The Executive

Sean Townsend (PRESIDENT): 

Dr. Townsend is currently employed to the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) as the Manager of the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Planning Department.  He served as the Focal Point for the Jamaica Clearing House-Mechanism and the Jamaica Biosafety Clearing House under the Convention for Biological Diversity and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, respectively, from 2006- 2008 while at the Institute of Jamaica.  He was also the National Lead for the Invasive Species Network of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN).  These various functions have allowed him to participate in environmental nation building activities such as policy/legislative development as well as national capacity building.

Sean holds a BSc in Zoology and a PhD in Marine Science with a concentration in Oceanography (Bio-physical) from the University of the West Indies and has over 10 years’ experience in natural resources management, invasive species management, environmental policy framework development, environmental education and information dissemination. He currently sits as the Vice-Chair of the National Invasive Alien Working Group and a member of other inter-governmental agency committees. 

Sean has been a member of the JIEP since 2007 and has served on the Council as Secretary (2008 -2010) and Treasurer (2010 -2016) as well as assisted in the execution of the JIEP’s 4th and 5th JIEP's  Biennial Conference on the Environment.


Suzanne Shaw (VICE PRESIDENT):

Dr. Shaw is qualified in Engineering and Economics with a BSc (Hons.) in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of the West Indies, a Master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Economics from Ecole Polytechnique in France, and a PhD in Economics from Paris-Dauphine University.

Suzanne has 14 years' international experience in energy and environmental economics. She has worked in consultancy as well as for the European Commission. She is currently the Director of Energy and Environment at the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), an economics-focused think tank which informs economic decision-making, in public and private sectors, in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. She also works as an independent consultant in the fields of energy, environment and climate change; her clients have included the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank, Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Jamaica National Building Society Foundation (JN Foundation). 


Le-Anne Roper (TREASURER):

Ms Roper is the Sustainable Development Planning Officer at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) forover 7 years. As a member of the Sustainable Development and Regional Planning Division, she has provided input into and supported the advancement of national level policies, projects and programmes covering areas of disaster risk management, climate change (adaptation), and natural resources management, among others. Hhhareas

Ms Roper pursued a Master of Science (MSc.) degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (Hons.) at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, with a specialisation in Climate Change. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry at the UWI, Mona campus. She has been a member of the JIEP since 2016, but has support the work of the organisation in previous years. 



Mrs. McDonald Gayle possesses a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Impact Assessments and Auditing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich and has lectured at the University of the West Indies in that topic.  She has over 20 years of experience in the Jamaican and Caribbean environmental field which have given her vast experience in both Public Sector Policy Development as well as civil society dialogue and participation. 

She has worked on community environmental management throughout Jamaica including as the Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica’s largest NGO grant-making institution, the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica.  Karen is currently a Global Climate Change Coordinator with a Jamaican International Donor project.  She is a trained facilitator in Advanced Participatory Methods and has organised and participated in many community stakeholder consultations. In addition to her service to the JIEP. Karen has also proudly served on the Board of Directors of the Natural History Society of Jamaica, the Jamaica Environment Trust, Campion College Alumni Association and Jamaicans for Justice.

Mrs. McDonald Gayle is a founding member of the JIEP and has served the Council as Member, Treasurer, Vice President and President over the years.

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