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Dr. Erica K. Smith

Dr. Erica K. Smith

Erica is very analytical and systematic in her approach and applies her skills to design, execute and manage various projects assisting clients to develop and execute market expansion plans and commercialisation strategies; organisational assessments, gap analyses and strengthening across the Caribbean and has a sound understanding of the Caribbean business and trade environment.

Her clients have included organisations such as the world Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the International Federation of the Phonographic Industries, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Development Export Agency. Over the years, Erica developed strong competencies in the management and execution of various projects and the creation and facilitation of capacity building, training, and coaching programmes on various business subjects.

Supporting her professional work, Erica has a strong academic background with undergraduate degrees in law and management and post-graduate degrees in international business, intellectual property law and management and international sports law and management. Her doctoral research focused on copyright management in the Caribbean music industry in the digital environment.

Florence Louis-Edouard

Florence Louis-Edouard (associate)

Florence is an agile and accomplished professional with expertise in trade development and policy formulation.  With a track record of excellence spanning several key roles, she has established herself as a driving force in empowering micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) through innovative capacity building initiatives and access to grant funding.

Florence's multifaceted expertise, visionary leadership, and unwavering dedication have positioned her as an invaluable asset in driving economic growth, fostering entrepreneurship, and forging transformative partnerships within the dynamic world of trade. Her profound impact on the empowerment of MSMEs and her relentless pursuit of regional integration embody her commitment to shaping a brighter future for the Caribbean trade landscape.

Hailing originally from the non-sovereign European Island of Martinique, she has called Trinidad and Tobago her home for over two decades, contributing immensely to the region's trade development landscape. With a keen focus on trade facilitation and policy, she has been at the forefront of implementing cutting-edge programs aimed at enhancing trade in the Caribbean Region and fostering the growth of its export-oriented industries.

Dedicated to fostering regional integration in the Caribbean, Florence is currently pursuing a Doctoral Candidate degree in Political Sciences at the Université des Antilles, Guadeloupe focusing on regional integration and the progressive development of the Caribbean cultural and creative industries.

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