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Topic: Conversation with the CEO

Session Type: Plenary

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Pansy M. Johnson holds a BSc in Management Studies and a MSc in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Mona, and is a Jamaican Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant.

Her early employment experience came from time she spent at the then Jamaica Telephone Company as an auditor and with the auditing firm Deloitte & Touche.

Employment Progression at Kaiser/St. Ann Bauxite/Noranda Bauxite

She joined Kaiser Jamaica Bauxite Company in 1986 as Accounting Supervisor, and was appointed Accounting Superintendent in April 1989 and head of the department in 1995. She subsequently held progressively more responsible positions in almost every department in the organization until Kaiser sold its interests to Century Aluminum and Noranda Aluminum in 2004.

She was appointed Production Director of St. Ann Bauxite Partners in Feb. 2006 and in Oct. 2007 was named Interim Operations Manager.

In Apr 2008 Pansy was promoted to Director of Operations, and to General Manager in Feb. 2009 when the company again changed hands with a new partnership formed between the Government and Noranda Aluminum. In Jan 2010 she was appointed President of the new partnership Noranda Bauxite Ltd. and as President, Pansy has full responsibility for delivering on agreed targets.

In addition to being on several key management committees across Noranda she is also the Chairman of the company’s pension plans Boards of Trustees and also sits on several other independent boards. Her volunteer work is heavily geared towards education, believing firmly that this is Jamaica’s path to development.

Topic: Restructuring & Turnaround Strategies

Session Type: Certificate Workshop

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013

Time: 11:10 - 11:55 am

Prof. Pikay Richardson is currently Senior Visiting Fellow at the Manchester Business School. He is a seasoned economic and management development educator and consultant. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Management Sciences and a PhD in Business Economics and Strategy from the University of Manchester. Over a period spanning 20 years, he held faculty positions at Manchester Business School and New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, USA, where he was Research Professor and Academic Director. Apart for degree courses, Dr Richardson also has over 20 years of experience in the design and delivery of short executive development courses for in-service managers and executives in the UK and many other countries. He regularly conducts training programmes and consults for companies in the UK, UK France, Germany, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, Jamaica, Nigeria and Ghana.

Topic: The Changing Dynamics: Foresighting for the New Workforce

Session Type: Concurrent Workshop

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013

Time: 11:40 - 12:25 pm

Professor Anthony Clayton is not only Adjunct Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the Faculty of Business and Management at the University of Technology (UTECH) in Jamaica, but Special Advisor to the President of UTECH. His regional and international research positions include International Associate, Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research, University of St Andrew; Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh; and Fellow of the Caribbean Academy of Science. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Environmental Strategy in the School of Engineering at the University of Surrey and the Institute for Studies of Science, Technology and Innovation in the School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Professor Clayton is the member of several advisory groups serving the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery, United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Fifth Summit of the Americas and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2009. He is also on the UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Scholarship Panel for Jamaica.


For his service and leadership excellence, he has been honoured with the 8th World Congress of Consuls Award of Excellence and the Principal’s Research Award for ‘Leadership of the Team that Developed the Foresight-Based Model of Development Planning’.

Topic: In the Diaspora as the New Model for Foreign Direct Investment Strategy

Session Type: Concurrent Workshop

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013

Time: 10:40 - 11:30 am

K’adamawe A.H.N. K’nIfe (PhD Sustainable Development and MSc Economics), is a lecturer and researcher in the Mona School Of Business and Management, in the field of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Planning with a focus on Social Entrepreneurship and Community Safety and Security. He is the Director of the Office of Social Entrepreneurship in the Business School and the Chief Examiner for CXC’s CAPE in Entrepreneurship. As a Social Entrepreneur he collaborates with CBOs and NGOs in rural and urban communities to develop self-sustaining intervention strategies for sustainable community development. He is also an associate researcher with the Institute of Sustainable Development, UWI, where his focus is on the application of dynamic strategic planning techniques in policy analysis and project development within developing countries. To this end K’nIfe has produce numerous technical reports, strategic plans as well as academic publication which, informs policies at national, regional and international spheres. Additionally he has conducted numerous workshops and capacity building training for non-state actors as well as private and public sector organisations across the Caribbean.

Topic: The Education System - Transformational Challenges

Session Type: Opening Plenary

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time: 9:00 - 9:45 am

Mrs. Maxine Henry Wilson is currently the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, a position she assumed in February, 2012. Her primary task is to establish this organisation and to have it operational with the capacity to carry out its mandate of developing, regulating and supervising institutions within the tertiary sector. The objective is to engender of a culture of quality within the sector through well-articulated, globally competitive institutions.

Mrs. Henry Wilson has held several portfolios in previous government administrations, including that of Minister of Education, Youth and Culture between 2002 and 2007. In that capacity, one of her landmark achievements was the preparation of a blue print for the transformation of the education system which was contained in a Report titled: `Task Force on Educational Reform in Jamaica – a Transformed Education System – 2004’. This continues to be the essential guide for the reforms now taking place in the system.

Mrs. Henry Wilson has herself been an educator more recently serving as adjunct faculty at the UWI (Mona), the Mico University College and Church Teachers’ College with public policy and public sector management being her areas of disciplinary specialisation.

She is a graduate of the St. Andrew High School for Girls and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of the West Indies and a Masters in Public Policy from Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey.




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