This session reviews the ‘development’ opportunities of (small) islands, and how innovation can work its way through each significant economic activity: from remittances and ‘rents’ to tourism and finance. Jurisdictional powers are a huge asset in this perennial challenge. Godfrey Baldacchino comes from Malta, the world’s 10th smallest country by land area, with very limited natural resources; yet despite (or, perhaps, because of?) this, it is currently the fastest growing economy in the European Union. Kate Brown is the Director of the Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA) working to help island collaborate internationally.
She founded DAVA Energy Solutions, based in Aruba, with a wholistic approach of delivering scalable clean energy solutions by working with utilities, IPPs, regulators, governments and knowledge centers, which ultimately results in executed utility scale energy projects.
Avanindra serves on several boards including board member of Solar Head of State, Oakland, Calif.; chairman of 360o of Innovation, Aruba; and board member of LABACA – Latvian American Business Association of California.
She gained a better understanding of the Caribbean region by first working for the former Prime Minister of Aruba, Mike Eman, in the Bureau of Innovation and Sustainability. Avanindra has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering – Circuit Design from Stanford University where she graduated with honors.
Executive Director at Global Island Partnership
Professor & Pro-Rector at the University of Malta