Central Bank Meets Blockchain

  • Hilton Barbados Resort
    Needham's Point
  • Tue, September 10, 2019
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM AST


  • Dr. Justin Ram

    Director of Economics, Caribbean Development Bank

    Keynote Address The development implications of digital currencies and the Caribbean Settlement Network (CSN)

    Justin Ram is Director of Economics at the Caribbean Development Bank – in charge of economic analysis, country strategy and programming, research and Economic Operations in the Bank’s 19 Caribbean borrowing member countries. As a Director, he is also a member of the senior management team of the Bank. He has over twenty years or professional experience.

    He has previously worked as Supervisory Economist with the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority, as an economist with the United Kingdom’s Government Department for Transport, Senior Global Economist with Worley Parsons, as Technical Director with Jacobs Engineering, and as analyst with Thomson/Reuters. Justin also taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science and was Lecturer in Economics at the University of the West Indies (UWI). He has also worked as a consultant on many projects in Central Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and with the World Bank, United Nations and the International Labour Organization.

    Justin has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), he also holds a M.Sc. in Economics from University College London (UCL), B.Sc. in Economics from UWI and a Post Graduate Certificate in sustainable development from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Mr. Walter H. Roban

    Deputy Premier of Bermuda

    Topic Bermuda's Digital Asset Legislation
    The Hon Walter H Roban JP MP is the Deputy Premier of Bermuda and the Minister of Home Affairs since November 2018.

    Roban, previously the Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs, is part of the leadership team that successfully returned the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) to Government for the fourth time, on Tuesday 18 July 2017. This achievement follows a career in politics spanning nearly 30 years. A man with a passion for politics and the community, he joined the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party Youth Wing, "Progressive Youth", in the late 1980's. Roban served as its Chairman and representative to the party's Central Committee from 1991 to 1993. In 1995, he was elected to the position of Secretary General of the PLP, which he held until August 1999.

    Mr. Roban received a Bachelor’s degree in Business and International Studies from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Master of Arts Degree in International Studies, specialising in international politics, political risk and foreign policy analysis from the University of Birmingham, in England. Roban has worked in the legal profession in Bermuda and also in the banking industry, most recently as an Assistant Vice President in the Private Banking Division of HSBC Bank in Bermuda.

    Roban mentors the youth of the Bermuda Debate Society to promote the expansion of debate within Bermuda’s Public Schools. He edited a book titled ‘Voice of Change, Speeches of Premier the Hon. Jennifer M. Smith’. This is the only book of its type by a Bermudian political figure. Roban is currently working in a partnership to author a book on the history of the Progressive Labour Party, from its inception to its first election victory. Other spare time activities include cooking, reading, studying current affairs, studying African, Caribbean and Bermudian culture and travelling.

    Roban is blessed with a beautiful wife, Nadine Francis, and a lovely daughter named Zara.

  • Mr. Francis Fontanelle

    Adviser, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

    Topic The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank CBDC Pilot and the Caribbean Settlement Network

    Mr. Francis Fontenelle is an Adviser in the Banking and Monetary Operations Department at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB). Prior to that he held the position of Director of Finance in the Ministry of Finance of Saint Lucia. He was also the Budget Director as well as the Debt Manager for the Government of St Lucia.

    Mr. Fontenelle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Economics and a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Jamaica. He has pursued numerous shot term professional courses in the areas of Finance, Debt Management, Reserve Management and Payment system.

    He is a sports enthusiast and his hobbies are playing football, cricket, hiking and reading.
  • Mr. Dinesh Shah

    Director Fintech Research, Bank of Canada

    Topic Bank of Canada’s ‘Project Jasper’ and (W)CBDC Project with Bank of England and the Monetary Authority of Singapore

    As Director Fintech Research, Dinesh leads the technology aspect of the Bank of Canada’s research agenda in fintech and e-money. The research agenda encompasses the analysis of emerging and potentially disruptive technologies with wide applications to financial market infrastructure and the financial system. This analysis supports economic and financial system research into the implications of such technologies to the core mandates of the Bank of Canada.

    Prior to his current role, Dinesh was Technical Researcher in electronic payments and electronic money. His research focused on understanding and communicating the workings and impact of new technologies in finance, such as distributed ledger technology, and research into conceptual architectures for central bank issued e-money.

    Dinesh first joined the Bank of Canada in 2009 as an Enterprise Architect. Before joining the Bank, Dinesh has been a co-founder and architect at various start-ups. He spent 8 years as a developer of various fixed-income trading and risk management systems at financial institutions in London. In addition, he provided expertise on the application of leading edge technologies to securities trading and clearing firms.

    Dinesh holds a BSc (hons) in Physics with Computing from The University of Kent in the U.K.
  • Mr. Derek Rolle

    Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Bahamas

    Topic Central Bank of Bahamas' Project Sand Dollar

    Derek Rolle is Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of The Bahamas and oversees the payments function as part of his broader duties. Mr. Rolle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Economics from the College of William and Mary (USA) and a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Quantitative Methods from the University of Georgia (USA). Mr. Rolle is also a member of the International Society for Multiple Criteria Decision Making and continues to conduct research in the area of efficient sets and multiple criteria optimization.
  • Ms. Carmelle Cadet

    CBDC Consultant

    Topic CBDC and CSN liquidity considerations

    Carmelle is a passionate advocate of digital currency-based platforms, blockchain and capacity building for modernization, financial inclusion and economic development efforts. She is the Founder and CEO of EMTECH, a fintech helping central banks in emerging markets modernize their financial market infrastructure.

    In her 10-year career at IBM, Carmelle led the global business development efforts of digital currency segment in IBM Blockchain. She holds a BS in Finance, and an MBA, and spent the formative years of her career in corporate finance at IBM, and held other roles in Global Treasury Risk Management and Global Capital Structure Management, before becoming the Business Development Executive for IBM Blockchain World Wire.

    Through EMTECH, Carmelle is on a mission to become the most reputable and trusted fintech partner to central banks in small, developing and emerging economies. The firm partners with central banks, local partners and various tech providers to design, build and deploy modern payment systems that are inclusive and interoperable by design, may it be for domestic, regional and international payments. Morever, Central Bank governance, compliance, risk management and capacity building are other key pillars the firm focuses on.

    As a native of Haiti who migrated to the US in her teens, she has come to appreciate how impactful and essential access to affordable and efficient financial services is to economic development. The goal is to make that a reality for small, developing and emerging economies around the world.
  • Mr. Bruce Mackenzie

    Chief Strategy Officer, Massy Group

    Topic Digital Currencies and the CSN: Implications for The Ease of Doing Business in The Caribbean

    Bruce Mackenzie is the Chief Strategy Officer for Massy Group, a publicly-traded Industrial and Trading conglomerate operating within the Caribbean. He is a member of the Massy Executive Committee and serves as Director and, from time to time, CEO at selected subsidiaries. Bruce has extensive executive and general management experience in the Caribbean’s oil and gas services sector. He is also a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago and its sitting co-Vice President. Bruce is a “Techie” having graduated from MIT (Mechanical Engineering) and Queen Mary University in London (Intellectual Property Law) and is passionate about the development, and putting to use of new technologies which can improve business and by extension, our lives. Most importantly, Bruce is also a proud graduate of Fatima College in Port of Spain, Trinidad.


  • Mrs. Racquel Moses

    CEO, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator

    Racquel Moses is CEO of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator. She has served in several executive-level positions at large multinational organizations and Caribbean leadership organizations including country head of Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago and the regional director of the public sector for Microsoft Caribbean, portfolio head Europe and Americas and Head of Caribbean and International projects for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), president of InvesTT Trinidad and Tobago as well as leadership positions within JP Morgan Chase, Cable & Wireless and Fujitsu.

    Although the bulk of her career has been international Racquel was born and raised in Trinidad. Through all of her appointments she has served as an agent of change and high performance. Racquel is a married mother of two, is a four time marathoner, was the winner of a World Bank innovation award in 2013 and currently serves as the trustee for the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.
  • Mr. John Williams

    CEO, Cave Shepherd Group of Companies

    John Williams was educated at Harrison College, Barbados; Hampton School, Middlesex; and the University of Manchester, England where he read Mathematics. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 with Price Waterhouse in London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados, as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

    Mr. Williams has over 35 years of experience in financial and executive management in the manufacturing and services sectors in Barbados. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Cave Shepherd & Co. Ltd, a public company founded over 100 years ago; which is primarily involved in Retailing and Financial Services.

    Mr. Williams is a former Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association, former President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and a former Deputy President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados. He is currently Chairman of Invest Barbados and a Director of Barbados Tourism and Marketing Inc. In the past he has served as Chairman of the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation, and also as a Director on the boards of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Tourism Development Corporation and Barbados Tourism Investment Inc.
  • Ms. Alicia Nicholls

    Trade and Development Specialist UWI

    Alicia Nicholls is an International Trade and Development Consultant with nearly a decade of experience working in, and writing on, trade and development matters of interest to the Caribbean. Alicia is a national of Barbados and is currently part of the research team of the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy & Services of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, the premier trade policy training, research and outreach institution in the Caribbean.
    She holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (First Class Honours), a Bachelor of Laws (Upper Second Class Honours), and a Masters in International Trade Policy (with distinction) from the University of the West Indies, and an Associate Degree in French, Spanish and German for Business and Tourism from the Barbados Community College. She also holds the FITT Diploma in International Trade from the prestigious Canadian-based Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) and has been a FITT General Member since 2015. She is also a member of the Michigan-based Academy for International Business (AIB) since 2016.
    Ms. Nicholls has presented and written on a wide gamut of trade and development issues for regional and international publications and industry magazines, including IFC Review, Caribbean Export Outlook, The BCSI’s The Exporter Magazine and the Caribbean Studies Association’s newsletter.
  • Mr. Geoffrey Scott

    Executive Director, ICBL

    Geoff has built his career in financial services by combining his knowledge of risk and return with a passion for finding creative solutions. Having started his career as a bank teller, Geoff understands the needs of clients, employees and key stakeholders from the ground up. He is well regarded for creating an environment of teamwork and open communications – using strategies that have resulted in improved profits and strong employee engagement.
    Geoff joined ICBL as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on January 15, 2018. In this role, he leads Barbados’ largest general insurance company, also a growing provider of health and life insurance. Under his leadership, ICBL is seeking opportunities to expand, to strengthen relationships with its clients, and to provide a challenging and rewarding environment for its employees. His strategic vision for the Company will ensure its competitive advantage is maintained in the marketplace.
    Prior to joining ICBL, Geoff spent over 25 years in the financial services industry, including leadership roles in the core areas of client relationship management and risk management. He assumed progressively senior positions as a corporate banker with leading Canadian banks, culminating in an executive posting as the head of a significant and profitable commercial banking team. He transitioned to Barbados in 2012 as the Chief Risk Officer at a leading Caribbean commercial bank, where he successfully led several change initiatives which strengthened the risk culture and alignment with business strategies. Geoff has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, and an M.B.A. from McGill University and Manchester Business School. He served as a Director on the board of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from 2007 to 2012, where he also served on the Finance and Governance Committees.


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