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CONFERENCE ADVISORY BOARD

CREF's efforts are underpinned by the Board of Advisors. The Board comprises some of the most influential and respected figures working in the renewable energy sector today. The Board provides guidance on agenda topics and speakers and is instrumental in ensuring CREF has a long-term impact on the energy sector in the region.

The Board comprises:

Vicky A. Bailey
President, Anderson Stratton International, LLC.
Vicky A. Bailey serves as the President of Anderson Stratton International, LLC. Ms. Bailey served as a partner of Johnston & Associates LLC, a 1990, public and legislative affairs consultancy, from March 2004 to October 2005. She served as an Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the US Department of Energy from 2001 until 2004 and ex-member director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), from 1993 to 2000, Ms. Bailey assumed the position of President of PSI Energy Inc. until her appointment by President Bush to the Department of Energy post in June 2001. She served as a Non Executive Director of Scottish Power PLC, from June 1, 2004 to July 26, 2006. She served as a Commissioner of the Indiana Public Utility Commission from 1986 to 1993. Ms. Bailey received a BS in industrial management from Purdue University.

Jerry Butler (Chairman)
Jerry Butler currently is the Managing Director of Butler Caribbean Consultants & Associates (BCCA), a firm managing a network of Caribbean investment bankers, lawyers, and accountants specializing in identifying and executing Caribbean investment opportunities and projects. He previously represented the interests of the English-speaking Caribbean Countries on the Boards of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American Investment Corp. and the Multilateral Investment Fund in Washington, DC as Chairman of the Audit Committee, and Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Board.

Anton Edmunds
President & CEO, The Edmunds Group International
Anton Edmunds is the President of The Edmunds Group International, LLC. (TEG), an advisory services firm to governments, businesses and associations with interests in the Caribbean Basin region.  Prior to launching TEG, he served as Executive Director & CEO of Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) an independent corporation that promotes private sector-led economic development in the Caribbean & Central America. 

Anton has lead a variety of successful initiatives related to maritime security, energy policy, trade facilitation, financial services, corporate social responsibility, competitiveness and tourism.  He served as Chief of Party for a successful public/private sector program to protect over US $1billion in trade with Haiti and directed regional security and competitiveness programs for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.  He also directed free trade and competitiveness initiatives that focused on Central America. 

From 1995-1997, Anton was based in New York as a senior manager of business development for St. Lucia and from 1990-1995 he directed investment promotion efforts for the Eastern Caribbean in Washington.

Anton is a board member of a variety of organizations including the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), and the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE).  He is a senior associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and is a frequent contributor to the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American advisor publication.

He possesses a Bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America and a Masters Degree from the American University.

Dr. Indra Haraksingh
Lecturer, University of the West Indies
President, Caribbean Solar Energy Society
Winner of the 2008 "International Pioneer Award for Solar Energy"

Dr. Indra Haraksingh is a lecturer in the Department of Physics at The University of the West Indies. Her focus is in Pure Physics, Solar Energy, Geophysics and Earth Sciences. She has served as a member of the International Steering Committee of the World Renewable Energy Network for over ten years and is a Member of the Projects Steering Committee of Caricom's Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme.Dr. Haraksingh is a founding member and President of the Caribbean Solar Energy Society, a member of the Steering Committee of the World Renewable Network, a member of the Renewable Energy Committee of Trinidad and Tobago, amongst others. In July 2008 Dr. Indra Haraksingh was presented with the International Pioneer Award for Solar Energy at the Tenth World Renewable Energy Congress held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Mark Lambrides
Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Mark Lambrides is the Division Chief for Energy and Climate Change Mitigation in the Department of Sustainable Development at the Organization of American States (OAS), Mark provides support to senior government officials and other key stakeholders in Latin American and Caribbean on energy sector and related climate change matters. Mr. Lambrides received his M.A. in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University - The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and his B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Kalamazoo College.

Thomas M. Scheutzlich
Principal Advisor, Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme, CREDP-GTZ
Thomas Scheutzlich is the Principal Advisor of the German component of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme which is headquartered in Saint Lucia. He is a senior partner of the Germany based consultancy company Projekt-Consult GmbH which was charged with the execution of this programme on behalf of the German Agency for Technical Cooperation GTZ. Besides his current assignment in the Caribbean, Mr. Scheutzlich is also a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the KfW, the EU and others in Central America and the Latin-America.

Joseph Williams
Programme Manager, Energy, Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM)
Joseph Williams is head of the Energy Programme at The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. Previous to this role, he was the managing director of an energy management consulting and energy products marketing firm which traded energy efficiency and renewable technologies services and products in Jamaica and parts of the Caribbean. Mr Williams worked with the electric utility, Jamaica Public Service Company Limited for approximately 12 years where he headed the Energy Services and Marketing function which was responsible for renewable energy and all customer energy efficiency matters. Mr Williams was also instrumental in the implementation of the first Demand Side Management Project in the Caribbean, a project funded by GEF through the World Bank. In addition he developed the Caribbean Reference Energy System (CRESS) Model, an energy planning tool for Caribbean Countries. Mr Williams is a registered professional Mechanical Engineering and also holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management with emphasis in National Energy Policy and Planning from University of The West Indies.

Robert Blenker
Chief Development Officer, WRB Enterprises & CEO, WRB Energy

As head of Renewable Energy and Chief Development Officer at WRB, Robert Blenker is a senior renewable energy executive with 15 years experience in renewables development and the management of vertically-integrated-utilities.  Prior to joining WRB, Mr. Blenker developed a pipeline of 1,200 MWs of wind resources in North America for a leading European wind energy company.  In addition, Mr. Blenker co-founded one of North America’s top-ten wind EPC/BOP construction specialty firms.  He is fluent in both development and construction aspects of renewable energy project implementation.  Prior to entering the renewable energy development arena, Mr. Blenker spent a decade working in sustainable economic development throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the Former Soviet Union.  He holds a BS from The Ohio State University and a MAIA in Business and Economics from Ohio University.

Dr. Gary Jackson
Former Executive Director of CARILEC (The Caribbean Electric Utility Cooperation)
Dr Gary Jackson a native of Jamaica was recently appointed the Executive Director of CARILEC (The Caribbean Electric Utility Cooperation) charged with the responsibility of managing the secretariat for an association of 34 regional electric utilities from the English, Dutch and French speaking Caribbean as well as regional and international vending partners. In January 2011, being this year’s lone Fulbright scholar from the Caribbean, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship under the 2011- 2012 NEXUS Programme. Dr. Jackson will be undertaking his research in an area which he is most passionate about “Renewable Energy” more specifically; Hydro Power Distributive Generation. Under the programme he hopes that the project will go beyond theoretical research and ultimately develop pilot effective cross-sector implementation activities related to the research at the local, national and regional levels.

Dr. Jackson holds a Phd in Mechanical Engineering, Msc in Project Management, both from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He also holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the West Indies. Prior to his CARILEC appointment, he held several notable positions including General Manager of Wigton Windfarm Ltd in Jamaica; Manager at the Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy, a Division of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica and Lecturer on Integrating Alternative Energy at the University of the West Indies. Dr. Jackson has amassed extensive management, technical and industry knowledge and experience from serving both the commercial and academic aspects of the energy industry. He has published several papers, which bear direct interest to and reflect his competence and passions for Renewable Energy.

Sally Yearwood
Executive Director, Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA)

Sally Yearwood returned to Caribbean Central American Action in 2008 to serve as Executive Director after working with the organization for six years between 1989 and 1995.

She spent 13 years in Haiti where most recently she worked as the Trade and Investment Advisor for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). During her time in Haiti she also managed a European Union-funded project for the Caribbean Export Development Agency, worked as a private consultant, and was the Country Representative for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

She has a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Development.