Nathaniel L Peat (South Representative UK)
Nathaniel Peat is a Multi-Award Winning Entrepreneur, International Speaker, Engineer and man of many talents and achievements. In 2009 he was integral to the organisation of Jamaica’s first youth diaspora conference and he also served on the Diaspora Advisory Board as the youth rep. Nathaniel is the Chairman of Jamaicans Inspired which is a national and internationally spread organisation having engaged Jamaicans by decent in philanthropic support of Jamaica over the last 10 years. In 2010 he represented Great Britain at the G20 Summit as a delegate for young entrepreneurs. The Financial Times have named him two times; in the UPstanding Leaders Powerlist which ranks 100 Executives in the USA/UK who have reached senior roles in business who champion ethnic diversity, and again as one of the FT top 100 Ethnic Leaders in Technology. Nathaniel is a co-founder & Patron of the EY Foundation (Ernst & Young), co-founder of GeNNex Solar, which provides innovative solar products in Africa. He also founded The Safety Box; a company whose training and development programmes assist with reducing youth violence & help young people develop important skills such as leadership & entrepreneurship. In 2019 Nathaniel was listed in Forbes magazine and received an Honorary Fellowship Award from Brunel University. Nathaniel is passionate about Jamaica, is a positive voice for the community, and advocate wherever he goes.
Dr Kevin Brown (North Representative UK)
Dr Brown was born and grew up in Jamaica and has lived in the North and Midlands for the last 19 years. His grandparents who were part of the Windrush generation lived in Yorkshire from the 1950s. Dr Brown is an Engineer and Project Lead for a global Aerospace company, and he is also the host of a local radio talk show in Nottingham. Kevin is passionate about the Jamaican diaspora community in the UK. After having held leadership positions in several Jamaican community organisations over the last 15 years which has given me the experience and knowledge of the key issues that affect the Jamaican Diaspora in the UK. Kevin is the current Chair Jamaican Diaspora UK (JDUK) which is a national organisation that seeks to protect the interests of Jamaicans in the UK. Through JDUK he has been actively engaged in bringing issues that affect the Diaspora to the attention of the Jamaican Government including justice for Windrush, immigration and deportation, safety of returning residents, national diaspora policy, youth engagement, and improved Jamaica government services for the diaspora.
Dr. Allan G. Cunningham (South East USA Representative)
Born and raised in Rose town Kingston, Jamaica, in the mid-sixties, Dr. Allan Cunningham is a self-taught business entrepreneur. Beginning at the age of 8 years old when he first started selling Kisko pops in downtown Kingston.
A product of Whitfield all age and Camperdown high school, he has truly demonstrated the virtues of community enrichment. By giving back to both schools and fostering an environment of assistance, he has earned the reputation as a community and civic leader.
As a proud past student of Camperdown high school. He has contributed to the Alumni association. Serving as vice president, and President of the Florida Chapter for 8 years.
He is an adviser to many Professional associations. Dr. Cunningham is also a Board member of the Parent Community Task Force of the Broward County School Board. He also served on the board of the coalition of alumni association In South Florida. He has a strong bond in the community. Assisting in community enrichment efforts and caring for the elderly.
His love of community and people led to the creation and development of the People Profile organization. He created the organization so persons could share their personal life stories with the express purpose of educating, inspiring and motivating others. This Idea also led to the birth of the pinnacle award ceremony in South Florida, the People Profile awards that recognizes ordinary people doing extraordinary things. During the four years of the People Profile awards several persons were recognized for their humanitarian and philanthropic contributions to the community. Some of these recipients include, Congressman Alcee Hastings, Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade, Legendary Singer Melba Moore, Motivational Speaker Les Brown and other community persons that highlighted the basic philosophy of the organization. January 5th 2018 was declared “Dr. Allan Cunningham day” by the Board of County Commission of Broward County in a proclamation delivered by Vice Mayor Dale Holness. Funds earned from the organization was used to assist needed students, supported school feeding programs and provide other charitable assistance.
Dr. Allan Cunningham is an associate Professor/Lecturer and practitioner in the field of International Business. He has lectured extensively at the under graduate and Graduate levels at several South Florida Universities. He currently Lectures in the department of Management at a local University.
For more than 20 years, he has built a Reputation of achieving exceptional results as an International Trade Consultant. Between 2008/2012, Dr. Cunningham served with Green Wealth International as their Senior International Business Consultant and Global Strategic Analyst.
His academic achievement includes a Doctorate in International Business, Masters in Management and Psychology and a Bachelors in Psychology with a focus on Family Therapy and Substance Abuse education.
He is married to his wife Judith and the family has six beautiful daughters and a granddaughter.
Dr. Karren Dunkley
Dr. Karren Dunkley is an Educator, Transformational Leader, and Social Advocate. The daughter of a clerical officer in the Postal Service, Barbara Carmeta Bowen-Dunkley, and an insurance salesman, Melvyn Duncan Dunkley, Dr. Dunkley, came from humble beginnings in Ensom City, Spanish Town. A graduate of St. Catherine High and Wolmers Girls (Sixth Form) schools, Dr. Dunkley is a Proven Performer, who has earned the respect and recommendation of others who have seen her work first hand. Currently, Dr. Dunkley is one of the most successful educators in the United States, and one of the most internationally recognized Jamaican-born educators. As a former high school principal and deputy superintendent, Dr. Dunkley is known for her transformational leadership and her inspiring relationships with the young people whom she has mentored in Jamaica, New York, and Pennsylvania.
A Nation Builder, Dr. Dunkley's philanthropic contributions in the field of education, women's empowerment, and community development are enormous, with visible impact in the United States and mostly rural Jamaica. She is very involved with capacity building at the community level in rural Jamaica. She currently collaborates with various organizations and schools to positively impact and support the needs of students and families in several communities. Dr. Dunkley is a game-changer who understands people and goes all out to empower others.
Dr. Dunkley is committed to ensuring high-quality early literacy programs for every child in Jamaica and every Jamaican-heritage child in the United States, secondary and post-secondary skills training for young adults and adults, youth empowerment, access to clean water for every household, and community development.
Dr. Dunkley holds a doctorate in Urban Education with a concentration in Organization and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University; Masters degrees in Political Science and Education Leadership from St. John's University, and Columbia University, respectively, and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Education from St. John's University. She is the principal/CEO of KND Consulting, LLC, and the co-proprietor of Spiritz of Montego Bay.
She is the recipient of the Tuskegee University Education Advocacy Award, Omega Psi Phi Education Achievement Award, Philadelphia OIC's Impact Award, and the Team Jamaica Bickle Community Educator Award.
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The Global Jamaica Diaspora Council is a mechanism geared at facilitating more effective engagement between Jamaica and the Diaspora. It reflects inclusivity, expansion and collaboration among and within the Jamaican Diaspora and reinforces the critical partnership between Jamaica and its Diaspora for national development.
The concept of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council evolved out of discussions with the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board members and other stakeholders, including the Jamaica Economic Growth Council, who agreed that there needed to be an expansion of the engagement within the Diaspora to include new and emerging regions where Jamaicans reside.
The Council is an advisory and consultative body that will create pathways for increased engagement with the Jamaican Diaspora.
Membership of the Council comprises of 28 members, providing for global representation and expertise drawn from principal social and economic development sectors. The Council includes Diasporans from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. It also consists of Diasporans with a high level of proficiency in the following sectors: Education, Citizen Security, Health and Wellness, the Arts, Sports and Culture, the Faith-based Community, Development Issues and Commerce.
Young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years will continue to form part of the engagement structure, holding 7 seats on the new Council, as they remain critical to the sustainability of the Diaspora Movement.
With respect to the term of office, members will now serve for three years, compared with tenure of two years for the Diaspora Advisory Board. This longer term of office will allow members more time to achieve the agreed deliverables during their tenure.
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