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Leona Edward is a highly accomplished and detail-oriented finance and accounting professional. With a strong focus on enhancing efficiency and performance, she consistently delivers exceptional results. Leona holds a Master's degree in Finance and Investment from the London School of Business and Finance, specializing in Accounts and Financial Management. She is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). With an impressive work history spanning from various reputable organizations, Leona has gained extensive experience in managing finance, investment, and accounting portfolios. Currently, she serves as the Accounts and Finance Manager at Sagicor, where she plays a crucial role in overseeing the management of Sagicor's Financing, Investment, and Accounting Portfolio. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Leona actively contributes to the financial community as the Chair of the Financial, Investment, and Budget Committee of the Mabouya Valley Cooperative Credit Union, A mentor of the Youth Economy Agency and a director in the Ministry of Commerce. Her unwavering dedication, comprehensive skill set, and commitment to continuous improvement make her an invaluable asset to any organization.

Ms. Wendy Theophilus is the Managing Director of Financial Investment & Consultancy Services Ltd.

Mr. Cornelius Sidonie is the Managing Director of the St. Lucia Development Bank

Mr. Ainsworth Peter is the Chief Executive Officer of the St. Lucia Mortgage Finance Company Ltd.

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Mr. Omar Burch-Smith is the County Manager at First Citizens Investment Services Limited St. Lucia and has over 13 years’ banking experience. In his current role, Omar serves as Senior Principal in the OECS for the organization, and leads a Team of investment and finance professionals responsible for providing investment solutions to clients and brokerage services to governments in the ECCU for issuance of debt securities. He previously served as Business Development Manager at FCIS where he was responsible for the development, generation and co-ordination of new business in the Eastern Caribbean. Prior to joining First Citizens, he served as a Corporate Relationship Manager at Bank of Saint Lucia Limited for 7 years.<br/><br/> Omar holds a BSc. & MSc. in Banking & Finance from the University of the West Indies Mona and Cave Hill Campuses respectively. His experience throughout his career covers Corporate Relationship Management, Financial Analytics, Risk Management, Banking Operations, Investment Advisory and Brokerage Services. Omar was also a facilitator with the Australian Institute of Business where he taught Business Finance for 3 years and also tutored Financial Management at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados for 1 year.<br/><br/> Omar considers himself a sports enthusiast with his favourite sports including basketball, which he plays, cricket, American football and football. He recently served as 2nd Vice President of the St. Lucia National Cricket Association having previously served as Deputy Treasurer. He is also an avid lover of music and pays very close attention to local, regional and international politics.

Ms. Claxton is the Senior Country Lead at Republic Bank (EC) Ltd.

Mrs Carol Mangal is the General Manager of Sagicor Finance Corporation.<br/><br/> Carol is a career banker with over 30 years’ experience, having worked in various departments of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank and its heritage company Barclays Bank PLC. Prior to her current role, Mrs Mangal served as Senior Relationship Manager for Sales & Platinum Banking at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, as well as Manager for the CIBC Rodney Bay Flagship Branch and the Vieux Fort Branch.<br/><br/> A proven results-driven leader, and the recipient of the 2013 CIBC FirstCaribbean Achievers award for Exemplary Leadership, Carol holds a Diploma in Financial Services Management from the Chartered Institute of Bankers and the Institute of Financial Services in the United Kingdom. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma with Merit in Business Administration from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.<br/><br/> Carol is very adept at leading non-profit organizations having served as President for the St Lucia Swimming Federation for two consecutive terms - and is currently the Federation’s Immediate Past President. Carol was also selected as the 2016 National Sports Administrator at the 37th Annual Sports Awards.

Mr. Medford Francis is the Deputy Managing Director, Lending & Investments for Bank of Saint Lucia with extensive background and experience in both the public and private sectors. He is an experienced Development Economist having served as Chief Economist, National Development in the Ministry of Finance as well as Assistant Deputy Director, Economic Affairs focusing on the design, implementation and monitoring of development-oriented programs by international donors and financing institutions.<br/><br/> In his capacity as Senior Manager, Investment Banking Services, he has had overall oversight of the Bank’s and its clients’ investment portfolio for the better part of the last decade being responsible for day to day portfolio management. During this time, he engineered the introduction of a new portfolio management, accounting and analytics platform and amassed vast experience in international capital markets as he led the bank’s portfolio diversification strategy. As a Registered Principal on the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange (ECSE), Mr. Francis has been involved in raising financing for various governments on the Regional Government Securities Market and the listing of companies on the exchange.<br/><br/> In 2019, Mr. Francis assumed responsibility for the lending portfolio of the Bank in the capacity of Deputy Managing Director, Lending and Investments, affording him the opportunity to bring his investment experience to bear in the underwriting of corporate and commercial as well as retail lending facilities.