Sharing knowledge for resilient,
sustainable and prosperous
islands worldwide.

September 26th — October 2nd, 2022

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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 IN PAST VIS

500

ISLANDS REPRESENTED

160

SPEAKERS

100

FREE EVENT

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.

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Edge Foundation

SILVER SPONSOR

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.

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Register now to attend the various online events taking place September 26th — October 2nd, 2022.

Registration is FREE, but spaces are limited, so reserve your spot now!

Can’t make the live event dates? No worries! Register for the event, and we’ll send you the replay link after the event. If you can attend live, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions to speakers and interact with other guests.

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Meet our Speakers

Premier of Niue

Hon. Dalton Tagelagi

Chief Minister, Government of Jersey

Kristina Moore

Chair, Agriculture and Environment Committee, State Senate of Hawaii

Senator Mike Gabbard

Senator Mike Gabbard currently serves as chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Environment. He is also a member of the Committee on Judiciary and Committee on Government Operations.

Senator Gabbard represents Hawai‘i’s 20th Senatorial District and has served in the Hawai‘i State Senate since 2006. Gabbard served on the Honolulu City Council from 2003-2005.
Born on January 15, 1948 in American Samoa, Senator Gabbard and his wife, Carol, have five children: Bhakti, Jai, Ryan, Tulsi, and Vrindavan. Senator Gabbard is a graduate from Choctawhatchee High School and received a B.A. in English from California State University, Sonoma in 1971. He continued his education, receiving an M.A. in Adult Education with emphasis on community college administration from Oregon State University in 1980.

Chief Executive Officer, Niue Chamber of Commerce

Catherine Etuata Papani

Ocean Policy Research Institute, The Sakasawa Peace Foundation

Masanori Kobayashi

Education and Policy Senior Researcher, Edge Foundation

Dr Dana Dabbous

Dana completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in the field of refugee education. Dana
joined the Edge Research and Policy team in 2019 as a Researcher. At Edge Dana’s main areas of
interest are in further education, vocational education and training, education technology,
understanding good practice across all levels of education and labour skills shortages across the UK.

Energy Officer, GGGI

Kurt Inglis

Rural Policy Researcher/Analyst, Scotland's Rural College

Jane Atterton

Jane is the manager of the Rural Policy Centre at SRUC. Her research focuses broadly on rural and regional development issues, with a particular focus on rural economies and businesses, rural policies and the policy-making process, urban-rural interations and linkages and demographic change in rural areas. She has undertaken projects for the European Comission, Defra, the Scottish Government and a number of local authorities and enterprise agencies.
President and CEO, Clean Energy Access & Power52 Energy

Robert Wallace

Rob Wallace is CEO of Ecademy. Mr. Wallace has worked as an Energy Engineer/project manager and business consultant with over 10 years experience in program management, renewable energy systems design and development, systems implementation, training and technology management. Mr. Wallace is responsible for the engineering, design, and development of all renewable energy projects that supports clients in the educational, financial, and healthcare sectors. Some noteworthy clients include University of Maryland Medical Systems, Johns Hopkins University, the City of Baltimore, University of Maryland Medical Systems and CHIMES International. Daniel sits on the board for the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves as President of the Baltimore Chapter of AABE (American Association of Blacks in Energy). Recent projects include more than 25MW portfolio of solar installations throughout the Northeastern United States. This includes 3.4MW of solar for Chimes, Inc., a Baltimore-based nonprofit; a 24MW mixed resource (solar and biomass facility for a major medical system in Maryland, and a 2.6 MW HRES™ integrated system for Tubman University in Liberia, West Africa, two capped land fills in Massachusetts, and two 10MW facilities in Howard and Carroll Counties. Mr. Wallace has over 100MW of projects in various stages of development/construction.

Mr. Wallace pursued his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. He is an SMA Solar Academy graduate, a certified Wind System Design Specialist, and a certified EVSE installer for GE’s. He is currently pursuing his CEM, OSHA10, and LEED certifications to further broaden his Energy knowledge base.

Researcher in Education, University College London

Lynne Rogers

Lynne Rogers is a Reader in Education at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society and Co-Director for the Centre for Post-14 Education and Work. She has long-standing interests in teacher/lecturer training and learning in further and higher education and other professional settings. Currently she is the Academic Head of Research Engagement and Impact. She was the Faculty Director of Teaching and Learning throughout 2011–14 in addition to leading the MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education. During 2008–2010 she was the Director of the London Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training. She has extensive experience of education as a teacher and in a range of management positions prior to becoming an academic. She has undertaken research and published in relation to behaviour in school; disengagement from education including the role of alternative curricula; learning, studying and homework in adolescents, educational trajectories of young people and issues relating to music education. Her book, Disengagement from Education, focused on the experiences of young people aged 11 to 19 across a range of contexts including secondary, FE, young offender institutions and alternative provision.

CEO, Dugong Rising

Dipankar Das

Sustainable Tourism Consultant and Co-Founder, Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation

Diana Körner

My background is in Tourism Management (BA, IMC University of Sciences Krems and MSc, Skema Business School France). After a work experience at UNEP’s Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, I joined mascontour GmbH, a Berlin-based international sustainable tourism consultancy. Since then I have been involved in projects on tourism policy (10 Year Framework of Programmes), marketing and PR (National Tourism Organisation of Serbia, Danube Competence Centre), certification (KAZA area) and capacity building (nature conservation, agrobiodiversity and tourism in Albania, Georgia), among others.

I speak four languages and am a passionate sustainable tourism and ecotourism advocate, looking to connect with colleagues from around the world to exchange project experiences and find opportunities for collaboration.

I was based in Seychelles for several years where I co-founded the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF), a platform that works toward a structured and holistic approach for sustainable tourism in Seychelles, connecting relevant stakeholders.

Working in small island destinations, I am seeing first-hand the benefits ecotourism can bring to local livelihoods, conservation and environmental education. Currently, I am supporting the LT&C-Example Chumbe Island Coral Park in Zanzibar.

Managing Director, Fundación Xaley

Dr Cherif Samsedine Sarr

NST Team Business Development, SMO Solar Process

Yasmine Encelade

Co-founder and Managing Director, Journal of Caribbean Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy (CESaRE)

Masaō Ashtine

Dr Masaō Ashtine completed his doctorate in 2016 at the University of Cambridge, where he researched climate change implications for the UK’s and Caribbean wind energy sectors. This followed 6 years at York University in Toronto, Canada, where he gained his Undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Environmental Sciences and Climate Modelling respectively. After his PhD, he worked with the renewables company, 3E, in Brussels as a data scientist intern for the optimisation of wind power models across Europe.

Masaō recently completed a Lectureship at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica where he was the research lead for the Alternative Energy Group at the Department of Physics. He has now joined the OeRC team, working with Professor David Wallom as a Postdoctoral Researcher for Project LEO (project-leo.co.uk). Masaō is the Co-Founder of the Journal of Caribbean Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy (CESaR

Lead Environmental Specialist, The World Bank

Karin Shephardson

Director & Founder, Institute for Small Islands

Caroline Mair-Toby

Property Manager, Saint Lucia’s Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts

Carl Hunter

Degree in Engineering (Imperial Collage London UK), Certified Engineering Operations Executive. 28+ years of managing the maintenance and development needs of Caribbean hotel and resort facilities. Special passion for management of energy and leveraging environmental initiates to drive down operation costs and enhance marketing ability.

  • Property Manager for Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain Resorts St Lucia
  • One of UNEP / TraveLife’s main implementation partners for the TTVC (Transforming Tourism Value Chains) program.
  • Past Chairman of the St Lucian Hospitality and Tourism Environmental Committee.

Publications:

A strong proponent of the Caribbean Centric approach to engineering and managing projects that are regionally appropriate and sustainable.
Passion for training and information sharing with a special focus in overcoming cultural barriers to change.

Senior Education & Policy Researcher, Edge Foundation

Kat Emms

Kat Emms is a Senior Education & Policy Researcher at the Edge Foundation. At Edge, Kat is involved in research and projects relating to innovative approaches to higher education, particularly in terms of preparing students for employment; understanding the provision and development of employability skills in schools, colleges and universities; supporting the analysis of the skills shortages in the UK economy; and green skills. She has worked in a number of research and practice roles across different education settings, including research and analyst roles within local authority education, higher education and for a number of years as an International Baccalaureate teacher.
Head of the department for Climate and Circular Economy at the Environment Agency of Iceland

Elva Rakel Jónsdóttir

Founder, The Seaweed Food Co

Ben Tustin

Ben left the offshore finance sector after 20 years and set up Guernsey Seaweed to produce seaweed fertiliser. This part of the business was put on hold in 2020 due to the pandemic, however he then went on to create the world’s first seaweed hand sanitiser and distributed it to every clinical setting in Guernsey. In the last 2 years the company has branched out into lines of skincare products and has also created The Seaweed Food Company which supplies retail and restaurants with a wide range of products.
Secretary-General of the Municipality of Tilos, Greece

Eustathios Kontos

I am from Athens Greece and I am a graduate of the Electrical Engineering Department of TEI Piraeus (now University of West Attica)

In the period 1994-1995, I worked as a sales executive at the company Sarelas Ltd, responsible for the company’s largest customer, the Public Electricity Company (PPC). During the period 1995-1999 as a sales executive in the company SDC S.A I was responsible for the integration of proposals and solutions in ERP systems (SAP), CRM (Siebel and SAP), Business Intelligence (SAP and BO), Systems Integration, E-security. From 1999 to 2004 as a senior sales executive at the French multinational company BULL S.A., with the role of Developing the Strategy for Creating and Completing sales opportunities for Large Public and Private clients, and completing Public Tenders. From the year 2005 to 2011 as a senior sales executive at Exodus Company I had the role of overseeing Public Sector and Local Government clients. During the period 2011-2012, I took over as Special Associate of the Mayor of Leros. From 2012 to 2015, I was the director of sales at Reposition Strategy. From 2015 to 2020 Ι worked as a Special Associate of the Mayor of Tilos.From 2020 until today I am the General Secretary of the Municipality of Tilos.

In the period 2003-2012 he was the Elected Member of the Municipal Council of the 1st Municipal Apartment of the Municipality of Athens. In the two years 2007-2008 Ι was the President of the Municipal Council of the 1st Municipal District, while in the two years 2009-2010 Ι was the President of the Municipal Committee of Education of the 1st Municipal District and an Executive member of the Board of Directors of the “National Garden” Organization.

Event Agenda

Climate Action & Adaptation

Renewable Energy & Clean Energy Transition

Blue Economy, Conservation & the Ocean

Agriculture & Food Security

Health, Education, Diversity & Inclusion

Circular Economy

Sustainable Tourism

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

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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 www.pathtocop26.com 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.

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The Island Resilience Partnership (IRP)

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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 2022?

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.