COVID-19 brought with it much devastation, but also opportunities for countries to thrive and advance in ways they may not have before the pandemic. Several countries now have the opportunity to re-analyse their comparative and competitive advantages. One such country that is seeking to increase and attract new investment in some of these sectors is Barbados. Invest Barbados, in collaboration with the African Diaspora Network, will be hosting a webinar to highlight the investment opportunities and advantages that Barbados provides for global companies.
Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island and an independent British Commonwealth nation. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port with colonial buildings. Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Local traditions include afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport. To learn more about Barbados, click here.
Kaye-Anne Brathwaite, an Economist by training, worked as a Senior Economist in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs until 2007. During her twelve year stint in banking, she managed an extensive portfolio, providing financial and investment solutions to players in a wide range of industries. In September 2019, Kaye assumed the role of CEO of Invest Barbados.
Honourable Ronald Toppin, M.P.
Minister of International Business and Industry
Mr. Toppin served in Cabinet from 1995 until 2003, first as Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tourism and International Transport and then, as Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development. Important legislation now in force as a result of Mr. Toppin include the Fair Trading Commission Act, the Consumers Guarantee Act, the Fair Competition Act, and the Small Business Development Act. Mr. Toppin is currently Minister of International Business and Industry.
Founder and CEO, Primo Energy
Ned McMahon is the founder and CEO of Primo Energy – a hybrid wind and solar renewable energy company. Ned attended Texas A&M University studying Marine Engineering and spent most of his career in composites. Ned moved into executive level management and business development domestically and internationally which included international licensing.
David M. Rice, CHA, CAM
President & CEO, Sunbury International
David M. Rice is a senior tourism and hospitality executive with over thirty years of leadership experience in the private and public sector. Before founding Sunbury International, David held multiple positions for Welk Resort Group, a Vacation Ownership company with properties in San Diego, Palm Springs, Branson, Lake Tahoe and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Vice President of Resort Operations.
Within the Caribbean, 9/10 doctors utilize paper-based health records. Dale thought now is the time for the healthcare records in the Caribbean to go digital. The idea evolved from just providing an electronic solution for doctors who care for disabilities and chronic illnesses to delivering a solution that does not replicate but improves the workflow and usability issues that plague many outpatient care electronic health records internationally.
Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, DELFE Design, Engineering and Construction Management PLC
Feben is Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of DELFE Design, Engineering and Construction Management PLC, with headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After 18 years in the US, Feben ventured back to her home country to engage in the Construction sector. With that, Feben became a shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of ETG Designers and Consultants S.C.; an Employee-Owned Architectural and Engineering firm.