8th Annual Growth & Resilience Dialogue

Creative Disruption + Innovation




THURSDAY 11 APRIL 2024  Disruption  Innovation

Event Host

Jihan Williams-Knight

attorney and author

8:30 a.m

Opening Ceremony


The Master classes are designed to provide engaging, highly interactive and information-packed deep dives into the identified concept(s).   Each class is designed to include interesting high-level theory, practical advice and demonstrations of the application of the concept(s) using real case scenarios.

9:05 a.m

Design Thinking - A creative approach to problem solving.

Annalee C. Babb, Ph.D.

Founder | Chief Executive Officer Where Creative Minds Converge

“Design thinking is an iterative problem-solving process of discovery, ideation, and experimentation that employs various design-based techniques to gain insight and yield innovative solutions for virtually any type of organisational or business challenge.”

The masterclass, “Design Thinking –  A creative approach to problem solving” seeks to engage participants in a deep dive into the application of the design thinking roadmap to problem solving by demonstrating the application of the concepts to solve the ECCU labour market (skills shortages) challenges.

Annalee C. Babb, Ph.D.

Founder | Chief Executive Officer
Where Creative Minds Converge

10:10 a.m

Strategies for Successful Business Innovation in the Caribbean

Monique Powell


Through the lens of the facilitator’s experiences, the masterclass, “Strategies for successful Innovation in the Caribbean” seeks to engage participants in a deep dive into business innovation strategies, principles & concepts that contribute to building sustainable success through innovation.

Monique Powell


11:10 a.m



The panel discussion continues the exploration of how to foster a dynamic innovation ecosystem.  Audience will be engaged in discussions on how to recognise and nurture a culture of innovation in the workplace and the wider economy that leads to disruptive new products and services generating new economic growth and diversification pathways in the region. The topic will be examined from three dimensions i) technology ii) institutional frameworks iii) financing.

11:23 a.m

Innovation and Disruption in the Caribbean Business Landscape

The enablers and enabling environment for creative disruption and innovation in the Caribbean
Chavez Procope,
Lead Product Designer, CashApp, Atlanta, Georgia


Global Innovation Index (GII) and the state of Caribbean Businesses
Marcia Brandon Ph.D.,
Managing Director/Founder, Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (COESL)


Financing Innovation – Exploring subsidies, grants, R&D, securitisation, crowd funding and venture capital
Justin Ram D.,
 Chief Executive Officer, Justin Ram Advisory Associates

Patricia Walters

St. Kitts-Nevis Cable Communications Ltd.

12:30 p.m

Entrepreneurship Pitch –

18 t0 40 Creative Disruptors and Innovators in the OECS

12:45 p.m

Preview of AI Chatbot – Shaeed Cabey, Inland Revenue Department

12:55 p.m

Announcement of the winners - 2024 ECCU Creative Disruptors and Innovators Contest

1:05 p.m

Mentimeter online short survey https://www.menti.com/

1:10 p.m


1:30 p.m


7:30 p.m

Networking Cocktails


FRIDAY 12 APRIL 2024  Disruption  Innovation

Event Host

Jihan Williams-Knight

attorney and author

8:30 a.m


8:34 a.m

Unlocking Potential: Exploring Entrepreneurship in the OECS

 Feature of three OECS entrepreneurs.

8:47 a.m

Recap of Day 1 and audience engagement by event host

The Business Side of Creativity

Riverside Chat with Calvert Jones, Artist & Entrepreneur, Tropical Realism

8:50 a.m

Calvert Jones

Artist & Entrepreneur

Event Host – Jihan Williams, Attorney and Author

The chat will discuss the business side of the creative industry from the following perspectives:

i. Hurdles and benefits in the creative industry

ii. Opportunities in the changing landscape for Caribbean Creatives

iii. New trends in the creative industry including the role of technology in transforming the creative industry, particularly in the Caribbean context

Calvert Jones

Artists & Entrepreneur

9:35 a.m

The Innovation of Recycling – Snapshot of Unlimited Manufacturing

9:45 a.m



The audience will be provided with demonstrations of a selection of generative AI applications in healthcare, agriculture, youth entrepreneurship, financial services and the creative industry.


Moderator: Telly Valerie Onu, CEO/ Principle Advisor & Management Consultant. Quintessence Consulting Inc.

10:00 a.m


Moderator: Telly Valerie Onu, CEO/ Principle Advisor & Management Consultant. 
Quintessence Consulting Inc. 

From 10:10 a.m

The Workings of Generative AI - Opportunities for Caribbean Governments and Corporate Service Offerings

Darlington Akogo

Founder/CEO, minoHealth AI

10:10 – 10:55 AI in HealthCare and AI in Agriculture

Darlington Akogo, founder, CEO, minoHealth AI, karaAgro AI, AI4Radiology Chair, United Nations ITU & WHO Focus Group on AI for Health



Kevin Ramsoobhag

Acting Head of Online Delivery

11:00 – 11: 25 AI in Education- A look at how The UWI Global Campus has incorporated AI in the delivery of online courses.

Mr Kevin Ramsoobhag, Acting Head of Online Delivery and Manager of Learning Support, The UWI Global Campus

Darlington Akogo

minoHealth AI

Kevin Ramsoobhag

Acting Head of Online Delivery
The UWI Open Campus

From 11:30 a.m

James Barrood

Founder and CEO

11:30 – 11:50 AI in financial services delivery James Barrood, Founder and CEO, Innovation+ Advisor: AI for Good Foundation + Future World Alliance (Responsible AI in Education) + Tech Council Ventures + JumpStart Angel Network

James Barrood

Founder and CEO
Innovation Plus

From 11:55 a.m

Psyche Southwell

Senior Customer Success Engineer

11:55 – 12:15 Leveraging Generative AI to advance the Caribbean Creative Industry Psyche Southwell, Senior Customer Success Engineer, Argyle

Psyche Southwell

Senior Customer Success Engineer

From 12:20 p.m

12:20 – 12:45 Q&A

12:50 p.m


1:00 p.m

Closing and Lunch



Play the Official GRD Video

Creative Disruption and Innovation, Pathways for Transformative Change and Sustainable Growth.

Play Video

Jihan Williams

Jihan Williams-Knight is an attorney, author and social advocate from St. Kitts and Nevis. She holds certifications from the University of the West Indies, Norman Manley Law School and Queen Mary University of London, including a master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law with specializations in media regulation, intellectual property in the creative industries and intellectual property in international trade. She is a proud State and Chevening scholar, a spoken word writer and performer, a former radio talk show host and former member of the St. Kitts Nevis Youth Parliament Association and Deputy Clerk of the Federal Parliament.


She is a woman of varied interests and exploits, but they all surround her personal mission to help Caribbean people leverage their creativity, intellect and lived experiences for economic and social growth.

Ms Patricia Walters

Patricia Walters, a citizen of St Kitts & Nevis, born and educated in the UK, is a Highly Accomplished Business Transformation Leader with over 25 years of international experience in the ICT Sector and is currently the CEO of The CABLE, St. Kitts.

She has worked in a variety of International CEO, Senior Vice President, Executive Finance and Leadership positions, starting in the UK, and then Turks & Caicos, The Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago.
She is a strong advocate for employee satisfaction and passionately believes that if you ‘take care of your employees, they will take care of your customers and the profits will come”.

During her tenure as Chief Executive of St. Kitts & Nevis, she received the C&W International Global Summit Award for Excellence in Change Management Leadership, ‘Taking on the competition and Winning’, and also spearheaded the listing of the Company on the Eastern Caribbean Stock Exchange to a significant oversubscription of potential investors.

She is currently a Director of The SKN Chamber of Industry and Commerce, The Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association, and The St Christopher National Trust.

Chavez Procope

Chavez Procope, from Upper Cayon, St. Kitts, is an accomplished Lead Product Designer at CashApp in Atlanta, Georgia. With a diverse 9-year career, he has made his mark in startups and at Meta, where he contributed to Responsible AI, Facebook app search, and experiences in AR glasses. His significant work in Responsible AI is now recognized and adopted by OpenAI and others in the AI field.

As an entrepreneur, Chavez founded Shop Express, an on-demand grocery delivery service, demonstrating his business acumen, and Akses, a platform spotlighting freelancers in St. Kitts and Nevis, reflecting his dedication to his home country’s growth.

His commitment to innovation, user-centered design, and ethical practices in his work, demonstrates his passion for using design and technology to positively impact the lives of others.”

Dr. Marcia Brandon

Dr. Brandon has been lauded as a pioneer in the Caribbean for creating techniques and know-how to help women and youth to start and grow innovative businesses. She is a social entrepreneur specializing in entrepreneurship development with a focus on innovative ecosystems and people development methodologies via a gendered approach. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (COESL) and through this virtual organization she and her team work regionally, with approved preferred partners to strengthen the entrepreneurship eco-system in the Caribbean.

Dr. Brandon is the co-founder of Caribbean Entrepreneurship Week (CEW) and also the GEN Caribbean Community, which is a part of Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN). She serves as GEN’s Global Advisor in the Caribbean, and has been a member of GEN since 2008. She has helped over 4000 Caribbean and global MSME entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses and has helped to sensitize an estimated 30,000 in school and out of school youth as well as adults to entrepreneurship as a career choice.

She has helped over 15 NGOs and grew the NGO Barbados Youth Business Trust to sustainability before leaving its helm in 2013, after 15 years. Dr. Brandon holds a First Degree in Public Sector Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Project Management, a Master’s in educational leadership and a Doctorate in Business Leadership.

Dr. Justin Ram

Dr. Justin Ram is CEO of Justin Ram Advisory Associates Services (JRAS). He has over twenty-five years of practical, advisory, research, and management experience. He has worked as an economist in over 32 Caribbean, Central Asian, African, and European countries. He is currently Programme Director and Lead Advisor to the Premier for the National Delivery Unit in the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG), responsible for operationalizing a Delivery Unit in TCIG and implementing the government’s priority projects and policies. Justin has a Diploma in Executive Management from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

• May 2022 to present: Programme Director and Lead Advisor Premier’s Delivery Unit Turks and Caicos Islands Government.
• September 2021 to present: Visiting lecturer, World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden, Ph.D. Programme

Telly Valerie (Telojo) Onu

Telly Valerie (Telojo) Onu is the founder of Quintessence Consulting Inc. and Valerie Capital, blending deep tech with traditional finance to create impactful solutions. Her work epitomises the synergy between technology and sustainability, making her a pivotal figure in shaping a future where economic growth and environmental stewardship go hand in hand. For over two decades she has been a guiding light in innovation governance, digital and climate finance, with a strategic focus on blockchain, AI, IoT, and climate technology applications and strategic implementation.


She is a recognised though leader, awarded the 100 Women in Finance CAIA Charter Scholarship, featured in Forbes, VCTV; and a regular speaker at international forums on finance, technology, and sustainability. She has collaborated with international development Agencies such as the World Bank, the European Commission, and the German Sparkassenstiftung for International Cooperation among others, leading multimillion-dollar projects.


Telly holds a PgCert in International Trade Policy & Law from UWI, an Executive Master in e-Governance from EPFL, Switzerland, and is a Frankfurt School of Management and Finance fellow, specialising in Climate Adaptation Finance.

Psyche Southwell

Psyche Southwell is a software engineer and a resourceful problem solver with a deep interest in innovation. She has worked exclusively at AI companies across diverse industry domains, ranging from healthcare to finance.

Psyche currently works as a senior customer success engineer at Argyle, a FinTech company democratizing access to income and employment data. She works directly with clients to ensure seamless integrations, automations, and implementations using Argyle’s SDK and API.

Formerly at Kontakt.io, an AI-powered location services company, Psyche led a wing of the professional services team, where she designed and implemented the company’s customer success playbook. At Capacity, an AI-powered support automation platform, Psyche founded and led the customer success engineering team, serving as the primary technical solution engineer for enterprise clients.

Psyche has a proven track record of using technology to solve problems and of fostering cross-team collaboration to enhance customer satisfaction.

Calvert Jones

“Calvert Jones, a Vincentian-born artist and entrepreneur, pioneered the trademarked movement “Tropical Realism” after a career as a Regional Operations Manager in the telecommunications industry. His self-taught journey led to global recognition, with mixed media pieces like his volcanic ash-infused work part of the collection at the Museum of the Americas in Washington D.C. and in esteemed collections such as Maja Hoffman’s. Notable portraits of Che Guevara at the Cuban monument and a gifted portrait of Prince Harry.

His piece “The Last Colonial Meal” gained attention on Russian National Television and sparked academic discussions at the University of the West Indies. Passionate about environmental conservation, Calvert collaborates with charities, using art to drive change in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He champions art’s role in shaping society, particularly amidst the rise of artificial intelligence, believing in its power to inspire, challenge, and redefine our global narrative.”



Dr. Annalee C. Babb

Barbadian Dr. Annalee C. Babb is CEO of Intersections, a start-up cluster driver helping to accelerate Caribbean creativity and innovation. She explores these issues in her My Belonging podcast https://www.intersections.digital/mybelonging/


She previously held roles as Digital Transformation Sherpa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, and the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, Special Advisor, Ministry of Innovation, Science & Smart Technology, Government of Barbados. In the latter role she led the team developing COVID-19 public health emergency management tech solutions; was legislative co-Chair for Barbados’ national digital ID/mobile ID; led on creation of a tech accelerator for digital public services; and chaired the Telecoms Working Group. She also chaired the Digital Transformation and Solutions Committee, Prime Minister’s Jobs and Investment Council. She was a member of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Board, co-lead organiser of UNCTAD 15’s Creative Industries Trade Digitisation and a member of the International Advisory Board of Oman’s Research Council.

Kevin Ramsoobhag

Kevin Ramsoobhag is currently the Head of Department (Ag.) Online Programmes Delivery Department within the Academic Programming and Delivery Division (APAD), at the University of the West Indies Global Campus. He is also a member of many university-wide committees.

He holds an MBA in Digital Technology Management, and has presented at various regional and international conferences.

Research Interests include: e-Learning technologies, with a focus on user support and customer service within an online environment; Business Intelligence with a focus on Learning Analytics; Online Accessibility for Teaching and Learning; The Emerging Ethical Use of AI in Education.

He is a member of several University of the West Indies, UWI Committees including: UWI Global Campus Council Member; Chair of the University (all five campuses) e-Learning Committee; Evaluation and Promotion Committee; Co-Chair of the UWI Global Campus Online Accessibility Committee; and Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (DRRC), Technical Advisory Committee.

Monique Powell

Monique Powell is the founder and CEO of QuickCart, an e-commerce and logistics provider based in the Caribbean. Prior to starting QuickCart, she spent 16 years holding increasingly senior technology and marketing related positions across various industries including media, telecoms and financial services. She has always been passionate about web-based technology and the various ways businesses can use it to connect with customers and increase sales. She is now channeling that knowledge and energy into helping restaurants and retail merchants drive sales through QuickCart, while simplifying access to electronic commerce. Monique currently lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica.

Darlington Akogo

Darlington Akogo is a global leader in Artificial Intelligence. He’s the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at minoHealth AI Labs, an AI Healthtech company; karaAgro AI, an AI-powered Plant & Pest Disease Detection and Precision Agriculture platform; Runmila AI Institute, an AI and Data Science training institute; and Gudra AI Studio, an organization broadly exploring AI and Exponential Technologies applied various domains including Transportation, Sanitation and Energy.

Akogo has been named one of the Global Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) in Healthcare. He’s the Chair (Topic Driver) of the Topic Group on AI for Radiology under the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and World Health Organization (WHO) Focus Group on ‘Artificial Intelligence for Health’ (FG-AI4H). At UN FG-AI4H, Akogo leads the development of global regulations and standards for AI in radiology. He also works with African Union, where he serves as the Chair for the working group on Artificial Intelligence Economy, working towards the development of a Continental African Union (AU) Artificial Intelligence (AI) Continental Strategy that includes legislative, regulatory, ethical, policy, and infrastructural frameworks in consultation with stakeholders such as AU Member States’ governments, private sector, academia, innovators, and consumers.

He also serves as a Global Innovation Adviser (GIA) to the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA), where he provides advice on how to ensure international development agencies are implementing responsible and localized Emerging Technology across the various countries in which they are based.

Shaeed Cabey

Shaeed Cabey works at Inland Revenue Department of St. Kitts in the Management Information Systems Division. With a FinTech Certification and a lifelong love for programming, he’s crafted intricate systems himself. Beyond his passion for Financial Technology, Automation, and Artificial Intelligence, Shaeed is deeply engaged in Cybersecurity, leveraging his expertise to reshape the department. His fintech certification is paving the way for Robotic Process Automation (RPA), innovative financial management and services within the Inland Revenue Department, empowering him to embrace the latest in AI and financial technology for enhancing services and streamlining processes while ensuring efficiency and security.