Dr. Allen is a former investment banking executive and academic who has worked in the Caribbean and Australasia, and managed key commercial relationships in the Americas and Europe. He has over eighteen (18) years combined commercial and academic experience. Dr. Allen spent approximately fifteen (15) years in industry, working in strategy formation, securities dealing, treasury operations, risk management, business process reengineering, business development and corporate finance roles and three (3) in academia – researching and teaching. A Director on Medicanja’s Advisory Board and Non-Executive Director of Fundzaar Group and its subsidiaries, he is a former Head/CEO of ECFH Global Investment Solutions – St. Lucia, and Assistant Vice President (Treasury Operations) and Senior Manager (Projects and Strategic Planning) at Scotia Investments Jamaica. Dr. Allen also taught International Trade and Finance at the University of Auckland. He worked as a Research Assistant for both the Market Innovation Research Group at the University of Auckland and the Organizational Resilience Research Group at the University of Canterbury and has authored several peer-reviewed academic papers and newspaper articles.

Dr. Allen is keen on youth and community development and has spent much of his leisure time volunteering in these areas. He served as a member of the committee that organized the inaugural St. Lucia Manufacturers’ Quality Awards Program, Treasurer of the Jamaica / St. Lucia Association, Director of Mona Preparatory School and Chairman of Greendale Early Childhood Education Centre. In addition, Dr. Allen has mentored youths at the secondary and tertiary educational levels within the countries in which he lived and worked.

Dr. Allen is a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) and a Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) who graduated with degrees from prestigious universities in Australasia and the UK. He holds a Ph.D. with major in Strategic Management from the University of Auckland, where he defended his thesis without revision or adjustment, graduated in the top 1 percentile, gained Beta Gamma Sigma membership and held Marsden and MSA Charitable Trust Doctoral Scholarships. Dr. Allen also holds an MBA in Finance and International Business Strategy (graduated in the top five percentile), University of Manchester, a BCom. in Management (Strategy and Entrepreneurship) (First Class Hons.), University of Canterbury and a Diploma in Financial Management, Institute of Management and Production. He completed several certification and professional development courses. Among them, the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) – Canadian Securities Institute, Project Management Principles and Practice – University of New Orleans and Investment Portfolio Management – Euromoney. Dr. Allen is a solution-oriented individual who is passionate about strategy (at the country, cluster and corporate/firm level), innovation and financial engineering. He synthesizes his skills and experience in these areas using data-driven approaches to help governments and organizations solve complex problems, disrupt and create markets as well as increase their overall competitiveness.

Dr. Allen is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the Market Shaping Research Group and the Strategic Management Society – Corporate Strategy Research Group.

Growth Perspectives (GP) hosts interactive and informative Innovation Webinar on August 19, 2021GP partners with Moody’s Analytics to offer capacity building courses in the Caribbean, Latam and AfricaGP is set to host a Caribbean & African Sustainability and Circular Economy Webinar in late-Nov. 2021