Sharing knowledge for resilient, sustainable and prosperous islands worldwide.

6TH – 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2021



What is the Virtual Island Summit?

Free access to world-class experts. The Summit will be a free event to attend in order to ensure maximum accessibility to expertise from a variety of fields.
A zero carbon conference. The Summit will use modern technology to maximize opportunities for participation and minimize harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Interactive sessions in various formats. The Summit will imitate a traditional in-person event with opportunities to interact with speakers and other attendees with the goal of creating an online community.
The SDGs and beyond. The Summit will covers all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in addition to other topics pertinent to island communities.
A diverse range of viewpoints. Speakers and attendees from 100+ island communities including the Arctic, Caribbean, Europe, Indian Ocean, Pacific Islands, South America and beyond…
Cross-sector collaboration. The Summit will emphasize the need for input and partnerships from across the private, public, academic and NGO sectors.

Join islanders from around the world to share ideas, good practices and solutions.









10,000 attendees including policymakers, entrepreneurs, academics and NGO leaders share their expertise on island communities bringing examples of good practices from around the world.

Meet our Sponsors

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Edge Foundation

Edge is the independent education charity dedicated to making education relevant. We believe a coherent, unified and holistic education system can support social equity and enable all young people to fulfil their potential.

Edge’s research shows that a broad and balanced curriculum, including creative and technical subjects, rich employer engagement, teacher autonomy and interactive pedagogy, can help to bring learning alive and prepare students for more than just a set of exams.

Edge runs the Island Education Network, which brings together islands around the British Isles and British Overseas Territories to discuss issues relating to education policy in an island setting.

Orkney International Science Festival

It’s the oldest science festival anywhere outside Edinburgh, and in its 30th year welcomes the challenge of going online as an opportunity to reach out worldwide. Speakers have included Jane Goodall and Nobel laureates Peter Higgs, Brian Josephson and Sir Paul Nurse, and the Festival has a particular interest in cutting-edge ideas, and in the connections between science and history, music, and the arts generally. Astronomy and archaeology are also featured strongly. From the start it has highlighted Orkney’s energy potential, and the old island challenge of turning waste into resources. It is also involved in several innovative upcycling projects. It wants to share the skills of creating a science festival and will next year launch an online course for communities seeking to develop their own. It opens in the week before the Virtual Island Summit, with events over the seven days of 3-9 September. On the preceding weekend, 29-30 August, it features events from a new Foraging Fortnight in Scotland. After the session that it’s hosting on Wednesday 9 September, it warmly invites all Summit attenders to continue the discussion at its closing ceilidh, with traditional music too. Everything can be accessed through its website, or email

Janine Grant Consulting

Janine Grant Consulting is a consortium of senior consultants with diverse backgrounds, ranging from communications and community development, to climate change financing, migration and social protection. Our consultants bring a minimum of 10 years of experience in their field of expertise and are selected for projects based on their complementary skill sets and geographical experience. Unique to Janine Grant Consulting, the company utilizes an Advisory Board comprised of its most senior consultants to provide quality assurance services to all contracts and grants commissioned through the company. This process provides an additional guarantee of quality and efficiency for all our clients.

We are conscious of the reputation that international consulting companies have when it comes to providing services – parachuting in consultants for short time-frames, relying heavily on local ‘fixers’ to link them to networks, provide local context and translation. We are also aware of the carbon footprint that consultants bring to their work and feel that this is an unnecessary burden on the environment. As such, wherever possible, we use our network to identify high-quality consultants already based in the countries in which our projects are focused, reducing costs in terms of travel and translation, as well as leveraging their existing networks and capitalizing on their knowledge of and insights into local context that is hugely beneficial to our work, across the spectrum of interventions from analysis to capacity building, research to policy recommendations.

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Meet our Speakers

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry & Labour, Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Hon. Saboto Caesar

Saboto Caesar is a young, brilliant, energetic community activist and advocate. A lawyer by profession, Caesar was born and raised in the constituency of South Central Windward. He is a devoted Christian and family oriented young man.

The former Island Scholar and Banana Growers Association scholarship recipient is a graduate of the Diamonds Government Primary School. His wide-ranging professional experience was garnered from his work as a lawyer, community worker, Government Senator and Minister.

Caesar continues to be a force for progress in the constituency of South Central Windward. He has worked with numerous sporting and cultural groups alike and maintains an active interest in football, basketball, cricket and netball. He has played a key role in mobilizing the South Central Windward Development Organization, to launch and complete community projects such as Mt Grenan Playing Field, the Diamonds Playing Field, the Lowmans Pan Yard, the refurbishment of the Greiggs Basketball Court and several capacity building programmes.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Scottish Government

Mairi Gougeon MSP

Mairi Gougeon was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands in May 2021.

Mairi Gougeon was previously a councillor for Brechin and Edzell, during which she was chairwoman of the East of Scotland European Consortium.

She is a history graduate from the University of Aberdeen.

Mairi was elected as the MSP for Angus North and Mearns in May 2016. She was appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport in December 2020.

Minister of Climate Change, Associate Minister for the Environment (Biodiversity), Government of New Zealand

Hon James Shaw

James firmly believes that New Zealand can be an example to the world in transitioning to a high-value, clean-tech, post-carbon economy that works for everyone. He also believes that, right now, the world needs more such examples to follow and that those that can lead have a duty to do so.

Prior to becoming an MP, James had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in London, where he lived from 1998 to 2010. He has diverse experience working for large multinational organisations through to local start-ups, social enterprises and community organisations, across Europe, in New Zealand and around the world.

While completing a Master’s in sustainable development and business leadership at Bath University, James came to the realisation that the private sector alone wasn’t able to effect change at the speed and scale necessary to meet the challenge of climate change and that political change was also required.

He moved back to New Zealand to run for Parliament in 2010 and was elected in 2014, becoming Green Party Co-leader in 2015. In 2017 James led the Green Party into its first ever term in Government with Ministers and was appointed Minister for Climate Change, Statistics and Associate Minister for Finance.

In his first term, James guided the Zero Carbon Act through Parliament with unanimous support; reformed the Emissions Trading Scheme to cut pollution into the atmosphere; and established Green Investment Finance ltd., to stimulate investment in the low-carbon economy.

Now in his second term, and as Minister of Climate Change, James is focusing on specific measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport, energy and agricultural sectors. He also holds a new role as the Government’s Associate Minister for the Environment with responsibility for Biodiversity.

Shadow Minister Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Government of Jamaica

Hon. Lisa Hanna MP

As a 14 year old, she co-hosted, for 4 years, the Jamaican TV Talk Show named “Rappin” that exposed youth views and inculcated in her empathy for all youth. She was Queens High School Head Girl and UNDP appointee as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. In 1993, she won the Miss Jamaica World and Miss World Titles.

She’s a Karate black belt and a Karate Instructor and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communications from University of the West Indies (UWI). Her leadership qualities shone during her stint at UWI when, as a final year undergraduate, she conceptualized and raised funds to build a much needed Computer Lab for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. She also served as External Affairs Chairperson for the Student Government.

Lisa Hanna became Jamaica’s youngest female Member of Parliament when she was elected in 2007 to represent South-East St. Ann. She has twice been re-elected. She was also Chairperson of her Party’s Region One between 2008-2016 and Youth and Culture Minister from 2012-2016,

In 2013 under her leadership she formed an Inter- Ministerial Committee for Children which involved all relevant Ministries, The Office of the Children’s Advocate; and other State Agencies that worked with Children. This approach yielded great results including the separation of children from Adult Correctional Facilities and police lock ups, the introduction of the Arts For Life Programme at the South Camp Facility for Girls to teach drama, dance and art, the allocation of increased resources to help find missing children under the Ananda Alert System, a 50% reduction in violence in schools under the Safe Schools Programme, more children being removed from state care to family environments, the removal of children being locked up for uncontrollable behaviour, the introduction of the Smiles Mobile Unit to help children with counseling, additional resources to build child friendly spaces at police stations across the country, the introduction of the Children’s Advisory Panel and the implementation of The Keating Report to name a few.

The UN acknowledged these achievements and as a result, Marta Santos Pais, UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Children and Violence travelled to Jamaica to host the first ever regional conference discuss best practices and solutions for countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.

By 2014 Jamaica recorded solid progress at UNICEF, especially with finding solutions to persistent problems involving child rights. Jamaica’s success, particularly in the way we turned around our approaches to children in lockups and correctional facilities, resonated globally through the walls of the UN. From our interventions and programmes, Jamaica moved up 52 places in the most recent UNICEF Kids Rights Index, to be ranked 51 out of 163 countries globally.

As Minister, she also spearheaded the successful lobby for Jamaica’s first ever election to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee leading to Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow Mountains’ dedication as an official World Heritage Site.

She is Treasurer of the People’s National Party (PNP). She currently serves as the Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

She’s Married to Richard Lake and is Mother to Alexander Panton.

Secretary General, Pacific Islands Development Forum

Ambassador Solo Mara

Ambassador Solo Mara is the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), since October 2019.

Ambassador Mara began his career in May 1989 as a graduate trainee at the Ministry of Home Affairs and later on in the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Over the years, Ambassador Mara rose through the diplomatic ranks to serve as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [2009-2011], High Commissioner to the United Kingdom [2011-2015] and Ambassador to the United States America [2015-2019].

In recognition of his 20 years contribution in the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Fiji, Ambassador Mara received from the President of Fiji, His Excellency MajorGeneral [Ret] Jioji Konrote, the Fiji 50 Independence Commemorative medal at the State House on October 2020.

Ambassador Mara holds a Master Degree in International Relations from the International University of Japan (1997) and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of the South Pacific (1988). He also received various diplomatic training at the Korean Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (2000) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia [2006].

Ambassador Mara is married to Kerry Megan Mara and blessed with two daughters and two sons

Ambassador, Global Greens

Christine Milne AO

Christine Milne was the Leader of the Australian Greens from 2012 to 2015 in the Australian Parliament. She was elected to represent Tasmania in the federal parliament in 2004 after a distinguished career in the Tasmanian state parliament (1989-98). She was instrumental in developing the Clean Energy Package, which was the core legislation responsible for addressing global warming. Christine also served on the Global Council of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2000-2008 with four years as one of the four global Vice Presidents. She represented the organization at the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention.

Christine was the first woman to lead a political party in Tasmania and is a leader in the environment movement in Australia and overseas. She was appointed to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1990 and has received many awards during her distinguished career. She has also been awarded the Inaugural Women in Leadership Award for Tasmania in 2015. She is currently a Patron of the Australian Solar Council, an advisory board member of the Climate Accountability Institute in the USA , an Ambassador of the 100% Renewable Energy Campaign of the World Future Council and the Global Greens Ambassador.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of Montserrat

Lyston E Skerritt

Lyston E Skerritt returned to Montserrat in 2017 after studies abroad, with a passion for education, youth affairs and efficient system development. As a youth, he was involved with the Montserrat Secondary School Cadet Corp, the Leeward Island Debating Competition and served as the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. In 2005, he was awarded the Georgia Rotary Scholarship and pursued his tertiary education in the United States of America. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies from Augusta University in GA with minors in Philosophy and Psychology. In 2012 he completed his Master’s in Education and Counseling from the University of Louisville. He is a trained counselor, ombudsman and mediator with a decade of work supporting the establishment and operation of education institution, non-profits and non-governmental organizations. Since his return, he has rapidly advanced in the Government Public Service and now serves as the acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports. Above all else, Mr. Skerritt lives by the strong family and religious foundation afforded to him growing up in Montserrat and still attributes many of his successes to his reflection on the MSS motto, “Qui non proficit deficit”, He who does not progress retrogresses.

Principal, Cowes Enterprise College – an Ormiston Academy

Rachel Kitley

Rachel Kitley is the Principal of Cowes Enterprise College – an Ormiston Academy, which is based on the Isle of Wight. Rachel moved to the Island in 2017 with her husband and two children, to lead the school successfully on a positive journey of improvement. The school is now ranked as the best on the Island for the progress students make whilst there, and has received widespread praise for the innovative approach to education being championed there.

Prior to joining Cowes, Rachel has held a number of leadership and teaching roles, including being the Co-Headteacher at Kingsbury High School in London in inner London with over 2000 students on roll and which achieved above average Progress 8 during her time in this role.

Aside from teaching, Rachel has long shared advice, guidance and best practice across the sector, including regularly writing for the TES on effective practices in the classroom and also writing curriculum resources for Heinemann. Rachel also presents at both national and

President, Regional Government of Azores

Hon. José Manuel Cabral Dias Bolieiro

Hon. José Manuel Cabral Dias Bolieiro is the president of the regional government of the Azores and State Councilor since November 2020.

Hon. Bolieiro was also chairman of the board of directors of the Municipal Water and Sanitation Services of Ponta Delgada, chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Municipalities of the Island of São Miguel, member of the intermunicipal assembly of the Association of Municipalities of the Autonomous Region of the Azores and member of board of directors of the National Association of Portuguese Municipaliti.

Producer, SunPix Films

Ngaire Fuata

Ngaire has been in the television industry for over 30 years and has a wealth of experience in production. Starting in the Maori & Pacific Programmes Department at TVNZ in the late ‘80s working with the late Ernie Leonard and Whai Ngata she worked on productions from 1988 Telethon, 1990 Commonwealth Games right through to presenting on shows like Tagata Pasifika, Town and Country, NZ Living and going on to production work with Tagata Pasifika.

While working at TVNZ’s, Maori & Pacific Programmes, Ngaire started her musical career and had some success as a recording artist. She released her debut album “Ngaire” in 1991 and is best known for her 1990 remake of the Lulu classic “To Sir with Love” which stayed at No 1 for 5 weeks on the National Charts.
After many years behind the camera, Ngaire was again in the spotlight when the camera followed her on her maiden voyage to Rotuma in the Tagata Pasifika documentary “Salat Se Rotuma” a moving story about cultural identity, a professional and personal highlight so far in her career.

Ngaire teamed up with NZ Samoan writer and director Jeremiah Tauamiti in 2016 to make the Samoan short film “Liliu” that premiered at the 2019 Berlinale NATIVe and went on to win Best Short film at the Wairoa Film Festival, Berlin Down Under and the Hawaii International Film Festival. Of Dutch and Rotuman (Fiji Islands) descent and she’s passionate about telling Pacific stories through the Pacific lens. Ngaire is currently in development producing her first feature film “Mysterious Ways”. Ngaire is a Company Director of SunPix Ltd Producers of the long running Pacific television show “Tagata Pasifika” and SunPix Post.

Founder and Co-Director, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG)

Francesco Sindico

Francesco Sindico is the Founder and Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He is also Associate Professor (Reader) in International Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde Law School. He leads the EILEAN initiative at SCELG where he researches about law, islands and sustainability. As part of his work on islands he has collaborated with the Scottish Government in the implementation of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 and is now a member of the National Islands Plan Delivery Group. He has coordinated with Island Innovation a global survey on Islands and COVID-19 and is also co-leading with Island Innovation and the University of Prince Edward Island the COVID-19 Island Insights series. Francesco is also very active in the climate law field and is the Founder and Co-Director of the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI). He has also worked extensively on international water law, an area where he provides legal advice to international organisations and governments before international courts. You can find more about Francesco’s island related work here

Principal, Highlands College, Jersey

Jo Terry-Marchant

Jo has worked in education in London and in Jersey for almost three decades. Her career is characterised by a track record of breaking down barriers to achievement for students and staff. Before entering education, Jo worked in offshore finance and volunteered whilst travelling abroad.

Jo believes that education transforms lives and in each of her workplace settings has worked tirelessly to make this belief a reality. She has led major action research projects focused on learning and innovation to ensure that staff remain equipped with the right skills and are motivated to achieve the very best for students; whatever their age, background, or starting points.

Jo’s vision for the College has never been more pertinent: “Our mission is to transform lives by empowering learners to find fulfilment and to make a positive social and economic contribution to our Island and the world they live in.” With her experience, she is uniquely qualified to drive innovation at Highlands College to create a fit for future workforce. Born and educated in Jersey, she has a MA in Education and Management, and completed the Association of Colleges Senior Leadership Management programme in 2018, and is currently studying for the Certificate in Company Direction. She is Vice-chair of the Institute of Directors staff development group in Jersey. Jo also worked with the States of Jersey “I Will Mentoring and Shadowing programme” collaborating on the design and implementation plans for increasing female representation at senior levels of the Government of Jersey’s public service.

Director, Orkney International Science Festival

Howie Firth

Howie Firth is a writer and broadcaster who has directed Orkney Internmational Science Festival for the past 30 years. As the director of the first Edinburgh Science Festival in 1989 he created the science festival format that is now followed worldwide. He worked for 11 years for the BBC as the head of Radio Orkney, one of the UK’s first community radio stations. His background is in mathematical physics and he has a deep interest in the history and philosophy of science. He is also chair of the Resource Use Institute and the innovation company Going Nova, which is working on a project developing a new strategy to tackle island waste.

Project Manager, Scottish Islands Passport

Kirsten Gow

Kirsten Gow has worked alongside her job-share partner Sarah Compton-Bishop to develop a new digital resource for exploring Scotland’s islands which keeps island communities at the heart of what they do. Working to an island-centred ethos, Kirsten has been responsible for the technical development of the project as well as proactively working with islanders to ensure the project meets the aspirations, needs and capacity of individual islands.

The Scottish Islands Passport is a Scottish Government’s Programme for Government Commitment and forms part of the National Islands Plan.

Kirsten also works part time for Rural Housing Scotland, a charity which supports community-led housing development in Scotland’s rural and island areas to tackle locally-identified housing need and grow sustainable communities. She is due to commence her PhD studies with the University of Aberdeen in October 2021 with a focus on in-migration to Scottish islands to build balanced and sustainable population profiles.

Executive Director, Edge Foundation

Olly Newton

Olly Newton spent 12 years in the UK Department for Education working on policies including 14-19 diplomas, raising the participation age and finally as Head of Apprenticeship Strategy. Olly is now Executive Director of the Edge Foundation, where he oversees the programme of research, policy reports and the Edge Future Learning delivery programme for schools and colleges. Olly also chair’s the Island Education Network and in his spare time volunteers with the Scout Association and as Enterprise Adviser and Governor at Firth Park Academy in Sheffield.

President, BuzzMaker

Matthew McMillan

Matthew A. McMillan is an accomplished international political & public affairs consultant that has worked in 30 regions, countries and territories around the world. He has won dozens of political consulting awards, has organized large-scale events and has advised Heads of State, Opposition Leaders, Governors, major political parties and well known corporate brands around the world.

In the Caribbean, Mr. McMillan has worked on high profile political, corporate and public affairs campaigns in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Mr. McMillan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Columbia University. He is based in Washington, DC.

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Event Agenda

Pre-session orientation

All attendees are invited to join us in this pre-session for technical and logistical guidance. We will also be setting the scene on island sustainability with an overview on what’s to come in the week ahead of the Virtual Island Summit 2021.

Island Storytelling – Chagossian Voices

A series of short sessions where the audience can fully immerse themselves listening to personal accounts of island related narratives.

In Conversation With….

A series of one on one conversations with recognised industry leaders in the fields of islands, innovation and sustainability.

Roundtable: Community Leadership for Small Islands

An exclusive invitation-only Roundtable session available to individuals and organizations working on community leadership projects and initiatives in small islands across the world.

Networking: Blue Economy

An interactive networking session hosted on Remo, where attendees can move from table to table, meet key stakeholders from across the globe, engage with one another and make connections. The theme of this networking session will centre around the Blue Economy.

Grand Opening Plenary – Eastern Hemisphere

The Grand Opening Plenaries will feature a series of keynote addresses from island and industry leaders who will discuss in a wider context how their islands are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals to meet the needs of future generations.

Grand Opening Plenary – Western Hemisphere

The Grand Opening Plenaries will feature a series of keynote addresses from island and industry leaders who will discuss in a wider context how their islands are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals to meet the needs of future generations.

Press Conference & launch of the Island Innovation Awards

This special media event will include interventions from guest speakers who will take questions live on the day. During the press conference we will also officially launch the Island Innovation Awards which will recognise individuals, organisations and technologies driving positive change for remote and island communities globally.

In Conversation With….

A series of one on one conversations with recognised industry leaders in the fields of islands, innovation and sustainability.

Innovative Island Communities – Orkney International Science Festival

This session will give insight into various sustainable energy projects across the Orkney Islands and how the local communities are shaping energy developments to solve problems and shine a light for island futures globally.

Networking: Climate Action

An interactive networking session hosted on Remo, where attendees can move from table to table, meet key stakeholders from across the globe, engage with one another and make connections. The theme of this session will focus on climate action and driving sustainable change to avert the climate crisis.

How can Blockchain accelerate Sustainable Development?

This session will give insight into different projects and case studies of organisations who are implementing blockchain technology on islands and will explore how this emerging technology can help accelerate our progress to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

Island Storytelling – Salat se Rotuma – Passage to Rotuma

A series of short sessions where the audience can fully immerse themselves listening to personal accounts of island related narratives. In this session, Ngaire Fuata will tell the story of travelling to her father’s homeland for the first time — the beautiful, remote island Rotuma.

Networking: Post-pandemic recovery

An interactive networking session hosted on Remo, where attendees can move from table to table, meet key stakeholders from across the globe, engage with one another and make connections. The theme of this session will widely focus on solutions to aid a resilient post-pandemic recovery.

Building Resilience in Agriculture and Food Security

In this session we will explore how the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices and food systems is critical to creating a resilient future for the benefit of current and future generations.

Developing a Broad and Sustainable Island Curriculum – Sponsored by Edge Foundation

We all want children and young people growing up on islands to build the knowledge and skills they need for the future. In this session, we will explore different examples and approaches for schools and colleges on islands to develop a broad and sustainable curriculum rooted in the geography, history and heritage of their island setting.

In Conversation With…

A series of one on one conversations with recognised leaders in the fields of islands, innovation and sustainability.

In Conversation With…

A series of one on one conversations with different recognised leaders in the fields of islands, innovation and sustainability.

Innovation and the Future of Tourism

Sustainable tourism is a key component of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. This session will feature case studies of innovative and green tourism initiatives with a look ahead at how the tourism industry can recover beyond the global pandemic.

Networking: Clean Energy Transition

An interactive networking session hosted on Remo, where attendees can move from table to table, meet key stakeholders from across the globe, engage with one another and make connections. The theme of this session will focus on the clean energy transition and pathway to a sustainable future.

Roundtable: Pacific Islands

An exclusive invitation-only Roundtable session available to individuals and organizations working on island resiliency initiatives in the Pacific.

In Conversation With…

A series of one on one conversations with different recognised leaders in the fields of islands, innovation and sustainability.

Covid Insights – University of Strathclyde & University of Prince Edward Island

Picking up from the Island Insights series, this session will explore how specific islands around the world have performed during the pandemic and how their recovery plans can promote long term resilience and sustainability. The session will include key policy recommendations and insights that have come out of the initiative thus far.

Networking: Island Sustainability

An interactive networking session hosted on Remo, where attendees can move from table to table, meet key stakeholders from across the globe, engage with one another and make connections. The theme of this session will focus on the Blue Economy.

Roundtable Session: Sustainable Energy for Small Island Developing States

An exclusive invitation-only Roundtable session available to individuals and organizations working on sustainable energy projects for Small Island Developing States.

Networking: Circular economy

An interactive networking session hosted on Remo, where attendees can move from table to table, meet key stakeholders from across the globe, engage with one another and make connections. The theme of this session will focus on the circular economy.

Island Innovation Ambassador Network Session

This session will be presented by a featured group of Island Innovation Ambassadors who will showcase sustainable island projects taking place in their local communities and the impact of the network.

Island Storytelling

A series of short sessions where the audience can fully immerse themselves listening to personal accounts of island related narratives.

Youth Action for Sustainable Development

This session will feature a series of presentations by youth advocates who are driving real positive and sustainable change in their communities as next generation island leaders.

Island Storytelling

A series of short sessions where the audience can fully immerse themselves listening to personal accounts of island related narratives.

Official Closing followed by Networking

Join us for our interactive official closing to watch artists from island communities across the world perform music, dance, arts and poetry. The official closing will be followed by networking to continue the conversations and engagement.

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Global Ethical Finance Initiative


The Global Ethical Finance Initiative is a non-profit based in Scotland with a global footprint. We are dedicated to enabling finance to deliver positive change and help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Through our campaign, we are committed to making finance work for COP26, and COP26 work for finance. As a Scottish-based organisation, we are particularly excited to welcome the world to Glasgow this year. Her Majesty’s Government, Scottish Government, the UN and Island Innovation are signatories alongside financial institutions such as Aberdeen Standard Investments, Baillie Gifford, Federated Hermes, ING, NatWest Group and Royal London. Our events have a reputation for driving action through frank, honest debate amongst a global coalition across financial services. Previous keynote addresses have included: Gordon Brown, Dame Susan Rice, Sir Roger Gifford, Achim Steiner, Archbishop Justin Welby and Nicola Sturgeon.

Marine Conservation without Borders


Marine Conservation without Borders bridges the gap between Indigenous and scientific communities through bilingual biocultural STEM curricula focused on concepts and lessons in conservation, biology, and ecology. These curricula pair a local language of instruction with Indigenous and Creole languages focused on communities where these latter languages are peoples’ primary languages (the languages of homes and livelihoods).

One of the projects of Marine Conservation without Borders is the Sargassum Podcast. The podcast interviews diverse stakeholders to share their solutions and knowledge regarding the international challenge of massive Sargassum influx. Episodes are in either English, French or Spanish and include subtitles in over 100 languages and are released weekly.

Our work bridges communities, creating space for new modes of communication that value and promote mutual respect and understanding. The world has big challenges facing the communities comprising it, without spaces for common ground to be found, communities and their natural environments will continue to fracture. We aim to bind them by equipping them for an improved opportunity of resiliency.

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The Journal of Caribbean Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy (CESaRE) was developed in 2016 out of a recognized need to modernize and revolutionize the Caribbean’s scientific research publishing. With the global shift towards renewables over traditional energy sources, together with a collective rise in environmental consciousness, CESaRE is the perfect opportunity for highlighting such research conducted in the Caribbean. CESaRE will provide a suitable forum to encourage research dissemination in the region and promises to be more than just a collection of academic articles. Our innovative media and growing audience will provide a nexus for Caribbean leaders, key industry partners, and authorities to catalyze more effective decision making processes within our increasingly vulnerable region.



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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend the Virtual Island Summit?

The summit is a unique and totally free experience! You can learn from world-leading experts from diverse backgrounds about the latest projects being deployed in island communities, with applications far beyond. Each session will be interactive with opportunities to ask questions and make connections. This year we are expanding to have even more features and especially networking opportunities with representatives of over 500 islands!

What's new in 2021?

We are continuing to build out our program to include new virtual features, and especially networking opportunities. We are continuing to expand program the Hubs and Ambassador programs, which allows our global virtual evennt to directly connect with local communities.

How much does the Summit cost? Do I need anything to participate?

The summit is totally free!! You can sign up here and all you need to take part is and an internet connection and the Zoom webinar software. The networking sessions will be held on Remo, which is accessed directly in your browser.

How do I participate?

All are welcome to participate in the summit – feel free to invite friends and colleagues. Participants can take part in every session, or simply chose the sessions most relevant to them and are all encouraged to join the social media conversation.

Will the Summit be recorded?

The summit will be broadcast LIVE, taking place over multiple days in various timezones. Ideally, guests should join live for opportunities to ask questions and interact with fellow attendees. However, all sessions will be recorded and made available online a few weeks after the event.

What is Island Innovation?

Island Innovation is a consultancy and advisory firm offering specialized services across various economic sectors. We bring together the private sector, government, NGOs and academia to advance innovation for sustainability in island communities worldwide. The organization works with diverse rural and island communities around the world to develop solutions for sustainable development. Island Innovation uses its global network to find innovative solutions with cutting-edge technology.

Can I speak or recommend a speaker or topic?

We are continually adding more speakers and sessions! If you would like to nominate a speaker click here.

Can I sponsor the Summit?

We have limited opportunities for sponsors of specific sessions or the event as a whole. If you are interested in sponsoring the event click here and we will be in touch.

Can we organize a local screening of the summit?

We are exploring opportunities to screen parts of the summits on islands around the world to ensure local communities can take part. If you would like to organize a screening on your island please get in touch.

How can I get involved with Island Innovation

Thanks for your support! You can explore the Island Ambassadors program for opportunities to be involved.

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