The 10th annual Caribbean MBA Conference was held January 4-5, 2013 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Kingston, Jamaica. The Conference (originally organized by the joint MBA Caribbean Student Clubs of the Harvard Business School and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania) was this year held in exclusive collaboration with the Wharton Caribbean Business Initiative Club alongside students of the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) at UWI.
The event saw an exciting set of speakers in a broad array of business topics under the theme “Economic Growth in the Caribbean through International Expansion.”
Over the last 10 years, the conference has brought together Caribbean MBA students, alumni, government officials, and senior business leaders to discuss important economic and business challenges in the Caribbean and their possible solutions. The conference has not only increased the awareness of business opportunities and trends in the region, but has also fostered stronger ties between Caribbean companies, professionals, academics, and students in the Caribbean Diaspora by facilitating partnership and knowledge exchange opportunities.
The 2013 Conference Co-Chairs were: Kesi Gibson (Wharton) , Edward Harper (MSBM) , and Natalie Smith Olubuyide (Wharton). Some of this year's speakers included Hon Phillip Paulwell- Minister of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining, Don Wehby -CEO of GraceKennedy Limited, Khary Robinson- Founder and Managing Partner of NCIC, Chris Williams - CEO Proven Management Limited, Nadeen Matthews- Senior Assistant General Manager : Strategy, Marketing & Communications at NCB, Dr. Earnest Madu -Founder- Center Of Excellence For Cardiovascular Disease Treatment, Douglas Lindo Adjunct Lecturer at MSBM, Dr. Maurice McNaughton- Director, Centre of Excellence for IT Enabled Innovation MSBM, Dr. Kadamwe Knife -Head of the Office of Social Entrepreneurship, MSBM and Dr. Densil Williams- Deputy Executive Director MSBM. Panel topics included the following: Finance and Private Equity, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Health Care Business Models, Technology & Telecommunications, and Multinational Organizations in the Caribbean. The conference provided networking opportunities with government officials, senior executives, business school students and alumni and also featured a career fair with multinational and local organizations.