Meet our speakers
FIRST DAY SPEAKER – NOV 15TH, 2017
Resident Representative, Dominican Republic IFC – Latin America and the Caribbean
Mr. Guillermo Villanueva is the Resident Representative of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), member of the World Bank Group for the Dominican Republic.
He has developed his professional career in the multilateral and private financial sector, specialzing in investment, acquiring global experience by leading investment projects in more than twenty-five countries. While in assignment in the Dominican Republic, Mr. Villanueva will spearhead IFC’s the country strategy.
IFC’s Dominican Republic strategy extends to four scopes: (i) better financial and economic inclusion for the poorest; (ii) developing competitiveness in the country; (iii) reduction of the cost of electricity and climate change and; (iv) contributing to a more competitive and resilient economy, resistant to changes in the international market.
Mr. Villanueva has an MBA from Harvard University (Boston, MA) and a Bachelor Degree in Economy from the Universidad del Pacifico (Lima, Peru) his native country.
SECOND DAY SPEAKERS – NOV 16TH, 2017
CEO of STEP HR Consulting
Shane Ram is the CEO of STEP HR Consulting, Founder of Scientific Happiness, Property Investor, Founder of Don’t Settle for 7, executive coach, author and a global keynote speaker.
At the tender age of 31 Shane became a C-Suite Executive and helped organisations with employees from 70 different countries to manage through disruptive change and rapid growth. As head of the corporate university Shane trained senior leaders in human resource management, coaching and leadership which resulted in managers becoming better CEOs, giant leap in leadership capabilities which fostered company growth, launching six profitable new markets in 3 years.
Chief Executive Officer Inspiration Labs Trinidad and Tobago
Scott Hilton-Clarke has spent much of his 25-year career advising and inspiring senior executives and entrepreneurs to raise their level of personal and leadership effectiveness. He is the Founder of Inspiration Laboratories, a firm focused on advancing companies through building and harnessing their human capital. Prior to Inspiration Labs, Scott co-founded Confida Corporation, a management consulting firm specialising in the development of leadership teams and the implementation of strategic initiatives.
Presentation: The Power of Unlocking Great Leadership
CEO of eZforex.com and Chairman of Juniper Payments LLC
Jorge Jimenez is both CEO of eZforex.com and Chairman of Juniper Payments LLC, which collaborate on domestic and international payment solutions, along with innovations such as cryptocurrency, foreign banknotes, and compliance tools. Throughout his 20-year career in payment systems, Jorge has changed conventional wisdom on payments by helping financial institutions capitalize on the latest payment innovations while implementing new payment infrastructures for entire countries. He received a Master in Business Administration in 2001 from a joint program between the London School of Economics and Bocconi University of Milan. That same year, Jorge joined the operational arm of the Italian Central Bank, SIA Group, where he was first Project Director for the new European Clearing House in support of the newly introduced Euro (STEP2) and later in charge of developing the national payment infrastructure for Central Banks in Latin America and Africa. Jorge has worked with governments and Central Banks in over 50 countries, including the Federal Reserve where he was Product Development Director for their International ACH solution. He is also currently advising the Office of Technical Assistance of the U.S. Treasury on foreign policy as it relates to Payment Systems, and Financial Inclusion.
Panel Discussion: Emerging Technologies and the future of financial Service
Talent Leader CBC Internal Client Services Director
With over 14 years at Deloitte, Katherine has served clients in industries including financial services, insurance, professional services, governmental agencies and not-for-profits. Katherine has extensive experience in HR transformation, leadership development and succession planning, strategic recruitment, organizational design, learning solutions, performance management, compensation, employee engagement and culture change. She also serves as a Subject Matter Expert on the HR portion of Deloitte’s internal audit engagements, overseeing the review of HR policies and procedures and identifying control deficiencies.
Presentation: Diversity Strategies for Advancing Business Performance (Generation gaps, Lifestyle, Ethnic, Cultural)
Carole Eleuthere-Jn. Marie Bsc (Hons), FCCA
Chief Executive Officer (Interim) First Citizens Bank (Barbados) Limited
Mrs. Carole Eleuthere-JnMarie, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) with over 25 years senior management experience in Banking and Finance. She previously held the position of Regional Manager – Eastern Caribbean and Barbados at First Citizens Investment Services. She holds a BSc. Honours Degree in Accounting from The University of the West Indies (Cave Hill), and attained her qualification as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) from the Emile Woolf College of Accountancy, London, England. She is a Registered Principal on the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean (ICAEC) (St. Lucia Chapter) since 1992. Her varied experience covers liquidity and debt management, capital adequacy, portfolio, asset, investment, pension fund, accounting and financial management, having worked with Regulators, Government Agencies, International Financial Institutions and Brokers, among others.
Mrs. Eleuthere-JnMarie is a past ACCA International Assembly representative for the Caribbean and the Americas. She is a former Director and past Chairperson (2010/2012) of the Caribbean Association of Banks, a former Director of 1st National Bank St. Lucia Ltd., as well as a current Director of St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd. (LUCELEC). An avid Rotarian and past president of the Rotary Club of St. Lucia, she enjoys working with the underprivileged and teaching young people about wealth creation and responsible investing.
Alberto Moreno CFP®, CPM®
Executive Director Wealth Management, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley
As your Financial Advisor, I can help you define and strive to meet your goals by delivering a vast array of resources to you in the way that is most appropriate for how you invest and what you want to achieve. Working together I can help you to preserve and grow your wealth. You will have access to some of the world’s most seasoned and respected investment professionals, a premier trading and execution platform and a full spectrum of investment choices.
Simon Aqui, B.Sc. MBA
Business Development Executive, IBM Caribbean Financial Services
Simon Aqui is responsible for partnering with clients to manage their Digital Reinvention™ in this technologically disruptive generation. Prior to this position, Simon served as the General Manager of IBM Trinidad & Tobago since 2008 with responsibility for the P&L country operations including strategic planning, sales, service delivery and support functions. Simon worked in various leadership positions at IBM over the last 25 years, and spent four years working and studying in Silicon Valley developing managerial and technology expertise.
Panel Discussion: Emerging Technologies and the future of Financial Services (focus on Artificial Intelligence)
Steven J. Puig
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Banco BHD León
Steven Puig was appointed CEO of Banco BHD León in the Dominican Republic on April 1, 2013. Banco BHD León is a full service bank covering all segments ranging from micro finance to project finance. With US$5.2BB in assets, the bank has earned a 17% market share domestically and is the fifth largest private bank in Central America and the Caribbean. Mr. Puig also serves as President of AFI BHD, the country’s leading Fund Manager, and is a Board Member of BHD International Bank of Panama.
Prior to joining Banco BHD León, Mr. Puig was Vice President for the Private Sector at the Inter-
American Development Bank from 2007 to March 2013. Mr. Puig was responsible for coordinating the private sector and non-sovereign guaranteed operational programs of the IDB Group.
Cyber Security Expert
Mr. Deon Olton, is a UWI graduate and Certified IT Security practitioner. Well-known expert in cyber security, having assisted multiple organisations improve their security posture, written extensive articles for popular publications, written annual cyber security predictions for the region and appeared as a guest on tv and radio interviews. Mr. Olton’s experience in telecoms, ICT and Cyber Security has allowed him to perform multiple roles in IT Risk Assessment, Security Awareness Training and long-term strategic IT planning. With this depth of experience and passion Mr. Olton has developed proactive plans to address the growing Cyber Security threats to the Caribbean region’s economies. As the Project Lead for the Caribbean’s first and only indigenous Cyber security public awareness Campaign, with a mission of “Keeping Caribbean Citizens Safe Online”, he is responsible for the online web portal, creating public service messages, developing age appropriate presentations for parents, schools and the elderly. Additional Mr. Olton has spearheaded community outreach projects to increase knowledge of cyber security within schools and communities all across the region.
BSc, Banking & Finance, Riga Aviation University
BFSI professional with 25 years of experience in Banking (correspondent banking and FT, remote service delivery, internet marketing), and Risk Insurance (IT, implementation and change management, direct sales and underwriting, policy administration & claims, micro-insurance). For more than 5 years – partner in CreditPilot, a fin-tech group of companies with focus on B2B sector, active in EU and Russia. CreditPilot group is comprised from both regulated (banks, money remittance, etc) and general sector companies, who’s aim is to develop, deliver and support breakthrough IT services
to the market.
Panel Discussion: Emerging Technologies and the future of Financial Services (focus on Artificial Intelligence)
Founder and President of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
Silka Gonzalez is the founder and president of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). Since 1998, ERM has provided cyber security, computer forensics, and technical compliance services to more than 350 recurrent clients in 22 different industries worldwide. Silka has more than 30 years of experience in the field of cyber security. Prior to founding ERM, she was a manager of IT and business services at Price Waterhouse. She also served as Manager of Information Systems Auditing for Diageo PLC and Manager of Information Systems Security for American Bankers Insurance Group (now Assurant Solutions).
Silka received Bachelor’s degrees in both Computer Information Systems and Accounting from Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio). She received her Master’s degree in Accounting Information Systems from Florida International University (Miami, FL). Silka also completed an Entrepreneurial Master’s Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, MA). Silka’s professional certifications include: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (PCI-QSA).
Executive Vice PresidentChief Operating Officer, Pilot Bank
Rita began leaving her footprint in the Banking Industry in the mid 70’s. Working tirelessly to champion her colleagues in the banking industry, she is proud that many are now leaders in several banks throughout Florida. With a philosophy to treat associates fairly, give them tools to succeed, and be a positive mentor, she empowers her team to function seamlessly and offer a superior client experience.
As an effective teacher, she shares her knowledge, while encouraging input and listening to new ideas. Managing teams of 30 – 1,000 associates, she believes the success of the bank lies within the team.
President of the Belize Bankers’ Association.
Mr. Stephen Duncan, MBE, ACIB is a career banker having spent the last 40 years working with
commercial banks. He spent 25 years with Barclays Bank serving in several different roles
including 11 years in the Eastern Caribbean and culminating as a member of the Executive
Committee for the Caribbean. He transitioned to FirstCaribbean with the sale of the Barclays
Caribbean operations where he spent 6 years as a Director for Corporate Banking from which
he opted for early retirement and moved to the present role as Managing Director of Heritage
Bank in Belize where he has worked for the last 9 years.
Mr. Duncan was awarded the MBE by the Queen in 2015 and in 2016 he was appointed as a
Senator to the upper chambers in the National Assembly of Belize.
General Manager of Antigua Commercial Bank (ACB)
A career banker, Mrs. Barbara Hume has over 20 years’ progressive leadership responsibility in
retail, corporate, and investment banking, serving client segments ranging from Caribbean
consumers and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States.
As General Manager of Antigua Commercial Bank (ACB), she is responsible for the profitable
management and strategic growth of Antigua and Barbuda’s oldest and largest indigenous
financial institution with assets exceeding XCD1 billion and over 25% market share.
Prior to joining ACB, she held various senior managerial roles in retail and corporate banking at
National Commercial Bank (Jamaica) Limited and associate roles in investment banking at Chase
Securities and Societe Generale (New York). She is the holder of a Bsc. in Accounting from the
University of the West Indies (Mona) and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University (New
THIRD DAY SPEAKERS – NOV 17TH, 2017
Dr. Christopher Malcolm
Attorney, Law Office of Christopher L. Malcolm
Dr Malcolm is a Former Attorney General, British Virgin Islands; Director, Mona Law Institutes Unit, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law at Mona, University of the West Indies; Founder and Executive Director, Street Law Caribbean; Founder and Secretary General, Mona International Centre for Arbitration and Mediation; Partner, Malcolm Gordon, Attorneys-at- Law; Member, Caribbean ADR Chambers; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Chair, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators –
Caribbean Branch; Member, Technical Advisory Group, Improved Access to Justice
in the Caribbean (IMPACT) Project, which is concerned with Arbitration and
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
Chief Commercial Officer, Crown Agents Bank
Steven Marshall joined Crown Agents Bank in November 2016 from the United Nations Migration Agency. He began his career on the Graduate Training Programme at Barclays Bank where he held a number of positions in his 7 years with the bank, his final role being that of Relationship Director within the Multinational Corporate Team. He left in 2008 to join Standard Chartered Bank where he was the transaction banking Global Head of Public Sector and Development Organisations. He holds a B.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry from Glasgow University and a M.Sc. in Immunopharmacology from Strathclyde University.
Senior Economist at the World Bank
Samuel Pienknagura is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. Mr Pienknagura has co-authored a number of World Bank reports, including the 2014 LAC Flagship Report Latin American Entrepreneurs: Many Firms but Little Innovation, the 2017 LAC Flagship Report Better Neighbors: Toward a Renewal of Economic Integration in Latin America, as well as academic papers. Mr. Pienknagura holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.
Manager Head Office, Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited
Aesia B. Worme, BSc. Soc. Sci. (Hons), MBA (Dist), CAMS, Dip (Proj. Mgmt)
Aesia B. Worme, has over seventeen years experience in branch retail operations, commercial lending, customer service, marketing, and project management. She is the author of the article “Applying a Balanced Approach to Compliance and Customer Service in the Caribbean,” in the CAB
Magazine 2016; she enjoys mentoring and serves as the founder and volunteer facilitator of a children’s reading club. Aesia is an alumnus of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus and the Cave Hill School of Business and holds a Bachelors of Science, in Social Sciences and a Master of Business Administration with distinction. She has also completed a Diploma in Project Management from the University of Cambridge and is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) by the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists.
Group Chief Information Officer GraceKennedy Limited
Mr. Roberts is the Chief Information Officer for the GraceKennedy Group. Prior to becoming CIO, he has held several leadership roles within GraceKennedy. These include being General Manager of Dairy Industries (Jamaica) Ltd (DIJL), CEO of Hardware & Lumber Ltd, as well as being General Manager of other GraceKennedy subsidiaries. He has also contributed to new product and process development, compensation design, major construction projects and community development projects since joining GraceKennedy in 1997.
He has over 15 years prior experience in the steel industry in general management, engineering, metallurgy, customer service, quality assurance, process improvement, product development and IT deployment. He is a director of GraceKennedy Properties Ltd, Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation, and the Grace Cooperative Credit Union. He is a Vice President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, Chairman of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) [2007-2012 and current], a Member of the Office of Utilities Regulations, and was Chairman of the National Quality Infrastructure Project from 2003 to 2007.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Metallurgical and Materials Sciences) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Applied Science (Management Sciences) from the University of Waterloo. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Sustainability Leader at the Sustainable Banking Network for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
Marcela Ponce has worked with IFC since 2009, where she leads the Climate Finance Program and coordinates the Sustainable Banking Network for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). She has more than 15 years of experience in sustainability in LAC and Europe, supporting financial institutions in developing sustainable business opportunities as well as providing assistance to governments in the definition of regulatory frameworks that promote sustainability. Prior to IFC, Ms Ponce worked in the UK, involved in the planning and construction of Zero Carbon Houses and other real estate developments. Ms Ponce holds a
Masters degree in Business Administration, a degree in Climate Change: Economics and Governance and in Financial Management of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects, and is currently a candidate for the Master in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University.
Dr. Toussant Boyce
Head of the Office of Integrity, Compliance and Accountability (ICA) at the Caribbean Development Bank
Banker, academic and Attorney-at-Law admitted to practice in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and New York. He is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Started his career with the Republic Bank Group as General Counsel of its commercial banking operations in Guyana and as a Manager, Corporate Finance of its merchant banking operations in Trinidad and Tobago. He then practiced law in New York during the 2007-09 global financial crisis as a finance counsel with international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He was also appointed as Special Counsel on crisis resolution to financial regulator the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.
Anthony C. Subero
Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for Hitachi Systems Security
In his position as Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for Hitachi Systems Security, Anthony is
responsible for overseeing the effective management of risk and compliance within the company,
ensuring that the company is complying with legislative requirements, internal policies and procedures;
and management is operating within the defined Risk Appetite Statement in its operations and in pursuit
of organizational strategies.
Anthony has accumulated over 10 years of experience at senior/ executive management level and over 35
years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to this current position, Anthony was the Chief Risk
Officer at Republic Financial Holdings Limited.
Anthony specializes in Strategic Planning, Operations Management, Business Process Re-Engineering,
Enterprise Risk Management, IT Operations, Operational Risk Management, Project Management, IT
security, Business Continuity Management, Corporate Security, Anti- Money Laundering Compliance,
and Internal Audit.
Payment Systems Department Director, DM CENTRAL BANK OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Ms. Herrera began her career at the Central Bank in 1996. In 1998, she was named IT
Assistant Director. In 2003 she left the bank and was appointed National Consultant for
the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In 2005, she returned to the Central Bank
as a Technical Consultant for the Governor and in 2006, was appointed Director of
Payment Systems Department. She is also the Director of the National Cheques
Senior Examiner at the Financial Services Regulatory Commission in Antigua & Barbuda
Mr. Morvin Williams is a financial examiner at the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) of Antigua and Barbuda. Prior to joining the FSRC, Mr. Williams worked at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank as a bank examiner and economist. Mr. Williams has written several policy briefs dealing with macroeconomic issues and has presented research papers at the Annual Monetary Studies Conference at the Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance. In addition, he is a lecturer at the Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology.
Mr. Williams holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Hull, as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from the University of the West Indies. Mr. Williams is also an alumnus of the Florida International Bankers Association where he completed his AML/CA accreditation.
Dalton A. Lee
President and CEO, Veradenis Business Consulting LLC.
Mr. Lee is President & CEO of Veradenis Business Consulting LLC, which provides financial
consulting to small and medium-sized businesses, including companies in the banking, financial
services, e-commerce, and entertainment industries. Veradenis offers a broad range of services, including accounting; tax preparation and advice; process automation and improvement; ERP selection and implementation; transaction due diligence, financing, and implementation; and designing and implementing dynamic senior executive/board level financial reporting packages.
Previously, Mr. Lee was Vice President of Finance/CFO for Meredith Corporation’s Local Media
Group, where he oversaw accounting, finance, financial reporting, human resources, IT, and
strategic planning. He joined Meredith Corporation as Group Controller. He is one of the founders of Bank of Montserrat Limited. He currently serves on the Bank’s board of directors, and is the Chairman of its Audit and Compliance Committee. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Audit Committee Members (CAACM). Mr. Lee started his career in banking with Barclays Bank..
Founder and Managing Director of Engage My Mind Limited
It’s focus: To engage, elevate and enable innovation in our clientele. It is a business consultancy which offers Change Management- The Human Side, Executive Coaching, Team Building, Management Training, Strategic Planning and Leadership Effectiveness.
Calvin is the former Executive Head of Strategy and Marketing at RBC Caribbean. He brings a wealth of practical experience and empirical results in the fields of Sales, Customer Experience, Channels, Products and Marketing. He has served on several of RBC/RBTT’s boards throughout the wider Caribbean.
Keith A. Johnson
Managing Director of Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited
Keith A. Johnson, Managing Director of Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited, started his
banking career in Guyana, in 1976 as a Counter Clerk. In 2009, he was seconded from
Guyana to his current role. Mr. Johnson holds an Executive Master’s Degree in Business
Administration (MBA) from the University of the West Indies (UWI) (Cave Hill), a BSc in
Accountancy from the University of Guyana, and is an Associate of the Institute of Canadian
Bankers. He is also the current Vice Chairperson of the Caribbean Association of Banks Inc.
and President of the Grenada Bankers’ Association.
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