Distinguished Trinis, Cuban Join Common Sense Convois

Two distinguished Trinidadians working abroad and a highly respected Cuban academic are among the key speakers at the upcoming Common Sense Convois.
Climate scientist Roger S. Pulwarty is the Climate and Societal Interactions Division Chief and the Director of the multi-agency National Integrated Drought Information System at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington DC and Boulder Colorado. The Climate and Societal Interactions Division is responsible for eleven applied research centers across the US and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University. Dr. Pulwarty’s own research and publications focus on climate, vulnerability assessment, and risk management in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
He is a lead author on several national and international climate impacts assessments reports including the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II, the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters, and the US Global Change Research Program. The IPCC was the recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr Pulwarty has acted in advisory capacities on climate impacts assessment and risk management to several U.S. and international. He is a co-recipient of the 2008 NOAA?Administrator’s award for outstanding achievements in integrating climate research into decision-making, and the 2010 Gold Medal, the highest award given by the US Department of Commerce.
Professor Gillian Marcelle is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Wits Business School, Wits University, Joburg South Africa.
She is an active policy and academic research scholar with more than twenty years experience gained in developed and developing country settings and has a well established reputation in innovation policy scholarship and advocacy, in South Africa and internationally. She is active in academic networks and her editorial advisory positions include: Member, Editorial Advisory Board, African Journal of Science, Technology Innovation and Development, Adonis and Abbey Publishers; Editorial Board, Int J of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Inderscience Publishers; and the Editorial board of the University of Witwatersrand journal, African Journal of Information and Communication. She is a member, Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (Globelics) and the International Society of Professional Innovation Managers (ISPIM). She also held teaching and research positions at City University London (UK), The University of East London (UK), the University of the West Indies and the University of Sussex (UK).
Prof. Marcelle published Technological Learning: Strategic Imperative for the Developing World, published by Edward Elgar in December 2004, has produced academic articles in peer reviewed journals as well as numerous conference papers and technical reports. She leads a research group on Strategic Management of Innovation, which has an active seminar programme and a working paper series (www.wits.ac.za/managinginnovation). In 2010, she served as the Chair of the Technical Committee that organised and hosted an international symposium: Innovation and development frontiers of research, policy and practice at Wits University (http://innovationsymposium.wits.ac.za).
Among her professional achievements include serving as an advisor to the vice minister of science and technology in Angola, where she designed national computer literacy programmes to assist with demobilization of former freedom fighters. She also completed for CARICOM a regional ICT and development strategy, which was adopted by ministers in October 2004. The strategy includes recommendations on how to accelerate and deepen ICT’s impact on Caribbean development by deploying flagship programmes in e-commerce, disaster management, technological capacity building, e-governance and innovation.
Prof. Gillian Marcelle trained as an economist at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago, the Kiel Institute of World Economics, Germany, holds an MBA from George Washington University (USA) and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy (SPRU), Sussex University (UK).
Dr Graciela Chailloux Laffita holds a PhD in Economic History and conducts comparative research on the economic thought of the Anglophone Caribbean at the Casa de Altos Estudios “Don Fernando Ortiz” in the Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Havana. Dr Chailloux Laffita has done considerable research on the British West Indian presence in Cuba.

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