About the Caribbean Science Foundation
The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) was established as an independent non-profit non-governmental organization in 2010 by the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (CADSTI). CADSTI (see http://cadsti.org) has its center of gravity outside the Region, and its primary function is to mine and mobilize the resources in the world-wide Caribbean Diaspora in support of the CSF.
The figure below illustrates the structure and the role of CADSTI and shows it as one of the support pillars of the CSF.
The headquarters of the CSF are located in the CARICOM Research Building on the Barbados campus of the University of the West Indies. A PDF of this CSF Overview and the Mission Statement below is available here.
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The mission of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) is to assist with the diversification of the economies of the Caribbean Region by harnessing science and technology for economic development, and to help raise the standard of living.
Specifically, the CSF will:
- Stimulate technology‐based entrepreneurship ‐ by identifying and funding science and technology projects in new and existing enterprises that are relevant to the economic development needs of the Region.
- Accelerate education reform that supports technology‐based entrepreneurship by promoting and funding programs that focus on:
- The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines.
- Business and entrepreneurship education.
- Foreign languages and communication skills in schools, universities and other educational venues.
- Provide scientific and engineering advisory services to Caribbean governments by working with CADSTI to leverage the expertise that resides in the Diaspora.
He is a native of Barbados, and received the Companion of Honour Award (the second highest honour awarded by the Government of Barbados) in 2003. He serves as a scientific advisor to the Governments of Barbados and Belize. He graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology (with high honor) in 1969, and received the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in physics in 1971 and 1974, respectively, from Yale University.
Ms. Lois Oliver - Assistant Director
A graduate of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Lois has a deep love for science. Her career has been varied, spanning both the pharmaceutical industry as a medical representative for Pfizer Corporation and the brewing industry as a brewer for locally owned Banks Breweries.
Dr. Dinah Sah - Co-Director of SPISE
Dr. Dinah Sah is President and Director of CADSTI-New England, Co-Director of the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE), and a member of the Governing Council of the Caribbean Science Foundation. SPISE is an annual intensive four-week enrichment residential summer program held at the University of West Indies in Barbados for promising Caribbean high-school students 16 and 17 years of age who are interested in pursuing careers in science and engineering.
Dr. Sah has more than 20 years of experience in research and drug development in the biotechnology industry, and is currently Senior Vice President of Neuroscience at Voyager Therapeutics, a start-up biotech company in Cambridge, MA. Prior to Voyager, Dr. Sah served at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals where she was Vice President of Research. Before joining Alnylam, Dr. Sah was Associate Director of Research at Biogen (now Biogen Idec), where she led neuroscience research, strategic planning for the neurobiology focus area, and several research projects. Prior to her 6 years at Biogen, she served at Signal Pharmaceuticals, where she headed neuroscience research, and several corporate partnerships and projects.
Dr. Sah's achievements include leadership of multiple programs from early research through Phase 1 clinical trials, and the discovery of novel therapeutic targets and drug candidates that advanced into clinical development. Most notably, these programs included advancement of clinical candidates based on RNAi therapeutics that resulted in the landmark demonstration of human proof-of-mechanism for this novel class of drugs in patients. Dr. Sah is an inventor on more than 25 patents, and her publications across diverse research areas include 17 articles in the journals Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, Molecular Therapeutics, Neuron, PNAS, and EMBO Journal. Dr. Sah received a B.S. in Biology from MIT, her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University, and her post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School.
Ms. Cheryse Grenidge - Intern
Cheryse Greenidge is a former student of the Christ Church Foundation School in Barbados as well as the SPISE 2013 Central Bank of Barbados Scholar. She was a flautist in the school's orchestra and participated in several speech competitions. In 2013 she won the Optimists' Oratorical competition and so was afforded the opportunity to go to Jamaica for the next round where she placed second. Cheryse gained a Barbados Scholarship in 2014 for her outstanding results in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations.
The headquarters of the CSF are located on the Barbados campus of the University of the West Indies. However, to effectively carry out its mission in the Region, the CSF has representatives on the ground in several other Caribbean Countries. CSF Country Representatives are individuals who report to and work closely with CSF headquarters to assist with achieving the goals of the CSF, with a focus on their country. Specifically, the roles and responsibilities of the CSF Country Representatives are to:
- Disseminate information from and about the CSF and its activities and programs to the populace
- Mobilize youth in the country, and carry out activities related to science, engineering and innovation
- Organize CSF sponsored events in their country
- Make linkages for the CSF to the political, educational and business communities in the country
- Facilitate connections for local entrepreneurs that enable expert assistance with proposal writing and business-plan development, where the assistance may be drawn from the broader CSF network, or other individuals or organizations
- Assist with fund-raising in their country
- Report monthly, at a minimum, on their activities to CSF headquarters
- Report timely events to the CSF as is necessary, for example:
- To provide new and/or timely information that has significant impact on the CSF
- To obtain guidance from CSF on issues or questions that arise from the populace on which the CSF does not yet have a public position
- Report quarterly on the science, engineering and innovation initiatives in their country to the CSF Board
For more information about the CSF Representative Program or if you are interested in helping the CSF with its work in your country, please contact Professor Cardinal Warde(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Profiles of Current CSF Representatives
|CSF REPRESENTATIVES (Jan 2015 - Jan 2016)|
|Antigua & Barbuda||Earl Skerritt|
|St. Kitts & Nevis||Leighton Naraine|
|St. Lucia||Motielall Singh|
|St. Vincent||Amaala Muhammad|
Petal Punalall-Jetoo- CSF Rep for Guyana
Ms. Petal Punalall-Jetoo is the National Science Coordinator, National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD), Ministry of Education, Guyana. Ms. Punalall-Jetoo is a member of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) and is part of its teacher training team. Ms. Punalall-Jetoo is also the Guyana's country representative for the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF). She is responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring programmes that improve K-12 science education. She introduced the Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) pilot project for Primary Schools in collaboration with CAS and UNESCO. Her work in science education also covers biodiversity and climate change education. She coordinated the development of a television series that focused on Biodiversity Awareness and Climate Change in collaboration with Conservation International - Guyana. Ms. Punalall-Jetoo led the reintroduction of the use of the micro-science experiments kits for biology, chemistry and physics through collaboration with UNESCO for Guyana's secondary schools. The micro-science experiments are now being piloted at the primary level as well.
Prior to her career in science education Ms. Punalall-Jetoo worked with the Guyana Sugar Corporation Incorporated - GuySuCo as the Regional Process Technologist (Demerara). She was responsible for sugar production and quality assurance in the four raw sugar mills in the county of Demerara. In addition, Ms. Punalall-Jetoo coordinated the establishment of GuySuCo's Quality Management System which achieved ISO 9001 certification in 2005 for its Blairmont Sugar Estate. As an Associate Consultant with Delphi Consultants, Trinidad she provided the technical support that led to the establishment of the Quality Management System which is certified to ISO 9001:2008 requirements for the Guyana's flour milling company - Namilco. She is a trained lead auditor in ISO 9001 and ISO 22000.
Ayanna Samuels- CSF Rep for Jamaica
Ayanna Samuels is an ambitious, results-oriented and dedicated Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Professional with over eleven years of progressively responsible experience with the use of ICTs as a fulcrum for socio-economic development and poverty eradication. She holds 3 degrees from MIT comprising 2 M.Sc. degrees in Technology Policy and Aerospace Engineering and a B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering. Ms. Samuels has steeped experience working with multi-country development projects involving management and financial oversight responsibilities, coordination of events, overseeing the start up of development initiatives and researching innovative ways ICTs can be employed to realize development goals. Ms. Samuels speaks English and French, has a wealth of international experience with proven organizational skills, has an ability to work with others in a multi-cultural environment, and harbours a goal-oriented, strong work ethic, focused on ensuring the goals of the client are exceeded.
Ayanna also positively impacts the development sphere through the provision of Technology Policy advisory services. Further, as a Technology Policy specialist, Ms. Samuels is familiar with a gamut of issues related to the regulatory and institutional frameworks of the Caribbean telecommunications sector. She also stays abreast of current sector trends in ICTs, Technology Policy and within the international development sphere. In addition to governments and industry leading private sector entities, Ms. Samuels has worked with a breadth of respected international development agencies including the World Bank, the International Development Bank, the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organisations, CARICOM, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the International Telecommunications Union and the International Institute for Communications and Development.
Trudy Christian- CSF Rep for Dominica
Trudy Christian attended the Convent High School where she graduated as valedictorian in 2001. She went on to attend the Dominica State College and graduated in 2003 after having pursued studies in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Ms. Christian earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (minor in Chemistry) from Midwestern State University in 2008. She received her Master of Public Health degree in 2013 from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill campus).
Ms. Christian has been the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the BB Greever Pre-Med Scholarship awarded in 2006, the Good Neighbour scholarship awarded in Fall 2007 and the OAS post-graduate academic scholarship awarded in 2012. She is a member of Beta Beta Beta (Biological Sciences Honour Society), Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry Honour Society) and several other academic honour societies.
Ms. Christian has worked as an Integrated Science and Biology teacher at the Convent High School and as a Biology, Medical Geography and Biostatistics lecturer at the Dominica State College. She has also served as a private Mathematics tutor, a tutor with the Upward Bound Program at Midwestern State University and a Chemistry laboratory teacher's assistant in the past. She has recently gained valuable professional experience in the field of public health, working in the past year in the Health Information Unit of the Ministry of Health. Her research work includes a study published in the Women & Health journal titled "Knowledge and attitudes of cervical cancer screening among Caribbean women: a qualitative interview study from Barbados." The abstract of this study was also published in the West Indian Medical Journal. Ms. Christian is also a contributor to the Dominican health journal, Rosies and Thorns.
Amaala Muhammad- CSF Rep for St. Vincent
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The Visiting CSF Fellows Program offers opportunities to leading academic and industry professionals to spend time at the CSF assisting the CSF with is programs. In most cases the expenses associated with the visit are covered by the Fellow's home institution. Thus most Visiting CSF Fellows are on sabbatical leave or on leave of absence with a mission to perform public or community service. Fellows, therefore, work on projects that can have significant impact on the Caribbean Community and some aspect of science and technology must be involved. Both scientists and non-scientists are welcome to apply.
The goal is a win-win experience for the Fellow and the CSF, so mutual agreement is reached on the scope and the specific project or set of projects in which the Fellow is engaged. In addition to the direct community impact of the work, a scholarly article or report is expected to be one of the outcomes of the Fellowship.
Inquiries about and applications to the program should be referred to Prof. Cardinal Warde by e-mail at email@example.com.
Past and Current Fellows
Sept 2012 - Aug 2013
Prof. Maya Trotz - University of South Florida, Tampa FL, USA
Project: Implementation of the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge
Feb 2015 - Sept 2015
Dr. Cathy Radix - University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Project: Teacher training in Robotics
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The CSF volunteers for Barbados (CSF-VOL-BB) are a group of dedicated group of individuals living in Barbados who have come together to work with the CSF on science and technology projects of interest to the Barbadian community. These volunteers meet several times per year at the CSF headquarters to brainstorm and plan the implementation of such projects. Their primary project is the Junior Robotics Camp for Barbadian students between the ages of 9 and 12.
The group is planning to run a pilot of the Junior Robotics Camp during the month of July 2015 at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies. Application forms and more information about the camp will be available on this website. Please contact Ms. Lois Oliver (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need immediate information.
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The Caribbean Science Foundation thanks each and every one of its Sponsors
ALCUENET & ERANET
- European Union
Teacher Training Workshops
- US Embassay to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Barbados Junior Robotics Program- Seeking Sponsorship
CaribVenture- Seeking Sponsorship
The CSF expresses its gratitude to each and every one of its SPISE sponsors and partners, for both cash and in-kind donations, since the inception of the program.
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On September 21, 2010, the Caribbean Diaspora for Science Technology and Innovation (CADSTI) led by its President, Dr. Cardinal Warde, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, launched the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago with the assistance of CARISCIENCE. Senator, The Hon. Fazal Karim, Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago gave the Keynote Address and launched the CSF on behalf of Prime Minister Kamla Persad‐Bissessar who was attending the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York.
The links below take you to the Program of the CSF Launch and Science Forum, and the Official Press Release announcing the Launch of the CSF:
Official Press Release announcing the Launch of the CSF
Program of the CSF launch and Science Forum
Below are reports and presentations given by CADSTI/CSF leaders or hosted by CADSTI on relevant topics.
- CSF-2014-Year-in-Review.pdf by CSF Staff.
- C.Warde and D.W.Y. Sah, STEM Pathways to economic Development for the Caribbean in Signs of Competitiveness in the Americas 2014, RIAC Inter-American Competitiveness Network, pp 71-76, 2014.
- C. Warde, Interview with Dr. Cardinal Warde, in Signs of Competitiveness in the Americas 2012, RIAC Inter-American Competitiveness Network, pp 30-31, 2012.
- C.Warde, Stimulating Economic Development in the Caribbean: Caribbean Science Foundation, March 2010
- H. Raveche, Capacity Building for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Trinidad/Tobago, March 2010
- H. Ramkissoon, Transforming the Caribbean S&T Landscape to Assist with Economic Development, June 2009
- C. Warde, Stimulating Economic Development in the Caribbean, May 2009
- H. Ramkissoon, Challenges Facing the University in a Knowledge Economy, November 2008
- C. Warde, Opportunities for Economic Development in the Caribbean, September 1998