Mrs Patsy Robertson was the former Director of Information at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Official Spokesperson for the Commonwealth (1983-1994). Mrs Robertson worked as a senior Media Advisor for the Fourth World Conference on Women and Beijing +5 and with UNICEF on the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children 1991-1992. She is a Chair of Widows Rights International and the Commonwealth Association, and is a trustee of several charities including The Thomson Foundation, The Commonwealth Press Union and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum.
Mr Edwin Laurent is the Director of the Ramphal Institute and a Senior Adviser to the UNEP. Formerly, he was the Head of Trade and Regional Cooperation at the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has served in Saint Lucia's Ministry of Finance and as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism. He has held a number of diplomatic postings including Permanent representative to the WTO, the FAO, the OPCW, and Ambassador to France, Germany and to Belgium. He was the first Eastern Caribbean States Ambassador to the EU and later the Windward Islands‟ Governments Special Envoy to the EU on bananas. Whilst in Brussels, he chaired various ACP Ambassadorial bodies, including the Committee on Trade and Commodities and was the lead Ambassadorial negotiator and spokesman on certain subjects. He was educated at the Universities of the West Indies, Manchester and the Johns Hopkins‟ School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C.
Sindra Sharma-Khushal, PhD is a Senior Research Associate at the Ramphal Institute. She completed her Doctoral studies at the London School of Economics in Environmental Policy and Development. Her research looked at how microloans could be used to enable climate change adaptive and conservation behaviour in the context of Small Island Developing states. She has a broad background which includes behavioural economics, international development, environmental policy, environmental psychology, and cognitive neuropsychology.
Ginelle Greene is the Programme Officer at the Ramphal Institute. She is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Environment and Politics at the University of York. Her research focuses on "Green Transitioning and Innovation Governance in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Managing Implementation Under Constraints". Her professional background is as an International Development Professional and Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist focused on sustainable development implementation activities.
Research and Communications Officer
Matt Hefler is Research and Communications Officer at the Ramphal Institute. He is a PhD Candidate in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. His research focuses on the role of secret intelligence in diplomacy and the creation of national foreign policies. His background is in modern history, great power conflict, and secret intelligence. He is a Commonwealth Scholar and Rotary International Global Grant Scholar (Peace and Conflict).