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.
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.
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!
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Meet our Speakers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- Best Practice Handbook on for the St. Lucian Hospitality Sector
- Recommendations to the Saint Lucian Hospitality Sector for alternatives to Single Use Plastic
- Leveraging sustainable procurement practices to transform tourism value chains SHLTA Virtual Agricultural Clearing House
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.
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.
The Virtual Island Summit collectively covers all aspects of sustainable development using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework. Core themes this year will include:
Climate Action & Adaptation
Renewable Energy & Clean Energy Transition
Blue Economy, Conservation & the Ocean
Agriculture & Food Security
Health, Education, Diversity & Inclusion
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
Sessions will follow a variety of interactive formats including panels, roundtables, quickfire presentations, special sessions and storytelling.
Full Agenda Coming Soon!
Last Year Partners
ImpactAlpha is a subscription-based, multi-channel digital media platform that is redefining business journalism around social and environmental value. Our audience and our beat are “Agents of Impact” working in impact investing, sustainable finance, ESG and entrepreneurship to accelerate a more just, equitable and sustainable world. Subscribe today at impactalpha.com
@SriEvent specializes in creating, searching and aggregating, valorizing and promoting Twitter-based contents for events on sustainable finance. #SriAgenda, #Livetweeting, #TwitterChat, #TwitterInterview are the main services provided by @SriEvent in the framework of a modular and customizable offer.
@SriEvent is part of a network of Twitter handles launched by @andytuit, a story-tweeter, blogger, journalist, writer, adjunct professor and guest lecturer on sustainable finance, member of Managers For Future Pioneer Team, with 20+ years of experience in the field.
March For Science is a global community of science supporters committed to building a more sustainable, just world. Our mission is to mobilize advocates across the globe in support of evidence-based, science-informed public policies.
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.
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.
BuzzMaker is an award-winning global political and public affairs consultancy. BuzzMaker has operated at the highest levels of campaigns in 30 countries, territories and regions around the world. Our references include several sitting and former Prime Ministers, Presidents, Opposition Leaders and major international brands.
We have deep experience providing government relations, public affairs, public relations, communications and advertising campaigns in dozens of small island developing states. In total, we’ve worked in 16 islands in the Atlantic and Caribbean and, beyond our island work, we’ve worked on every continent in the world. If you’re looking to advocate for a policy change, advance an issue position, understand and engage with government and civil society stakeholders or win an election, we’d love to help.
Thepostman 24 is a media organization focused on bringing news from all over the world to its audience and incorporating new forms of thoughts into journalism. This media doesn’t solely revolve around providing news but rather works to bring the world closer through various initiatives and aims to increase involvement in various international projects. Our team works tirelessly to bring all of our goals to fruition and to always present something never done before in local journalism.
- Covering one crisis at a time through innovative, authentic storytelling
Focusing solely on original reportage
- Reaching a larger audience not just through providing latest news but also by incorporating new journalism techniques
- Becoming a well-known name to both national and international masses for innovative ideas
- Improving relations with different countries and carrying out projects at a larger scale that incorporate media of various countries.
Emerging Impact (EI) is a blockchain for social impact company that empowers social entrepreneurs and international aid agencies to easily develop, customize, and deploy blockchain-based fintech products to build wealth and digital and financial inclusion in emerging markets. As an all-in-one advisory & tech firm, EI offers a multidisciplinary team focused on community-engaged solutions development, technical assistance, and last-mile digital outreach to underserved communities. Umoja, EI’s open banking platform, enables aid agencies and emerging market financial service providers to develop and deploy inclusive, digital fintech tools leveraging blockchain technology. We work with international partners and communities across the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean and East and Southern Africa.
The Island Resilience Partnership (IRP) is a social enterprise that amplifies climate action and scales climate solutions. Through the development of public-private partnerships and cross-sector collaborations, IRP helps the world’s most vulnerable countries achieve climate mitigation and climate adaptation goals.
Founded in 2010, Institutions & Stratégies is a firm specializing in strategic advice, innovation financing and public affairs and engineering of European and international funding.
Since October of 2014, Institutions & Stratégies SAS has been strengthening and expanding its service offering to always better support you in the European and international financing of your development projects.
Institutions & Stratégies is positioned as a major player in financial lobbying, assistance in the obtention of European funding and the positioning of SMEs within the framework of international public contracts.
Now, in a financial project management process made complex by the profusion of information and the interaction of many stakeholders, our firm, through its Financing division, advises and guides eligible project leaders in obtaining financing European and international within the framework of calls for projects. Through its Public Affairs division, our firm supports its clients at each stage of their lobbying strategy, in order to enable them to be heard in the public arena. Through its International Economic Diplomacy division, the firm provides its expertise to its clients in the implementation of their international development within the framework of international public contracts.
With a strong experience in institutional lobbying for more than 20 years and support to international development through the financial set-up and project management for more than 7 years, we contribute to setting up strategic partnerships between SMEs, start-ups, major groups and research organisations, and to trigger national and European public funding for innovative projects in various technological sectors (industrial technologies, health, eco-technologies, ICT, chemistry, nanotechnology, agro-industry, etc.) involving partners from four continents.
The Barbados Environmental Conservation Trust (BECT) has been set up to enable and support local environmental activities aimed at the preservation and restoration of Barbados’ natural assets.
Frequently Asked Questions
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.