Caribbean Innovation to the World:
Building a Culture of Innovation to Unleash Caribbean Ingenuity and New Product Offering
Mr. Joseph Cox
An Applied Economics Consultant and Advocate with a career spanning 30 years, Mr. Cox is currently the Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.
Mr. Cox’s contribution to Regional Development is varied and includes the recent authoring of a book entitled “The New Normal – A Post-COVID Primer for Business”; conceptualized and received the unanimous approval from the Council of Trade and Economic Development (COTED) of the Made in CARICOM initiative. He also author’s and publishes CARICOM Business – a weekly regional business newsletter, which is circulated both regionally and internationally.
Prior to his CARICOM Secretariat posting, Mr. Cox was the Managing Partner for the Centre for Growth and Development in Jamaica, doubling as the Executive Director of the Growth Secretariat at the Planning Institute of Jamaica while providing oversight for the Inter-American Development Bank / Government of Jamaica Competitiveness Enhancement Programme. A Jamaican national, Mr. Cox holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies and is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica.
Ms. Diane Edwards
Diane Edwards is the President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) – the national investment and export promotion agency. Possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience in international marketing and business development, Ms. Edwards is committed to developing and advancing Jamaica’s business brand. Through dynamic and adept leadership, she has led JAMPRO’s transformational development to serve as a catalyst for wealth creation through increased customer focus and more effective marketing communications programmes and has promoted a culture of innovation to facilitate and support the development of new industries in Jamaica, such as shared services, medical tourism and cannabis.
Ms. Edwards has also served as the President and a Board Member of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) as well as the Caribbean Export Development Agency. Prior to leading JAMPRO, she served as General Manager and Director of J. Wray & Nephew UK Ltd.
Ms. Edwards holds an MBA Degree from New York’s Pace University and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and German.
Dr. Marcus Goffe
Dr. Marcus Goffe is Deputy Director/Legal Counsel of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO). He is an Attorney-at-Law with over twenty (20) years of experience in several areas of law including intellectual property law, entertainment law, media law and human rights law.
Dr. Goffe holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Degree from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree in Intellectual Property Law and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Law from Queen Mary, University of London. His PhD focused on the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions in the Caribbean.
Ms. Annette Mark
Annette Mark was appointed as the Executive Director of Invest SVG on October 16, 2017. As the Executive Director, Ms. Mark is responsible for the overall performance of Invest SVG in the carrying out of its mandate which includes attracting foreign direct investments to St Vincent and the Grenadines and the expansion of export markets for local firms.
Ms. Mark is an Attorney-at-Law and previously held the positions of Chief of Immigration of the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Immigration and Legal Counsel for the Office of Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy in Antigua.
While at the ONDCP Ms. Mark was appointed as the Governmental Expert for Antigua and Barbuda for the Working Groups of the Implementation Review Group of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption (MESICIC).
Mr. Carlton Cummins
Carlton Cummins is an Entrepreneur and Design Engineer who creates solutions relevant to the challenges faced by society. Mr. Cummins began his career working in the solar space, coordinating over 100 installations in the Caribbean before moving to the UK to pursue a Master’s in Business & Sustainability. He is passionate about electric & fuel cell vehicles (his favorite low carbon vehicle is the Toyota Mirai).
For his efforts, Mr. Cummins has been featured within the media, including on BBC Breakfast Live, Autodesk Trade Magazine and Energy Storage News. He is one of the top 10 Entrepreneurs of Barbados having been named by Prime Minister Mia Motley in her state address in 2019. Mr. Cummins has also been named the Shell Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.