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Topic: The Case of RealDecoy

Session Type: Concurrent Workshop

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013

Time: 10:40 - 11:30 am

Makini Borde-Simpson, Trinidadian born, has been in Jamaica for the past 5 years. She is a recent graduate of the Mona School of Business, where she completed an MBA in International Business and she is also a past undergraduate student of Anglia Ruskin University in London, where she did her first degree in Human Resources Management.

Makini joined the RealDecoy team as the People & Learning Ambassador in January 2012 and has since implemented quite a few HR related initiatives, and has completed a successful HR Audit within her first 3months. Last year Makini and the RealDecoy team entered the competition for the Innovative Award and took the second place award. This year, the RealDecoy team will be presenting on how innovation has benefitted their employee base. Makini is an advocate for learning, people and culture.

Topic: Positioning HR to provide superior services while delivering organizational excellence

Session Type: Closing Plenary

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time: 3:50 - 4:35 pm

As the Chief Executive Office of Corporate Strategies Ltd., Aubyn Hill, has over 35 years working experience in the private sector. He has been a senior executive and CEO in the banking and finance industry in excess of 26 years.

In early 1980 he led the start-up team a branch of American Express International Banking Corporation in Sri Lanka. The bank became profitable in approximately 15 months – well ahead of schedule.

During his 21 years as a banker in the Middle East, Hill assisted and led the restructuring and turnaround of two major banks – Burgan Bank in Kuwait and the National Bank of Oman. He also led the management team that completed the successful turnaround of one of the largest banks in the Caribbean – National Commercial Bank Limited (NCB) – within a short two years. When he joined NCB the share price was $5.51 and the market capitalisation was $13.5 billion. By the time he left, the bank’s share price reached a high of $31.70 which translated into the company’s market capitalisation of $78.2 billion.

Hill established Corporate Strategies Limited as a management consultancy firm in 2005.

"During the period December 2005 - October 2011, Aubyn Hill worked in various roles as unpaid consultant, chairman, paid consultant and finally CEO of SCJ Holdings Limited, the company which carried the Government of Jamaica-owned (GOJ) six sugar estates (approximately 40,000 hectares) and five sugar factories for the primary purpose of divesting them. Jamaican investors bought and leased two of the factories and accompanying estates in July 2009, while the three largest estates and factories were divested to the Chinese state-owned COMPLANT International Sugar Company Ltd., in August 2011. Aubyn Hill returned to his private businesses – Micro-Finance, Solar Energy and Management Consultancy - in October 2011, shortly after he lead the divestment team to the successful completion of its mandate to relieve the GOJ of these perennially loss-making, aged and fiscally burdensome sugar assets."

Aubyn Hill sits on various corporate boards including Jamaica Broilers Group Limited, Salada Foods Jamaica Limited and he is Chairman of NationGrowth MicroFinance Limited and BCW Capital. He also serves on the University Council which governs four campuses of the University of the West Indies; he also chairs the Audit Committee of the University Council.

He has lived in eight countries in the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has done business in about 105 different countries. Among Aubyn Hill’s academic qualifications is an MBA from Harvard Business School, which he earned in 1978. He went to work on Wall Street in New York City immediately after graduating from business school.

Topic: Economic Growth through Productivity Improvement

Session Type: Opening Plenary

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time: 8:00 - 8:45 am

Ralston Hyman is the country's leading financial analyst/editor with over 25 years local and international experience in macro and micro economics, particularly the workings of the multilateral system-IMF/World Bank, IDB, the European Union (EU), the World Trade Organisation, the Federal Reserve Board and the European Central Bank (ECB). He is also the recipient of several local and international financial, journalism and broadcasting awards, including the 2005 Morris Cargill Award for Opinion Journalism from the P.A.J.

Other awards:

 The Carlton Alexander Award for Business, Economics and Financial Reporting/Analysis for four consecutive years

 The Canute James Award for Business, Economics and Financial Reporting/Analysis

 Theodore Sealy Award for Business, Economics and Financial News Reporting/Analysis

 The Hector Bernard Award for Business, Economics and Financial Reporting/ Analysis

 The Jamaica Employers' Federation Award for Outstanding Work in Local and International Business Development.

 The Small Business Association of Jamaica Award for Outstanding Work in the Development of the Sector.

He is also:

 Consultant, Jamaica Confederation Trade Unions (JCTU)

 Chairman of the National Insurance Fund (NIF), which manages $63 billion in assets

 Chairman of the Urban Development Corporation’s Risk Management Committee, which manages $34 billion in assets

 Chairman of the Urban Development Corporation’s Finance, Investment & Treasury Committee

 Member of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee

 Director Power 106Fm Financial & Business Centre

 Executive Producer and host of Real Business, the Business Report, GSB on Line and VM Wealth Management Report.


Topic: Retirement: Making the Transition from a Holistic Point of View

Session Type: Concurrent Workshop

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time: 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Rev. Dr. Valerie Freckleton, a Psychologist, Physiologist, Pharmacist and Ordained Minister. She founded Psychological and Stress Management Services Limited in 1988 and is the Director of Silent Unity Prayer Ministry of Jamaica since 1996.

She is a graduate of Pace University, New York U.S.A., University of the West Indies, Jamaica and the University of Metaphysics, Arizona U.S.A.

Rev. Dr. Freckleton conducts Stress, Change, Time, Life-Style Management and Retirement workshops and seminars for many organizations both in Jamaica and in the Caribbean. Additionally, her organization offers psychological services.

She is a lecturer and a sought after Motivational Speaker.





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