Moderator and Panelists
Tricia Watson has over 25 years' experience as a practising Attorney-at-Law. Tricia has substantial experience as in-house counsel at technology based companies, and honed her expertise as regulatory counsel over twenty years at Cable & Wireless and as a private practitioner providing regulatory advice and services to private sector clients and the Government of Barbados.
Tricia provides corporate, commercial, regulatory and compliance services to small, medium and large companies. She also provides professional services to the Government of Barbados. Tricia participated in the Government of Barbados' initial Telecommunications Working Group established in 1999 to design a national telecommunications policy and legislative framework to enable liberalisation of the sector, and had responsibility for preparing drafting instructions for the current Telecommunications Act and draft regulations. She has since sat on the Working Group to update the Telecommunications Act and associated legislation. Tricia's utility regulation expertise was also brought to bear as first ever Chair of the Barbados Light and Power advisory Committee (2015 - 2017). As a consultant, she has advised the Government of Barbados on legal and regulatory and policy matters related to the liberalisation and modernisation of the electricity sector.
In addition to her legal qualifications, Tricia holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Durham, Durham Business School and has trained extensively in telecommunications regulation, utility regulation, competition law, and international arbitration, legislative drafting, regulation and policy.
Tricia is a former moderator of Barbados' leading current affairs radio programme, Down to Brasstacks. She continues to moderate online public discussion and education fora.
Director Strategic Projects, Sagicor Life Inc.
John Edward (Ed) Clarke is Director of Strategic Projects for Sagicor Life Inc in Barbados. He retired from his position as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Barbados Operations for Sagicor Life Inc on 30th June 2020 after 13 years with Sagicor.
Mr. Clarke is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is a Certified Internal Auditor with more than 45 years' experience in the field of auditing, accounting, financial services, and international business management. He began his accounting career at Pannell Fitzpatrick & Company Chartered Accountants in Barbados (now Ernst & Young) and he later joined Texaco and subsequently Chevron Inc and served as a senior Manager in its Finance team in Barbados, Nigeria and the USA.
Mr. Clarke is currently a Director of Sagicor General Insurance Inc, Sagicor Funds Incorporated, Sagicor Asset Management Inc, The Estates Group Holdings Limited, Barbados Farms Ltd, Chequerhall Investments Inc, Chequerhall PV Inc and Four Cross Inc. He is the Immediate past Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association and immediate past Co-Chair of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) Monitoring Committee. He attended The Lodge School, in the parish of his birth, St John, he is married to Jane and is the father of two young adults and stepfather of three. Ed became a grandfather in 2021.
Economic Advisor to the Barbados Government
Dr. Kevin Greenidge is the Senior Advisor to the Government of Barbados on leave from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he is a Senior Economist since 2011. Prior to that, he was Director of the Research and Economic Analysis Department at the Central Bank of Barbados where he spent 17 years.
Dr. Greenidge holds a B.Sc. in Economics with first class honours from the University of the West Indies, a Masters in Economics from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, also in the UK. He also holds an associate degree in Business Management from Columbia University.
Dr. Greenidge has published extensively in the area of economics with over 200 publications in numerous journals, both regionally and internationally. His publications include the measurement of financial liberalisation and the challenges of policy makers in small developing countries, issues of exchange rate misalignment in the Caribbean, cross country monetary effects, and growth and convergence in the Caribbean. His current research focus is on growth and debt dynamics in small island economies, the macroeconomic effects of governance and corruption, and on fiscal multipliers and growth.
Dr. Greenidge is also a member of the International Atlantic Economic Society, the Western Economic Association, and a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society. He is also a referee for a number of journals.
Pro Vice-Chancellor, UWI Cave Hill Campus
Professor Robinson is a national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and currently oversees the Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies (OBUS). The OBUS is charged with responsibility for policy, quality and regionality in developing and coordinating policy initiatives to guide all aspects of undergraduate and sub-degree programming at The UWI and its regional and global affiliates.
Professor Robinson 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.
His research interests are Capital Markets in Developing Countries, Public Finance, Financial Risk Management and Corporate Finance. He has published extensively on these subjects in several regional and international journals.
Professor Robinson portfolio of public service to national, regional, and international public and scholarly bodies spans positions such as Director of the Central Bank of Barbados, First Vice President of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Chair of the Barbados National Insurance Scheme, and Member of the Oversight Committee on State-Owned Enterprises in Barbados.