ADVISORY BOARD

Deola Ali is an energy and technology attorney. he started his law practice as a patent litigator with the international law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, representing major corporations in high-stake technology disputes, including a $400M jury award that was appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition to his law degree, Deola has two engineering degrees and worked briefly as an engineer in the oil industry as well as in renewable energy (catalytically enhanced biomass-derived diesels). Deola is widely recognized for his legal-based charity work, and he is a winner of the 2008 Thurgood Marshall Award granted by the New York City Bar Association for serving “in the highest and noblest tradition of the legal profession” as pro bono counsel to an individual under the sentence of death. He left Kirkland & Ellis in 2009 to establish a law firm with offices in Houston, TX and New York, NY, specializing on low volume, high impact corporate transactions in the energy, natural resources and technology sectors with a focus on thriving emergent markets. Deola is a graduate of Columbia University Law School, New York.

Le Roy Clarke is a Trinidadian Visual Artist and Author. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Master Artist by The National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago, Sylvester Williams’ 2000, presented by The Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago, acclaimed a National Icon by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Achievement of Excellence Award by The National Association for the Empowerment of African People

Cindi Dayton is an attorney with more than 15 years experience. She is currently the Supervising Litigation Attorney at the Office of Legal Affairs of the City of New York. Cindi has worked with at-risk adults and juveniles and has litigated in the areas of Guardianship, Special Needs Trusts, and Estates. Cindi has done outstanding work and has been recognized by a variety of organizations. She has received the Commissioner’s Commendation for Outstanding Supervisory Service during Super Storm Sandy with acknowledgement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and has also received the Stephanie Kaupfman Award for Outstanding Service in Juvenile Justice, and the Outstanding Service Award for service to HRA/DSS. Besides her law career, Cindi is also a photographer and has contributed to various magazines, such as Swimming World. Cindi attained her Juris Doctor degree from Hoftstra University, and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science with a Minor in Psychology from NYU, where she graduated with Honors.
Alicia Gayle is an associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP. She is experienced in financial restructuring and financial regulatory practice (securities and banking). She has also worked at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York and at Patterson Belknap Webb. At Law School, Alicia was Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Liberty and a member of the International Law Society, as well as a member of the Prisoner’s Rights and Education project. Alicia is a graduate of New York University School of Law. She earned a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science degree also in Chemistry from the Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Dr. Jermaine McCalpin is a lecturer in political science at the University of the West Indies at Mona in Jamaica. He specializes in Africana political philosophy and transitional justice. Prior to returning to UWI he was adjunct Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University. Dr. McCalpin’s research interests include the nature and consequences of truth commissions and transitional justice for deeply divided societies, Africana political thought and praxis as well as the transformation of political institutions for social justice in Jamaica. He is an international expert on truth commissions and human rights with primary specialization in conflict management, restorative justice and genocides. Dr. McCalpin is currently working on a truth commission model for Jamaica. His dissertation entitled, “Justice Under Constraints: The Nature of Transitional Justice in Deeply Divided Societies, The Case of South Africa,” is currently under review. He was appointed a member of the centre for Human Rights as part of the Armenian Reparations Study Group, and as a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Transnational Justice in New York in 2008. He is also an Associate Director for the Centre for Caribbean Thought in the Department of Government, at UWI Mona since May 2009. Dr. McCalpin holds a PhD in Political Science & African Politics from Brown University. He was awarded a Fulbright Graduate Scholars Fellowship from Brown University in 2001-2002, as well as another Fulbright Graduate Scholars Fellowship from Florida International University in 2000-2001. He also holds a First Class Honors for his Bachelor’s Degree and MSc Degree from UWI.
Dr Linisha Mills is an Associate Dentist with over 7 years experience. She is licensed to practice in New York, District of Columbia, Maryland and Illinois. She is currently practicing General Dentistry for children and adults at Destiny Dentistry in Chicago, IL. She also works with GDA 4 Kids at various Chicago land schools performing oral exams, prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, and sealant placement for school-age children. Dr Mills was previously a Resident and then Chief Resident at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in New York, NY. During her Dental Studies Dr Mills participated in an Externship in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica where she provided dental services to the underserved community and taught and reinforced oral hygiene. Dr Mills is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and the National Dental Association. Dr Mills is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr Mills has a B.S. Bachelor of Science Psychology (Major) and Biology (Minor) from Truman State University Kirksville, MO. She obtained her DDS, Doctor of Dental Surgery from Howard University College Of Dentistry Washington, D.C.
Dr Nicholas Oleng is a Vice President at Alliance Bernstein. Prior to joining AB he was a Quantitative Analyst with the Vanguard Group. He also served in a similar capacity at Goldman Sachs. Dr. Oleng also served as a Research Scientist for the U.S. Army between December 2003 and October 2005. His awards include: The Yale University Graduate Fellowship; the Benjamin Silliman Graduate Fellowship; the Alexander Hixon Scholarship, which is awarded every two years to a student from Africa who excels in academics and extra-curricular activities at Yale University. In 2002, he was also given the Yale Alumni Award, in recognition of “outstanding service to Yale University fundraising.” He speaks German, Swahili and Luo. He is a graduate of Yale University, with a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics.

As a sound reinforcement and broadcast television professional, Charles Richardson brings expertise and skill to the recording of live events. For over 20 years, Charles has worked as an audio and camera operator for television and concerts for shows including Good Morning America, MTV Unplugged and Video Music Awards, the Tyra Banks Show, It’s Showtime at the Apollo, ESPN’s NFL Draft, and Major League Baseball. In addition to holding professional memberships in Local 1, NABET, and IBEW Local 3, he has moderated networking events at the Metropolitan College of New York, “Networking Works.” Charles has worked tirelessly in community and service programs through his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha – supporting voter registration and developing and delivering a grass roots Foreclosure Awareness program in the New York area to educate homeowners and families on strategies and programs developed to save and keep their homes despite trying economic times. He holds a BSA in Film and MBA from the Pratt Institute.

Irene Omaswa is a Management and Strategic Consultant with over 10 years experience working for a number of corporations in the United Kingdom. She is currently the European Shipping Strategy & Commercial Lead at EBAY, where she is responsible for the definition of shipping strategy for Europe with the objective of bringing about competitive parity in spite of the structural challenges posed by the marketplace model. Her key responsibilities includes strategy and customer proposition definition, interfacing with senior stakeholders, ownership of eBay’s relationships with European shipping carriers and management of the shipping P&L. Previously Irene served in the capacity of Senior Manager for Safe Payments in the United Kingdom and France, with responsibility for eBay’s payments strategy and customer experience in UK & France, where she launched customer initiatives,  based on buyer and seller needs to raise the penetration of safe payment methods and reduce the number of bad buyer experiences on eBay. Irene has a wealth of experience in communication technologies, having previously worked at both British Telecom and Orange UK as head of Analytical Marketing and Senior Marketing Manager respectively. Irene is a proud member of the African Leadership Network – a group of Africans under 40, who are committed to bringing prosperity to the continent. Irene was the SEEDA resource person for Ghana and Sierra Leone, in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The SEEDA program was implemented to create jobs by supporting entrepreneurship and enterprise development in Africa. Irene provided skills transfer and business advice to micro & small business enterprises and entrepreneurs in Ghana and Sierra Leone. She was also a presenter at the World Bank’s conference on Diaspora and development in Washington in 2009. Irene is fluent in several languages including: English, French & Spanish, with basic knowledge of German. Her other interests include running, Pilates, cooking and baking.Irene is a graduate of University of Minnesota where she holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. She also has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University.

Dr Kwesi Sansculotte- Greenidge is Senior Research Fellow in the Knowledge Production Department at The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), where he coordinates the Sudan Conflict Transformation Projects. The project focuses on peace-building and peace-making initiatives. He has served as a project leader on the Joint Donor Team funded project on 1325 implementation and coordination in South Sudan. Dr Sansculotte-Greenidge is fluent in English, Arabic and Amharic. Dr Sansculotte-Greenidge has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom. He also has a Master of Arts Degree in African Studies from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Science from the University of Durham.
Daimeon Savage is a Finance and Accounting professional with over 5 years of Fund Accounting, Corporate Accounting, Operations, Financial Analyses, Trade Settlement, Middle and Back Office Administration experience. He is currently a part of the Hedge Fund Support Team (XBRL) at Goldman Sachs. He was formerly a Business Development & Implementation Analyst at HSBC Securities. Prior to his work at HSBC, Daimeon was Financial Administrator - PECO Pallet, Inc. and a Senior Corporate Accountant - G.E. Corporate Treasury. An avid soccer player and former college scholarship athlete, Daimeon is also the co-founder and Director of Rent-A-Coach, a non-profit and is a coach on the White Plains HS Senior travel teams. He holds a membership of the NYS Soccer Association. He is also a member of Delta Mu Delta and is Honorary Member of the Latin American Student Association (LASA). He is fluent in Spanish, and can communicate in Italian and Portuguese. Daimeon holds an MBA Degree in Finance from Mercy College Graduate School of Business and a BA in International Business from Mercy College where he graduated Suma Cum Laude.
Horace Wynter is a project manager at Vodafone UK, he has a broad range of business management Skills, managing and Implementing Projects whilst supporting and influencing Company Operations in Retail, Head Office and Field locations, successfully implementing & setting up key new retail stores nationwide with a track record in field and single site retail management across a career which spans 12 years in telecommunications. Horace has an enviable record of consistently exceeding key commercial and customer objectives and applying effective performance management for his team. He has held several other distinguished positions at Vodafone in the past. These include Senior Store Manager, Regional Induction Trainer (for New Starters) and Deputy Regional Manager for 20 stores in Surrey from September 2010 to June 2011

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Claudia Pegus is widely recognized as one of the leading fashion designers in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. She has earned that distinction not only for the artistic creativity of her designs and the excellent quality of her productions, but also for the demonstrated success of her entrepreneurial skills. These attributes have won her international acclaim and have served to enhance the image and prestige of our nation overseas. Among her many accomplishments are the Chaconia Medal in 2010, UNESCO Seal of Excellence Award and she is a multi-recipient of the “Top Caribbean Fashion Designer Female”, “Top Country Designer Award Trinidad” from the Caribbean Fashion Awards.
Dianne JOB is an OD consultant/coach who has done work on 4 continents with 100s of CEOs; with fortune 10companies and small & medium-sized enterprises, in the private and public sectors, and for multinationals and private practices. The “human factor”, with the gift and training to energize people, Dianne JOB develops and implements strategies for swift mobilization and internal imaging. She is hired to transform cultures, to conduct the required corporate psychosocial behavioral training (team, communication/ presentation, etc.) and to coach executives: Dianne crafts the necessary preconditions for high performance. JOB has taught in universities at home and abroad at undergraduate and PhD levels and presented to conferences, corporate and community audiences on 21st Century Human Resources, stress, self-esteem development, deportment, motivation and customer service systems. JOB coordinated coaching forums to sharpen skills of Organization Development practitioners. Dianne attended Long Island University and Mercy College (New York) and holds an MS in HR Management. She was a postgraduate student of Counseling Psychology at Cambridge College. JOB completed joint Post Masters Studies in International Management – Strategy & Human Behavior – with ESCEM (Ecole Supérieur de Commerce et de Management) France and Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. She is certified in Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol (The Protocol School of Washington). A Human Relations Practitioner, JOB attended the Human Development Institute, Massachusetts (USA). Her B.Sc. is in Management Studies from The University of the West Indies (Barbados).

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