Financial Literacy is a tool that Jamaicans can use to improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, not all Jamaicans have the understanding of the financial concepts and elements that will help them make wise decisions. Wealth Summit is created to bridge that knowledge gap by presenting relevant financial information in a comprehensive, relatable format that can easily be utilized by Jamaicans to get immediate results.
Wealth Summit is created as a part of the MOFPS 2021 Strategic Communication Plan. The activity is geared towards ensuring that every effort is made to improve the overall quality of life of Jamaicans.
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Digital financial inclusion involves the deployment of the cost-saving digital means to reach currently financially excluded and underserved populations with a range of formal financial services suited to their needs that are responsibly delivered at a cost affordable to customers and sustainable for providers.
A Chartered Accountant by profession and completed the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Accounting, in 1987 and 1989 respectively, at the University of the West Indies, and the Certified Public Accountant exams in 1990 in California, USA.
He attended Jamaica College and was a member of the Jamaica College Board and Foundation from 2005 to 2012. He served as CEO of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica during the period 2012 to January 2018.
Dennis Chung is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Supreme Ventures Services Limited and holds the following positions:
He is also a Past President and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica and Past Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean and has also served on numerous public and private sector Boards, including the Bank of Jamaica, and more recently the Pension Industries Association of Jamaica and Chairman of National Integrity Action.
Has written a weekly column in the Financial Gleaner and the Jamaica Observer, on economic and financial matters, since 2003 and contributes commentary to both the print and electronic media. He has done numerous presentations, in Jamaica and within the Caribbean region.
He has authored two books, (1) Charting Jamaica’s Economic and Social Development – A much-needed paradigm shift; and (2) Achieving Life’s Equilibrium – balancing health, wealth, and happiness for optimal living. He also co-hosts with Kalilah Reynolds a TV programme, On Point, which discusses current business and national issues.
Dennis is an avid recreational cyclist.
Mrs. Natalie Haynes has devoted her career to central banking and has served the Bank of Jamaica and the Jamaican people for over 30 years. Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica Mrs. Haynes was educated in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies Mona, where she obtained a BSc degree in Economics and History (Honours) which she received in 1985 and a Masters degree in Economics, which she received in 1988.
In 2019, Mrs. Haynes was appointed to the Executive Management of the Bank as Deputy Governor with responsibility for the Banking & Currency Operations and Financial Markets Infrastructure Divisions. She currently leads a dynamic team of over 100 staff members, spanning six departments.
Throughout her career at the Bank of Jamaica, Mrs. Haynes has spearheaded growth and innovation in the areas for which she has responsibility that have fostered the development of the local financial market. She was a critical part of the team for the implementation of the JamClear® Real Time Gross Settlement System and the JamClear® Central Securities Depository. More recently, she was responsible for the implementation of the JamClear® Foreign Exchange Trading Platform. These financial markets infrastructures have not only served to modernize the financial system in Jamaica but also promoted development by ensuring transparency and price discovery. As Chairman of the Bank’s Oversight Committee for the implementation of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), Mrs. Haynes is leading the charge for this major fintech innovation by the Bank. She also serves as Chairman of Retail Payments of Jamaica and the National Payments Council and is a member of the Bank’s Financial Policy Committee.
Throughout her career at BOJ Mrs. Haynes has represented the Bank at many international conferences and has served as a member of several international committees including the Caricom Fintech Working Group, Center for Latin American Monetary Studies (CEMLA) Forum on Fintech Data Gaps, Western Hemisphere Payments and Security Settlement Forum and the World Bank Expert Group on Faster Payments.
In her private life, Mrs. Haynes is an active member of her church Unity of Jamaica, having previously served as Chairman of its Board, and is a Platform Assistant. She is a devoted wife and mother to her two children Robyn and Nathan-Edward.
Roles and Responsibilities: Vernon James leads the fully digital start-up TFOB (2021) Limited. The operation manages the first digital financial services— LYNK. As the CEO of TFOB(2021) Limited, James will tap into his vast, strong, and innovative leadership experience garnered over decades in the banking and insurance industries.
Special Achievements: James holds a Master of Science Degree in Financial Mathematics from Warwick University in England and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of the West Indies. He acquired expertise in portfolio management and development at NCB Insurance Company, which he led for eight years. Prior to joining the NCB Group in 2008, he managed investments and securities trading at Scotia Investments Jamaica Limited. He serves as Director on the N.C.B. Foundation and Future Energy Source Company Board.
Edison Galbraith has over 20 years of experience in the investment and development banking industries. Since 2011 he served as General Manager – Loan Origination and Portfolio Management at the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), where he heads the bank’s lending operations. Since 2021 he has taken on Marketing of all the bank’s financing and capacity building products with responsibilities including managing DBJ’s relationships with financial institutions, development partners, and the business sector and deploying DBJ’s portfolio to unlock strategic sectors, improve access to finance and support economic growth and job creation.
Edison holds diverse qualifications including a BA in History and Economics from the University of the West Indies and an MBA in Finance from the Manchester Business School, UK. He is also a Certified Energy Manager and an Energy Risk Professional.
Leighton Campbell, E-Commerce Innovator, Consultant & Trainer, is the holder of a B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies and possesses 10 years experience in providing e-commerce and digital communication solutions to large and small companies.
Over the years Leighton has been pioneering innovation within the digital transformation space and now helps companies across all major industries with clients in Jamaica, the Caribbean, North America & Europe.
In 2018, Leighton enrolled in the JBDC accelerator program with Mobile EDGE Solutions, where he was awarded the most improved business and best team player of his Cohort. Through hard work and perseverance, Leighton was later awarded the title J.B.D.C. Boss Man of the year 2019.
Today, Leighton is considered a thought leader in E-Commerce transformation and designs technology solutions for companies big and small. He excels in this field by finding innovative ways to solve mission-critical problems and takes great pride in his work.
High Impact Leadership, Columbia Business School, New York. Directors Strategic Guide to Corporate Governance and Leadership, Jamaica Stock Exchange Strategic Coach Signature Program, Toronto, Canada. Christopher Reckord the Chief Executive Officer and board member for leading information technology support organization tTech Limited – Jamaica’s only pure-play IT Outsourcing & Managed Services provider. He was a Founder and Former CEO of computer value-added reseller Innovative Corporate Solutions. His North American experience came from time spent at Adjoined Consulting in Miami, Florida where he held a number of roles the last one being Director of IT. Prior to moving to the USA, he was part owner and Director at Innovative Systems Limited, Jamaica. Chris has over thirty-three (33) years of experience in Information Technology and is a regular speaker on Technology, Cybersecurity, and Digital Transformation. Chris prides himself on being a lifelong learner.
Chris is a member of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), he sits on the council and serves as Chairman of their Innovation & Digital Transformation. Chris is a member of the Jamaica Computer A society where he sits on the council. He was director and one of the founding members of Jamaica Information Technology & Services Alliance (JITSA) is a working group representing over 30 local and international information technology (IT) service providers, software developers, and IT consultancy and advisory service companies. Its mission is captured in its tagline, “Making IT work”.
For public service, Chris Reckord has served as a Board Member of The eLearning Jamaica Company since 2008; he served as Chairman from 2016 to 2020. Chris serves as a board member of the Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Commission (BGLC) from 2016, he is also a member of the Ministry of Tourism’s Gastronomy Network Committee.
His other passion is the world of wine and Wine Education. This led him to form his own wine club which saw members starting Jamaica’s first wine-only bar – Bin 26 Wine Bar in Devon House. Chris currently writes a weekly column in the Jamaica Observer Thursday Life section on Wines. Chris is happily married to Kerri-Anne and they have two beautiful daughters.
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