Caribbean Regional Cooperation on Tackling the Sargassum Crisis

This panel brings together key players looking at innovative ways of dealing with one of the Caribbean region’s most important current issues: Sargassum. There is currently limited regional cooperation on the issue and this panel will discuss examples of approaches to the problem and opportunities for new solutions.

Speakers

Lee Jestings

Founder and CEO of Enexor BioEnergy

Lee Jestings is the founder and CEO of Enexor BioEnergy. Mr. Jestings has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry and has created a company dedicated to converting organics and unrecycleable plastic into clean energy onsite for commercial, industrial, and municipal customers worldwide.
Lee Jestings

Founder and CEO of Enexor BioEnergy

Daphne Ewing-Chow

Senior Strategic Communications Professional- Environment

Daphne Ewing-Chow is a Barbadian writer with a passion for sustainable agriculture and food systems. She is widely published in the area of agriculture, fisheries and marine conservation, is an environmental and agriculture contributor with Forbes, served as the head of communications for CC4FISH, Caribbean climate change in fisheries project at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and currently serves as the Head of Content at Loop News in the Cayman Islands.

Daphne has been highly involved in philanthropic initiatives with dance4life, the Zero Waste Trust and sits on the Board of Advisors for the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation. She is a member of the United Nations Island Voices Journalism Campaign and is a food sustainability panellist for the $3 million Zayed Sustainability Award, in the United Arab Emirates. Daphne holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a speciality in International Economic Policy from Columbia University in New York.

Daphne Ewing-Chow

Senior Strategic Communications Professional- Environment

Sylvie Gustave Dit Duflo

Vice-President of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe

Aged 48, she is the mother of 2 children and lived in Guadeloupe, (French West-indies).

She obtained a PhD in Brain Sciences in 1998 at the University of Montpellier II, in France. She began her university career in 1999, at the University of Aix-Marseille I, as an assistant professor, a career she will pursue at the University of Antilles-Guyane, from 2006. She will take the Head of the Department of Biology from 2009 to 2015. Parallel to this professional career, she began a political career in 2008 and became a township councilor in the town of Baillif, then a regional elected representative since 2010. From 2015, she will become vice -president of the regional council of Guadeloupe, in charge of environmental issues. From 2016, she will become the Chair of the Water and Biodiversity Committee, a member of the National Water Committee, and a member of the National Biodiversity Committee.

Sylvie Gustave Dit Duflo

Vice-President of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe

Carla Daniel

Biologist

Carla Daniel is a biologist, passionate about species conservation in the Caribbean, especially in her native island Barbados. She has worked on projects targeting a variety of species including endemic birds, bats, parrot fish, spiders and critically endangered sea turtles and geckos. A Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean fellow, she has conducted training sessions, presentations and workshops around the region; sharing knowledge and building capacity. Through her work with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project, where she is currently Field Director and Director of Public Awareness and Education, she has advocated tirelessly for the protection of vulnerable coastlines and the maintenance of the delicate balance which allows ecosystems to be preserved. It was primarily because of this that Carla has worked hard to mitigate the impact of Sargassum inundations on the Beaches and coastal ecosystems of Barbados. Advocating for the development and implementation of best practices in its management and utilisation.
Carla Daniel

Biologist

Abil Castañeda

Chief Tourism Officer at Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation in Belize

Abil Castañeda

Chief Tourism Officer at Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation in Belize

Partner

Enexor BioEnergy

Enexor has developed a bioenergy system that will help solve the world’s organic and plastic waste problem. The small-scale modular distributed energy technology converts a wide range of organic waste, including unrecycleable plastic and sargassum, into clean energy. Uniquely, Enexor’s bioenergy technology can also withstand hurricane force winds. By simultaneously providing immediate energy and waste disposal cost savings, coupled with significant reductions in harmful greenhouse gas (“GHG”) production – Enexor's patented system is incomparable to any other system in the world. Enexor BioEnergy is currently demonstrating how how sargassum can be used to create power.