A Fluid, Flexible and Multi-Disciplinary Team of Experts
Managing Director / Chief Strategist
Germany & Trinidad and Tobago
Dr. Auliana Poon heads Leve-Global. She is a courageous and passionate businesswoman. Auliana Poon established Caribbean Futures Limited that became Tourism Intelligence International in 1990; Villa Being, Tobago, in 2000; Being Sustainable in 2010; the Tourism Intelligence Academy in 2015; Lévé -the Event in 2016 and Leve-Global, that aims to cooperatively elevate Tourism, Trade and Lives, in 2018.
A trained Economist, Dr. Auliana Poon graduated with a B.A. (hons.) and M.Sc. (Economics) from the University of the West Indies, (Trinidad). She attended the Sussex University (England), where she graduated with a D. Phil in 1988. Poon was the first person in the world to qualify with a doctorate in Technology and Tourism. She delivered the ‘Intelligent Island’ public Lecture in Singapore in 1991.
A management consultant and strategist with a focus on sustainable and responsible travel, Auliana Poon led the teams that developed the tourism policy and strategy for the new South Africa; developed strategies for trend-setting companies such as Sandals Resorts International (Jamaica) and Conservation Corporation (Africa); and developed the ‘tourism begins at home’ programme that sparked the turn-around in the Bahamas Tourism Industry. Auliana Poon also led her company’s technical support teams in implementing the European Union-funded Euro 6 million Sustainable Tourism Development Programmes (2003-2007) in the Commonwealth of Dominica and in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (2007-2009). She undertook the competitive assessment of the Barbados Tourism Industry; developed the framework for the management and promotion of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Industry and the Singapore Tourism Board; developed the Marketing and Human Resource Development Strategies for Mozambique and Malawi. More recently, she worked on the National Export Strategies for The Gambia, Jamaica mand Mozambique.
Auliana consulted more than fifty countries worldwide including Abu Dhabi, Australia, Barbados, the Bahamas, Iceland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mozambique, Singapore, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland and Switzerland. Poon was the senior economist at the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) where she visited and provided technical support to the organisation’s 30 member states. She was the USAID advisor to the Belize Tourism private sector.
An experienced researcher and analyst with fiercely independent thought, Auliana believes that developing countries cannot continue to compete with Sun, Sand, Sea, Oil and Natural Gas alone. For success and sustainability, a more people-centred, culture-oriented, innovation-based, sustainability-directed, technology-focused and talent-driven approach is needed.
Auliana Poon is credited with:
Auliana Poon is also analyst, co-author and editor of Tourism Intelligence International’s Publications including but not limited to: How Germans will Travel 2015, How the British will Travel 2015, How Americans will Travel 2015, Sustainable Tourism Development – A Practical Guide for Decision-Makers, Travel and Tourism’s Top Ten Emerging Markets, The Paradigm Shift in Travel and Tourism.
Senior Investment Expert
Dr. Christian Potthoff-Sewing is a Director of Tourism Intelligence International. He is the majority owner and Chief Financial Officer of one of Germany’s automobile industry supply companies, Poppe and Potthoff, a 1000-employee strong company, with a 2014 turnover of EURO 160 million. The company has branches in the USA (Chicago), France, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, the Czech Republic and China.
Dr. Potthoff-Sewing holds a D. Phil. (Economics) and a Masters (Development Economics) from the University of Sussex, England and attended the American University (Washington) and Valparaiso University (Indiana). He is fluent in English, German and French.
Dr. Potthoff-Sewing is an experienced manager, an expert economist and international financial manager, in charge of the company’s acquisitions and investment management. Dr. Potthoff-Sewing is well connected globally and sits on the board of directors of Deutsche Bank, one of the largest, most respected and influential Banks in Germany and Europe.
Dr. Potthoff-Sewing has provided international tourism investment advice and technical support to tourism destinations such as Dominica, Abu Dhabi, Lesotho, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and Swaziland.
Trinidad and Tobago
The Current Director of Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies, Professor, Dr. Watson Coordinated the Economic Measurement Unit, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies, Trinidad Campus and was the former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (1995-2003).
Dr. Watson obtained his BSc in Commerce from the University of Leeds in 1973 and his Bachelors, Masters, and PhD in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, in 1980. His areas of expertise include Econometric Modelling of Caribbean phenomena (in particular monetary and fiscal policy), Economic Measurement, Statistical Analysis and Climate Change-Related Issues.
Dr. Watson’s current Research includes Social Accounting Matrices (and extensions) for the Caribbean, with applications to poverty, human capital formation and income distribution; Computable General Equilibrium and System Dynamics modelling of the Caribbean Economy, with applications to trade, poverty, income distribution and the environment; Finance (including micro finance) and Financial markets in the Caribbean.
A highly-respected professor and Econometrician, Professor Watson’s other professional activities included consulting in areas of economic measurement (measurement of capital stock, poverty issues, monetary and financial issues as well as tourism forecasting and impact measurement). He has served as a Government Senator; on the Board of Directors of various State Enterprises; and on various Government Committees. He conducts executive level training in statistical and econometric analysis (including the use of software like E-views and SPSS).
Consultant – International Relations
He moved to the private sector where he jointly developed a organisation which facilitated SME participation in economic development programmes and projects. He negotiated with multilateral funding agencies such as EC, World Bank, EBRD, Asian Development Bank, IFC etc. etc.
He has worked on the economic development tourism sector for the past 10 years, in Asia, Russia, Africa (both East and West) and Europe. Sector specific focus has been on the development and implementation of training for the industry and SME development. He is used to working with partners of various nationalities and various cultures and is fluent in four major languages.
Herman Jan Meijers holds a Master Degree (University of Kent) in International Relations and a post-graduate diploma in economic development. He has diplomas in Business Studies and Management, and International Law. He has been senior partner in a consultancy firm where he was responsible for business development and client relations.
Herman Jan is based in Brussels where he specialises in human resources development and consulting.
Business Development, Investment Climate and Value Chains Expert
Experienced International Development Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry. Skilled in International Project Management, Private Sector Development, Food Security, Sustainable Development, and Capacity Development. Strong operations professional graduated from the University of Toronto and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Specialist in Business Development with over 25 years experience in all aspects of the Design and Management of Private sector Development Programmes (PSDP) for SMEs in all ACP regions aimed at improving contribution to economic development through improvement in the regulatory framework, investment promotion and enhancement of competitiveness.
Design and implementation of programmes based on diagnostic studies of ACP sectors and enterprises utilising value chain analysis to improve local value-added and competitiveness on local, regional, EU and international markets.
Formulation of technical assistance projects related to business development services, investment climate, and value chain development in cooperation with local, regional and international development agencies, private sector organisations, financial institutions and a network of specialised technical consultants. Examples include certification schemes such as HAACP, Green Globe, ISO 9000 and 14000, Geographical indications, energy efficiency, e-commerce platforms.
In-depth knowledge of Intermediary Organisations and Private Sector in ACP regions, and experience in working with similar organisations in the EU.
Knowledge and practical experience in the management of programmes and projects according to EDF procedures and regulations including drafting of Terms of Reference, Call for Tenders and Market consultation, award of contract, monitoring and evaluation.
Experience in managing various development programmes creating linkages between agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and ICT sectors to develop competitiveness and market access strategies based on improving value added at production and distribution stages.
Experience in organization and conducting diagnostic studies, capacity building, public-private workshops, and business partnership meetings in various sectors such as agro-industry, timber and forestry, Tourism and ICT.
Trinidad and Tobago
Eric Adams, a national of Trinidad and Tobago, graduated with First Class Honours (Mathematics and Economics) from the University of the West Indies (Trinidad). He holds a M.Sc. in Actuarial Science from the University of Iowa (USA) and an MBA (Finance and Investments) from George Washington University (USA). He specialises in tourism and financial forecasting.
He was a lead consultant in the development of a Tourism Marketing Plan for the government of Mozambique. He was very instrumental in developing the forecasting models for the development of the National Tourism Policy for Trinidad and Tobago. Eric also assisted the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) in building the North American market to Southern Africa. He developed sampling frames and conducted extensive market research in the USA and Canada, as well as detailed statistical analyses of actual performance in North America. The exercise culminated with a private sector mission to the USA and Canada.
Eric Adams is a Business Consultant specialising in areas of travel, tourism and financial forecasting. He has eight more than 10 years of relevant commercial experience. He is a member of the Associate of the Society of Actuaries and the American Academy of Actuaries.
Eric Adams regularly prepares forecasts for the global travel and tourism industry. He prepared Tourism Intelligence International’s forecasts – How Germans will Travel 2015 and How the British will Travel 2010, How the American will Travel 2015, How the Japanese will Travel 2007, Impact of Terrorism on World Tourism and Successful Tourism Destinations – Lessons from the Leaders.
Destination Marketing Adviser
For more than 30 years John D. Lynch has been a steady force for many of the Caribbean’s most visible travel brands including: the destination of Jamaica; Sandals Resorts International; Beaches Resorts; and the Royal Plantation group of luxury boutique resorts. Rising from the tour business, Lynch has become one of the Caribbean’s most influential and sought-after tourism experts, a critical player in bringing worldwide attention, and ultimately visitors, to the region.
Lynch is instrumental in the Jamaica’s strategy to add another 5,000 hotel rooms with his innovative “shovel ready” approach to hotel investments. John Lynch knows and understands the hotel investment business in the Caribbean and is well versed and connected with all of the major brands.
Lynch began his travel career as general manager of J.A.M., a Jamaica-based tour company. Through partnerships with Intercontinental Hotels and the Maritz Travel Company, Lynch rapidly expanded J.A.M., making it one of Jamaica’s leading ground transportation companies at that time and a precursor of today’s destination management companies.
Lynch then began a fourteen-year association with the Jamaica Tourist Board. He joined as Senior Manager – Trade Services, was promoted to Regional Manager in Chicago, and eventually became Deputy Director of Tourism, responsible for sales and marketing worldwide. He was instrumental in the development of the award-winning ‘Come Back to Jamaica’ campaign that significantly increased visitor arrivals during his tenure.
In 1991, Lynch became president and CEO of Luxury Resorts Marketing, the promotional and marketing arm of Ciboney Ocho Rios, a Radisson Resort, that brand’s first foray into the all-inclusive market. A year later he joined Sandals Resorts as executive vice president of sales worldwide.
From his Miami office, Lynch had oversight for public relations, sales promotions, and group sales for all Sandals Resorts brands worldwide and has been an integral part of the company’s aggressive expansion beyond Jamaica that now includes Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada and Saint Lucia. For Sandals, Lynch created the now trademarked WeddingMoon™ concept that combines a wedding and honeymoon and that has become synonymous with the destination wedding trend.
He has served as third vice president of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), and as chairman of the influential marketing committee of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Currently, Lynch serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Caribbean Tourism Development Corporation.
Lynch came back to the Jamaica Tourist Board in October 2007, when he was appointed Chairman of the Board. In 2008, he was appointed Director of Tourism and served in that capacity until May 2014. His tenure culminated with a record-breaking year in 2013 when, for the first time, the destination welcomed over 2 million visitors (not including cruise arrivals).
Trinidad and Tobago
Dr. T. Jennifer Edwards, is a highly-effective Senior Strategic Tourism Management Expert with nearly 30 years of solid experience in strategic action planning; policy development and analysis; destination planning; tourism cluster development; training needs assessment; institutional development; strengthening and change management; project management; public/private sector partnership development; enterprise development; business assessment; diagnostic and interventions; tourism SME development.
Dr. Edwards also has excellent practical and professional experience developing policy frameworks and tools in the Caribbean. She has robust experience in research, and in writing strategic and operational plans, policy papers, analytical reports. She has extensive knowledge and experience in policy development within the Caribbean region.
Edwards spearheaded the review and revision of the Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Policy on behalf of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. She also developed the CARICOM Regional MSME Policy for the growth and development of MSMEs in all economic sectors (including tourism) and with consideration of a wide range of policy impacts and sustainability issues. Dr. Edwards also led the implementation of a US $2-Million, 4-year Sustainable Tourism Development Project, including research, Policy and Master Planning and supervising a multicultural and multi-disciplinary team of 44 experts and operational staff in the Bahamas.
With a solid foundation and training in project management, Dr. Edwards is versed in sourcing funding for projects and has a proven track record in end-to-end processes, including project planning and design; work plan and timeline development; budget management; and monitoring and evaluation of project milestones. She has extensive experience leading multi-disciplinary teams on a number of regional and international projects.
Dr. Edwards also has significant experience and proven competence in implementing large-scale and complex multi-stakeholder development projects/programs of agencies such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); the Ford Foundation; the UN/World Trade Organisation/International Trade Centre (UN/WTO/ITC); the Commonwealth Secretariat; the United Nations Environment Programme/Global Program of Action (UNEP/GPA); The Caribbean Export Development Agency/CARICOM; the European Commission/OECS; the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO); the World Bank; the Caribbean Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ), and the European Union (EU), Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE), Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
Dr. Edwards is a firm believer and supporter of sustainable tourism development and has consistently incorporated sustainable and responsible tourism development in all projects where possible. She led the development of the Blue Flag Feasibility Study on Behalf of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
Cruise Tourism Expert
Dr. Fritz Pinnock is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) and an international maritime & logistics consultant who has worked on numerous projects in collaboration with the Governments of Canada, France, British Virgin Islands, Suriname, Bahamas, United Kingdom, Guyana and Barbados. He has also worked with several international agencies such as CARICOM, IDB and the World Bank.
Dr. Pinnock is the holder of a Ph.D. in Sustainable Cruise Shipping in the Caribbean and a foremost cruise expert in the region. He is well-known for his authorship on one of the most researched and referenced publications on cruise tourism in the Caribbean entitled, “Caribbean Cruise Tourism: Power Relations Among Stakeholders: The Future of Cruise Tourism in the Caribbean”. The publication addresses two main issues. “The first is the anomaly that the Caribbean accounts for over 50 per cent of the world’s market share of cruise ship passenger deployment, but generates less than five per cent of the industry’s revenue while imposing significant financial and environmental costs on a number of Caribbean nations. The central finding is that the Caribbean cruise industry operates almost entirely for the benefit of the cruise lines. The industry is vertically integrated and has a high level of value-capture among the stakeholder chain.” It is this kind of knowledge and analysis that will add tremendous value to the development of the cruise policy for Dominica.
Dr. Pinncok is also a special advisor to various Government and non-governmental agencies and is a member of several associations, including Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (FCIT), Jamaica Association of Administrative Professionals (JAAP) and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI).
Dr. Justin Ram has a Diploma in Executive Management from Stanford University and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a M.Sc. in Economics from University College, London, a B.Sc. in Economics from The University of the West Indies and a post graduate certificate in sustainable environmental management from The University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Justin Ram is an international economist with over twenty-five years of practical , research and management experience . His economic specializations include resilience economics, vulnerability indices, macroeconomics, fiscal and debt analysis, financial sector economics, energy economics , environmental and natural resource economics, the Blue Economy, Climate Change economics, development economics, transport economics, implementation, social and labour market economics.
He was previously Director of the Economics Department at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and a member of the Bank’s management team. He was responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the Economics Department with responsibility for inter alia policy assessments, economic research, economic reporting and forecasting, policy-based-lending, and country strategies.
Before joining the CDB, Justin’s experiences included: Senior Global Economist with WorleyParsons, Supervisory economist with the Mayor of London/Greater London Authority, Technical Director with Jacobs Engineering and as an economist with the UK government’s Department for Transport. He has also been a Class Teacher at the London School of Economics and Political Science and was Lecturer in economics at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Justin also worked as an analyst with Thomson / Reuters. He has worked as a consultant on substantial energy projects (renewable energy LNG, CNG, GTL) in the Caribbean, Central Asia, Africa and Europe.
He is the Co-Founder of the Caribbean Blue Economy Conference and the Caribbean Leadership and Transformation Forum.
Hotel Investment Specialist
Trinidad and Tobago
Lisa Gomes is the former Director of Finance and Investment Planning at Sandals Resorts International and ATL Limited. She was a key resource person in the research, negotiation and implementation phases of new property investments for Sandals. She was instrumental in a number of Sandals Resorts International’s project developments in Jamaica, Grenada, Barbados and St. Lucia among others.
Leading the Finance and Investment arm of Sandals Resorts International, Gomes played a critical role in negotiating incentives for the multinational hotel chain. She has intimate knowledge of the types of incentives hotel investors are looking for. She also has a very good understanding of the different tourism incentive regimes in a number of Caribbean countries as a result of her role in Sandals.
Lisa Gomes was also the former President and CEO of Guardian Asset Management (GAM). She has key expertise in Investment Banking, Acquisitions, Financial Analysis, Risk and Return Assessment, Project Analysis and Valuation, Scenario/What if Analysis, Break Even Analysis and Cost-benefit Analysis. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of New Orleans, Gomes has successfully climbed the corporate ladder in the Caribbean financial world.
Gomes is credited with positioning Guardian Holdings Limited’s subsidiaries in Jamaica and with turning GAM into one of the best licensed securities dealers in the region. In the first year alone, under Gomes leadership, GAM achieved a 31.33 per cent return on average equity, one of the highest in the company’s history.
Gomes has spearheaded a number of major investment and acquisition deals including Guardian’s entry and exit of the asset management business, the acquisition of Emerald Bay Development in Exuma, Bahamas (a 600-acre estate comprising a Marina, a Hotel, Commercial and Residential lots).
She played a pivotal role in raising TT$350 million for Guardian Holdings Limited to purchase 20 per cent of Neal and Massy Limited; raised in excess of US$600M in financing from Banks in the region for Sandals Resorts International and Guardian Holdings Limited to facilitate capital investment. Under her stewardship, GAM’s capital grew from J$100 million to J$1.89 billion.
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Johannes Spalburg has more than 25 years of international Marketing & Communications experience in the Travel & Tourism Industry, while based in 5 different countries on 3 different continents (Europe, the Americas and Southern Africa).
He holds an MBA in Hospitality Management from Cornell/Essex (IMHI, France) and speaks 6 (six) languages, including Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish, as well as Italian.
Spalburg worked as Marketing Consultant in Paris and occupied various Sales & Marketing positions for a number of international hospitality and travel firms, including: MKI Ltd – Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, South Seas Resorts, Renaissance Cruises, ITT Sheraton Luxury Hotels (London), Jet Hotels (Air France Group, Paris), Hilton International France (Paris & Strasbourg) and Steigenberger Hotel Krasnapolsky (Amsterdam) and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.
Jo Spalburg carried out primary research on many international markets on behalf of Leve Global’s clients including Abu Dhabi, Barbados, Dominica, Tobago, Mozambique, Malawi and Singapore.
Digital Marketing Strategist
USA & Trinidad and Tobago
Chike Farrell, a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)He is an energetic, digital strategist and marketing & technology consultant. He is the main Digital Marketing Strategist at Leve Global.
Chike holds an MBA in High Tech Marketing from MIT, alongside a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.
Chike is passionate about creating a more connected world and seeing people and businesses make an ever-greater impact on the world stage. He co-founded Caribbean Ideas Synapse to use the power of web and mobile technologies to better connect businesses to their customers, and to help people connect more easily to the rest of the world.
His aim is to help drive a greater presence on the world stage for his clients, and create the personal connections that move people and ideas forward.
He has global-level digital industry experience, after six and a half years in Microsoft’s Online Advertising Division in Seattle, USA, and is applying that experience to help our clients.
The services that Chike Farrell supplies to Leve Global include:
Digital Marketing Expert
Vladimir John is a Senior Executive at one of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading Digital Marketing companies, Webberz.com and is one of Tourism Intelligence International’s Digital Marketing Consultants and Advisors.
Mr. John, has over twenty (20) years’ experience in the field of information technology, digital marketing, website development, e-commerce solutions and leading digital teams. Mr. Vladimir John has pioneered the development of e-commerce solutions in Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Vladimir John brings expertise in PERL, PHP, java script, Mysql, and SQL programming. He also has expertise in server configuration, management and troubleshooting on servers running Linux, FreeBSD, apache webserver and sendmail. These are among the most commonly used programming languages and platforms used on the Internet. In addition, he has extensive experience in website development and promotion.
John heads the Web Development team and has over 20 years’ experience in providing Internet solutions and e-Commerce to small, medium and large enterprises.
As a Tourism Intelligence International consultant, he provides Internet strategy expertise to our team. He is also a co-founder of Webberz.com Limited. He oversees the provision of Internet solutions to corporate clients.
John specializes in the Macromedia web development suite of products including Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash. He has worked on over 300 web development projects.
John’s expertise also include:
Environmental Management and Climate Change Expert
Marie-Jose is experienced in natural resources management, national park planning and development including marine parks, forest and watershed research, planning and management.
She has over two decades of experience in designing, managing, administering, evaluating and auditing nationally and internationally funded tourism-related environmental programmes and projects.
Skilled in the Development of climate change adaptation plans for coastal communities, the tourism sector and national parks, Edwards spent over two decades consulting in environmental impact assessments for the public and private sectors, preparation of management and financial plans for national parks and ecotourism sites, environmental auditing of small hotels and attractions
Edwards developed strategic action plans for capacity building for biodiversity at the national level and regional as well as the development of sustainable tourism and environmental policies at a national and regional level. She has the capability to work with local communities to deliver benefits as well as conserve their environments.
She has a keen understanding of the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of sustainability as well as the physical trends and drivers related to sustainable development.
Experience working with government agencies, private corporations and non-government organizations throughout the Caribbean region particularly in various small island developing states including Dominica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Anguilla, Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat, Barbados.
Experience in managing projects funded by international agencies including the World Bank, Organization of American States, OAS, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, United Nation Development Agency, UNDP, CCCCC (5Cs), Caribbean Development Bank, CDB, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, OECS, United States Agency for International Aid, USAID, European Union, DFID, CIDA/CPEC and Green Globe.
She is proficient in strategic forward planning, navigating multicultural settings, methodical construction and administration of budgets, and operating effectively within rigid time constraints and has experience in integrating data analysis into performance measurement to guide decision-making and management.
A senior and experienced consultant, Marie-Jose is skilled at managing negotiations that require reconciliation of divergent national approaches to otherwise common issues; attributed to cosmopolitan background, extensive regional networking and a commitment to regional advancement.
Spatial and Land Use Planner
Trinidad and Tobago
Victoria Hobday has a range of experience in planning in both public and private sector both in England and the Caribbean.
Hobday been involved in a number of development planning initiatives in Trinidad and Tobago, including the preparation of the National Spatial Development Strategy in 2013, the Ministry of Local Government Municipal Development Plan programme in 2010, and other strategic developments including the proposed Trinidad Rapid Rail Project. She is part of a multi-disciplinary consultant team working on the preparation of the Anguilla Long Term National Sustainable Development Plan 2018 and the Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy for the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Victoria has excellent knowledge of statutory requirements required for land use and development planning. She also possesses a wealth of experience in engaging with Town and Country Planning Development (TCPD) and relevant stakeholders in sustainable development plans. She is a world-class sustainable development planner with more than two decades of experience in the field.
Human Resource Specialist
Yvonne Armour, a Dominican national, is an established Tourism Human Resource Development Specialist with over 25 years of regional and international experience. She has worked in senior tourism managerial positions in both the public and private sector at home and abroad.
Yvonne has had extensive experience in tourism human resource development. As Technical Advisor to the Caribbean Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC), the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Yvonne contributed to the tourism human resource development of the Caribbean region through the creation of policies, programmes and best practices.
Yvonne has a strong personal commitment to holistic lifestyle and environmental preservation, with keen interest in niche tourism product development, e.g. health and wellness, sports, heritage and agro-tourism.
She excels in dynamic, challenging environments while remaining focused and pragmatic.
Yvonne also has experience and qualifications in the following areas:
Market Research / Marketing Specialist
Trinidad and Tobago
Kevon Wilson graduated with an Upper Second Class Honours in Management and Finance from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. Wilson is a Senior Analyst with more than 15 years’ experience in marketing, communications and strategic planning in over 20 countries around the world including The Gambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Grenada, Montserrat, Dominica, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and others.
Wilson is a talented and dedicated Researcher, Marketer and Team Leader.
Kevon co-authored many of Tourism Intelligence International’s market research publications including:
Trinidad and Tobago
Roseline holds a Master of Business Administration from the Henley Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences from the University of the West Indies, in her native Trinidad.
Creative Director and Copywriter
Richard Young’s passion for things Caribbean is legendary. He is consumed by an avid preoccupation with our distinctive way of expressing and imaging our uniquely idiosyncratic Caribbean Travel Lifestyle and Aesthetic. Richard is recognised as one of the leading Creative Directors, copywriters, script crafters, and orators in the Caribbean.
Young’s talent as a Creative Director, Producer, and prolific impresario has led to him become one of the most sought after creative industry consultants in the region. He has been consistently producing and directing creative programmes and initiatives.
Young’s achievements are prolific – he received the Regional Lifetime Achievement Award at the Barbados’ Music, Fashion and Film Awards for his resilient contribution to the development of the Caribbean brand; he was nominated by the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries as “best use of innovation in services”; “service exporter of the year” and “service provider of the year”. The Government of Guyana bestowed Young with a plaque for his excellence in directing Carifesta IX; Shabeau Magazine honoured him with an award of excellence in the pursuit of branding the Caribbean; and in 2015, Styleweek Port of Spain presented him with a “industry pioneer award”; and the list goes on.
Digital Content Curator
Kerron Riley is a Lifestyle and Fashion Photographer, Digital Content Curator, and Entrepreneur. Kerron was born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in Maryland, USA. He is the holder of a Photography Degree from The Maryland School of Art.
Kerron is known for his unique photographic style that is as complex and as beautiful as his mixed heritage. His penchant for photography and knack for business has gained him prolific work for several publications around the world. His photography exhibits and his studio are located in both Poland and Amsterdam.
Kerron Riley has always shown love and interest in learning and growing as a Caribbean artist. His interest in telling Caribbean stories through photography has landed him a nomination for Caribbean Photographer of the Year 2011.
His great eye for beauty led him to work with prominent fashion organizations like Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Elite Model Look, Caribbean Next Top Model, Face of T&T, Red Runway, as well as, many fashion designers and Carnival bands.
He has been privileged to photograph Queen Elizabeth II; the former President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama; and several world leaders, celebrities and local personalities.
Kerron Riley is the official Photographer and Digital Content Curator at Leve Global.