Organization: Canada, DFID & World Bank
Session Leads: Neal Burnham, Foreign Affairs Canada & Patricia Shako, DFID
Summary: The Sustainable Blue Economy presents opportunities to help develop the full potential of aquatic resources in the Caribbean through building safe and resilient coastal communities, ensuring healthy and productive oceans, and creating sustainable and inclusive economic growth. This session will feature observations from the Nairobi Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in November 2018, including lessons and opportunities for the Caribbean. Presenters will profile the programs and priorities within the World Bank, including the PROBLUE multi-donor trust fund, and for the Caribbean Development Bank, where the Blue Economy will serve as a key driver for development over the next five-year period. Two case studies will be presented where activities are making a difference on the ground for Caribbean nations. These case studies will show how the use of new data and evidence can support economic growth, and demonstrate the role of data and evidence in increasing climate resilience within the Caribbean.
W.R. (Bill) Crosbie – Canadian Coordinator for the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi (November 2018)
Mr. Crosbie started his career with the Canadian Federal Government in 1986 as a Ministerial advisor and trade negotiator. He has held several positions within the Federal Government focusing on trade policy issues and negotiations related to services, investment, competition policy, intellectual property, cultural industries, telecommunications and electronic commerce. He was Director General of the North America Bureau (2004-2007) and Assistant Deputy Minister, Consular Services and Emergency Management Branch (2007-2009). He served as Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2011. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Crosbie held several Assistant Deputy Minister in Global Affairs Canada, including Consular, Emergency Management, Security, Legal, and North America.
Mr. Crosbie retired from the Federal Government in 2015 but has since continued to support departments as a consultant. In 2017, he organized the United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial on behalf of the Department of National Defence and in 2018, he served as a Project Coordinator for the Canadian Secretariat, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, in Nairobi Kenya. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia and of Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Vickram Cuttaree – Program Leader for Sustainable Development, Caribbean, World Bank
Vickram Cuttaree is the World Bank Program Leader for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, focusing on the Caribbean region. In his role, he contributes to shaping the World Bank program in these sectors and engages with government at senior level on complex policy and operational issues.
He joined the Bank in 2003 through the Young Professionals Program and has since then worked on Latin America, East Asia, Europe & Central Asia and Middle-East & North Africa. Since joining the Bank, Mr. Cuttaree has worked extensively in disaster risk management, climate change, transport and infrastructure, and urban development. He has shaped policies in these sectors, designed and implemented World Bank financed projects and technical assistance to Governments. He has authored or co-authored several publications on topics related to sustainable development and infrastructure. Mr. Cuttaree has more than 20 years of professional experience in government, private sector and international organizations. He is the holder of Master’s degrees in Engineering from the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Arts et Métiers (France) and Management (Economics and Finance) from Yale University (USA).
Marie Legault – High Commissioner of Canada in Barbados
Marie Legault is High Commissioner in Barbados with concurrent accreditation in the Commonwealth of Dominica, in Grenada, in Antigua and Barbuda, in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, in St. Lucia and in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Ms. Legault is also accredited to the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat, British Virgin Island and Anguilla.
She joined the Canadian International Development Agency in 1996. At Headquarters, she served as Director, Central America Division (2006 to 2008) and Director of programming, Haiti Division (2014 to 2016). Ms. Legault also served in the Privy Council Office in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat (2002 to 2005). Abroad, she was posted as the High Commission of Canada to Jamaica, serving as head of the Cooperation Program (2010 to 2014). From 1992 to 1995, prior to joining the Government of Canada, she worked for Doctors Without Borders in former Yugoslavia as Head of Mission. She holds a M.Sc. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland and a B.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Geneva.
Dr. Justin Ram – Director of Economics at the Caribbean Development Bank
Justin Ram is Director of Economics at the Caribbean Development Bank. He has over twenty years or professional experience. He has previously worked with WorleyParsons, Jacobs Engineering, Thomson Financial (Thomson/Reuters), United Kingdom’s Government’s Department for Transport and with the Mayor of London/Greater London Authority. Mr. Ram also taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science and was Lecturer in Economics at the University of the West Indies (UWI). He has also worked as a consultant on many projects in Central Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and with the World Bank, United Nations and the International Labour Organization. Mr. Ram has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), he also holds a M.Sc. in Economics from University College London (UCL), B.Sc. in Economics from UWI and a Post Graduate Certificate in sustainable development from the University of California, Berkeley.
Koen Vanstaen– Business and Project Development Lead at Cefas Koen
Koen Vanstaen is Business and Project Development Lead at the UK Government’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). Cefas’ work helps tackle the serious global problems of climate change, marine litter, overfishing and pollution in support of the UK’s commitments to a better future. Mr. Vanstaen was also Caribbean lead for the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme (CME Programme) at Cefas which aims to support Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in identifying the potential of, and developing, their marine economies in a sustainable, resilient, and integrated way. He works closely with regional and international organisations and development partners to help countries address the impacts of climate change and achieve their sustainable development objectives.Koen Vanstaen – Business and Project Development Lead at Cefas Koen Vanstaen is Business and Project Development Lead at the UK Government’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). Cefas’ work helps tackle the serious global problems of climate change, marine litter, overfishing and pollution in support of the UK’s commitments to a better future. Mr. Vanstaen was also Caribbean lead for the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme (CME Programme) at Cefas which aims to support Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in identifying the potential of, and developing, their marine economies in a sustainable, resilient, and integrated way. He works closely with regional and international organisations and development partners to help countries address the impacts of climate change and achieve their sustainable development objectives.