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Breaking Echo Chambers: Innovating Inter-island Knowledge Sharing

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Island nations face many commonalities in the fight against climate change. Our vulnerable coastlines, ecosystems, and people are increasingly prone to the impacts of inaction and many of these threats are from no fault of our own. How we adapt, however, is in our control. This panel discussion will bring together island experts from the Caribbean and beyond to address the main bottlenecks in communicating information to bring about effective action. Like-minded gatherings hold a lot of power where knowledge sharing is concerned, but are we truly inclusive in our audiences? Or are we simply sharing within an engaged ‘echo chamber’? Join the Journal of Caribbean Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy (CESaRE) and the Barbados Environmental Conservation Trust (BECT) as we delve into this introspective debate on innovating knowledge sharing across islands with common goals.


Co-founder & Managing Director, 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 ( Masaō is the Co-Founder of the Journal of Caribbean Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy (CESaRE)

Executive Director, BECT

Tamaisha Eytle

CEO, The Cropper Foundation

Omar Mohammed

Omar is the C.E.O. of The Cropper Foundation, a Caribbean non-profit working to advance Caribbean sustainability. In this role he has led several large development projects and built diverse, multi-stakeholder relationships across fields of data and technology, civil society empowerment, sustainable agriculture and natural capital. He has also worked in the field of education with UNESCO, leading national and regional efforts at sustainability and diversity in education including UNESCO’s global programme on bullying and school violence and UNESCO’s climate change education agenda. He has worked with the University of the West Indies, various United Nations Agencies and is currently a Director of CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice, one of the leading LGBTI NGOs in the Caribbean. He is a member of the 10th cohort of the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge, UK. And has a BSc and MBA from the UWI.

Chairman, BECT

Neysha Soodeen

Director, Climate Analytics

Frances Fuller

Frances Fuller is the Director of the New York branch of Climate Analytics and a Senior Implementation Specialist. Originally from Antigua and Barbuda, Frances has 15 years’ experience in climate and environmental policy implementation, access to climate finance, strategic national development planning, natural resource management, and multi-stakeholder engagement. Most recently, Frances has been co-leading the provision of Climate Analytics’ technical support to SIDS and LDCs to update or develop new NDCs. Frances has led much of CA’s GCF Readiness Programme activities in the Caribbean region on building the capacity of NDAs, multi-stakeholder engagement and training on increasing the quality of GCF project and programme proposals, with respect to investment criteria, country ownership, gender integration, theory of change and developing a strong climate rationale. Frances has an MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King’s College, London and her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Biogeoscience from the University of Leeds.
Ocean Professional, University of the West Indies

Dr Shelly Ann Cox

Facilitated by:

The Journal of Caribbean Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy (CESaRE)

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.

The Barbados Environmental Conservation Trust (BECT)

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.

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