Social protection is a human right and an economic and social necessity. Social protection benefits and services are powerful tools to combat inter-generational poverty and inequality, and to invest in social and economic development.
The Leave No One Behind Social Protection Conference was designed to Promote the development of shock-responsive social protection systems, including their design, administration, monitoring and evaluation by:
Increasing awareness among key stakeholders on the socio-economic fallout and the social protection responses: gender inclusion, vulnerable groups, migrants, informal economy;
Exploring financing options for shock-responsive social protection systems in the Eastern Caribbean.
Creating a platform for high-level discussion and ownership of the OECS Regional Social Inclusion and Social Protection Strategy.
Examining labour market displacements and emergent trends and their effects on the new economy, as well as responses from social security organizations
Oct Wed 13
Show a high-level commitment to build social protection systems that are universal, adequate, sustainable and responsive;
Promote innovative thinking and empower leaders to engage in complex reform processes that will affect current and future generations;
Disseminate information about how shocks have affected livelihoods and institutions and present national responses;
Present the Social Protection and Social Inclusion Strategy and seek endorsements by MS.
Oct Thu 14
Reinforce capacities of key stakeholders on topical Social Protection matters through parallel sessions in which participants register in advance.
Oct Fri 15
Explore financing options for universal, adequate sustainable and shock-responsive SP systems in the Eastern Caribbean
Examine labour market impacts and challenges created by recent shocks as well as its emerging trends and their effects and linkages with SP systems
Born and bred in Saint Lucia, Alisha H. Ally is passionate about the development of the Caribbean region. Her career spans almost fifteen years as a Development Communications Specialist; focusing on the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the region by effecting change at both a policy and grassroots level.
She has created and produced multifaceted media aimed at the socio-economic transformation of Caribbean countries. With the natural and economic vulnerabilities in the Eastern Caribbean, Alisha is specialised in crisis communications and has been an integral partner to government and regional agencies over the past decade.
Alisha holds an MA in Media Practice for Development and Social Change from the University of Sussex and a BSc in International Relations from the University of London. She is a recipient of the prestigious United Kingdom's Chevening Scholarship for Future Global Leaders (2017).
Mr Ariel Pino is the Social Protection and Occupational Safety and Health Specialist of the Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean. Mr Pino assists governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations of ILO Caribbean member States and territories to strengthen their social protection systems and occupational safety and health policies and practices.
Previously, he was the Social Security Specialist of the ILO Office for West Africa, based in Senegal, and also worked for the International Social Security Association, in Geneva, as Regional Coordinator for the Americas and Africa and Coordinator of Technical Commissions. At his home country, Argentina, he worked for 8 years as Senior Advisor at the Secretariat for Social Security of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security.
Mr Pino has been working in the area of social protection for the past 24 years. Ariel has a degree in Economics and postgraduate degrees in Public Economics and in Pension Plans and Funds.
Dr. Bonnie Richardson-Lake, an Anguillian descendant, was born and raised in New Jersey, USA. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science degree in Individual and Family Studies. Dr. Richardson-Lake continued her schooling at Columbia University in New York City where she earned a Masters degree in Social Work and a Doctoral degree in Health Education. Since 2001, she has worked for the Government of Anguilla where she now serves as Permanent Secretary with responsibility for Education, Library Services Social Development, Sports, Youth & Culture, Probation, and Gender Affairs. Dr. Richardson-Lake has presented at several international conferences on topics such as Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Sexual Abuse, Social Protection, and Mental Health Services in Primary Health Care settings, and is co-author of the publication “Support Groups that Work.” She appeared on the ABC television documentary about teen-age pregnancy entitled “Jacqui’s Dilemma.”
Brent Barnette is currently head of product development for a newly formed financial technology company based in St. Lucia called Vaastu. Vaastu is focused on creating solutions to help communities and individuals adapt to the challenges of climate change by implementing innovative solutions in technology and financial services. He bring over 20+ years’ experience as a management consultant with leadership roles across a range of sectors in 10+ countries guiding clients through technology-driven change. Most recently he worked with the Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica, focused on developing strategies and interventions to help the country develop a climate resilient economy.
Deidra has served for over 14 years in various capacities in Jamaica’s government service. She is currently Director for the Human and Community Development Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) where she provides strategic vision and leadership in coordinating and monitoring the labour market, education, and other portfolios. She previously served as Labour Market Analyst, also at the PIOJ.
She holds a Master of Science degree in Public Management from the Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea having been the recipient of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Korea-Latin America & the Caribbean Scholarship. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations (major) and Political Science (minor) from the University of the West Indies, Mona.
Denise Tannis is a development Specialist with the Caribbean Policy Development Centre where her work is centered around Capacity Building and Policy/Advocacy Support.
She holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of York, England and has worked at a number of development agencies, including UNDP and UNICEF contributing to sustainable national and regional development practices.
Ms. Tannis has also worked with the Government of Barbados in its Poverty Reduction Programmes and as a Programme Manager on a USAID funded Global Public Health Project.
Denise has also worked in the area of Policy Formulation and Social Research; conducting research for UWI, CDB and others in the areas of Education, Child Protection, HIV-AIDS and Poverty Reduction.
Has had a long distinguished, multidimensional career focused on education, social transformation and organizational re-engineering. He is currently the Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) – a regional integration grouping of eleven Member States.
His career covers national, regional and international experience with the following highlights: Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council InterRegional Coordinator of the International Literacy Support Service Permanent Secretary for Education and Human Resource Development (St. Lucia) as well as Permanent Secretary for Education & Chief Education Officer (concurrently) in Revolutionary Grenada
His qualifications include BA (Hons) UWI; MSc Curriculum Univ. Wisconsin-Madison; PhD Education Policy University of Wisconsin-Madison and EMBA UWI.
Board appointments include: Caribbean Center for Educational Planning UWI Mona; Knowledge, Innovation & Exchange Program (KIX); Global Partnership for Education (LAC region); Chancellor’s Commission on UWI Governance; Caribbean Climate Accelerator; World Bank Task Force on Caribbean Education Strategy 2020.
Mr. Didier Trebucq, an Economist, was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as UN Resident Coordinator (RC) for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in January 2019.
He brings more than 20 years of experience in the development and humanitarian realm working with the United Nations and international NGOs.
Prior to being RC, he has worked with UNDP in different representative capacities in Brazil, Peru, Guyana, and India; as well as with other international institutions in Colombia, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan and with the private sector in France.
As the highest-ranking official of the UN and representative of the Secretary-General at the country level, Mr. Trebucq leads the UN Sub-Regional Team for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, comprising Heads of 18 Agencies, Funds and Programmes, to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for all.
Dr. Carlene Radix is the Head of the Human and Social Division at the OECS. The Human and Social Division encompasses health, education, social protection.
She is a Public Health physician and Health Administration Leader in the Caribbean. She completed Medical School at St George’s University in Grenada, a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric Residency in the United States, and an Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health Fellowship during which she completed her Master’s degree in Public Health.
Dr. Radix has held various positions in Clinical Medicine, Academia, Public Health and Administration in several Caribbean countries, and has consulted for regional and international public health agencies. Her life purpose is to contribute to each person's realisation of their full potential.
Ms. Iyahen is currently a Programme Specialist with the UN Women Multi-Country Office for the Caribbean. She manages the agency’s Economic Empowerment and Statistics portfolios. In this capacity, Ms. Iyahen’s technical leadership has resulted in narrowing significant knowledge, research, and gender data gaps on violence against women and girls, the labour force, social protection, and unpaid care work in CARICOM.
She has over 16 years of experience in international development and has served in various capacities within the United Nations system and non-governmental organisations. Ms. Iyahen has a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Swarthmore College.
Deputy Director, National Insurance Board (Bahamas)
Ms. Collie leads the Information and Communications Technology Division of the National Insurance Board of The Bahamas (NIB), the country’s social security agency which was established in 1974. NIB oversees the national contributory scheme which covers over ten benefits for employees and manages the National Prescription Drug Plan. She has more than twenty-eight years of experience in the field of information technology and has designed and delivered a wide range of ICT projects across the Government of The Bahamas and within NIB.
Loui Williams is a Research Assistant with the Research and Data Section at UN Women Headquarters in New York. Loui has worked on several of UN Women’s reports including ‘Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020’, the 25-year review of the Beijing Platform for Action, and most recently, the report ‘Beyond COVID-19: a feminist plan for sustainability and social justice’. As a member of the UN Women Youth Council and LGBTIQ+ Network, Loui has internally advocated for internship stipends, improvements to the sexual harassment policy, and a more inclusive workplace for trans and gender-diverse personnel. Prior to working at UN Women, Loui obtained an MPhil in Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford
Dr. Mahalia Jackman is a senior lecturer and the head of the Department of Economics at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. She holds a PhD in Applied Social Research from the University of Manchester, an MSc in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Southampton, and a BSc in Economics from UWI.
Prior to joining UWI, Mahalia was a senior economist in the Research and Economic Analysis Department at the Central Bank of Barbados. Mahalia has many research interests, most of which fall under the broad umbrellas of inclusive development and economic issues in small island developing states.
Mary Boyer is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist who joined the World Bank in 2015. As part of her responsibilities, she leads a Disaster Risk Financing Technical Assistance for Caribbean countries that focuses on building capacity within Ministries of Finance and relevant entities towards the goal of developing national strategies for disaster risk financing and cost-effective approaches to disaster response, as part of a comprehensive approach to disaster risk management.
Prior to the Bank, she supported the development of the inaugural risk pool of African Risk Capacity, a parametric drought risk insurance product developed by a Specialized Agency of the African Union She has also managed community-driven disaster risk management projects through counterinsurgency and stabilization programming in Afghanistan with USAID
Mr. Nicholas Grainger is a Programme Associate with the World Food Programme based in Barbados, where he supports the office in the areas of shock responsive social protection and disaster risk finance. He has approximately twelve (12) years of experience in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives in the Caribbean. Nicholas previously worked as an independent consultant on projects involving climate change vulnerability and impact analysis, disaster risk management, community-based consultations, and other areas of risk assessment.
He also worked with the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC) through Caribbean Risk Managers Limited where he provided technical and administrative oversight to projects which explored the development and implementation of alternative risk transfer mechanisms, to reduce the impacts of natural hazards at the macro and micro level.
Nicholas possesses a MSc. Disaster Management and Sustainable Development from Northumbria University in the United Kingdom and a BSc. in Civil Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad.
Dr. Nikita Pardesi, Social Policy Officer, UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area office. She completed her PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in International Relations at the University of the West Indies, contributing to cutting-edge research on the political economy of Caribbean development. She presented research internationally in several fora, such as at the Royal Society, London, in 2019, on human trafficking and modern slavery, and in 2015 at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with Brown University, on various forms of exploitation in global production processes. She worked in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for four (4) years as an International Affairs Officer. One of her key responsibilities pertained to the development of a national Labour Migration Policy. She is passionate about public finance for children and shock responsive social protection.
Petrona Davies is a self-motivated and focused professional with significant and varied experience in the Government of the Virgin Islands. During her extensive career as a Public Officer, which began in 1988, Ms. Davies served in various capacities before becoming Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development in 2008.
Ms Davies holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice; a Master of Science (with distinction) in Governance and Development Management; and several certifications, including a Professional Certificate in Social Development from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies.
She is currently conducting a special assignment for the Government of the Virgin Islands as Policy Specialist for the Social Sector.
Rashmin Gunasekera is a Senior Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Specialist and leads the Global Program for Disaster Risk Analytics at GFDRR. His work mainly focuses on disaster risk analytics and Disaster Risk Financing (DRF) especially in the Latin American and the Caribbean region. He was also the Task Team Leader of the World Bank’s Multi Donor Trust Fund Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC) project. He has over 15 years of work experience extending to the public sector, re/insurance industry and academia. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2012, Rashmin was a Divisional Director of a global reinsurance intermediary and a coordinator of the Willis Research Network, the world’s largest collaboration between public science and the financial sector.
Mr. Regis Chapman has over 20 years of international development and humanitarian experience, including the past 15 years working with the United Nations World Food Programme in a variety of contexts. Currently, he serves as the Representative and Country Director (a.i) for the WFP Caribbean Multi-Country Office, overseeing emergency preparedness and response in the Caribbean.
Mr. Chapman has extensive field experience in humanitarian and development programmes around the world in a variety of programme leadership roles, including in the Regional Bureau for Latin America & the Caribbean, Somalia, Afghanistan, Regional Bureau for East and Central Africa, Timor Leste, Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific and Indonesia.
Prior to joining the World Food Programme, he worked with the Red Cross Movement on food security programmes and emeregency responses and with the United States Peace Corps on community development efforts at a grass roots level in rural El Salvador. Regis is a national of the United States of America. He holds a graduate degree in Marketing from Arizona State University.
Ruth Graham-Goulder is UNICEF’s organisational lead on gender and social protection, responsible for leading a step change in UNICEF’s work on social protection in 110 countries, to shift it towards more gender-responsive or transformative practice. She chairs a knowledge exchange and learning partnership with the World Bank and FCDO on this agenda, and draws on experience working on policy and programmes in Pakistan, Palestine, Sierra Leone and the UK, as well as in global roles working with a range of countries.
This includes roles as Head of the UK Department for International Development’s Lahore Office in Pakistan, and as a global Policy Adviser on violence against women and girls, as well as work providing direct support to survivors of gender-based violence in the UK. She has a deep interest in work relating to poverty, inequality, social protection, different forms of violence, child protection, social norms and public health. She has an MSc in Globalisation and Development from the University of London (SOAS) and a BA from the University of Cambridge. You can find her on twitter @rgrahamgoulder
Sandra Joseph is the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Social Transformation, Human Resource Development and the Blue Economy with responsibility for social development. Ms Joseph holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology and a Masters International Trade Policy. Following her 26 years as an educator at the secondary school level she transitioned to the Foreign Service where she worked for five years. As a Permanent Secretary, Ms Joseph also served in the Ministries Foreign Affairs, Trade and Office of the Prime Minister. In her current assignment, Ms Joseph is motivated to help in ensuring that the necessary support is given to every citizen and resident so that he or she can achieve self-actualisation.
Silke Staab is a research specialist at UN Women, New York, and co-author of several of the organization’s flagship reports, includingProgress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights (2015), Women’s Rights in Review 25 Years after Beijing(2020) and Beyond COVID-19: A Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice (2021). Over the past year and a half, she has co-led the conceptual and methodological development of the UNDP-UN Women COVID-19 Gender Response Tracker which monitors pandemic response and recovery measures from a gender perspective. Silke holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester and has published widely on gender, social protection and childcare policies. Before joining UN Women in 2014, she worked for different UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, including the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).