The Island Innovation team is very proud to announce our partnership with the inaugural Sustainable Development Movement Virtual Summit, organised by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and running from 23-24th September 2020. This promises to be an unmissable event for anyone working in or with an interest in this absolutely vital area.

The summit creates an exciting space where Senior Government Officials, Industry and Private Sector Leaders, Global Entrepreneurs and Civil Society converge over two days. This is a perfect event for networking, experiencing real transformation and engaging in an exchange of thoughts, best practices, untold stories and strategies concerning sustainable growth and development within the Caribbean.

Why Should You Attend? 

  • Gain Wisdom 
  • Get Connected 
  • Gain Unlimited Access 
  • Get Solutions
  • Join the Ultimate Networking Mecca
  • Swim with “People’s Shark” – Daymond John
  • Get Investor Connections
  • Experience Greatness

Keynote Speakers

LES BROWN – World Renowned Motivational Speaker

As one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers, Les Brown is a dynamic personality and highly-sought-after resource in business and professional circles for Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders from all sectors of society looking to expand opportunity.

DAYMOND JOHNStar of ABC’s Shark Tank and CEO: The Shark Group

Daymond John has come a long way from turning a $40 budget into FUBU, a $6 billion fashion game-changer. Throughout his career, Daymond has continued to be an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. He is not only a pioneer in the fashion industry but a Shark on the 4-time Emmy Award-winning Shark Tank, a New York Times best-selling author, branding guru, and highly sought-after motivational speaker.


Melanie is an education entrepreneur and self-styled disruptor based in England. As the Co-Founder and CEO of eduCCate Global, a non-profit organization, she has partnered with the United Nations (UNITAR) to educate teachers -and in turn- the next generation, about climate change and sustainability. Her unorthodox approach ultimately aims to create an army of Greta Thunbergs, via the thinking that “teachers don’t just teach children, they teach entire communities”.

MARLENE STREET-FORRESTManaging Director of the Best-Performing Stock Market in the World (The Jamaica Stock Exchange)

Marlene Street Forrest is the Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) and Director of both its subsidiaries. It is under her stewardship that the JSE became demutualized and the US Denominated Market and Junior Market were launched. In 2016, Mrs. Street Forrest received the honour of the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for her outstanding leadership in the growth of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

CHINEDU ECHERUOSerial Entrepreneur & Founder –, and Co-Founder of Love & Magic Co.

Chinedu Echeruo is a serial entrepreneur who has dared to invent the future. In 2005, he founded HopStop, the pioneering travel app that helped millions of users navigate public transportation in major metropolitan areas around the world. He later traded the app with Apple and went on to drum-up other innovations. He is now the co-founder of the Love & Magic Company, a tech-forward, inclusive-innovation consultancy, focused on transforming start-ups and corporations alike into what they call “Beloved” organizations.

H.E. DR. DIDACUS JULESDirector General – OECS Commission

Dr. Jules has been the Director General for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) since May 2014. In this capacity, he is responsible for driving the regional integration thrust towards a single economic and social space involving ten Eastern Caribbean States.

In addition to these amazing keynote speakers, there is also a fantastic line-up of movement speakers from across the Caribbean, as well as other international locations including Island Innovation Founder James Ellsmoor.

Who Should Attend? 

  • Leaders
  • Development Partners
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Sustainable Development Practitioners
  • Project Managers
  • Civil Society
  • Heads of Government
  • Public Sector
  • Private Sector
  • Investors and Private Equity Financiers
  • Academia
  • Student

What to Expect? 

  • 3,000+ Attendees
  • 7 Keynote Presentations
  • 4 Round Table/ Panel Discussions 
  • 21 Concurrent 
  • 4 Side-Bars

As with our own Virtual Island Summit with the second edition (7th-13th September) ending today, attendees will join the Sustainable Development Movement 2020 Summit virtually. This means that you will be able to watch the speakers from anywhere in the world, without the need to travel. This is especially important in today’s world due to the twin crises of the COVID-19 pandemic which has significantly disrupted international travel, and the even greater long term threat to humanity of global climate change.

With recent significant advances in technology, there is now much less of a need to physically attend events to be able to get the full benefit from them, and in fact, as we have been demonstrating to people and organisations since Island Innovation started, virtual events are in many ways superior to in-person conferences for a number of reasons

If you have never attended a virtual event before and are wondering how this system will work exactly, then here is an excellent video tour of the Sustainable Development Movement Vfairs Virtual Platform, presented by Lisa Taylor-Stone, Head of Development Cooperation and Resource Mobilisation at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.

For attendees of the Island Innovation Virtual Island Summit 2020 we currently have an amazing offer available to those wishing to attend the OECS Sustainable Development Movement Summit which you can see below: 

For those who didn’t attend the Virtual Island Summit 2020, but who still wish to attend the Sustainable Development Movement Summit, you can find all the details about the ticket pricing options, how to register and other details about speakers, scheduling and more on the summit website.


We are very confident that this is going to be an amazing event that you don’t want to miss and we look forward to seeing you there! 

It’s Not Just A Conference, It’s A Movement

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