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Neil Lawrence: Using technology to establish smart cities

Neil Lawrence has a firmness of purpose and the resolve to achieve any goal he sets his mind on. His fixed intention and resolute tenacity laid the foundation for his successful career as an information technology specialist and now the current chief executive officer at GrowthTech Limited.

With over 13 years experience in commercial business and process management in leading organisations in Jamaica, including Digicel Jamaica and National Commercial Bank, Lawrence's well-rounded business knowledge and keen attention to detail have worked wonders for him.

While growing up, he was the typical child, playing basketball and football in his community, while finding other ways to have fun. "I wasn't a sheltered child, and my parents took good care of me in the best way they could," he said.

Fiddling with a monochrome computer and having access to a laboratory while attending Wolmer's Preparatory School cemented Lawrence's desire to pursue a career in computer studies. "I saw myself getting a very structured job, and earning a living mainly in the technical field. This led me to an interest in computing," he said.

After graduating from Wolmer's Boys' School, Lawrence went on to fulfil his dreams, completing a bachelor's of science degree in computing and information technology from the University of Technology and a master's of science degree in computer-based management information systems from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

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