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UWI launches Consulting Company

For Release Upon Receipt - April 3, 2008


The University of the West Indies (UWI) has launched UWI Consulting, a subsidiary which draws on the expertise at the University and provides advisory and capacity-building services across the region and internationally. Barbadian Minister of Education and Human Resources Development, Hon. Ronald Jones, announced the formal launch of the company at a ceremony at the Barbados Hilton on March 5th, 2008.

UWI Consulting will focus on policy analysis and development, programme management and project implementation, governance and organization management in a wide range of disciplines. The company will offer strategic advice, consultancy and related services on all aspects of management and innovation to businesses, government, international agencies and community organizations.

Mrs. Carleen Gardner is the CEO of UWI Consulting, which has its headquarters in Castries, St. Lucia and offices at Mona (Jamaica), St. Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago) and Cave Hill (Barbados). Other members of the Board of Directors of UWI Consulting are: Mr. Gregory Shirley, Retired Partner, KPMG Caribbean; Professor Wayne Hunte, Pro Vice Chancellor, Research; Professor Hilary Beckles, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Cave Hill; Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Open Campus; Professor Gordon Shirley, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Mona; Professor Clement Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI St. Augustine; Mr. Winston Bayley, Director of Finance and Bursar, UWI; Ms. Margaret Young, CEO, Millsquare Group of Consultants; Mr. Dodridge Miller, Sagicor, Barbados.

Addressing those gathered for the launch, Professor E. Nigel Harris, UWI Vice Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of UWI Consulting, stated that the establishment of the consulting company was consistent with the stated aim of the university “to be the first point of call for Caribbean businesses, governments and agencies that need in-depth expertise and advice on management, planning and development issue.”

Professor Harris noted that, “No other organization knows the Caribbean so well, or is so well-connected, or has done so much to influence its development.” Describing the University as the largest and most significant concentration of advanced knowledge and technical expertise in the Caribbean region, Prof. Harris said that this resource would now be available to everyone who needed it.

“UWI has produced most of the region’s prime ministers, has helped to shape the politics, culture and identity of the Caribbean and boasts thousands of graduates who are influential in every walk of life throughout the region and the Diaspora,” Prof. Harris said.

Other speakers at the launch included Dr. Compton Bourne, President of The Caribbean Development Bank; Mr. Winston Cox of The Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C. and Sir Hilary Beckles.

For more information about the UWI Consulting Company, please contact Marcia Erskine at or (876) 960-3170 (Tel.) or (876) 920-8848 (Fax).



The University of the West Indies (UWI) is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.