Professor Cardinal Warde – Interim Executive Director
Prof. The Hon. Cardinal Warde is President of the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (CADSTI), Interim Executive Director of the Caribbean Science Foundation, and a professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research focuses on the development of optoelectronic neural co-processors for brain-like computing, multispectral-polarimetric imaging sensors, infrared projection displays and holographic displays. He is an inventor on twelve patents, and has published three book chapters in addition to over one-hundred-fifty technical papers on optical materials, devices and systems. Since 1997, Professor Warde has served as the Faculty Director of the MITES program at MIT (a six-week intensive program in science and engineering for gifted underrepresented minority high-school seniors).
Professor Warde is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, and a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Display Technology. He is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees in science from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the University of the West Indies. He has served on the US National Science Foundation Small Business Advisory Committee, on the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology, and on the boards of several small high-technology companies. Dr. Warde founded Optron Systems, Inc. in 1982, and in 1999 co-founded Radiant Images, Inc. which was subsequently acquired by Hoya Corp. of Japan.
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.
Dr. Dinah Sah – Co-Executive Director
Dr. Dinah Sah is the Co-Executive Director of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), Director of the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE), President of CADSTI-New England, and a member of the Governing Council of CADSTI-CSF. 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 Chief Scientific Officer 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.
Mrs. Daneilia De Silva – Assistant Director of Program Management
Mrs. Daneilia De Silva is the Assistant Director of Program Management at the CSF. Her role is critical for advancing the CSF’s portfolio of programs to promote STEM in the region. Mrs. De Silva’s responsibilities include program creation and management, and coordination of all program activities and logistics as well as management of program budgets. A key aspect of her role is to serve as a focal point for communication between the CSF and external organizations and individuals as appropriate for their continued engagement and support of the CSF and its programs.
Mrs. De Silva, also affectionately known as “Dee Dee”, brings a wealth of knowledge from the legal industry having served for 15 years as an Executive Legal Secretary and Legal Executive, and is currently completing her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with the University of London. She also has 19 years of experience in event management and planning, having been the Event Director of her own Events company. In addition, Mrs. De Silva has significant experience in the insurance industry where she has received multiple awards for high production levels.
She is an avid traveler who loves to experience new cultures and meet new people. In addition, Mrs. De Silva has a passion for music and worship, being a singer herself, and conducts annual music programs at her church.
Ms. Pamela King – Bookkeeper
Ms. Pamela King is a management professional, with over 20 years experience in the dual capacity of accounting and administration. She worked extensively in Canadian IBCs where she developed an interest in financing and investments.
In her role as Bookkeeper, Ms. King has primary responsibility for managing the company’s finances and also provides administrative support to the Assistant Director.
Ms. King holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies with a concentration on International Business. In her spare time she expresses her creative side through multimedia and graphic design.
Her hobbies include travelling, singing, listening to gospel music and engaging in educational conversations.
Ambassador Michael King – Special Representative and Adviser
Ambassador Michael King is the Special Representative and an Adviser to the CSF. His role includes representing the CSF diplomatically both inside and outside the Region, and forging and negotiating international relationships and collaborations for the CSF with regional and foreign entities.
Ambassador King has had a long and illustrious international career in government relations, diplomacy, business and economic development. As a diplomat, he has served as the Ambassador of Barbados to the United States of America, the Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, and non-resident Ambassador to Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama. Prior to his assignment in the Americas, he served as the Ambassador of Barbados to the European Union, and non-resident Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, the World Trade Organization and UNESCO. He also served for five years on secondment as the Representative of the OAS in The Bahamas and for three years as Executive Director of the Caribbean Conservation Association.
After 37 years of service to Barbados, Ambassador King retired in 2014 from the position of Permanent Secretary in the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture, and was invited to join the CSF as its Special Representative and as an adviser. He is a graduate of the City University of New York and the University of Oxford Foreign Service Program.