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Marvin is a Bahamian entrepreneur, lawyer and academic. He is currently the CEO of Raise, a platform that helps companies build, sell and trade their equity. Raise is focused on the African technology market, and has onboarded the top startups in the ecosystem, and is backed by Binance, Carta, 500 Startups, CRE VC and other notable investors in the ecosystem.
He is also the founder of the African Digital Asset Framework and Obsidian Capital, research and development companies that regularly produce digital asset standards for governments and protocols across the world, with a focus on creating digital asset industries with the Tanzanian, Nigerian, Ethiopian and South African governments.
Dr. P. Jillian Bethel is CEO of OKX Bahamas and a lifelong champion of the Bahamian crypto community. Jillian is an entrepreneur and former obstetrician gynecologist, who first became interested in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies while working with leading international health management and medical research teams. In 2018, Jillian returned to the Bahamas to apply blockchain initiatives to grow the Bahamian economy and culture.
Her entrepreneurial talent has increased the capacity growth among her peers and created a launch pad for those looking to come to the jurisdiction under the DARE Act. Jillian is passionate about driving digital transformation and diversity. She joined OKX, the world-leading crypto currency ecosystem and exchange, to fulfill her mission to make crypto accessible to everyone.
Mrs. Phylicia Hanna currently serves as Director of Investments for the Bahamas Investment Authority (BIA) within the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation. The Bahamas Investment Authority was established in 1994 to support a competitive foreign investment climate, designed to foster economic growth, job creation and investor confidence. Mrs. Hanna’s mandate is to harness the country’s wealth and resources for the benefit of all Bahamians. She is also looking at various ease of doing business reforms including improving our current standing on the index within the next five years.
Before her current role, Mrs. Hanna previously worked in a number of Government agencies inclusive of the Ministry of Financial Services, the Department of Immigration and the Office of the Prime Minister.
She holds a Masters of Law with a concentration in Business Law from the University of Southern California as well as a Masters in Law specializing in International Dispute Resolution from the University of London. She attended Dalhousie University where she studied International Development and History before obtaining her LLB from University of London. She is a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. She also holds memberships in The Bahamas Association of Mediators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
On September 16th 2021, PHILIP EDWARD DAVIS lead the Progressive Liberal Party of The Bahamas to landslide election victory, overturning a 35-4 seat majority held by the former governing party, to win an historic 32 seats out of 39 in The Bahamian House Of Assembly. He currently serves as the Fifth Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
The eldest of eight children whose mother was a domestic worker, and father a fireman, it is from his father that Davis inherited the nickname ‘Brave’, by which he is widely known throughout The Bahamas and around the world. Davis spent his early childhood living with his grandparents on Cat Island, (famous also as the birthplace of Sir Sidney Poitier) where he attended The Old Bight All Age School. He moved to New Providence to attend high school at the Eastern Junior & Senior Schools, and St. John’s College.
Having grown up in a poor family, from the age of 7yrs-old Davis worked on a number of odd jobs in order to make ends meet. After graduating high school, he became a construction worker until he landed a job at Barclays Bank. This was remarkable in the 1960s, as professional jobs in The Bahamas were still reserved for members of the ruling white mercantile class. Because of this, it quickly became clear that Davis’ career opportunities in banking would be extremely limited. He followed the advice of one of his supervisors who encouraged him to pursue a career in the law. An initial opportunity to become an articled clerk fell through, but later that year, Davis became a clerk at Wallace-Whitfield & Barnwell, and went on to complete his legal studies in 3 years. Philip ‘Brave’ Davis was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1975. A leading litigation lawyer, especially in the field of corporate law, Davis has an impressive record in the Courts of Appeal, with more appearances before the UK Privy Council than any other Bahamian lawyer.
A former Member of the Council of Legal Education for CARICOM, Davis has made an unprecedented contribution to legal education in the Caribbean. As well as serving as a magistrate, Davis has trained a significant number of lawyers currently serving at the Bahamas Bar. He was a key member of the ‘Barnett Commission’, which developed far-reaching proposals for restructuring legal education in the region. Because of their findings, the Eugene Dupuch Law School in The Bahamas was launched as the landmark teaching institution it has become today.
In the human rights arena, Davis has partnered with many leading lawyers around the Commonwealth in challenging capital punishment, and vigorously defending litigants against miscarriages of justice, many times on a pro bono basis. He was also the guiding force behind the only legal journal ever published in The Bahamas. Mr. Davis twice served as Vice-President of the Bar Council before becoming President of the Bahamas Bar Association in 1995. Since 2002, he has been Managing Partner of the law firm which bears his name: Davis & Co.
In 2015, Philip ‘Brave’ Davis was appointed as Queen’s Counsel, the highest possible honour which can be conferred on those practicing law in the English legal system anywhere in the world. This accolade came in recognition of his highly successful legal practice, along with his contribution to legal education.
Philip ‘Brave’ Davis became involved in politics at a young age, volunteering as a campaign helper on behalf of the Progressive Liberal Party in the 1967 general election. He was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador in a 1992 by-election. Although he lost his seat in 1997, he regained it in 2002 and has held onto it since, a record which now confers on him the acclaimed title of ‘Father Of The House’. During his first term in parliament, Mr. Davis chaired the National Insurance Board for a number of years, which is why he is able to speak so authoritatively on the economic affairs of the country. During his tenure, he introduced a number of fundamental reforms, which put the National Insurance Board in the position it is today. His reforms made it possible for thousands of Bahamians to receive financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Deputy Prime and Minister Of Public Works
In 2009, Davis was elected Deputy Leader of The Progressive Liberal Party. After the party’s resounding win at the 2012 general election, he was appointed The Bahamas’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Works and Urban Development. The Ministry of Works has been dubbed a ‘super-ministry, in that his portfolio covered everything relating to the physical infrastructure of The Bahamas, as well as oversight of Bahamasair, the national airline, The Bahamas Electricity Corporation, and The Bahamas Water & Sewerage Corporation. It is in part because of his stellar performance as a Minister that Davis’ reputation soared as the man who could get things done! Davis held posts these up until 2017, when the PLP was defeated in the polls. Soon after he was elected Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party.
Davis is an extremely keen sportsman. He is especially interested in baseball, softball, swimming and athletics. He served as Vice-President of the Bahamas Swim Federation from 1986 to 1990, and was President of the ‘Sea Bees Swim Club’ from 1980 to 1990. In 1970 Mr. Davis became a Member of ‘Toastmasters Club 1600’, a non-profit organisation established to develop leadership skills through listening, thinking and speaking. He served as its President in 1979, and as Division Governor of Toastmasters for The Bahamas in 1989.
Davis is married to Ann-Marie Davis. His six children have inherited their father’s passion for sports, hard work and patriotism, one of them even having represented The Bahamas at the CARIFTA Games.
Therese Turner-Jones, Bahamian national has been working in international finance for over 30 years. Her academic background includes the University of Toronto (1982) and University of East Anglia (1983) where she mastered economics, as well as numerous other short courses from the JF Kennedy School, at Harvard, Singularity University (CA) and Cambridge (UK).
Her recent work experience (since 2013) at the Inter-American Development Bank as General Manager of the Caribbean Department covered IDB operations in six countries including The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Therese spent 20 years at the International Monetary Fund before joining the IDB, in the Western Hemisphere Department and at the Executive Board. Her mission is to transform lives by working on development challenges throughout the world. Therese has lived and worked across the globe, apart from her home country, in the United States, Guinea, Conakry, Barbados and currently, Jamaica.
She is a member of Rotary International and International Women’s Forum. Her interests outside of work include tennis and reading–she hosts a book club where diverse writers are devoured. When not reading, she can be found playing, watching or traveling to watch tennis. She describes herself as an agile, servant leader–whose management style is to coach. She is married to Dennis Jones and they have three daughters, her family comes first.
Mr. Rolle was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas in January 2016. Prior to this, he served as the Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance; and before this, he served on the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean Constituency.
The Governor’s substantive career from 1990 to 2012 was also in central banking, in various economic policy and research capacities. In addition, he has contributed as an Adjunct Lecturer, in Economics, at the American University (2008) in Washington DC and for many years as a Part-Time Lecturer in Economics and Statistics at the College of the Bahamas.
He holds graduate degrees in Economics from the American University in Washington DC and Carleton University in Ottawa Canada; and is an undergraduate of the University of Western Ontario, Canada and the College of The Bahamas. The Governor has also earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
The Governor has published scholarly articles in a number of professional journals, and maintains research interests in monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies.
David joined Pictet Bank & Trust in 2007 and currently serves as Head of Investments within the Private Banking Department. David leads a team of financial market specialists who provide investment solutions, research and guidance to high net worth individuals and the Private Banking team. David’s key role involves implementing investment strategies across a range of asset classes, designing custom portfolio solutions and advising clients.
David’s experience in Financial Services spans over twenty-five years at leading financial institutions in the region. Prior to joining Pictet Bank & Trust, David began his career at The Central Bank of El Salvador before relocating to The Bahamas in 1996. A CFA Charter Holder and past president of the CFA Society of The Bahamas, David obtained his Master’s degree in Business Economics (MEE IV) from INCAE (Instituto Centroamericano en Administración de Empresas), Costa Rica. David is fluent in Spanish and English. David is an Executive Director at Pictet Bank & Trust and a member of the bank’s Executive and Credit Committee.
Senator the Honourable Ryan Pinder is the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas having been appointed on September 20, 2021 after the general elections were held in The Bahamas and the Progressive Liberal Party were voted in as the Government. Ryan Pinder was the Member of Parliament for the Elizabeth Constituency and the Minister of Financial Services and Trade in the former Progressive Liberal Party government.
Before becoming the Attorney General, Ryan was a partner in a leading law firm in The Bahamas in its Commercial and Financial Services Practice Group. Ryan’s practice focused on private client planning and structures, and regulatory and licensing matters for financial services institutions. His private client practice includes specialization in financial services solutions, planning and wealth management, and comprises banking, corporate and commercial law, investment funds, securities law, capital markets, taxation, trusts and estate planning and structuring and regulatory matters including license applications, inspections and investigations, and cross-border inquiries and commercial transactions, including reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions.
As a commercial attorney Ryan represented commercial interests in the hospitality and real estate development sectors in front of the Government and associated regulatory bodies in securing the necessary approvals to do business in The Bahamas. In this capacity Ryan represented some of the largest hotel and real estate development projects in The Bahamas.
The Honourable Philippe A. May is a Swiss-Singaporean and partner of Principal Global Advisors Pte. Ltd, a Singapore-incporporated financial advisory firm. He is a qualified Associate Financial Planner (AFP), an Associate Estate Planning Practitioner (AEPP) and a member of the Global Investor Immigration Council and the Financial Planner Association of Singapore. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) and an Executive Diploma in International Diplomatic Law from UNITAR, Geneva, Switzerland, Philippe has extensive experience in Diplomacy, Private Banking, Insurance and Residence & Citizenship Planning.
After completing his high school education and national service in the Swiss army as an infantryman, Philippe began his career at the Swiss Stock Exchange SIX in Zurich. He then worked for Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas in Zurich, Switzerland and later as Vice President for EFG Bank in Singapore. From 2016-2021, he was the Head of Asia-Pacific of the investor migration advisory firm Arton Capital. Philippe has been featured in various financial industry media including Bloomberg, BBC, CNN, and the Daily Telegraph. He is also a Robb Report Singapore Thought Leader and a member of the Global Investor Immigration Council, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He has been a speaker and panelist for various investor migration and financial industry conferences, including BFSB in the Bahamas.
Philippe has been a citizen of Singapore since 2008 and he has been accredited as the Honorary Consul of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Singapore since 2011. Philippe speaks Chinese, English, French, German and Spanish. He is the founder of a cigar club, an avid ornithologist, hiker and a reader of classical literature.
The Honorable Michael B. Halkitis was born on February 1 st , 1969, in Nassau, Bahamas. He attended St. Augustine’s College and Mr. Halkitis began his post secondary education at the College of the Bahamas and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Halkitis qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1995.
Mr. Halkitis was first elected to The Parliament of The Bahamas in 2002 and again in 2012. He currently serves as Minister of Economic Affairs and Leader of Government Business in The Senate. His portfolio responsibilities include Promotion of Financial Services, Small Business Development, Ease of Doing Business, Consumer Protection and International Trade. Under his many years of leadership, the Bahamas’ Ministry of Finance was not only brought into the modern age through the digitization of its operations, but also through the implementation of major taxation reforms which have been applauded for their seamless integration.
Currently, he oversees the nation’s trade, financial services industry, aims to improve our country’s ease of doing business, and directs our country’s digitization efforts. He will play an important role in helping to stabilize the country’s finances..
Antoine W. Bastian currently serves as the Executive Chairman and CEO of Genesis Fund Services Limited, a licensed Investment Fund Administrator in the Bahamas and the CEO of GFS Financial Services Ltd., an affiliate fund administrator in Singapore. Antoine Bastian earned his B.Sc. in Accounting from Indiana University in 1989. After university, Antoine joined Deloitte and Touché, Nassau Bahamas and subsequently qualified as a Certified Public Accountant.
Shortly thereafter, Antoine was a mutual fund administrator with MeesPierson Fund Service and after that a manager at St. Matthew Investment Fund Accounting Limited… a Bahamian fund administrator that was associated with Michael J. Liccar & Co, based in Chicago, Illinois. Subsequent to this position, Antoine served on the Board of The Private Trust Corporation Limited and as Manager of its Mutual Fund Department, Genesis. In 2004, the department was relaunched as an independent entity, Genesis Fund Services Limited.
Antoine also currently serves on numerous boards, inter alia, the Bahamas Financial Services Board, The Nassau Cruise Port Board, and the Yes Foundation. He Also serves as the priest warden and a member of the vestry at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.
John Fritzgerald Wilson Q.C. is the senior partner at McKinney Bancroft & Hughes, and chairs the firms Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He is an accomplished commercial litigator who is renowned for his problem-solving skills and ability to advocate effectively for his clients. He completed his LLB with honours at the University of Buckingham in England. John then attended BPP Law School, where he became one of the few Bahamians to ever receive honours on the Michalemus Bar exams. He was admitted to the English Bar in July of 1994 and called to Bahamas Bar in September 1994.
John is widely respected by his peers, and his experience is extensive. He is known for his unmatched ability to advocate on behalf of his clients and his specialties include trust and commercial litigation and private client advisory. John has proven himself to be an accomplished attorney over the years. In 2006, John became the first non-English Barrister to appear as lead counsel before Her Majesty’s Privy Council during a landmark case. In the Judgment of the Privy Council, Baroness Hale commented that John presented the case with “skill economy and charm.” These comments highlight why John is one of the most sought after commercial litigators in The Bahamas. Despite his accomplishments and dedication to his trade, John is not all brain and the law. He enjoys spending time with his family and coaches soccer. John is also a member of the Salvation Army and The Bahamas Red Cross Society.
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Dr. Iyandra Bryan, is the Chief Operating Officer of Quantfury Trading Limited (Nassau, The Bahamas), a fintech disruptive brokerage that guarantees its users execution of trades and/or investments free of maker or taker fees, leverage fees, and any other fees.
In her role, amongst other things, she serves as a key strategic partner to the Board of Directors to drive forward business strategy, ensure proper governance, and facilitate the modernization, optimization, and efficiency of the company’s operations. With her depth of experience in financial services, Dr Bryan focuses on ensuring the execution of Quantfury’s mission and integration of its capabilities in order to render the highest service level to Quantfury’s users. Prior to this role, she practiced commercial law at leading law firms in The Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, acted as a Chief Operating Officer of the Cayman Islands Branch of a leading Swiss financial institution, and as Managing Director of the Bahamas Branch of an international fiduciary services company.
Mr. Mott has spent over 20 years in the banking and finance industry in both the retail and private banking sectors. He has an extensive background and experience in banking, information technology, and project management. As the project manager for digital currency implementation, Mr. Mott is tasked with improving the domestic digital payments space and driving the national adoption of the Sand Dollar digital currency.
In addition to a wealth of knowledge and skills, Mr. Mott brings a unique perspective to the Sand Dollar project. As a small business owner, the recognizes the difficulties of our financial landscape and sees the potential and benefits of the Sand Dolar digital currency.
Patrice G. Taylor is a senior HR leader, consultant and strategist, and an internationally certified leadership coach, trainer, and speaker. Patrice has tapped into her global assignment, which is to speak life to purpose, activate hidden potential and cultivate the principles of servant leadership, values-based leadership, and a growth mindset.
As the CEO of Hephzibah HR Training and Development, she carries out the mission of providing soft skills training, professional and organizational development strategies, and support for optimal individual performance and sustainable, profitable organizational structures. As a former Vice President of Human Resources in the Private Banking Sector, Patrice employs her extensive experience, skills, and competencies to help leaders navigate their leadership journey using the foundational tenets of influence, growth, emotional intelligence, relationship building, and maximization of potential. Some of the local and international companies she has been privileged to work with include The Avasant Foundation, Lowes Pharmacy, Lombard Odier & Cie, Doctors Hospital, BRON Limited, JA Bahamas and Princess Margaret Hospital.
Patrice believes that personal development is a leader’s greatest investment and to date, her personal development pursuits have yielded a Master of Education degree from Kent State University School of Psychology, a BSc degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington, a certificate in Training and Facilitation from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business – Nova Southeastern University, and the senior international HR designations of SHRM-SCP and SPHRi. She is also a certified and licensed John Maxwell Coach, Trainer and Speaker.