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Ms Deika Morrison is newest Honorary Research Fellow at UWI’s Institute for Sustainable Development

For Release Upon Receipt - November 26, 2020


The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Deika as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development (The ISD). Ms Morrison, whose appointment is initially for a period of one year, from October 12, 2020 to October 11, 2021 will focus her fellowship on strengthening the research capacity of the Institute.

She comes to the Institute with a wealth of experience from the private and public sector having worked as an Environmental Scientist in Florida; Chief Research Officer for a multinational financial institution; as well as Senator and State Minister of Finance and Planning in the Government of Jamaica. 

Her qualifications include double Masters degrees in Engineering Science and in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania respectively. She also earned two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania; one in applied Science, Environmental Systems (cum laude), majoring in water and waste water systems and another in Economics (cum laude) majoring in Finance.

She is also co-founder of Mdk Advisory and Consulting Ltd, a boutique advisory firm specialising in strategy, operational efficiency, marketing, communication and digital mobilisation as well as diaspora engagement. She is also co-founder of Do Good Jamaica and Do Good International non-profit organisations focused on empowering young people, primarily through education, and building resilient communities through collaboration. 

In public service, Ms Morrison has held positions as board member for a number of organisations, including Chair of the Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission.  She has served as a member of the Economic Policy Committee of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica; the United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative; the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council and the Rotary Club of Kingston.  She is the current President of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club in Jamaica and also a current member of the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals.




About The UWI

For over 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies; the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ); The UWI-University of Havana Centre for Sustainable Development; The UWI-Coventry Institute for Industry-Academic Partnership with the University of Coventry and the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research with the University of Glasgow.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. The world’s most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, has ranked The UWI among the top 600 universities in the world for 2019 and 2020, and the 40 best universities in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018 and 2019, then top 20 in 2020. The UWI has been the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)