Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre


Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre

October 1st to October 4th

Smart Barbados Week 2019 will take the form of a 4-day symposium hosted by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology (MIST) in partnership with the Barbados Chamber of Commerce (BCCI), the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA), Internet Society Barbados Chapter (ISOCbb), and the Small Business Association of Barbados.

It seeks to engage workforces and the wider Barbadian public with knowledge needed to support our transition to a Smart Barbados. This means adapting to new technologies, transforming traditional structures and working practices in our Public and Private Sector organisations to new digital standards.



Senator the Honorable Kay McConney

Minister of Innovation Science and Smart Technology

Mr. Linnar Viik

Information Technology Scientist - Estonia

Dr. Annalee C. Babb

Special Advisor to Minister of Innovation Science and Smart Technology

Dr. Annalee C. Babb is an international consultant with more than 15 years in executive management specialising in international technology policy, innovation and management, telecommunications policy analysis, digital convergence, broadcasting, new media, entrepreneurship, branding, marketing, investment and export promotion.

She currently serves as Special Envoy and Special Advisor to the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology, Government of Barbados, where she offers strategic and policy guidance on national digital transformation, SMART Bridgetown, SMART Barbados, the University of the West Indies Innovation Hub, e-Government, e- Governance, investment climate efficiency, and the ease of doing business in Barbados.

From 2011 to 2015, Dr. Babb was a member of the International Advisory Board of The Research Council, Sultanate of Oman, where she provided strategic advice to foster innovation, leading-edge research, emerging technologies, and competitive advantages to help leverage the future development and prosperity of Oman.

Dr. Babb received her Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Massachusetts, where she wrote on “Small States, the Internet and Development: Pathways to Power in a Global Information Society”. She also holds the degrees of Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy, and Bachelor of Arts with honours in Mass Communications, Journalism and Political Science.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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Ms. Claudette McGowan

Global Information Technology leader

Claudette McGowan is a global information technology leader with more than 17 years of success leading digital transformations and designing new approaches that improve service experiences.  She has worked in the technology industry for organizations such as Deloitte, Metropolitan Police Services, North York General Hospital and Bank of Montreal. Claudette began her career at BMO in 2000 and she is the current Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology Employee Experience. 

Claudette is a published author of 5 books and founder of the Black Arts & Innovation Expo. Claudette holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration.  In 2018, Claudette was recognized as Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. In 2019, she was also the recipient of two prestigious awards:  AdWeek Magazine heralded Claudette a Toronto Brand Star and the Digital Finance Institute honoured her as one of the Top 50 Canadian Women in FinTech.

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Mr. Mark Elliott

Principal Ghosti Limited, and Programme Director, CivTech Scotland

Mark is one of those rare animals who’s developed long and successful track records at the highest levels of the digital and creative industries, in multiple disciplines – as a creative practitioner, as a business lead, and as an economic development strategist. With the ability to range from big visions to the tiniest detail, he couples strategy with successful, genuine and meaningful on-the-ground stuff.

He graduated from St Martin’s School of Art, London and became London’s [and probably the world’s] youngest commercials editor, then its youngest commercials director, making films across the world for clients including Coca Cola, Walt Disney, Volkswagen, Ford, Unilever and Procter & Gamble. Business-wise, he first took charge of the fortunes of a start-up at the age of 22, and helped it grow into one of the most successful commercials post-production companies around. He’s worked in, and with, start-ups pretty much ever since.

At the same time as working in film Mark took on many other creative challenges. In 1996 he became the world’s first Creative Head of a Premiership football club – helping to massively increase the brand power and commercial activities of [the then fashionable] Middlesbrough AFC. He was also co-founder and creative head of radical and highly successful training company ClickHere Ltd sold to Tanfield Plc in 2003.

Mark has also sat on numerous advisory and regulatory boards at local, regional and national level, including Audiences North East, the Film and Television Skills Advisory Group, North East England [2003 – 2007], the Tees Valley Learning and Skills Council [2002 – 2006], and the Creative Industries Advisory Group Member, ONE North East [2001 – 2005].

In 2003 he took over DigitalCity in the Tees Valley, North East England: in the eleven years under his leadership it went from ‘troubled’ paper exercise to a fully-fledged and brilliantly successful creative and digital cluster initiative, acknowledged as one of the greatest projects of its type anywhere in Europe.

Mark was its ‘architect’ and champion, and with a mission to create and maintain a vibrant, successful and self-sustaining digital and creative supercluster. It delivered everything a regeneration project should do [which they often don’t], including massive company growth, hundreds of jobs, significant private sector investment and huge local economic impact. In his time there, Middlesbrough – the centre of the initiative – went from plumb bottom of over 400 areas in England to fourth place in terms of the proportion of high-growth-potential tech companies [Experian]; and in 2013 it was identified by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s digital hotspots – the only one in the UK north of Birmingham.

Mark’s history in tech has been a long one. The film industry has alawayds been an early adopter, and Mark ordered some of the first non-linear editing systems for the editing company he ran back in the 1980s. At DigitalCity he started his long association with tech accelerators: there in 2009 he co-founded The Difference Engine – Europe’s first true, intensive tech accelerator, and on moving to Scotland in 2014, designed and executed Scotlands first accelerator – the UP Accelerator. And since 2015 he has been a major player at CivTech® – the world’s first ever public-sector focused accelerator: he’s currently its Programme Director.

He still walks the walk creatively, and is currently developing a potentially huge cross-gender, worldwide children’s entertainment franchise – a future-based action-adventure story universe with soccer, the world’s most popular sport, at its heart.

He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife Janet Archer and a constant stream of visiting artists, performers and technologists. And when he has time he escapes to the wonderful, rugged landscape surrounding the city because he’s a passionate [but very slow] cyclist.

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Rui Cardoso

At the age of eighteen, Rui Cardoso left his home in the north of Portugal to seek out new opportunities. Arriving in Scotland with barely a word of English, in just four years not only did he master the language, but graduated with an Economics degree from Napier University in Edinburgh. He then landed a job in the Digital Directorate at the Scottish Government, working on a number of groundbreaking projects. In the summer of 2015 he was asked to join a small team that was to look at the possibilities of adopting and adapting private sector systems to encourage innovation and daring in the public sector.
That project became the CivTech Programme – the world’s first successful public sector-focused accelerator system dedicated to collaboratively solving public sector problems so that the solutions made everyone’s life better. Rui became a pivotal member of the team, helped design and implement CivTech’s Innovation Flows, and he became CivTech’s first ever Challenge Sponsor Manager.
After three Innovation Flows and 27 Challenges, and helping to successfully launch CivTech 4.0, Rui found himself courted by several of the successful CivTech alumni businesses. He’s about to join the lucky one as Head of Business Development.
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Mr. Julian Hall

Founder - Ultra Education

Julian is a best-selling author, serial entrepreneur and business consultant featured in Forbes, The Guardian, Telegraph, Sunday Times and Huff Post.

Over the years he has launched award winning businesses, helped hundreds of startups raise funding and also worked with high profile brands including Virgin Media, the NHS, Transport for London and the World Bank.
In 2014 he founded Ultra Education – an organisation which teaches primary and secondary school children about business and entrepreneurship.

Since then Julian has worked with thousands of school children and is supported by 20 entrepreneurial ambassadors including Apprentice Winner Ricky Martin and Action Aid Chair and Non Exec Director of NHS England Margaret Casely Hayford.

He passionately believes if Britain is to safeguard it’s entrepreneurial future we need to take a different approach to entrepreneurial education and move away from the concept of the of the entrepreneur burning out for material gain and towards the idea that an entrepreneur is someone who does what they love and makes money from it.

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Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre

The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre is a conference centre facility on the Caribbean island of Barbados. Owned by the Government of Barbados, and managed by the government agency Barbados Conference Services Limited, the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre is just outside the capital city of Bridgetown, in St. Michael.


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