Barbados to host 9th Annual Caribbean MBA Conference
Barbados will host the 9th annual Caribbean MBA Conference, organized by the joint Caribbean Business Clubs of Harvard Business School(HBS)and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
This year’s conference, under the theme”Driving Competitive Advantage: Diversity, Unity and Innovation”will be held from January 5-7, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel, Barbados, according to a release from the event’s organizers. The theme of the conference was selected by students of HBS and Wharton who believe the Caribbean region is at a’pivotal crossroad in its economic development’due to the impact of the recent financial crisis.
“[Barbados]was chosen due to its historically strong economic performance within the region,”according to event organizers. This will be Barbados’second time acting as host in the last five years.
FirstCaribbean International Bank will be the lead sponsor for the event once again, and its Chairman Michael Mansoor is slated to deliver opening remarks. Barbadian Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and that country’s Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy will deliver the keynote addresses at the conference. The full slate of speakers for the event had not been announced up to press time.
“This year’s conference follows in the tradition of excellence and offers participants stimulating debates conducted by panels of senior executives and industry leaders,”according to organizers.”These panel discussions will offer insights to the Caribbean’s most promising opportunities and daunting challenges in the financial services, energy, tourism and trade sectors, as well as matters pertaining to technology, innovation, education and entrepreneurship.”
Past keynote speakers have included this nation’s Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, as well as current Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding and former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Patrick Manning.
The conference was held in Jamaica this year and attracted over 50 MBA students and alumni, and The Bahamas acted as host in 2009 attracting just over 60, according to the conference website. MBA candidates from Harvard and Wharton were able to conduct field studies and to collaborate with company management in the Caribbean on solutions to challenging business problems. Some candidates have also benefitted from summer and full-time employment opportunities with sponsor companies.