Board of Directors
The Hon. Dr. Henry Lowe
Dr. Henry Lowe, a scientist who specializes in medicinal chemistry, has contributed approximately 50 years in the fields of science and technology, energy, the environment, wellness and health sciences nationally, regionally and internationally since graduating from the University of the West Indies, Mona. As a result of his outstanding work in these areas he has earned several recognitions nationally and regionally, including the Commander of the Order of Distinction in 1982. He has also served on several public and private sector boards. Dr. Lowe is not only recognized as one of the regions outstanding scientists but also public servant, author, educator and successful entrepreneur.
Dr. Lowe was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica and was educated at Calabar and Excelsior High Schools, University of the West Indies, (B.Sc. Hons.), University of Sydney, (M.Sc.), Manchester University, (Ph.D.), Bolton Institute of Technology England, (Dip. Technical Education), Harvard University and M.I.T, U.S.A., (Post Doctoral Studies).
A former Permanent Secretary for the Government of Jamaica, Dr. Lowe researched and established the first Ministry of Science & Environment in the CARICOM region. He served as Chairman as well as President & CEO of Blue Cross of Jamaica. Dr. Lowe is founder and Executive Chairman of the EHF Group of Companies, which includes a private, not for profit organization, Environmental Health Foundation (EHF), established in 1992, to enhance the quality of people’s lives in Jamaica. The Group also includes a commercial entity, EHF Resource Development Limited. This company has subsidiaries Pelican Publishers Limited (a boutique publishing house with an emphasis on wellness and health publications), Eden Gardens Wellness & Lifestyle Limited (a premier wellness & lifestyle centre), and Bio-Tech R&D Institute (a company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of health and wellness products from Jamaican plant-based materials). Dr. Lowe established the first Nutraceutical industry in the Caricom region with significant financial potential for import substitution and the export market, which is a multibillion market.
Dr. Lowe has discovered several bioactive molecules from Jamaican medicinal plants (particularly Jamaican Ball Moss) which are being developed for cancer therapy, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. He is also the holder of a number of patents based on the areas of his research in chronic diseases. Along with Drs. West and Lockhart, Dr. Lowe developed the first commercial product from Ganja for the treatment of Glaucoma.
Dr. Lowe has published over 20 books and has three in various stages of completion at this time. Dr. Lowe was the first Caribbean person to publish a science textbook series for secondary schools, which were not only used in Jamaica but also in Africa. Some of his more recent publications include “Caribbean Herbs for Diabetes Management: Fact or Fiction?”, “Discovering the Future – The Emergence, Development and Future of Science and Technology in Jamaica”, and “Jamaica’s Ethnomedicine – Its Potential in the Healthcare System”. He has also published over 100 articles in the areas of science, technology and the health sciences for journals and the popular press.
Dr. Lowe holds many awards and accolades, including the Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award (2006) and the CCRP Living Legend Award (2012); and is the only Jamaican who is a member of the prestigious American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Dr. Lowe is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine United Kingdom, Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Association, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the American Chemical Society and a Life Member of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Lowe is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Ethno-medicinal Chemistry, University of Technology, Jamaica.
Prof. Kenneth Hall
Professor Kenneth Hall was Governor-General of Jamaica from February 16, 2006 to February 26, 2009. He was Jamaica's fifth Governor-General since independence in 1962.
Prior to becoming Governor-General, he was a Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Professor Kenneth has served in several other positions including:
- Vice President of Academic Affairs and Faculty Dean - State University of New York at Old Westbury 1989-1994
- Assistant Provost for Academic Programmes - State University of New York at Albany 1988-1989
- Assistant Provost - State University of New York at Oswego1982-1984
- Faculty Research Associate - Syracuse University 1973-1984
- Lecturer - University of the West Indies 1972-1973
Professor Kenneth holds a Bachelor's Degree in History, a post-graduate diploma in International Relations, and a PhD in History from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada.
He lectured in History at UWI and was Professor of History at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. He was also Adjunct Professor of Caribbean Studies at SUNY at Albany, and Professor of American Studies at SUNY, Old Westbury.
In 1994, Profesor Kenneth Hall entered the service of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as Deputy Secretary General. In 1996, he assumed the positions of Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Mona Campus, UWI.
He received the Order of Jamaica, a National Honour, in 2004. He was conferred with Jamaica's second highest National Honour, the Order of the Nation, on the occasion of his swearing in as Governor General. A year and eight months after being appointed Jamaica's fifth governor-general, Kenneth was appointed GCMG on 6 November 2007, and received the insignia from Queen Elizabeth II atBuckingham Palace on 30 May 2008. On 13 January 2009, it was announced by the Jamaica Information Service that Kenneth had retired as Governor General of Jamaica, citing health reasons. He was succeeded by Patrick Allen, President of the West Indies Union of Seventh-Day Adventists and Chairman of Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica.
The Most Hon. Perceval James Patterson
PJ Patterson became Prime Minister of Jamaica in 1992 following Michael Manley’s resignation. This was a period when the Caribbean island nation was facing the formidable challenge of securing a place in a new global order of economic liberalization and deregulation, and Patterson led efforts to strengthen the country’s social protection and security systems—a critical element of his economic and social policy agenda to mitigate, reduce poverty and social deprivation.
His significant investments in modernization of Jamaica’s infrastructure and restructuring of the country's financial sector are widely credited with having led to Jamaica’s greatest period of investment in tourism, mining, information and communication technologies and energy since the 1960s. He also ended Jamaica’s 18-year borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund, allowing the country greater latitude in pursuit of its economic policies.
His policy of liberalization attracted over $4.7 billion in foreign direct investment to the country and resulted in the expansion of the private sector into several areas of economic activities, leading to greater access to goods and services at competitive prices. The liberalization of the information, communication and telecommunications sector also positioned Jamaica as a gateway country in the Caribbean that possesses the infrastructure to transact business and facilitate economic activities in timeframes comparable to the developed world.
In one of his final initiatives as Prime Minister, PJ Patterson launched a program of radical transformation of the island’s education system aimed at the development of quality human capital equipped to succeed in the competitive global economy. As a result of his deliberate pro-poor policy, Jamaica surpassed the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty, which declined by 70% between 1991 and 2006.
PJ Patterson played a seminal role in the process that marked the transition from the first steps in integration of the Caribbean region to the founding of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) and its evolution into the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). He drew upon his expertise in law and trade to steer the regional body toward the development of a Caribbean jurisprudence through the Caribbean Court of Justice, and a borderless regional economy through the CARICOM Single Market, which came to fruition in 2005 and 2006 respectively. As Chair of the CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations since its inception he is credited with developing a unified negotiating position of CARICOM countries in the international arena. He also contributed to numerous Conventions and Statements in the international arena including the Valletta Statement on Multilateral Trade and the Gozo Statement on Vulnerable Small States. These have helped to shape north-south relationship and influence the negotiating position of developing countries.
He was also chair of the UN Security Council during his tenure as Prime Minister (in 2000-01).PJ Patterson has extensive experience and acknowledged expertise in national, regional and international policy and political issues in a broad range of areas including international trade and negotiations, which he has garnered in his more than three decades in government. He has also played an integral role in settling cross border conflicts between CARICOM countries. He has served as Chair of the Group of 15 developing nations (G-15), Group of 77 and CARICOM. Between 2006 and 2007 PJ Patterson chaired the Committee on Commonwealth Membership, which presented its report on potential changes in membership criteria for the Commonwealth of Nations at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2007 in Kampala, Uganda. He chaired The Ramphal Committee on Migration and Development in the Commonwealth. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees – African Union Foundation and received the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo: Gold for his contribution to the Liberation struggle. He is Chairman of the Caribbean Tournament Committee of the Caribbean Premier League (T/20 Cricket).
In March 2010 PJ Patterson commenced duties as CARICOM’s Special Representative to Haiti, following the catastrophic earthquake of 12 January 2010 and served until September 2012.
Mr. Patterson has addressed world leaders in just about every international and regional forum including the United Nations, Group of 15, Group of 77, Non-Aligned Movement, Summit of the Americas, Commonwealth of Nations and CARICOM. He has delivered numerous lectures on issues of international trade and negotiation, the development agenda for developing nations and regionalization at universities in the Latin American and Caribbean Region and the United States of America.
Memberships and Associations:
- Member of the Club de Madrid
- Member of the Interaction Council
- Member of the Carter Centre
The Most Hon. Edward Seaga
The Rt. Hon. Edward Phillip George Seaga, P.C., M.P., LL.D., former Prime Minister (1980-89), Leader of the Opposition since 1989, was born on May 28, 1930. He was educated at Wolmer’s Boys’ School in Jamaica and graduated from Harvard University in 1952 with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Sciences.
In April 1962 Mr. Seaga was elected Member of Parliament for Western Kingston and he has held that seat for 40 consecutive years. He is the only person who has been re-elected as Member of Parliament for that constituency for more than one term and is the longest serving M.P. in the history of Jamaica. Immediately after winning his seat in 1962, Mr. Seaga was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister of Development and Welfare. Following the 1967 General Elections, he was made Minister of Finance and Planning and in 1974 he became Leader of the JLP and the Parliamentary Opposition until the General Elections of October 30, 1980 when the Jamaica Labour Party won a landslide victory over the People’s National Party (PNP).
The mandate of Mr. Seaga and the JLP was renewed in the uncontested 1983 General Elections. He remained Prime Minister until February 1989. Mr. Seaga was also Minister of Finance and Planning, and his portfolio included responsibilities for information and culture. Several economic and social programmes, which have had a significant impact on Jamaica’s growth and development, were conceived and initiated by Mr. Seaga.Mr. Seaga has established, encouraged, promoted or introduced several institutions, which have contributed to the modernization and development of the financial sector. These include the Jamaica Stock Exchange (1969), Jamaica Unit Trust (1970), Jamaica Mortgage Bank (1973), National Development Bank (1981), the Agricultural Credit Bank (1981), the Ex-Im Bank (1986) and the Students’ Loan Bureau.
He promoted the modernization of commercial agriculture by introducing high technology and stimulating agricultural enterprise in new crops. He put unused and underutilized publicly owned lands tow work. The highly successful Jamaica National Investment Promotion Ltd. (now JAMPRO), was created by him in 1981 as a one-stop investment organization to promote local and overseas investment in Jamaica.
Under his administration, in the 1980s, the Income and Corporate Tax System was comprehensively reformed and modernized to make it more equitable and efficient. Mr. Seaga also introduced modern computerized technology into the administration and organisation of revenue collection in which each taxpayer would be assigned a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN). He overhauled the indirect tax system by combining a number of taxes into a single General Consumption Tax (GCT).
As Minister of Finance, Mr. Seaga represented Jamaica as governor of the International Monetray Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank.Mr. Seaga’s most satisfying area of creative endeavour has been the creation of several outstanding social enterprises especially for young people. Among them are the Human Employment and Resource Training Programme (HEART), which began in 1983 and provides job-related training for school-leavers and drop-outs on a wide scale throughout Jamaica.
Mr. Seaga also established the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in 1968. Through the UDC the waterfronts of Kingston , Ocho Rios and Montego Bay were developed into major resort, residential, port and office complexes. Among other accomplishments, the UDC has spearheaded the development of Negril as a resort area. Notably, two-thirds of the choice land for development was acquired by the UDC at Mr. Seaga’s initiative to establish a land bank. This formed the basis for planned developments such as Hellshire, Bloddy Bay (Negril), Seville and Auchindown (Westmoreland)).
In 1985 Mr. Seaga established the Metropolitan Parks and Markets (MPM) as a subsidiary of the UDC to be responsible for public cleansing, beautification and the maintenance of the parks and markets in the city of Kingston and other specified urban areas.
Mr. Seaga promoted the concept of an international “cultural bank” leading to the establishment of the International Fund for the promotion of Culture (IFPC) by UNESCO in the 1970s.
In the 1980s, he played a leading role in the establishment of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) conceived as a “Marshall Plan” for the Caribbean and promoted the concept of a human facility, later adopted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the Short Term Advisory Service (STAS) to provide low-cost short-time expertise from the international private sector for developing countries.
Mrs. Hermine Metcalfe
Mrs. Hermine Metcalfe is a registered pharmacist, a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica and The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. She is a graduate of the College of Arts Science and Technology, Kingston Jamaica and Brighton Polytechnic, Sussex England. She has extensive pharmaceutical experience in the public and private sectors including retail pharmacy, the distributive trade, pharmaceutical industry, teaching, government hospital pharmacy and pharmacy administration.
She has held positions as Chief Pharmacist of the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals, assistant to the Director of Pharmaceutical Services in the Ministry of Health, Caribbean Regional Supervisor and District Manager for international pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Michael Banbury M.B. B.S., UWI
Dr. Banbury who is a specialist in Internal Medicine and Diabetology currently operates a private practice at the Medical Associates Hospital where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2012. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona.
His current practice includes service as Consultant Chief Medical Officer of NCB Insurance Company Limited and his medical journey has also taken him to Grace Kennedy & Company Limited, Sagicor Insurance Company Limited and Fairhaven Medical Centre.
Dr. Banbury’s professional afiliations are as follows:
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
- The American Diabetes Association
- The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
- The Endocrine Society
- The Caribbean Endocrine Society
- The American College of Cardiology
- The American Academy of Family Physicians
- The Caribbean College of Family Physicians
Founder & Managing Director, Greystone Capital Partners and Founder & Managing Partner, Greystone Equity Partners (collectively, “Greystone”)
Mr. Richards has over a decade of experience in private equity, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and corporate finance. Mr. Richards has originated, structured and/or executed in excess of US$20 billion of transactions for companies in the USA, Latin America, Australia, Europe and the Caribbean.
Since 2002, Mr. Richards has focused on a Caribbean based and Caribbean targeted strategy of providing much needed human and financial capital to the region, an initiative that is best captured in the Greystone slogan “Positioning the Caribbean for Growth”. In 2009, Mr. Richards founded Greystone Equity Partners (“GEP”) to act as lead equity sponsor in the roll-out of a growth focused investment strategy across the region that targets investment opportunities across a number of industries where GEP and its affiliates have extensive knowledge, experience and transaction-related contacts. The establishment of GEP was borne out of Greystone Capital Partners’ (“GCP”) success in its advisory practice and the recognition that a large number of the transactions in which it contributed much-needed “human capital” lacked equally critical “financial capital”. GCP is a boutique advisory firm that was founded in 2007 to assist corporations and sovereign agencies seeking to engage in and capitalize on the emerging market that is the Caribbean region.
Immediately prior to the build-out of Greystone, Mr. Richards served as a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ advisory practice where he led a team that specialized in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and transaction services. Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Richards co-founded Titan Partners, a boutique strategic and financial advisory firm based in the Caribbean. Mr. Richards began his career in financial services at JPMorgan Securities, advising on a variety of transactions including mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, corporate restructuring, recapitalizations and debt and equity financing.
He is a graduate of Howard University, from which he holds a BBA with a concentration in finance.