UWI Alumni Share Experiences on Leadership and Innovation

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad –  A new lecture series from The University of the West Indies (UWI) aims to share positive lessons from the personal experience and professional expertise of distinguished members of the UWI  alumni.

The UWI Alumni Association Trinidad and Tobago Chapter has launched a lecture series called “Conversations in Leadership and Innovation”. The inaugural Conversation, co-hosted by the UWI Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (GSB) Alumni Association, was held at the GSB Mt Hope Campus on Thursday 2nd December 2010.

“The ‘Conversations in Leadership and Innovation‘ lecture series was conceptualised to build on and learn from the many indigenous experiences of personal and professional success that have been produced by UWI graduates locally, regionally and internationally,” said Mark Regis, UWI AA President.

The Conversation, which took the format of a panel discussion, featured four distinguished UWI Alumni: Hayden Blades, President of Business Insight Limited and former Senior Economist of RBTT; Jason Julien, General Manager, First Citizens Investment Services Limited; Gina Welch, Marketing Director of FV Holdings Limited and Bevil Wooding, International Technologist and Chief Knowledge Officer, Congress WBN.

Wooding is an Executive Director and Chief Knowledge Officer of 
 Congress WBN, an international non-profit with headquarters in 
 Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. He assists organisations in the 
 public, private and non-profit sectors to leverage the power of ICTs 
 and is a strong advocate in developing countries for the adoption of 
 Internet and Internet-based technologies as a tool for corporate, 
 economic and social transformation. In 2011, he was named as one of 
 The University of the West Indies’ 50 Distinguished Alumni for his 
 work in international technology arena. In 2010 he was appointed by 
 ICANN, the global body responsible for managing Internet domain names, 
 as one if its 21 Trusted Community Representatives.

Panellists gave rare insights and shared practical lessons drawn from a range of personal and professional experiences.  Cheridan Woodruffe, UWI AA Vice President, moderated the lively open session that followed the panellists’ presentations. A very engaged audience of over 100 attendees explored macro and micro-level elements that lie behind leadership and innovation in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean context.

”Conversations in Leadership and Innovation” is a free lecture series which is open to the general public and which will be held quarterly.

For more information, please contact Mark Regis at Mark.Regis@alumni.uwi.edu. Or contact the Alumni Association Office (868) 662-2002 Ext. 2099, Fax: (868) 663-0052

About The UWI Alumni Association (Trinidad and Tobago Chapter)

Over the past two decades, The University of the West Indies Alumni Association Trinidad and Tobago Chapter has demonstrated its motto of giving back something to The UWI. Established in 1989 as the UWI Guild of Graduates (Trinidad and Tobago Chapter), the Association has contributed to the development of the University and its student body through the distribution of bursaries, contributions to the Library collection and the establishment of the popular UWI World of Work programme, now sponsored by Republic Bank. The mission of the Alumni Association is to foster alumni interest and goodwill in University affairs by encouraging intellectual and emotional ties between members and their University. Through its Future Alumni programme, the Association also seeks to foster interest in University education in the wider community, with a special emphasis on encouraging persons to attend The University of the West Indies.


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