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Growth & Jobs | Upcoming diaspora conference to feature panel discussion on green entrepreneurship

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2024 | 12:07 AM

A DISTINGUISHED panel of experts will explore issues related to climate change and entrepreneurship at the upcoming 10th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, which will be held from June 16 to 19 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.

The 45-minute panel discussion, which is scheduled for June 17, will underscore critical areas of concern and identify where innovative solutions are most urgently needed.

The session, which will be delivered face-to-face, is set to explore diverse opportunities for accessing business support and product development services, leveraging the latest in technology and scientific innovation. Participants will also gain insight from a climate-conscious entrepreneur who has successfully navigated the journey to become a green entrepreneur.

The session will be moderated by Claudine Allen, general manager of the JN Foundation, along with a roster of esteemed professionals, including Professor Dale Webber, director of the Centre for Marine Sciences at The University of the West Indies, Mona, who brings extensive knowledge on marine ecosystems and their vulnerability to climate change.

Carlinton Burrell, chief executive officer of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre, will share strategies for fostering innovation in response to climate challenges in the Caribbean region. Dr Charah Watson, executive director of the Scientific Research Council, will provide insights into the latest scientific advancements and their applications in mitigating climate impacts.

Other panellists are David Wan, acting managing director of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), who will discuss DBJ’s accreditation with the Green Climate Fund and support mechanisms available for green initiatives, and Jonathan Hernould, chief executive officer of Reef Construction Limited, who will showcase a practical business built on helping Jamaica’s shorelines to recover from the impact of climate change.

Allen said the session promises to be a cornerstone of the conference, equipping delegates with the knowledge and tools needed to drive meaningful change in their respective fields and communities.

“Jamaica boasts strong support for people who want to take action to build sustainability and resilience into their businesses. The panel provides practical information that will show members of the diaspora how to achieve their investment or business objectives, while contributing to Jamaica’s climate resilience,” she said.

To register for the conference, persons should visit