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Youth Forum: Listen, Learn, Live - Youth Insights on Innovation Imperatives and Investments

May 25, 2021

CDB has always hosted a youth forum in the form of its VYBZING Programme which typically culminates at the time of the Bank’s Annual Meeting. At the Fiftieth Anniversary Thanksgiving Service, the Chairperson of the Board of Governors issued a challenge to CDB to harness the voices of the young people of the Region so that going forward, we might hear directly from them on how we should shape their future.

This year CDB will showcase expressions from the youth, in spoken word, video presentation and a panel discussion on the innovation imperatives that our young people wish to see. The theme of the youth intervention will be: Listen, Learn, Live – Youth Insights on Innovation Imperatives and Investments.

At the Forum, youth representatives from science, the arts, business, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities will take centre-stage as panelists, moderators, and artists, to share their lived experiences and their journey as innovators. They will provide examples of innovations, discuss the internal and external factors that are enablers and disablers to innovation and make strategic recommendations for revisiting/reshaping formal and non-formal learning environments to build requisite human capital.



Kyle Maloney
Entrepreneur and founder of Tech Beach Retreat

young smiling black man in grey jacket with black shirtKyle is a technology entrepreneur and digital-marketer. Kyle is the Co-Founder of TechBeach Retreat and ChefMade. Since 2011 Kyle has co-founded five Technology Driven Companies in the industries of Sustainability, Healthy Food, Local Business Search, Technology Business Convening and Digital Marketing. Kyle's companies have been written about in global and regional publications like Forbes, The Huffington Post, Essence and Inc Magazine. Kyle is also a NextGen Board member of The InterAmerican Development Bank (Trinidad).

Greta Cutulenco

young smiling female in grey/blue dressWith a background in automated data analysis for testing and anomaly detection, Greta Cutulenco has worked on system testing, monitoring, and analysis for major Original Equipment Manufacturers and Tier1s, including Bombardier and Magna. In 2018, Greta won the Female Founders Competition, sponsored by Microsoft M12 Ventures. She has also been included on the Forbes 30-Under-30 list for Manufacturing and was named one of 2019’s Canadians to Watch by Automotive News.


Carlton Cummins
Co-founder & CTO, Aceleron Ltd.

young smiling black male in yellow turtleneckCarlton Cummins is an entrepreneur and design engineer creating solutions relevant to the challenges faced by society. Carlton began his career working in the solar space, coordinating over 100 installations in the Caribbean before moving to the UK to pursue a Master's in Business & Sustainability. Carlton is passionate about electric & fuel cell vehicles (his favourite low carbon vehicle is the Toyota Mirai). For his efforts, Carlton has been featured within the media, including on BBC Breakfast Live, Autodesk trade magazine and Energy Storage news. Carlton is one of the top 10 Entrepreneurs of Barbados, having been named explicitly by the Prime Minister in her state address in 2019. Carlton has also been named the Shell Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Bevon Chadel Charles

young smiling black female in glasses wearing orange sleeveless dressBevon Chadel Charles is an Agriculture enthusiast, farmer, youth advocate and Entrepreneur from Grenada. She founded Akata Farms, a sustainable integrated farm that aims to build sustainable climate smart farms in Grenada and across the Caribbean to increase the regions capacity for export, value added products to strengthen Agri- Tourism enterprises and youth involvement in the Agriculture Industry.

She is Grenada’s first Country Representative of Young Professional for Agriculture Development. An organization lead by young advocates for agriculture advancement and change. A One Young World Ambassador, president of the Grenadian Youth for Agriculture development in technology, as well as the Regional Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals Corp, another youth driven organization with teams across the globe.

Her interests not only lie in developing a robust entrepreneurial sphere in Grenada and the Caribbean. She is deeply passionate about ICT, innovations in hydroponics, freight farming, AI Technology, Protein engineering and Nanotechnology as it regards to improving agricultural production and food security and how these innovations can transform growing rural communities that will, in turn, enhance the livelihoods of its people.

Her aptitude for personal development enabled her to be one of 14 Caribbean Entrepreneurs to be chosen for the Caribbean Youth Entrepreneur Programme. Bevon was recently awarded Winner of the Caribbean Region: Commonwealth Youth Award 2021.


Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid

young smiling black female in yellow jacket with fist under chinDr. Terri-Karelle Reid is the Human Ethernet and Connector of people and dots. Over a decade, she has graced the stage at events across the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the USA and seamlessly guided events that range from conferences and webinars to launches and award galas. Her dynamism, wide scope of knowledge and ability to relate to all audiences across the world has made her one of the most sought-after premier hosts.

Whether it is adding zest and energy to one of the most popular TV shows in Jamaica, addressing nation’s leaders and other dignitaries or introducing some of the world’s most powerful personalities and brands, her experience has taught her to respect the process, pay attention to details, understand the needs of clients, fill unexpected gaps, foster great relationships and to always deliver excellence in service. 

Raphael Saul

young black male in dark blue suit with black lapels and black shirtRaphael Saul is a 32 year-old business consultant, motivational speaker, corporate trainer, Attorney and entrepreneur with a passion for helping people achieve their full potential and helping businesses exceed their targets.

Raphael achieved academic excellence during his Secondary School tenure and graduated from the Barbados Community College with distinction, and a Barbados Exhibition, with his Associate Degree in Business Studies. The natural communicator then completed his Bachelor of Laws degree with honours in 2009.

After spending a number of years as legal counsel for the multinational telecommunications corporation Cable & Wireless Communications, Raphael began speaking and consulting for companies in the financial services, insurance, retail, automotive and hospitality industries.

Over the last 5 years, Raphael has become a sought-after speaker and consultant across the Caribbean, sharing the stage with international media personality Steve Harvey and through his company Vanguard Consulting Inc, he has consulted with companies in Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Jamaica, Belize and Trinidad & Tobago.

He is a Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner and uses both the ADKAR change management model and various Agile approaches to champion the leadership of the people side of change. Raphael is presently on assignment with the Government of Barbados’ National Transformation Initiative as Scum Master, Project Management & Implementation Lead.

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