National Organising Committee
A National Organising Committee has been set up. It consists of a core Secretariat and a series of Focal Points with designated responsibility for specific critical areas or clusters. The National Organising Committtee is ably assisted by a local team of Lead Organisers. The Lead Organisers are highly qualified individuals in their respective fields and have specific oversight for the substantive organisation of the various Forums.
Ms. Teresa Marshall
Ms. Teresa Marshall is a retired career diplomat, who spent her entire professional life in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Barbados which she joined in 1974. She retired 36 years later, in November 2010 after an 11-year assignment as Permanent Secretary and Head of the Barbados Foreign Service, where she became the Ministry’s longest-serving Permanent Secretary and the first woman to occupy that post.
A 1969 Barbados Scholar, Ms Marshall is a graduate of the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom where she studied French and Spanish. She received specialized training in international relations in Australia, and has also been trained in subjects as diverse as trade promotion, treaty negotiation, peacekeeping and public sector management.
Ms Marshall served tours of duty at Barbados’ Diplomatic Missions in Washington D.C., Ottawa, at the United Nations and in Venezuela, where she was Barbados’ Ambassador from 1995-98 with concurrent non-resident accreditation to Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay.
At the UN, Ms Marshall’s principal focus was on small states’ issues in the follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit. She was part of a core group which prepared the groundwork for the First Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, held in Barbados in 1994. Out of these pioneering efforts came the Barbados Programme of Action and the implicit recognition by the international community of a new category of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) whose peculiar vulnerabilities require special attention.
During her career, Ms Marshall was part of the Barbados delegation to several major meetings, including the Summit of the Americas, the Commonwealth Heads of Government, the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, the Council on Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), the UK-Caribbean Forum, and the CARICOM-Canada, CARICOM-Cuba, CARICOM-Brazil and CARICOM-Mexico Summits.
In July 1998, Ms Marshall was honoured by the Government of Venezuela with the award of the Order of Francisco de Miranda (First Class). In June 2011 she was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of her contribution to the Barbados Foreign Service.
Ms Marshall currently serves as a Director on the Board of Emera Caribbean Inc., and as a Trustee of the Charitable Trust of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP).
Mr. Tyronne Brathwaite
Deputy National Coordinator - Administrative, Financial and Logistical Matters
A graduate of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mr. Tyronne Brathwaite is a Barbadian Civil Servant with almost 3 decades of experience. He began his career in the Barbados Immigration Department and has been employed for the past 20-plus years as a career diplomat in the Barbadian Foreign Service. During this time, he has been assigned to the International Relations Division as well as the Administration and Human Resources Department of the Foreign Ministry. His most recent assignment within the Ministry is with the Multilateral Relations Section of the International Relations Division, where he has responsibility for law of the sea, environmental, climate change and sustainable development issues.
From 2009 to 2015, he had the honour to serve as Chargé d’Affaires a.i., and subsequently as Head of Chancery and Counsellor at the Embassy of Barbados in Brussels, Belgium. During this period, his areas of responsibility included Barbados’ interactions within the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, ACP-EU relations and coverage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a member of Barbados’ Permanent Delegation to the latter organisation.
Among the other highlights of Mr. Brathwaite’s career is his assignment with the Ministry’s Maritime Boundary Delimitation Unit where he has been exposed to professional training and hands-on experience in the highly specialised area of the law of the sea.
Mr. Brathwaite brings to his assignment with the UNCTAD 15 National Organising Committee a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Public Service. He is the recipient of the Minister of Tourism Award for excellence in the service industry, having achieved the accolade of Immigration Officer of the Year (1998) and having also received the Minister of Labour GIVE (Great Attitude, Initiative, Values and Excellence) Award (2007) in recognition of demonstrated dedication to, and professionalism in, carrying out his duties.
Mr. Carlos Wharton
Deputy National Coordinator, Substantive Negotiations
Mr. Carlos Wharton brings to the National Organising Committee a wealth of specialised expertise in international trade policy and development, acquired through a diverse career in both the public and private sectors. After graduating from the Institute of International Relations at the St Augustine Campus, UWI, with a Masters in International Relations, Mr. Wharton worked first in the Barbados Foreign Service, and then in the Ministry of International Business, before joining the Barbados Private Sector Trade Team, a division of the Barbados Private Sector Association.
Subsequently, Mr. Wharton also served as Senior Trade Policy Advisor for the Caribbean Export Development Agency, and as the Director responsible for overseeing the implementation of the CARIFORUM/EU Economic Partnership Agreement for the CARIFORUM Directorate. Most recently he held the post of Executive Director of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Within the National Organising Committee, Mr. Wharton has responsibility for the coordination of national and regional policy positions in support of the negotiating process in Geneva. In this capacity he liaises closely with the Barbados Mission in Geneva, the Foreign Trade Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the CARICOM Secretariat.
He also assists the Director of Foreign Trade in servicing the work of the Global Commission on Trade and Development Options 2020 set up by the Prime Minister of Barbados and formerly chaired by the late Professor the Right Honourable Owen Arthur with a mandate to contribute tangible recommendations to the policy deliberations of UNCTAD 15.
Mr. Carver Hinds
Mr. Hinds is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA Canada) with a B.Sc. Accounting (University of the West Indies) and a Diploma in Public Sector Accounting and Auditing from the Certified Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Previous to this assignment, Mr. Hinds was employed at the Accountant General’s Office (Treasury Department) from his induction to the public service and was appointed Deputy Accountant General in 1998 until June 2007, when he was reassigned to the Barbados Audit Office in the post of Deputy Auditor General.
Mr. Hinds’ main responsibilities during his tenure at the Treasury included the management of the Accounts Section, the preparation of the Accountant General’s monthly and annual reports, public debt accounting and reporting, pensions computation and accounting, as well as government-wide internal audits and departmental training. His responsibilities as Deputy Auditor General included establishing and implementing the Office’s annual audit plan, monitoring and reviewing the work of audit managers and contracted private sector auditors, overseeing the Office’s accounts, reviewing the annual estimates, assisting with the preparation of the Auditor General’s annual and special reports, and the training and development of staff at all levels of the Office.
Mr. Hinds has been directly involved in the setting up and evaluation of accounting systems, along with providing technical assistance to financial personnel across the Public Service. He was a member of various steering committees which included those related to the computerisation and modernisation of the Government’s financial management systems, modernisation of Government’s procurement system and the establishment of the Barbados Revenue Authority. He also played the principal role in the design of the Cash Receipting Computerised System currently used and adopted as part of the SmartStream financial management applications.
Throughout his tenure in the Public Service, Mr. Hinds actively participated in the training of junior and senior accounting and auditing officers. In addition, he has presentations at workshops and seminars including those related to senior public service executives. Mr. Hinds has been a part-time lecturer in the area of Public Sector Accounting and Finance at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus since 1999.
Mrs. Kathy-Ann Alleyne
Mrs. Kathy-Ann Alleyne has worked in the Barbados civil service for the past twenty-four years, primarily in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) field. Her ultimate satisfaction came from participating in major projects that significantly improved the efficacy of tax administration in Barbados. Such a project was the design, development and implementation of a client-server-based Value Added Tax (VAT) System in January 1997. Mrs. Alleyne was responsible for the design and development of a number of modules, including the design and printing of over 6,000 VAT certificates.
Her role as Systems Analyst/Senior Programmer later at the Customs and Excise VAT Division encompassed not only the administration and maintenance of the VAT system, but that of the local area Windows-based network as well. Again in 2010, Mrs. Alleyne worked closely with a team of consultants from Latin America on the Customs and Excise Modernisation project that aimed to improve the efficiency of the VAT System administration in addition to the reform of the Excise Control System.
Subsequent to the merger of Barbados’ four tax-collecting agencies to form the Barbados Revenue Authority on April 1, 2014, Mrs. Alleyne’s duties expanded to include maintaining network security authentication, telecommunication infrastructure and monitoring performance related to network functions.
She completed a Masters’ programme in Labour and Employment Relations that included a three-month work attachment at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. It was there that she learnt about the UNCTAD 15 Conference. Mrs. Alleyne brings her insight of ICT, her professional experience as part of various project management teams and specialised training to serve the National Coordinating Secretariat.
Ms. Deirdre Holder
Since 2017, Ms. Deirdre Holder has been employed as Household Facilitator with the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs in their Strengthening Human and Social Development (SHSD) programme. The ultimate objective of this programme is to contribute to the reduction of extreme poverty and unemployment in Barbados.
She has served as Clerical Officer – Caribbean/CARICOM Relations Division and Maritime Delimitations Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and as Clerical Officer – Human Resource and Administration Division of the Ministry.
Ms. Holder has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Consular and Diaspora Diplomacy, through an online course offered by the Diplo Foundation, Malta. She also received training in Protocol in Diplomacy and International Etiquette at the Training Administration Division and Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean.
She assisted in the research and finalization of a paper entitled “The Caribbean and South China Seas – A Comparative Analysis in the Context of UNCLOS Articles 122 and 123”.
Ms. Holder studied the Business, Government and International Economy (Masters Module) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, and received a Bachelor of Science – Social Work from UWI, Cave Hill. She also earned an Associate Degree in Applied Arts – Social Work, from the Barbados Community College.
Ms. Felicia Hackett
Executive Administrative Assistant
Ms. Felicia Hackett, Executive Administrative Assistant, brings to the Office a wealth of work experience in the international relations arena, both in the service of the Government of Barbados and within the United Nations system.
Following an early career in the banking sector, Ms. Hackett served from 1990 to 2005 in various administrative and management capacities for the Barbados Foreign Service in its diplomatic missions at the United Nations in New York, in Caracas and Washington D.C. Subsequently, from 2006 to 2017, she spent over a decade in the UNESCO Office in New York as Administrative Assistant and Confidential Secretary to the Director.
In this capacity, she was commended for her intellectual acuity, dedication and hard work, and for her invaluable contribution to the work of that Office.
Ms. Hackett’s professional background, together with her office management and organizational skills, and her positive and responsible attitude are well suited to the challenging task of UNCTAD 15 preparations. She combines strong communications skills with an attention to detail and follow-up, providing vital support to the National Coordinator and her Team.
Ms. Jacqueline Griffith
Executive Administrative Assistant
Ms. Jacqueline Griffith is a seasoned office professional with over 32 years of administrative experience in the Barbados Public Service, the majority acquired within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. During her varied career she has held assignments as Confidential Secretary to Permanent Secretaries and Ministers, and has served a tour of duty as Attaché at the Barbados Embassy in Venezuela.
Prior to her deployment with the National Organising Committee, Ms Griffith played a central role in the Cypher Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she supervised the internal and external flow of correspondence through the Ministry’s digital network, coordinated its electronic documents management and assisted with the dispatch of diplomatic mail. In that capacity she has continually shared her considerable institutional knowledge as a mentor to new officers.
As a member of the administrative staff of the Foreign Ministry Ms Griffith has had extensive experience in assisting with the organisation and management of regional and international meetings and conferences held in Barbados, and in facilitating diplomatic delegations. She is also among a core group of staff often entrusted with the responsibility of servicing these meetings on behalf of the host country.
Ms. Marsha Branch
Social Media Coordinator
Marsha Branch is a Media & Communications Consultant specialising in Communication for Development. Key clients in the development arena include the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO), the Caribbean Development Bank and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency,
She is also a freelance writer and producer with over 20 years of experience in print, broadcast and digital media.
Ms. Branch’s portfolio is varied, and includes award-winning work on sustainable development, food security, climate change, women’s and child rights; and micro, small and medium enterprise development.
These projects have been published and broadcast internationally by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) where she worked as a programme host, news anchor and producer, Central News Network (CNN), the Huffington Post, Pantsuit Nation, United Nations and others.
A few notable projects she produced, managed and/or coordinated include:
- Food Security digital media campaign – FAO
- Climate Smart Agriculture digital media campaign – UNDP
- Leaders of Tomorrow documentary – UNDP
- Trash to Art television news feature – CNN
- Millennial Millionaires digital feature – Greenspun Media Group
- Indigenous Caribbean Music radio documentary – BBC