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GRAVITAS CEO speaks on business ethics in an unethical marketplace

For Release Upon Receipt - October 21, 2009

St. Augustine

In the wake of recent global financial crises, a high-profile business executive will speak to university students about how integrity can be a corporate competitive advantage in a marketplace rife with unethical behavior.

Chairman and chief executive officer of GRAVITAS Capital Advisors Inc., Eric-Vincent Guichard, will deliver a guest lecture on Financial Markets, Corporate Governance and Business Performance on October 27th and 28th, 2009 at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

The two-day event is intended to expose graduate students to experiences in the financial markets and the international business environment through a review of case studies and actual events. In addition to the value of integrity amongst unethical behaviour, Guichard will discuss policies, procedures and incentive systems that can imbue an organization with integrity and inspire consumers with confidence that yields sustainable competitive advantages.  

Sessions will include an overview of the regional securities industry, as well as sessions on how unethical behavior contributed to the recent financial crisis and the importance of remuneration and incentive systems for competitive businesses. The final session will look at key impediments to financing the private sector in the Caribbean, and offer recommendations to foster better growth opportunity and risk management.

This event is of interest to graduate students in business, finance and economics, as well as junior faculty and mid-level professionals in finance.

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, 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 recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. 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.