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Marius St Rose, Chairman  His Execellency Wendell Everton Lawrence 
Professor Simon Jones Hendrickson  Mr Swinburne Lestrade   
Dr C Justin Robinson  Mr Clavis Joseph

Marius St Rose, retired banker, armchair economist and lifelong educator was born in Antigua in 1943 and is a citizen of Saint Lucia and Jamaica. Educated at primary schools and The Teachers Training College in Saint Lucia, private study and the Mona Campus of the UWI he holds a postgraduate degree and a diploma in Economics and Management respectively. He has worked for the public, private and regional sectors in Saint Lucia, Jamaica and Barbados in the areas of education, and in research and management positions in economic development, housing and banking. Joining the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in 1975 as an economist, he moved through the ranks to the positions of Assistant Director, Deputy Director, Director of Economics and Programming to the position of Ranking Vice
President of Operations, a position which he held for thirteen years during which he agreed to a secondment to Saint Lucia to assist with the reorganization of the then National Commercial Bank. During his tenure he recapitalized and privatized the bank and later merged it with the state owned local development bank to form a sub-regional financial conglomerate involving entities in universal and offshore banking, insurance and property holding and owned by local, sub-regional and Caribbean investors and structured to serve the OECS sub-region. It is now the largest sub-regionally owned financial group in Saint Lucia and arguably in the Eastern Caribbean and was the second entity to be listed on the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange.

Mr St Rose has retired from the CDB and from the East Caribbean Financial Holding Company (ECFH) where he held the position of Group Managing Director. In retirement he has chaired the boards of Lucelec, Bank of Saint Lucia International (the offshore subsidiary of ECFH), and the OECS Pension Reform Commission. He serves on some corporate boards and is a member of the Rating Committee of the Trinidad-based CariCRIS, the regions only sovereign and corporate rating agency. He was, up to recently, Chairman of the Agency for Reconstruction & Development in Grenada, a member of the LIAT Board and also a member of the OECS Tax Reform & Administration Commission.

Mr. St Rose believes that both an individual and a country are best served if they make productive use of their time and other resources, save generously, invest wisely, aggressively pursue knowledge and optimally and creatively use the acquired knowledge. top ^

His Execellency Wendell Everton Lawrence, who is currently a Financial Consultant and the CEO of Caribbean Governance Consultants Inc, was the Financial Secretary of St. Kitts and Nevis for sixteen years until his retirement from that position at the end of April 2005. Moreover, for five years until April 2005, he was the Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Regional Debt Coordinating Committee, which is the entity established by the Governments of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union to supervise the Regional Government Securities Market. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Kitts-Nevis Cable Communications Ltd.and has held Board positions in a number of other organizations including the Caribbean Development Bank, the Caribbean Financial Services Corporation and the St. Kitts Urban Development Corporation.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and a member of the Caribbean Judicial and Legal Services Commission. He has held a number of other senior positions including Director of Audit (Auditor General) of St. Kitts and Nevis, Assistant Comptroller of Inland Revenue, Assistant Economic Planning Officer and has worked as an Accountant at Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) in Jamaica.

As Financial Secretary, Mr. Lawrence played a leading role in financial and economic management of the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis. He was also actively involved in regional integration issues and played a significant role in implementing the decisions of regional and international bodies (including CARICOM, OECS, ACS and WTO, the World Bank and the IMF) as they pertain to finance, customs, taxation and economic cooperation in St. Kitts and Nevis. In this regard, he served as the St. Kitts and Nevis Governor and Alternate Governor to the IMF and World Bank respectively throughout much of the 16-year period that he served as Financial Secretary.

Mr Lawrence holds the BSc (Management Studies) degree with first class honours and the MSc (Accounting) degree from University of the West Indies, as well as the MSc (Financial Economics) degree from the University of London. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for over 18 years and a member of the St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Chartered Accountants since its inception. He was also the recipient of a number of academic awards including the States Scholarship for St. Kitts and Nevis (1975), the Millicent Byron Academic Award (St. Kitts and Nevis 1975), the Administrative Society of Jamaica Prize (1979) and the Leonard De Cordova Gold Medal (Jamaica 1979).

Mr. Lawrence was a Lecturer in Accounting Theory at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (1981) and a Tutor in the University of the West Indies Extramural and Distance Education Programmes in St. Kitts and Nevis for over 20 years. In that capacity, he has been a Tutor in a number of subjects including Business Administration, Managerial Economics and Financial Management.

Mr. Lawrence continues to play a role in regional affairs, having been appointed by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, in 2005, as Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary with accreditation to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, the Caribbean Community and the Association of Caribbean States. In this position, Mr. Lawrence carries out special assignments for the Government with respect to regional matters including the negotiation of regional treaties and agreements. top ^
Professor Simon Jones Hendrickson, Professor of Economics, University of the Virgin Islands, St Croix campus, was born in Sandy Point, St. Kitts to Emily Jones and Ernest Hendrickson. He is an alumnus of the College of the Virgin Islands, now the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). He graduated with an A.A. in Business Administration in 1967. In 1969 and 1970, he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from Illinois State University, and in 1976 he earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Exeter. Professor Jones-Hendrickson was a teacher at the Old Road Public School in Old Road St. Kitts, 1963-1965. Between 1973 and 1976, he was a lecturer in Economics at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica. He joined the faculty of the UVI in 1976 as an Assistant Professor of Economics and, in 1990, he attained the rank of full Professor of Economics.

He has held a number of Administrative positions at UVI, and has gained a number of honors. He was a two-term Chairman of the Faculty of UVI, 1986-1988; Chairman of the Division of Social Sciences, 1993-1996, the first UVI graduate to be so honored; a three-time student-awarded Faculty of the Year ; he was a member of UVI Board of Trustees and has been recognized as the quintessential professor for his devotion to students and scholarship. Professor Jones-Hendrickson is not limited to the University of the Virgin Islands. He has served as External Examiner at all three campuses of the University of the West Indies,.. Since 1985 he has been involved with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and is now involved at the level of CAPE in Economics.

Professor Jones-Hendrickson has served as a consultant to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, to UNESCO, to the Office of Management and Budget Office of the USVI, to UN, to the Government of Montserrat, and has served as Commissioner on the Task Force to resolve the economic and political issues between St. Kitts and Nevis. He is a member of the OECS Tax Reform and Administration Commission with the remit of evaluating and recommending procedures of tax reform and administration in the OECS. Currently he serves on the Board of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) of St. Kitts, the St. Croix Foundation Board; he is Chairman of the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis; is a member of the Executive Committee of the Public Planning Development Unit (PPDU) of St. Kitts and Nevis, and is a member of the Competitiveness Council of St. Kitts, and advisory council to the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Professor Jones-Hendrickson is a prolific writer/scholar having written and or published over 100 articles (see http://library.uvi.edu). He had presented several original work in economics at regional and international conferences, covering public finance, monetary economics, public choice policy, immigration, and labor market economics, to name a few. Among his books are Readings in Caribbean Public Sector Economics (1981), (co-authored with Fuat Andic, formerly of the University of Puerto Rico); Public Finance and Monetary Policy in Open Economies (1985), and Caribbean Visions (1990, Editor). Dr. Jones-Hendrickson has also published two volumes of poetry and four novels. His first novel is the popular Sonny Jim of Sandy Point (1991), is a quasi-autobiography; his second novel is Death on the Pasture (1994), a political intrigue that takes place in several Caribbean countries; the third novel is entitled Andy Browne’s Departure (2007), loosely built around a College Professor’s intrigue in academia; and his most recent novel, Dana, Steven & Brenda (2009) is about the intricacies of breaking the glass ceiling. His most recent book in Economics is a compilation of some of his papers entitled Essays on the Organization of Eastern Caribbean Economies, (2006), iUniverse.com. His forthcoming work include A Weekend in Paradise ) and Essays on the Economies of St. Kitts and Nevis .

From January 2001 to September 2005, Professor Jones-Hendrickson was the Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to CARICOM, the OECS, and the ACS. Among his other honors are his role as President of the Caribbean Studies Association, 1983-84; ; his recognition for distinguished service to UVI, 2001;; and his award for 25-year service from UVI, 2004. In May 2008, he received the first UVI Presidential Award for distinguished service to the University of the Virgin Islands.

Dr Jones-Hendrickson and his wife, physician Dr. Cora Christian, are the proud parents of two children, Nesha an attorney and Marcus a Biologist and currently a banker. Dr. S.B., as he is affectionately called, is an avid tennis player. He is a founding member of the Frederiksted Tennis Club. top ^

Mr Swinburne Lestrade served in various institutions including the CARICOM Secretariat, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce. He was the founding Executive Director of the Eastern Caribbean Investment Promotion Service in Washington DC before serving as Deputy Chief of the Caribbean Headquarters of UNECLAC. He was the first Director of the Economic Affairs Secretariat of the OECS, (1981-1987), and served as its Director General from 1996 to 2001.

Mr Lestrade was Dominica’s Ambassador to the Organisation of American States and Ambassador-Designate to the USA, before he answered the call to return to Dominica in February 2002, to coordinate the country’s Programme of Fiscal and Economic Recovery. In this capacity, he successfully spearheaded the country’s strategy for recovering from a fiscal and economic crisis. This included a three-year IMF-supported PRGF programme and sovereign debt restructuring.

From early April 2006, Mr. Lestrade worked as a consultant, including a stint with USAID’s Caribbean Open Trade Support Project. In that capacity, he contributed to improving Dominica’s and Antigua and Barbuda’s investment and business climate, by establishing the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority and restructuring Dominica’s National Development Corporation into the Invest Dominica Authority and the Discover Dominica Authority.

He served as Senior Policy Adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister of Dominica from April 2007 to March 2008, during which period, he was the principal author of Dominica’s Growth and Social Protection Strategy.

Mr. Lestrade served for two years as Deputy Chairman of the Dominica Agricultural Industrial and Development (AID) Bank, and for one year as Chairman of the National Bank of Dominica. He currently serves on the Boards of the Invest Dominica Authority and Marpin 2K4.

Mr. Lestrade holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.

In November 2004 he was awarded Dominica’s second highest national honour, the Sisserou Award of Honour, for distinguished national and regional public service. top ^

Dr C. Justin Robinson is a national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and currently serves as Head of the Department of Management Studies, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.  He obtained his PhD in Finance from the University of Manchester, UK.  He also holds an MSc in Finance and Econometrics from Florida International University and a BSc in Management Studies (First Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.  Dr. Robinson’s research interests are capital markets in developing countries, public finance, financial risk management and corporate finance.  He has published extensively on these subjects in a number of regional and international journals. Dr. Robinson currently serves as a Director of the Central Bank of Barbados, Deputy Chair of the National Insurance Scheme Barbados and Vice President of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Dr. Robinson is happily married to Angela and proud father of Ayana and Ayeshia. top ^

Mr Clavis Joseph served as a teacher at secondary schools in Antigua, Guyana and Jamaica during the formative years (1966 – 1970) of his career. From 1970, he became the Management Training and Organization Development Officer at the Demerara Bauxite Company, and served in this capacity until 1975. He worked as the Chief of the OECS Training Unit from 1978 - 1980 and was the Chief Training Officer of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda during the period 1975 – 1978. He has been the Chairman and Principal Consultant of Lurijos Management Consulting Company since 1980 and chaired the Board of Commissioners of the Antigua Port Authority during the period 2004-2006.

Mr Joseph is the Director of the ABI Bank, Antigua Overseas Bank and ABI Development Co. He serves on The Board of Directors of these companies which form part of The ABI Financial Group. He has been the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Antigua Public Utilities Authority over the past five years. He also holds the post of Managing Director at Caribseas Ltd, a shipping agency in Antigua & Barbuda, which he founded in 1990.

He has worked on a number of assignments in the area of Public and Private Sector Management Training, Organization Development and Change Management. His past assignments include:

  • Restructuring the Public service of The Commonwealth of Dominica.
  • Assuming the role of Principal Management Trainer at the Caricom Health Sector Management Project.
  • Designing and delivering Health Management Training Programmes in CARICOM member countries including: Belize, Barbados, Guyana and the OECS member states.
  • Designing and delivering a Small Business Management Programme for member chambers of the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC).
  • Designing and delivering Small Business Training Programmes for the National Development Foundation of Antigua and Barbuda; St. Kitts and Nevis; and for the Chamber of Commerce in Belize, Barbados, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

To date, he has participated in a number of societal activities including:

  • President Antigua/Barbuda Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Vice President CAIC
  • President Antigua Cricket Association
  • President Leeward Island Cricket Association
  • Vice President West Indies Cricket Board
  • Executive Vice President West Indies Jaycees
He possesses a B.A. Hons (U.W.I) and has received training in various fields including personnel management principles and practices and organization design . top ^

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