About the Caribbean Science Foundation

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 warde.csf@gmail.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

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(warde.csf@gmail.com).

Profiles of Current CSF Representatives

Anguilla Winston Duncan
Antigua & Barbuda Earl Skerritt
Bahamas Judith Blair
Barbados Lois Oliver
Belize Juan Vargas
Grenada Kemron Dufont
Guyana Petal Punalall-Jetoo
Jamaica Ayanna Samuels
St. Kitts & Nevis Leighton Naraine
St. Lucia Motielall Singh

Petal Punalall-Jetoo- CSF Rep for Guyana

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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

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Ms. Ayanna Samuels is an independent ICT for Development consultant & Technology Policy specialist specializing in projects which focus on the use of ICTs to aid in poverty eradication. These projects have been undertaken in several countries including Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S.A., Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, Dominican Republic, Belize and Switzerland. She is also currently the Regional Coordinator for the coordination of an 8 Caribbean country IDB sponsored project called Broadband Infrastructure Inventory & Public Awareness in the Caribbean (BIIPAC) project where she is responsible for project management and financial administration. From 2013 until now, she has been a Board Member of ICT for development Jamaica, a non-profit NGO which aims to define, promote and facilitate the effective use of ICTs in Jamaica's development.

Ms. Samuels has worked with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on a Caribbean project where she was tasked with writing a Position Paper which shared the latest statistics, research material and future plans regarding the use of ICTs for development purposes within the region. She again worked with the ITU in Switzerland as Project Officer for the ITU Academy Project which is aimed at empowering minds through the provision of helpful information regarding how ICTs and broadband connectivity may be used as fulcra of national development.

A graduate in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Ms. Samuels had the opportunity to work on Lateral Attenuation of Aircraft Noise over an Acoustically Hard Surface (water) in an effort to reduce noise pollution caused by aircraft as well as assist with the development of Time-Space-Position Instrumentation as an intern at NASA. She also interned at Air Jamaica where she helped to fix structural problems and research tire wear on various aircraft and assisted in overseeing the day-to-day operations required to maintain an airline's fleet.

Ms. Samuels has had experience in teaching as she was a Calculus tutor for students in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's transition to university program for freshmen as well as a grade 7 and 8 teacher giving Jamaican students a wider perspective of the realm of science and technology.

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 (lois.csf@gmail.com) if you need immediate information.

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Participants at a 2014 CSF-VOL-BB Meeting

The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) was established as an independent non-profit non-governmental organization in 2010. The work of the CSF is supported in part by the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (CADSTI) which founded the CSF. 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.
CADSTI-CSF Model.jpg 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.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Provide scientific and engineering advisory services to Caribbean governments by working with CADSTI to leverage the expertise that resides in the Diaspora.

This draft three-year Strategic Plan of the Caribbean Science Foundation is intended to be the guiding document for the operations of the CSF during its early years.


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

The figure below shows the committee structure of CADSTI-CSF Governing Council.

CADSTI-CSF-Governing-Committees.png At present there are eight committees that together constitute the Governing Council:

  • The CSF Board of Directors (6 members) oversees the work of the CSF.
  • The CADSTI Steering Committee has as its main responsibility, engagement with the Diaspora.
  • The Scientific Advisory Board serves as an advisory body to the CSF Executive Director.
  • The Private-Sector/Fund-Raising Committee is primarily concerned with funding for the CSF.
  • The Education Reform Committee provides guidance and oversight to CADSTI and the CSF on educational programs and initiatives in the Diaspora and the Region.
  • The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee acts as an advisory body to the Innovation and Small Business Directorate of the CSF
  • The Public-Relations/Outreach Committee provides guidance and oversight to CADSTI and the CSF in its service and engagement with the communities in the Diaspora and the Region.
  • The Youth Affairs Committee is responsible for making sure that CADSTI and the CSF address the needs of and engages the youth in the Region in science and technology initiatives.

Below is the link to the current CSF projects and activities in need of funding:
CSF Projects-Activities in Need of Funding.pdf

If you would like to make a donation to the CSF or support one or more of the projects listed in the link above, please contact:
Prof Cardinal Warde (warde.csf@gmail.com)
Telephone: 1-617-699-1281

Alternatively, you may write to us at:
Caribbean Science Foundation
CARICOM Research Building
UWI Cave Hill Campus
Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies

Telephone: 1-246-417-7493
E-mail: csfhdq@gmail.com