Our Team

Professor John Agard
Director

Professor Agard’s academic research and professional service are mainly directed at defining the role and value of biodiversity and ecosystem services to human well-being and sustainable development in small island developing states. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Zoology from UWI, a M.Sc. in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester, UK and a Ph.D. from The UWI.

At the international level, he has interfaced his scientific knowledge with his practical experience through participation as a Lead Author in major global integrated environmental assessment exercises. These include the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) published in 2005, the UNEP Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-4) 2007 and the Fourth Assessment Report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007. The MA authors received the Zayed Prize for the Environment while the IPCC and Al Gore shared the 2007 Noble Peace Prize.

At the regional level, he is a member of the Caribbean Sea Commission formed by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) to advance the cause of integrated management of the Caribbean Sea. He also serves as a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Task Force on Climate Change. Professor Agard is a member of the Science Committee of the Iwokrama International Centre for Development and Rainforest Conservation (IIC), Guyana.

At the local level, Professor Agard’s strategy is to promote the integration of environment in development and to collaborate with a widening circle of collaborators including Government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), Industry and young people. In this way, he has been directly involved in applying science in the public domain via the creation of environmental policy, laws and systems as a former Chairman of the Environmental Management Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. He has also had a direct input into national development planning as Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Environment, of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s Vision 2020 project whose responsibility was to formulate a strategic development plan for Trinidad and Tobago.

The United Nations recognises Professor Agard as an expert on Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity of Small Island Developing States

 

LAUREN BOODHOO
Manager: Intellectual Property lauren.boodhoo@sta.uwi.edu

Ms. Boodhoo is a graduate of McGill University and is an attorney-at-law. She holds a Master’s degree in Corporate and Commercial Law.  She spent several years at the Permanent Mission of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations office in Geneva, where she covered trade, intellectual property and human rights issues.  Her responsibilities at the ORDKT include providing information on IP issues; receiving and processing invention disclosures; managing the filing of patent applications and follow up; providing guidance on IP clauses in agreements; and preparation of IP related agreements e.g. Non-Disclosure Agreements and Material Transfer Agreements.

CHERYLE DUBAY
Manager: Grant Funding and Business Development cheryle.dubay@sta.uwi.edu

A member of the Office since 2004, Ms. Dubay has a background in Natural Sciences and an MBA with specialisation in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her main responsibilities include identifying potential themes with research support and investment potential; designing research and other proposals to target/ attract donor funding (local, regional and international); identifying potential research outputs possessing commercial value; seeking financial support and/or mechanisms to support commercialisation and leveraging expertise across the UWI in response to industry needs and requests by formulating teams, generating proposals or expert positions, successfully negotiating project parameters, managing contractual obligations and managing projects according to formal project management principles.

INDIRA JAGESSAR
Business Development Manager indira.jagassar@sta.uwi.edu

Mrs. Jagassar graduated from The University of the West Indies with a BSc in Agriculture and an MSc in Agriculture Economics. She is the recipient of a fellowship in Small Entrepreneurship Promotion and Industrial Assistance from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. Formally trained in planning and project cycle management and ISO quality management and auditing, she joined the Business Development team in 2007. She brings to the University community a wealth of experience in serving the local business community, securing grants and managing major projects funded by the IADB, EU, FAO ,UNDP, UNIDO and the OAS

ANGELA ESCALANTE
Contract Officer angela.escalante@sta.uwi.edu

Mrs. Escalante graduated from the Robert Gordon University, Scotland with a Master of Science in Knowledge Management. She is also a graduate of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business where she studied Management Information Systems. She has served for a number of years in departments and units across The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.

She joined the Office of Research Development and Knowledge Transfer in 2006 where she has major responsibility for the management of research information.  She also engages in programme development, programme and project management and programme evaluation. Mrs. Escalante is also an experienced trainer and has designed and delivered a number of training programmes.

DAMIAN ALI
Project/Finance Officer damian.ali@sta.uwi.edu

Mr. Ali holds responsibility for identifying resources which may be required for projects; project budgetary quality assurance; ensuring that project deliverables are achieved within the budgetary allocation; Suggesting areas for project process improvement in internal processes along with possible solutions; Reviewing the status reports of Projects and address issues as required; Complying with and assisting in enforcing standard policies and procedures; Creating an end of project report and creating and keeping track of lessons learned and share those lessons with all project personnel (Project Close out); Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions and the direct supervision of the Office’s administrative and technical staff to ensure the execution of Departmental needs and responsibilities.