Coke-Hamilton comes out tops for UN role

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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Pamela Coke-Hamilton, executive director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) based in Barbados, has been appointed as director, Division on International Trade and Comodities (ITC), D2 in United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyl has announced.

Coke-Hamilton came out tops in a “highly competitive and robust selection process”, the Ssecretary general said.

“Coke-Hamilton brings to this position a deep knowledge of international trade and extensive experience in development policy, private sector development, capacity building and technical cooperation gained from her tenure with regional and international organisations, including indepth work with member states, national government and universities.”

At CEDA Coke-Hamilton led several major regional private sector development and cooperation programmes, including the launch of the Women Empowered through Export Platform.

Previously she worked as regional hub Ccordinator in the Caribbean for the Inter-American Development Bank.

From 2007 to 2009 Coke-Hamilton was director of trade and competitiveness at the Organisation of American States.

Coke-Hamilton started her career in Jamaica's Ministry of Foreign Affair and Foreign Trade.

Coke-Hamilton holds a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University School of Law in Washington DC and a BSc in International Relations and Economics from The UWI Mona.

Martin steps up to CEO role

Brenda-Lee Martin is the new CEO of Sagicor Real Estate X fund, stepping up to the role after having first joined Sagicor Group Jamaica in December 1992 as a trainee underwriter.

During her 26 years at the company Martin has served in numerous roles and was transferred to the investment department 15 years ago, becoming an assistant vice-president in 2011 and vice-president in 2015.

“Brenda-Lee brings a wealth of experience to the investment department and we are excited about her new role at the componay,” Sagicor said.

Martin holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Wales/Manchester Business School joint programme and a BSc from the University of the West Indies, Mona in Economics and Management. She also holds an FLMI/LOMA designation.

Reid leaves Proven

Investment banker Ryan Reid is set to leave his role as general manger of Proven Wealth next month, it has been reported, tendering his resignation last week.

His resignation follows two other high-profile position vacancies, including Chorvelle Johnson, the former CEO (now head of Sagicor bank) in January and Pierre Shirley general manager of Proven REIT, in March 2018.

Reid's career of some 10 years has included directorships in both public and private sector entities. Reid became general manager in January this year, having started at the company in 2010. In 2012 he became a director at the Jamaica Mortgage Bank, and he's also a member of the National Investment Policy Steering committee appointed by the Government.

Reid has not publicly stated what his next career move will be.

In January this year, under a headline “Ones to Watch”, the Jamaica Observer reported that “Wealth Access CEO Garth Walker; Ryan Reid, the general manager at PROVEN Wealth; and Neil Lawrence, formerly of Digicel, are the trio behind Growth Tech, a company focused on technology, innovation and solutions. Neil Lawrence will handle the day-to-day operations as its CEO as they position the company to be listed on the Junior Stock Exchange, but most importantly, ensuring that connectivity to Jamaicans becomes like oxygen, accessible to everyone everywhere.”

According to a news release, during his tenure at Proven Wealth, Reid who had oversight for the investments and corporate finance teams, also led the sales team which raised more than US$50 million.

Reid holds an MBA from the University of Wales and a BSc in Banking and Finance from The University of the West Indies Mona.

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