Non-executive Council Members

Krishna Desai (PAST PRESIDENT):

Mr Desai is a natural scientist and an attorney-at-law.  He has a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Botany and Zoology from UWI, a Masters of Marine Management from Dalhousie University, and he was called to the bar in 2010.  Krishna spent eight years with the Natural Resources Conservation Authority and the National Environment and Planning Agency where he advised on coastal zone management issues, monitored natural resources, and regulated physical development.  He has also worked for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea where he advised on climate change and carbon management issues.  He has experience working as an independent environmental consultant in Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean providing regulatory advice, and writing management plans and environmental impact statements in connection with resort and marina developments.  

Krishna is currently partner at a major law firm in Kingston where he also has specialty practices in environmental, planning, energy, and maritime law.  He also assists a California based charity to identify conservation projects that are in need of funding in Jamaica.  Along with maintaining his membership with the JIEP, he is also recognized as having Practitioner grade qualifications by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (United Kingdom), and he is also a member of the Jamaican Bar Association. 

This is Mr Desai’s fourth term on the JIEP council.


Allison M. Rangolan (COUNCIL MEMBER):

Ms. Rangolan is the Chief Technical Director of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica. She manages multiple grants and awards to NGOs, CBOs and Academia, as well as an endowment in excess of J$600M. She represents the EFJ on the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme National Steering Committee and has served as Vice Chair since 2015. She has represented Jamaica at regional and international conservation financing and project management events, including building networks with bilateral and multilateral agencies.

Allison graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology (First Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies, and a Master of Science in Coastal Zone Management and Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University.  She has been a member of the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals (JIEP) since 2009; this would be Allison’s second term serving on the JIEP council.


Jerome Smith (COUNCIL MEMBER):

Mr Smith graduated with a MPhil in Zoology and BSc. in Zoology with a Botany Minor from the University of the West Indies. He has worked with the National Environment and Planning Agency from 2001 to 2007 in the Coastal Zone Branch where his specialty was the assessment of coastal and marine environments particularly as it relates to revision and approval of development applications.  He also worked in the Ministry with responsibility for Environment from 2007 to 2015 as Director of Natural Resources where he focused on the development of Environmental Policies and Legislation. He was also Jamaica’s Focal Point for the Convention on Biological Diversity (July 2007 - August 2015) and Chair of the National RAMSAR Committee (November 2009 - January 2013). Currently he sits as the Principal Director for Forest Operations at the Forestry Department, where his broad responsibilities include:

·       Overseeing the management of Jamaica’s Forest Reserves and Forest Management Areas

·       Supervising the operations of the Nursery Programme

·       Overseeing the execution of the National Private Planting Programme

Jerome has over 15 years of experience in the environmental field and a thorough grasp of the “Ridge to Reef” concept which highlights the inter-connectivity of the various ecosystems as well as the importance of their sustainable use.

This is Jerome’s first term of service on the JIEP Council.


Michelle McNaught (COUNCIL MEMBER):

Ms McNaught is a Scientific Diver for the Jamaica Coral Reef Monitoring Network (JCRMN), Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Botany and a Master of Science in Natural Resources Management obtained from the University of the West Indies. With an interest in Marine Conservation, she is trained in several regional and international reef and fisheries assessment methodologies including the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) Caribbean Protocol, Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) and Fisheries Stock Abundance Surveys inter alia and has executed numerous assessments locally and regionally. She is also trained in Coral Reef Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) for the Government of Jamaica and has experience in EIA development and reviews, Project Management, Ecosystems based Adaptation (including coral gardening), Marine Ecosystems Mitigation (restoration, relocation and artificial systems), Fisheries Management (including Marine Managed Areas), Grant Management and Environmental Monitoring (air, water and noise). Michelle has over ten years of experience working in a range of environmental management capacities and has done so through numerous Projects with International Aid Organisations, Private Sector, Government and Non-Government Organizations. Michelle is currently a Project Consultant with multiple Environmental NGOs and Networks.

This is Michelle’s third term as a Council Member of the JIEP and is the chair of the membership sub-committee for the last two administrations. She has been instrumental in the development and streamlining of the current membership process.


Peter E. T. Edwards (COUNCIL MEMBER):

Dr Edwards has over twenty (20) years of academic training and professional experience in tropical ecology, environmental monitoring, coastal zone management and environmental consultancy. He holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) in Zoology and Marine Sciences (respectively).  He completed his PhD at the University of Delaware, in Marine Studies with a concentration in Marine Policy.  His research was focused on the non-market valuation of coastal ecosystems using stated preference techniques.  

Peter provides freelance environmental and natural resource economics policy consulting services to (primarily) Jamaican/Caribbean based entities including NGOs.  In his capacity as a Jamaican citizen, Dr Edwards was appointed by the Jamaican Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the country’s representative to the United Nations Pool of Experts of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects.

He is currently employed as a federal contractor to a company which among other activities provides technical services to a variety of entities including US Federal Government Agencies.  He is also currently servicing a contract at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  He currently serves as the Social Science Coordinator and Natural Resource Economist for the Coral Reef Conservation Program.  He is responsible for incorporating social science and economic approaches to the Coral Program’s activities.  

Dr Edwards also writes opinion editorials for Jamaican newspapers and blogs on various topics but primarily on the environment, sustainable development in the Caribbean ( ).

This will be his first term serving on the JIEP council, and he is our first Council Member from the diaspora.





Simone is an environmental professional and independent consultant with a focus on coastal or marine ecosystems, and social community-based projects in the Caribbean. She has a Bachelors (BSc.) in Zoology and a Masters (MSc.) in Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Environmental Management examining fishery ecosystem services and potential values associated with marine fish sanctuaries and their habitats in Jamaica. She has been deeply involved with aspects of the marine and fisheries sector in the Caribbean (mainly in Jamaica) for over 7 years. These include research (of marine ecosystems, fisheries assessments, and coastal socio-economic assessments) using both the scientific method and the community-based citizen science method and the conduct of habitat assessments in the marine and coastal zones, particularly for input into impact assessments. She has helped develop and participated in numerous stakeholder consultations in the environment, fisheries, government and private sector, including the implementation of a variety of workshops. She has also worked on numerous projects involving climate change vulnerability and adaptation, especially in the coastal zone.



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