Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Imani Duncan-Price selected for top global leadership programme

Imani Duncan-Price

Imani Duncan-Price

Jamaica’s Imani Duncan-Price, former Senator and currently Chief of Staff in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, has been selected as one of 25 global leaders to participate in the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowships’ Spring Global Programme in 2018.

In response to the development, Duncan-Price enthusiastically stated that, “This is a great honour. I am excited to have the opportunity to explore practical solutions to ignite some of Jamaica’s real growth areas and build networks that can benefit our trajectory. Yes, Jamaica has had global successes in the areas of music, sports and entertainment, but without significant Government support or true industries established. Imagine a Jamaica with home-grown thriving industries in music, sports and entertainment, where we line up education, supporting legislation, financial and economic frameworks, as well as distribution channels, to make a complete system.”

Over seven weeks, from April 2 to May 18, Duncan-Price, along with the other Eisenhower Fellows, will crisscross the United States, pursuing individual projects and engaging in transformative exchanges of knowledge and ideas with leading thinkers in their respective fields.

At the end of the programme, they will return to Philadelphia, the headquarters of the Eisenhower Fellowships, to share observations, and then carry what they have learnt back to their home countries.

To that end, Duncan-Price shared that, “My fellowship will encompass visits to Nashville, Indianapolis, New York, Las Vegas and other relevant cities. Based on the city, I will be meeting with key decision-makers and leaders in the private and public sectors in the music, sports or entertainment areas, to understand how they established those industries, enabling all the elements to come together in effective clusters to drive job growth and strong financial returns.

“I intent to apply that learning and design a recommended policy action framework for Jamaica. I hope that I can gain buy-in from key stakeholders, so we can effectively move forward as a country and ultimately establish effective industries in music, sports and entertainment.”

General Colin L Powell, USA (retired), Chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships (EF), said the mid-career leaders will continue the proud tradition of Eisenhower Fellows crossing boundaries to promote peaceful dialogue and international understanding.

“These leaders represent an incredibly talented cohort that is full of potential to serve as change makers,” the general said. “They are committed to the mission of Eisenhower Fellowships, of creating a world more peaceful, prosperous and just.”

Representing 23 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific, the recipients were chosen based on the ingenuity of their ideas and their proven track records of leadership in a variety of fields, including government, education, entrepreneurship, energy, healthcare, law, non-profits and the arts. They serve in a mix of traditional and innovative industries, and have the wide-ranging expertise needed to lead in the 21st Century, noted EF President, George de Lama.

“These men and women specialise in fields ranging from leadership development to the future of work, to the strengthening of democratic political systems,” said de Lama. “Their versatile backgrounds will enable them to be decision makers in how their countries respond to and prepare for an ever-changing global landscape at a time of great disruption.”

Now in its 65th year and named for America’s 34th president, EF brings together innovative leaders from across geographies and sectors, visionaries who tackle big challenges to better the world around them. Since 1953, more than 2,300 mid-career leaders from 115 countries have benefited from the unique, customised experience of an Eisenhower Fellowship.

Previous Jamaicans who were Eisenhower Global Fellows are Morin Seymour, Sandra Glasgow and Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee.

Successful candidates for EF programmes commit to lifelong engagement with the organisation and its influential network of nearly 1,600 active fellows around the world. Fellows apply what they learn from their peers and in their meetings with experts in their respective fields, to maximise their potential and produce sustained impact through their fellowship experience and collaboration within the EF global network.

Eisenhower Fellowships identifies, empowers and connects innovative leaders through a transformative fellowship experience and lifelong engagement in a global network of dynamic change agents committed to creating a world more peaceful, prosperous and just.

The 2018 Global Fellows are:

Sebastián Kind | Argentina, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Energy

Silverio Zebral | Brazil, Head, Government Innovation Unit, Organization of American States

Gracia Carvallo | Chile, Executive Director, Ganémosle A La Calle

Hua Feng | China, Vice President, Horae Capital

Jerry Kuo | Chinese Taipei, Co-Founder & President, KuoBrothers and Corporation

Yasmine Abdel Razek | Egypt, Head of Strategic Planning, EGBANK

Adrian Devitt | Ireland, Associate Director, Royal College of Surgeons

Imani Duncan-Price | Jamaica, Chief of Staff, Office of the Leader of the Opposition

Aiko Yabunaka | Japan, Deputy Director, Inclusive Business Team, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Montserrat Ramiro | Mexico, Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission

Nyantha Maw Lin | Myanmar, Co-Founder & CEO, The Burgundy Hills Company

Rob Wijnberg | Netherlands, Founder, The Correspondent

Chris Gallavin | New Zealand, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Massey University

Temitayo Etomi | Nigeria, Founder & Ceo, Redwire Group

Yvonne Cooke | Northern Ireland, Head of Human Resources, Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

Jason Gonzales | Philippines, Mayor, Municipality of Lambunao

Vlad Voiculescu | Romania, Founder & President, MagiCAMP

Vhahangwele Manavhela | South Africa, Environmental, Social, and Governance, (ESG) Manager, Public Investment Corporation

Diego Solana | Spain, Lawyer & Partner, Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo

Javier Arroyo | Spain, Co-Founder, Smartick

Martina G. Viarengo | Switzerland, Professor, Department of Economics, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Pipat Luengnaruemitchai | Thailand, Assistant Managing Director, Phatra Securities

Robin Bourne-Taylor | United Kingdom, Managing Director, Right to Dream

Maria Riccetto | Uruguay, Founder & Director, Maria Riccetto Studio

Hien Dao | Vietnam, CEO, GPA Jsc

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