Conference Programme


FIRST DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT CONFERENCE

JULY 23 - 28, 2017

Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel
Providence, East Bank Demerara, Guyana

DRAFT CONFERENCE PROGRAMME



WELCOME RECEPTION
Hosted by His Excellency David Arthur Granger
President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana

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Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel
Providence, East Bank Demerara, Guyana

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SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017
17:00hrs - 19:00hrs



MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

Time: 08:00hrs - 09:15hrs
OPENING CEREMONY

Conference Room

Chair: Dr. Fitzgerald Yaw, Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, The University of Guyana, & Chairman, Conference Planning Committee

  • National Anthem
  • Welcome & Occasion: Prof. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, The University of Guyana
  • Voices From The Diaspora & The Homeland: Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, New York City Department of Education, NY (from the USA); Dr. Indianna Minto-Coy, Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica (from the Caribbean); Mr. Chet Bowling, Director, Guyana Diaspora, Inc. (from Russia/Europe); Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar, Director, Resource Management and Training, IWOKRAMA International Centre for Rainforest Conservation & Development, Guyana (from the Homeland)
  • Cultural Item: Visiting Distinguished Artiste-In-Residence Keith Waithe and the Renaissance Performers
  • Keynote Address: H.E. David Arthur Granger, President, Cooperative Republic of Guyana
  • Cultural Item: Visiting Distinguished Artiste-In-Residence Keith Waithe and the Renaissance Performers
  • Vote Of Thanks: Mr. Alim Hosein, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education & Humanities, The University of Guyana
  • Adjournment


Time: 09:15hrs - 09:30hrs
B R E A K


Time: 09:30hrs - 10:30hrs
ENGAGING THE DIASPORA


Time: 09:30hrs - 10:30hrs
BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE DIASPORA


Room 1
Chair: Mr. Wayne Forde, Business Development Consultant & Credit Analyst, Tampa, FL, USA; Conference Planning Committee
  • Insights For A Guyana Diaspora Policy:
    Mr. Paul Nehru Tennassee, The University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC, USA

  • From Potential to Reality: Towards An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem For Attracting Caribbean Diaspora Investments
    Dr. Indianna D. Minto-Coy, The University of the West Indies, Jamaica; Conference Planning Committee

  • What Are The Tools, Methods & Policies For Researching The Diaspora & For Engaging The Diaspora?
    Ms. Katleen Felix, Felix-Williams Consulting, Toronto, ON, Canada
    Ms. Gillian Williams, Felix-Williams Consulting, Toronto, ON, Canada; Conference Planning Committee


Room 2
Chair: Mr. Alim Hosein, The University of Guyana; Conference Planning Committee
  • Towards A Multi-Dimensional Process Of Diaspora Engagement:
    Dr. Valerie Dye, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

  • Diaspora: Guyana’s Most Potent Resource Naturally
    Mr. Salaudeen Nausrudeen, Guyana America Investments, FL, USA

  • The Private Hindu College In Guyana: Best Practices In Diaspora Engagement
    Dr. Kumar Mahabir, The University of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago


Time: 10:30hrs - 11:30hrs
PANEL DISCUSSIONS


Room 1
Co-Chairs: Dr. Vince Adams, The University of Guyana & Rohan Somar, Saint Clare’s Emergency Hospital, NJ, USA
  • The Diaspora Challenges
    Mr. Ewart Marshall, Mars Technologies, NY, USA
    Mr. Nohar Singh, USA
    Mr. Ronald Alert, Avory Financial, MD, USA
    Mr. Wayne Forde, Business Development Consultant & Credit Analyst, Tampa, FL, USA; Conference Planning Committee


Room 2
Chair: Mr. Selvon M. Waldron, Mentor Post, Washington, DC, USA
  • Working Toward Social & Civil Society Goals - Examining Collaborations Between Local & Overseas-based Organisations
    Mr. Antoine B. Craigwell, DBGM, New York, NY, USA
    Mr. Joel Simpson, SASOD - Guyana Ms. Dianne Madray, CADVA, Inc., FL, USA


Time: 11:30hrs - 12:30hrs
Conference Room
MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE I
Moderator: Mr. Komal Singh, GAICO Construction Inc., Guyana; Conference Planning Committee


Time: 12:30hrs - 13:30hrs
LUNCH
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Banquet Hall
Introduction: Chet Bowling, Guyana Diaspora Inc., Moscow, Russia; Conference Planning Committee
Speaker: Prof. Suresh Narine, Director, Institute of Applied Science & Technology, Guyana
&
Director of Trent University Centre for Biomaterials Research, ON, Canada

Time: 13:30hrs - 14:30hrs
Conference Room
Guyana's Diaspora Engagement Strategy
Chair: Dr. Vince Adams, The University of Guyana
Speaker: Hon. Carl B. Greenidge, Second Vice-President & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana


Time: 14:30hrs - 15:30hrs
THE ROLE OF HOMETOWN ASSOCIATIONS


Time: 14:30hrs - 15:30hrs
ENHANCING DEVELOPMENT THROUGH DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT


Room 1
Chair: Dr. Wazir Mohamed, Ministry of Education, Guyana and Indiana University East; Conference Planning Committee
  • Hometown Associations & Diaspora Engagement: Challenges & Emerging Role In Nation Building
    Dr. Lear Matthews, Empire State College, SUNY, NY, USA

  • The Role Of The Hometown Association COFONA (Council Of Friends Of New Amsterdam) In Forging Change At The Community Level
    Dr. Leonard C. Lewis, City College of CUNY, NY, USA

  • Role Of Hometown Associations
    Ms. Katleen Felix, Felix-Williams Consulting, Toronto, ON, Canada
    Ms. Gillian Williams, Felix-Williams Consulting, Toronto, ON, Canada; Conference Planning Committee


Room 2
Chair: Dr. Valerie Dye, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Potential For Return Migrants To Have An Impact On Development In The Small State Case Of Guyana
    Dr. Marlon Bristol, Ministry of the Presidency, Guyana

  • The Audacity To Prosper: Building Capacity Through Diaspora Engagement
    Mr. Cosford A. Roberts, Organic Development Corporation, Maryland, USA

  • Diaspora Engagement – New Imperative For Tourism Growth In The Caribbean With Emphasis On Tobago
    Mr. Andre Adrian Phillips, Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Trinidad and Tobago


Time: 15:30hrs - 16:30hrs
Conference Room
MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE II
Moderator: Ms. Nazima Ragubir, Journalist


Time: 16:30hrs - 17:00hrs
B R E A K


Time: 17:00hrs - 18:00hrs
TRANSFORMING THE SELF IMAGE


Time: 17:00hrs - 18:00hrs
IDENTITY ISSUES IN THE CARIBBEAN DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT EXPERIENCE


Room 1
Chair: Prof. Paloma Mohamed, The University of Guyana
  • A Case Study of Edwidge Danticat’s ‘Children of the Sea’ & Earl Lovelace’s ‘Joebell & America’
    Dr. Karen King-Aribisala, The University of Lagos, Nigeria

  • A Robust & Visionary Post-Secondary Education Policy Can Contribute To The Economic & Social Development Of Guyana In The Knowledge Based Economy Of The 21st Century
    Mr. Fidel A. Captain, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, British Virgin Islands

  • The Outlook Of The 12 Years Of Implementation Of The Global Mx Network Of Skilled Migrants
    Ms. Tania Miranda, The Institute for Mexicans Living Abroad, Mexico City, Mexico


Room 2
Chair: Dr. Kumar Mahabir, The University of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Physically Separate But Psychologically Inseparable: Notions Of Belonging & Identity Among Jamaicans Living In The United Kingdom
    Dr. Aieka Smith, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

  • The Construction Of “Indianess/ Indo-Caribbeaness” & “Authenticity” In Reference To The Marginalised Communities Of Indo-Guyanese Heritage Abroad
    Ms. Karimah Rahman, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

  • Identity & The Diaspora: Unpacking Understandings Of Home, Place/Space & Belongings In A Post-colonial Context
    Dr. Dianne Ramdeholl, Empire State College, SUNY, NY, USA


TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017


Time: 08:00hrs - 08:30hrs
Conference Room
VIDEO MESSAGES
Introduction: Mr. John Mair, Journalist & Author, Oxford, UK
  • Ms. Gina Miller, Founding Partner, Spencer Churchill Miller (SCM) Direct, UK
  • Baroness Valerie Amos, Director, School of Oriental & African Studies, London, England


  • Time: 08:30hrs - 09:15hrs
    Conference Room
    VIDEO MESSAGES
    Introduction: Mr. Paul N. Tennessee, The University of The District of Columbia, USA
    Speaker: Mr. Glen Khan, Chairman, LAPARKAN Group of Companies


    Time: 09:15hrs - 10:15hrs
    DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT FOR A GREEN ECONOMY


    Time: 09:15hrs - 10:15hrs
    CASE STUDIES


    Room 1
    Chair: Dr. Terrence Simon, T.E. Simon Consulting, INC., NY, USA
    • An Orientation Towards The Changes Taking Place In Guyana In Pursuit Of A Green State Development Strategy
      Major General (Ret’d.) Joseph G. Singh, Ministry of The Presidency, Guyana

    • A Diasporic Engagement With Guyana’s Green Economy
      Rear Admiral (Rtd.) Gary Anthony Rodwell Best, Ministry of the Presidency & LIRDS Think Tank Group, Guyana

    • Global Warming: An Urgent Need To Prevent
      Professor R.C. Jagessar, The University of Guyana


    Room 2
    Chair: Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar, IWOKRAMA International Centre; Conference Planning Committee
    • Unpacking The Conceptual Landscape Of The Diaspora: Lessons From Case Studies
      Ms. Audrey Benn, The University of Guyana

    • A Report On The Listening Interviews Of The Needs & Aspirations Of The Aging Population In Guyana & The Diaspora
      Ms. Claudia John, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, USA

    • Mimicry & Fantasy In The Diaspora: The View From Richmond Hill In New York
      Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, New York City Department of Education, NY, USA


    Time: 10:15hrs - 11:15hrs
    THE LIVED EXPERIENCE


    Time: 10:15hrs - 11:15hrs
    CREATING FORUMS FOR ENGAGEMENT


    Room 1
    Chair: Dr. Leonard C. Lewis, City College of CUNY, NY, USA
    • Caribbean Families’ Preparation For Migration To The United States
      Dr. Rosalind October-Edun, SUNY, Empire State College (Metro Centre), New York, USA

    • The Guyanese Mafia, Awards & More: Making A Diasporic Community Proud Of Itself
      Mr. John Mair, Oxford, UK

    • Towards A More Integrative Diaspora Policy & Inclusion In Local Politics
      Dr. David Hinds, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA


    Room 2
    Chair: Mr. Andrew Hicks, The University of Guyana
    • Embedding Guyanese Culture: A Look At London Links
      Dr. Michelle Asantewa, Way Wive Wordz & Bogle L’Ouverture Publications, London, UK

    • Seeding The Commons: Struggling For An Authentic Local Within New Diasporic Engagement & Warp-Speed Globalisation
      Dr. Calvin D. Brutus, Kykoveral Development Services, New Jersey, USA

    • Presentation On The Global Platform DREAMTRIPs
      Ms. Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly, Caribbean and American Global Business Connections, Atlanta, Georgia, USA


    Time: 11:15hrs - 12:15hrs
    Conference Room
    DOING BUSINESS IN GUYANA
    Chair: Mr. Owen Verwey, GoInvest, Guyana


    Time: 12:15hrs - 13:15hrs
    LUNCH
    KEYNOTE ADDRESS
    Guyana's Diaspora Engagement Strategy
    Moderator: Dr. Indianna Minto-Coy, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; Conference Planning Committee
    Speaker: Hon. Gail Teixeira, MP, National Assembly, Guyana


    Time: 13:15hrs - 14:00hrs
    ENVISIONING THE FUTURE


    Time: 13:15hrs - 14:00hrs
    GROWING BUSINESS IN GUYANA


    Room 1
    Chair: Ms. Audrey Benn, The University of Guyana, Turkeyen, Guyana
    • Guyana As A Location For A Charter City
      Dr. Samuel Braithwaite, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

    • 3E’s Strategy to Enable, Engage & Empower The Diaspora
      Ms. Eraina Yaw, International Organisation for Migration, Georgetown, Guyana

    • Friends Of A Green Guyana Diaspora Partnership
      Dr. David Singh, Conservation International (Guyana)


    Room 2
    Chair: Dr. Marlon Bristol, Ministry of the Presidency, Guyana
    • Engaging The Diaspora In Fostering Entrepreneurship
      Ms. Valrie Grant, GeoTech Vision & Small Business Bureau Dr Lowell Porter, Small Business Bureau

    • Strengthening The SME & SGB Sector In Guyana Through Diaspora Investment
      Ms. Katleen Felix, Felix-Williams Consulting, Toronto, ON, Canada
      Ms. Gillian Williams, Felix-Williams Consulting, Toronto, ON, Canada; Conference Planning Committee


    Time: 14:00hrs - 15:00hrs
    ECONOMICS


    Time: 14:00hrs - 15:00hrs
    EDUCATION


    Room 1
    Chair: Dr. Thomas Singh, The University of Guyana, Turkeyen, Guyana
    • Economic Principles For Diaspora Engagement: A Pessimistic Perspective Mr. Collin Constantine, Kingston University, London, UK
      Dr. Tarron Khemraj, New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL, USA

    • There Are Unlimited Investment Opportunities In Guyana
      Mr. Eric M. Phillips, The University of Guyana, Guyana


    Room 2
    Chair: Dr Karen King Aribisala, The University of Lagos, Nigeria
    • What Lessons Can Be Used To Ensure That The Caribbean Systems Of Education Utilise Early Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
      Mr. Selvon M. Waldron, Mentor POST , Washington, DC, USA

    • Academic Programs For The 21st Century Moving Forward By Looking Back
      Dr. Kelwyn Thomas, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA


    Time: 15:00hrs - 16:00hrs
    Conference Room
    Lessons From Other Diaspora Experiences
    Moderator: Ms. Melanie Smith, Melanie Smith Consulting, Guyana; Conference Planning Committee
  • Institute for Mexicans Abroad & The Network For Mexican Talent Abroad
    H.E. Iván Roberto Sierra Medel, Ambassador of Mexico to Guyana

  • India’s Diaspora Experience & Considerations for Guyana
    H.E. V. Mahalingam, High Commissioner of India, Guyana


  • Time: 16:00hrs - 16:15hrs
    B R E A K


    Time: 16:15hrs - 17:00hrs
    KEYNOTE ADDRESS
    Conference Room
    Introduction: Mr. Collin Constantine, Kingston University, London, UK
    Speaker: Hon. David Lammy, MP, British House of Commons, UK


    Time: 17:00hrs - 18:00hrs
    TOWARDS NEW ECONOMIES
    Conference Room
    Chair: Dr. Tarron Khemraj, New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL, USA
  • The Guyanese Diaspora In The Time Of Petroleum & Climate Change
    Professor Jay R. Mandle, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, USA

  • Deepwater Exploitation Of Oil & Natural Gas – A Roadmap For Technical Assistance
    Professor Norman D. H. Munroe, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA


  • Time: 19:00hrs - 21:00hrs
    DINNER SESSION ON DEC 2017 & BEYOND
    Moderator: Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, The University of Guyana
  • The Diaspora Economy, Trade & Entrepreneurship In The Caribbean
    Speaker: Dr. Keith Nurse, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago; Conference Planning Committee


  • The Economic Impact Of The 2017 Diaspora Engagement Conference
    Speaker: Prof. Leyland Lucas, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, USA & The University of Guyana

  • Proposal For The Caribbean Regional Diaspora Engagement Centre
    Prof. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, The University of Guyana
    Dr. Fitzgerald Yaw, The University of Guyana
    Dr. Keith Nurse, The University Of The West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017


    SECOND CONFERENCE OF THE EDUCATION RESOURCE AMBASSADORS
    The ERA conference will be restricted to Education Resource Ambassadors and Ambassadors-Designate, and it will be held at The UG Turkeyen Campus. Transportation will be provided from the Conference Hotel and back.


    'GIVE BACK DAY' for those not participating in the SECOND CONFERENCE OF THE EDUCATION RESOURCE AMBASSADORS


    Time: 19:00hrs - 21:00hrs
    BUSINESS DINNER *** OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS ***


    THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017


    'KNOW YOUR COUNTRY' TOUR DAY
    Information on 1-Day tours to places of interest in Guyana are available at the link below:
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    FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017


    Time: 08:00hrs - 12:00hrs
    CLOSING PLENARY
    Conference Room
    Moderator: Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, The University of Guyana
    • Proposal For Diaspora Recognition By High Commissioner Dr. Cyril Kenrick Hunte
    • Report Of The Rapporteur
    • Launch Of The University of Guyana Press Website
    • Launch Of The Diaspora Engagement Centre
    • Conference Evaluation
    • Conference Photo


    Time: 12:00hrs - 15:00hrs
    FREE TIME & LUNCH


    Time: 15:00hrs - 15:45hrs
    TRAVEL TO TURKEYEN CAMPUS


    Time: 16:00hrs - 18:30hrs
    INVESTITURE OF VICE CHANCELLOR & PRINCIPAL FOLLOWED BY RECEPTION


    Time: 18:30hrs - 19:15hrs
    TRAVEL TO CONFERENCE HOTEL


    Time: 20:00hrs - 22:00hrs
    CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA
    Performers Include:
    Keith Waite, Composer & Conductor
    Helen McDonald, Singer
    Chris Jerome, Keyboard
    Herbie Marshall, Guitar
    Michael Smith, Steel Pan
    Chucky Marlon Adams & Members Of Buxton Fusion Surama Cultural Group (Macushi Dance & Drumming)
    Nachgana Academy Of Dance (Indo-Guyanese Music & Dance)
    Chinese Dance Troupe

    Date: July 1, 2017