H. E. Ambassador Chad Blackman

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Barbados to the UN and WTO at Geneva; Ambassador to Austria, and The Republic of Serbia

His Excellency Chad Blackman, is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva; Barbados’ Ambassador to the United Nations at Vienna, and Barbados’ Ambassador to Austria; and to the Republic of Serbia.

Ambassador Blackman has worked in the international development sector for over fifteen years, and has engaged as an international trade law specialist and development consultant at the Commonwealth Secretariat respectively. Prior to his tenure in Geneva, he was Legal Consultant and Partner in a Caribbean Law Firm, where he led on issues international trade, shipping and data protection laws.

Ambassador Blackman is the former Chair for the Trade and Environment Committee and former Chair of the Trade and Development Committee, both in the WTO. He chairs the SIDS Group in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), was the Americas Co-ordinator for the Government Group in the ILO, and is a UN International Gender Champion Global Board Member . He is also the Vice-President of the G77 & China Group in Geneva.

Ambassador Blackman, is a British trained international trade law specialist, and has read for both the LLB Law and LLM International Trade Law from the University of Essex in the UK, and is an Associate member of the London based, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators , and speaks English, French and Spanish.

9:15 - 10:15 A.M.

Friday 12th Nov

Supply Chain and Business in Barbados and the Caribbean

With the onset of the pandemic, the global supply chain had seen disruption like never before. Anyone going to the supermarket has seen not only an increase in overall prices, but often a scarcity of goods on the shelves. But this is not limited to the retail and distribution sector only, but throughout the economy. Are there any opportunities for business from this global crisis?