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CPB Regional Advisors for Caribbean Islands

Julian L. BOURNE
Language: English

Julian Bourne is presently a Senior Plant Breeding Officer with the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Research and Development Division, (Bodles Research Station) Jamaica, West Indies. She holds a Master Degree in Plant Science from the Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida; a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the same. Her extensive expertise constitutes researches in molecular biology identifying gene resistance in grapes, genetically modified organisms, detection in processed foods and conventional breeding in hot peppers and pumpkin for disease resistance and culinary improvement of crops for export and local market.

While at University in Florida, Miss Bourne worked as a Field and Lab Research Assistant at the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research in the areas of DNA Isolation, Anthracnose and Pierce’s Disease screenings in grapes for gene resistance.

Miss Bourne has achieved certification in DNA Sequencing from the United Nations University – Biotechnology for the Latin America and the Caribbean. She also holds certificates in Regulatory Framework on Food Biosafety, Innovation and Commercialization in Agricultural Biotechnology, Farmer Innovation and Experimentation and supervisory management.

Julian has maintained a strong emphasis on developing and sustaining agriculture and food security through plant breeding and agronomic practices. Her scientific background has empowered her to aim at putting Biosafety first.

Saint Lucia
Language: English

Terrence is currently employed as a Horticulturist III with the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry and Fisheries of Saint Lucia. He holds the position of head of the Plant Tissue Culture Unit. His duties range from overall management of the laboratory and modern orchid greenhouse facilities as well as providing advice to other projects including all Biosafety and Biotechnology related initiatives.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy Engineering and a Master’s degree in Plant Biotechnology. His experience ranges from biological control, multi-cropping systems and plant tissue culture. He has published scientific papers on banana biotechnology in the specific area of somatic embryogenesis in semi-automated systems RITA (temporary immersion systems). Having completed his studies in Latin America Mr. Gilliard is fully fluent in Spanish; he also has a good grasp of French creole which is spoken in Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Saint Lucia and Haiti.

He currently serves as country representative at regional and international meetings on some aspects of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and acts as a local expert on Biosafety/Biotechnology matters. He has also participated in regional meetings on the issue of harmonization of biosafety regimes and biotechnology in the recent past.

Mr. Gilliard has conducted successful missions in Saint Kitts, Saint Vincent, Jamaica and Barbados and looks forward to assisting the countries within the Caribbean region to meet their information sharing obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Malachy Pilgrim DOTTIN PH.D
Biotechnologist, Grenada 
Language: English, Spanish, French

Dr. Malachy Dottin, UNEP-GEF regional BCH advisor for the Caribbean, is an acknowledged expert and advisor in Biotechnology, Biosafety and Biosecurity throughout the Caribbean, he assists countries in the region to develop their National Biosafety Policy Framework.

He is an advisor for the UN (FAO) on Biosafety and Biotechnology Programmes implemented in the Caribbean and has worked for The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and F.A.O in Italy, Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Latin America and the Caribbean region. As an Outreach Lecturer at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), and St George's University (SGU), he has accumulated a wealth of experience in cooperation, organization and delivery.

Dr Dottin is the principal advisor of Biotech International (Services provider on Biotechnology and Biosafety and has been recently appointed as the Chief Executive of CARPE (Consultancy group on Agriculture Research, Poverty Alleviation and the Environment). As an appointed UNDP-GEF Regional Advisor on Biosafety and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, he is pleased to render his expertise whenever called. 
Some of his recent publications include:

• Biotechnology: Prospects for development in emerging economies, the case of the Caribbean. (FAO) 2007

• Communicating Biosafety: the case of the OECS Countries. Caribnews, New York, 2007

• Development of the National Biosafety Frameworks Project in St Vincent. 2006

• Handbook on Biotechnology Biosafety and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, FAO, 2005.

• Capacity building for the deployment of a National Biosafety Framework in the Caribbean, U.V.I, 2004.

• Summary of Current and Future Biotechnology Development in the Caribbean (USDA,) USA, 2003.

Vincentian/Barbados resident
Language: English

Fred is a lawyer educated at the University of the West Indies on Barbados, Norman Manley Law School on Jamaica, and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. He has worked extensively in the Corporate/Finance and Financial Trust legal areas and has in the course of his career branched into e-business law (in which he obtained his Master’s Degree), intellectual property issues (specifically, preservation of traditional indigenous knowledge with an emphasis on traditional indigenous medicines and health-related cultural practices), and more recently multilateral environment agreements (“M.E.A.s”) with special reference to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. In connection therewith, he has taken the Specialised Training Course on M.E.A.s sponsored by U.N.E.P. and held on Barbados (Nov. 2006 e.v.) and attended training courses in U.N.E.P.’s Biosafety Clearing House (“B.C.H.”) Project held in October 2007 e.v. in Geneva (when he qualified as Regional Adviser) and in Jan.-Feb. 2011 e.v. in Montreal.

Fred is employed by the B.C.H. Project as a Cartagena Protocol Regional Advisor for the Caribbean. He has participated in numerous workshops held on Barbados, the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Trinidad, and Tobago designed to familiarise target audiences with all aspects of the B.C.H. Project.


Anthony Richards
Antigua & Barbuda
Language : English

Dr Anthony Richards is an agri-business consultant and science writer. He has written on biosafety in easy-to-read travel magazines such as the LIAT Islander and delivered training to diverse audiences across the region. He is committed to sensitively guiding you to a balanced understanding of how biosafety will affect your lifestyle and your daily work.

Tony is a graduate of UWI and London University. He returned to Antigua in 1997, after a career of 17 years in industrial biotechnolgy research in the UK. Here, he served as Chief Government Chemist in charge of laboratories for 9 years, during which he has been a member of the Biosafety Committee, the BCH Task Force, The Pesticides Control Board and Standards Council.

Tony has promoted regional and international communication in biosafety as a member of various executive bodies such as:

  • The Caribbean Consultative Group on Biotechnology,
  • The CARICOM Working Group on Biotechnology,
  • The Caribbean Council for Science & Technology,
  • The Inter-American Commission on Science & Technology, and
  • The Commonwealth Partnerships in Technology Management Ltd.

His popular publications include a recent series of cartoon booklets on Caribbean food, medicinal plants and island culture. Dr Anthony Richards is an avid environmentalist and beekeeper.