The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) is one of the three components of World Bank/infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC). This is part of a seven-year $20 Million program funded by the Government of Canada through the World Bank to build an enabling ecosystem to foster growth-oriented entrepreneurs and profitable businesses that address climate change mitigation and adaptation needs throughout the Caribbean.
The Management Committee of CCIC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Marcia Brandon as Chair with effect 10th August 2015. Mrs. Brandon will serve for a period one year.
Mrs. Brandon has been a member of the CCIC Management Committee since the inception of the CCIC in late 2013. She is a social entrepreneur and the Founder/Managing Director for the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods & Entrepreneurship, which is headquartered in Barbados. She was also Founder/ Managing Director for Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Youth Entrepreneurship (CEYE) from April 2000 – 2013 and worked from1998 -2013 as Executive Director for the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT).
She holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from City and Guild, United Kingdom and Bachelor’s in Public Sector Management from the University of the West Indies. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, City and Guild, UK.
Some of her Key Achievements in Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean:
- Sourced over US$10million for regional youth entrepreneurship development
- Pioneered youth entrepreneurship development in the region to be recognized regionally and globally.
- Established over 5000 strong, durable partnerships for sustainable development with international, national and regional development organizations, public and private sectors, NGOs, CBOs, and individuals.
- Worked with CARICOM on creative, regional simulated training programs for at risk and vulnerable youth and women.
- Hosted, planned and organized the first regional youth entrepreneurship conference and awards ceremony– participants from over 25 countries, with international speakers at the UN House- 2003.
- Led Barbados Youth Business Trust to be named a Best Practice and Regional Resource Centre in 2000 & 2001 respectively by Youth Business International.
- Delivered presentations worldwide on youth and female entrepreneurship development including the Caribbean region, Hong Kong, Dubai, Latin America, Scotland, Ireland, the wider United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada. Assisted with the establishment of youth and female entrepreneurship organizations in the Region, Latin America, Syria, Africa, among others.
- Brought Global Entrepreneurship Week to the Caribbean.
- Recognized and awarded for contribution to youth entrepreneurship and development in the Caribbean.
- Developed business mentoring in the Caribbean.
- Designed and developed over 20 replicable entrepreneurship programmes to help the people of the Caribbean to effectively start and grow businesses.
The Management Committee of the CCIC warmly welcomes Mrs. Marcia Brandon as Chairman of the Committee.
Other members of the CCIC Management Committee include Mr. Meghnath Gosein & Mr. Ronald Dubrisingh (Trinidad & Tobago), Ms. Lisa Harding (Barbados), Mrs. Mona Whyte & Dr. Cliff Riley (Jamaica) and Dr. Ulric Trotz (Belize).