and major development finance institutions, for the first time, to push large-scale resource mobilisation using innovation as the anchor.

Beyond his special focus on Africa, Dr. Adzogenu is a Non-Executive Director of Capital Hospital in South Africa and sits on several International Advisory boards.

Julie Sundar

Julie Sundar is the chairman of Codettes Foundation and “mentor ladies in electronics ,internet of things prototyping, embedded programming and digital fabrication” She is an experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Strong engineering professional with a graduated focus in Digital Fabrication from Fabacademy 2019.

Demonstrated Leadership skills as she is Alumni and graduate of YLAI Young Leaders of America Initiative Program 2022.

Dr. Sekeena Goodwin

M.D., D.M(Path)

Dr. Sekeena Goodwin is Antiguan by birth. She earned her undergraduate medical degree from the Higher Institute of Medical Science of Havana, Faculty of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. She completed internship at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), Guyana and later became a hospital officer at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre (formally Mount St. John’s Medical Centre) in 2009 where she worked in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pathology. She co-authored two papers on cancer incidence and mortality in Antigua and Barbuda which were published in the West Indian Medical Journal (WIMJ) in 2013. She went on to complete her residency training in Anatomical Pathology at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston Jamaica in 2017. During her residency she gained experience through electives at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre (BIDMC) in Boston, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OFPS) in Toronto, Canada. She was appointed Chief Resident in her final year. She is currently employed at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre as consultant pathologist. Her areas of interest include breast and GYN pathology. She is the country representative for the Eastern Caribbean Diagnostic Oncology Network (ECDON) for Antigua and Barbuda, chair of the Ethics committee at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre and a former executive member of the Medical Association of Antigua and Barbuda Inc (MAAB).

Stephen Felix

Stephen Felix is a Saint Lucian national, and the Founder and CEO of Medial Health, a technology company building digital health solutions for the Caribbean and similar regions. He started this company after his paper medical record was misplaced, which led to a duplicate record being created. Before starting Medial Health, he was a Vice President in the Technology Division at the Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York, a world leader in the financial services industry. During his tenure of nearly a decade, he has built and led multiple teams and technical projects covering cybersecurity, compliance, and investment research Stephen graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology where he obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Information Technology and Computer Science. Stephen is very passionate about technology and constantly challenges himself and his team with innovative and efficient ways to solve long standing problems.

Susan Reichle

President and Chief Executive Officer

Susan Reichle is President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation—a global non-profit dedicated to equipping and inspiring young people everywhere to transform their lives. As CEO, Susan has overseen the revitalization of IYF’s mission, vision, and values; guided the development and implementation of a new, strategic plan, Transformation 2025; led the design of IYF’s pivotal Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) policy; and championed practices of organizational transparency and data-driven accountability. Before joining IYF, Susan spent 25 years in leadership and advisory positions at USAID including as Counselor to the Agency, USAID’s most Senior Foreign Service Officer. She serves on numerous boards and steering committees for organizations including the Eurasia Foundation, Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE), the Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD), and the Society for International Development – Washington Chapter (SID-W). Susan is an avid social media user where she enjoys connecting with others —join her now on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Theo Boomsma

Chairman of IT-Core foundation for development of Innovation & Technology and the founder of the first private IoT Innovation Lab in the Caricom.

Has a Technical background in Mechanical Engineering & Advanced Control systems.

With the IT-Core community we initiated many Innovation Ecosystem supporting activities like the first annual Coding Hackathon in Suriname, the yearly HackOmation Internet of Things challenge, the ThingsCore devices network initiative and the establishment of the IoT Innovation Lab Suriname.

Theo Believes that: Innovation works from the bottom up by building skills and attitude, creating the pipelines to success in an iterative and adaptive way, and that goes for all stakeholders involved in the EcoSystem.

Elizabeth Ziegler “Betsy”

A lifelong problem solver, people leader, and learner, Betsy is the CEO of 1871, the #1 ranked private incubator in the world inspiring and supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs and innovators solving some of the world’s most important problems. Before joining 1871, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer, and the Associate Dean Degree Programs and Dean of Students at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to Kellogg, she was a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office. She is a leader on multiple for-profit and nonprofit boards and is an investor in many young tech companies.

Every day for the last 20+ years, Betsy has had the opportunity to help other people be successful - clients, students, and now entrepreneurs and innovators. She is often described as a dot connector and her favorite thing to do is help people unlock their own potential.

Raised in Milwaukee as a Cubs fan, Betsy is a collector of unusual experiences, has circled the globe solo, is a maniacal Ohio State Buckeye football fan, and is a proud mom to her young son Charlie.

Bahiyyah M. Muhammad, PhD

Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad, Associate Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology, specializes in the effects of the criminal legal system and injustices experienced by families and children of incarcerated parents. Her sub- specialties are juvenile justice, higher education in prison and motherhood. Dr. Muhammad is the founding curator of Policing Inside Out and the Higher Education in Prison Programming across the HU Campus. Educated at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice (PhD, BA, Criminology Certificate) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (MA, Certificate of Corrections Administration). Dr. Muhammad has received awards for her teaching (Faculty of the Year 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2019) and service to the incarcerated and detained (Carolyn Cross Community Impact Award-2019, George Strawn Volunteer Award-2018, and the Bureau of Prisons Volunteer of the Year Award-2016). In addition, Dr. Muhammad has won several fellowships including the Culture Institute Fellow, Mandela Washington Reciprocal Exchange Fellow for the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative, and Franklin Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. She is also the Principal Investigator of two institutional grants and Co-PI on additional grants, including the $5 million Mellon Just Futures grant- for the Howard University Social Justice Consortium (2021) and the Knight Foundation Grant ($250k in 2020). Dr. Muhammad has a co-edited anthology with Rutgers University Press (2019) and scholarship published in the Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review, the Journal of Gender, Social Policy, the Law and the American University Business and Law Review and the Peabody Journal of Education. Currently, Dr. Muhammad is completing a book entitled “Social Revolution: Black Children of Incarcerated Parents Speak Truth to Power”.