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 c.e.) and attended training courses in U.N.E.P.’s Biosafety Clearing House (“B.C.H.”) Project held in October 2007 c.e. in Geneva (when he qualified as Regional Adviser) and in Montreal during Jan.-Feb. 2011 c.e. and May 2015 c.e. He is also a certified expert in ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change and disaster risk management/ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and is the lecturer on the Legal Aspects of Biosafety in Biotechnology Master’s degree course offered by the University of the West Indies.
Fred has considerable experience in B.C.H.-related capacity building, having been employed by the B.C.H. Project since 2007 c.e. as a Cartagena Protocol Regional Advisor for the Caribbean. He has participated in numerous national and regional field missions to Antigua & Barbuda; Barbados; the Bahamas; Belize; Grenada; Guyana; St. Lucia; St. Kitts & Nevis; and Trinidad and Tobago. These workshops were all designed to familiarise stakeholders of all backgrounds with general principles of biosafety and the Cartagena Protocol, and all aspects of the B.C.H. This included advice, technical assistance, and training to target audiences as well as assisting with the evaluation of national strategies to ensure continuity and sustainability of fulfilment of B.C.H.-related obligations. He has also collaborated in the progressive global and regional development of the B.C.H. Project.