Hon. ALLEN M. CHASTANET is a Saint Lucian businessman, politician, and current Prime Minister of Saint Lucia. He is the political leader of the United Workers Party, as well as the parliamentary representative for the Micoud South constituency.
Hon. Allen Chastanet served as Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation in the Senate from 2006-2011. Prior to this, he held several portfolios within the local and regional tourism industry including Vice President Sales and Marketing of Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort and Spa and Vice President Sales and Marketing, Air Jamaica.
He also served as Director of Tourism of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board from 1992-1994. His most recent tenure was as Managing Director of Coco Resorts, a family-owned hotel based in the north of the island.
Throughout his illustrious career, Chastanet served on several tourism-related Boards locally and regionally.
In 1979, Hon. Allen Chastanet graduated from high school at Stanstead College. He holds a B.A. degree from Bishop's University and a MSc degree from American University.
Hon. Allen Chastanet is the son of businessman Michael Chastanet. He is married to Raquel DuBoulay-Chastanet and they have two children.
Hon. BRADLY FELIX is Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs.
His schooling began at the St. Aloysius R.C Boys Primary School where he developed a love for drama and public speaking. During his five years of secondary schooling at the St. Mary’s College, his love for theatre and culture grew under the guidance of Kendal Hippolyte, which propelled him to become the lead actor in a number of plays written by Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott and his brother, playwright Roderick Walcott. As an actor and a lover of theatre arts and culture, Hon. Felix has represented Saint Lucia at a number of regional and international events including CARIFESTA.
However, it is his thirty-two-year career in Banking that has prepared him for his role as a Minister of Government.
The holder of a Diploma in Professional Banking from the Graduate School of Banking - University of Wisconsin, Hon. Felix spent the last ten years of his profession in corporate leadership during which time he managed Bank of Saint Lucia branches in Soufriere, Vieux Fort, Gros Islet and Castries.
He notes that his familiarity with the guidelines and regulations required for business development, as well as his experience with public private partnerships, will assist him tremendously during his tenure as Minister.
Mr. Pinkely Francis is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Invest Saint Lucia.
Mr. Francis is the owner and CEO of SIXT Car Rental St. Lucia, Europe’s fastest growing rental car agency, as well as Innovative Business Solutions St. Lucia Inc., a Technology integrator and business solutions enterprise. He is also a Director at Island Marine Supplies, the sole distributor for Mercury Marine in Saint Lucia.
Prior to becoming self-employed, he spent over fifteen (15) years in the private sector, holding several senior managerial positions with Cable & Wireless. For a period of two years, Mr. Francis was the country manager for Antilles Crossing and TeleStlucia, a wholesale internet service provider.
He holds an MSC in Information Systems Management from the University of Sheffield and specializes in New Business Development; Telecommunications; Negotiations; Strategic Planning; Business Development; Project Management; and Change Management.
Mr. Jodi Boodhoo sits as the Deputy Chairman on the Board of Invest Saint Lucia, a post which he has previously held.
Jodi Boodhoo is a co-founder and Director of Business Development at AVANCE, a boutique deal structuring and project finance consultancy. Mr. Boodhoo is a former member of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and has assisted with the development of the island's export development strategy. He holds a BA in Political science, an LLB and LLM. Mr. Boodhoo keeps active in national service and charitable drives, and is passionate about development issues.
Mr. Geoffrey Du Boulay is a partner with Floissac Fleming & Associates. He has spent his entire 12-year professional career with the firm working his way up from basic debt recovery and civil litigation and along the way has amassed tremendous experience in all aspects of civil litigation and dispute resolution.
Geoffrey currently heads the firm's civil litigation practice but has diverse and wide ranging experience in corporate and commercial matters advising amongst others both lenders and borrowers in complex cross-border financing transactions, receivers and liquidators in insolvency matters and companies in joint venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Modestus Louis brings a wealth of knowledge in immigration/border control and security to Invest Saint Lucia’s Board of Directors, having spent the last twenty years as a law enforcement officer. This is coupled with a decade’s worth of practice as a security specialist with a leading business organization in Saint Lucia. Additionally, Mr. Louis has worked in public relations and boasts of a three-year stint as a radio talk-show host and customer service trainer.
However, all of this comes in a distant second to his burning desire to see Saint Lucia succeed and live up to its true potential. He believes strongly that a nation which can produce two Nobel Laureates as well as movers and shakers on the international scene - from the meagre resources of ‘sea water and sand’ - is a nation with the ability to be a world-class leader. The desire to see this fulfilled is his driving force.
Mrs. Paula Valerie James is the Executive Director of the Saint Lucia Manufacturers Association. She brings over thirty years of banking experience to ISL’s Board having worked in the sector both locally and regionally. She served as a member of the Public Service Commission for five years; Chairman of the Tax Appeal Commission for six years and as Coordinator of the National Volunteer Programme during the staging of Cricket World Cup 2007.
She is a recipient of the Saint Lucia Les Piton Medal and has also been bestowed with the Melvin Jones Fellowship – the highest award attainable from the Lions Clubs international for Dedicated Humanitarian Service.
Mrs. James is dedicated and passionate about community service and youth development.
Mr. Peter Devaux is a self-employed businessman, with interests in business, land and property development, whose career spans over three decades.
He has worked in various capacities including General Manager of Bryden and Partners Ltd. and Executive Director of Minvielle and Chastanet (M&C) Ltd.
Mr. Devaux is the holder of a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Degree from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and currently serves as the Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, a position he has held since 1988.
Mr. Ronald James has spent the last two decades with the National Farmers and General Workers Co-operative Credit Union. His twenty-year career in finance, recently earned him the post of General Manager of the Credit Union, which has branches in Castries, Vieux-Fort and Bois d’Orange.
Mr. James’ area of expertise is not limited to financial management. Throughout his career he has undertaken a number of human resource functions as well as risk management and marketing.
He holds a Professional Certificate in Strategic Leadership in Credit Union Management, from the Florida International University; a Certificate in Cooperative Studies and a Diploma in Management from the University of the West Indies. He is currently pursuing his MBA.
Economist McHale Andrew joined Invest Saint Lucia as CEO in May 2012. The former Executive Vice President of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) has also served the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) as Research and Development Adviser; Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation as Permanent Secretary; and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) for some ten (10) years, first as an adviser to the Governor and then as Director of External Relations. Prior to this he held a five year stint as an economist within the Ministry of Finance in Saint Lucia.
Mr. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & Law from the University of the West Indies and a Master’s Degree in Economics, Law & Policy-Making from the London School of Economics (LSE). He has gained over 25 years of public and private sector working experience in the Caribbean in economic, tourism and investment policy, sustainable development, international trade, project management and business planning. He has written extensively on developmental policy and is also an elected partner of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), which has allowed him to represent the region at several Green Economy forums; including the inaugural Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Conference in Mexico City in January 2012, the Global Transition Green Economy Dialogue in New York in March 2012, and the Global Green Growth Summit (GGGS) in South Korea in early May 2012.
Jeremiah Edward joined Invest Saint Lucia in August of 2000 as an Accounts Officer, and has since succeeded up the ranks to the post of Senior Manager, Finance and Administration.
He possesses a wealth of experience in the field of Finance and Accounting. Prior to his 15 year tenure with Invest Saint Lucia, Mr. Edward worked as an insurance agent with West Indies General.
Lancelot Arnold joined Invest Saint Lucia as the new Senior Manager, Properties. He is an accomplished manager with over 15 years’ experience in project management, development and property management. He has been pivotal in the project management team for the creation and refurbishment of first class commercial properties in Saint Lucia such as the Audi Building, La Place Carenage Shopping Center and the JQ Rodney Bay Mall. His property management skills of multi-tenanted commercial properties within the JQ Charles Group of Companies ensured strong tenant retention and rent optimization.
Lancelot has a proven talent for analyzing problems and establishing structures and systems to achieve optimal results. He is a driven leader with an exceptional track record of leading various sized multidiscipline teams such as the National Insurance Property Development and Management Company.
Nicole DuBoulay joined Invest Saint Lucia in November 2016, as the Senior Human Resources Manager. A Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) through the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario, Canada, she has twelve years of senior level Human Resource Management experience. Her last four years were spent developing and executing the Human Resources (HR) Strategy for one of the leading utility companies in the Caribbean.
Key HR initiatives under her purview include Recruitment & Selection, Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Compensation & Benefits, Industrial Relations and Company Policy Development.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from York University in Canada, and two Masters Degrees in Business Administration (McMaster University, Canada) and Training & Performance Management (University of Leicester, United Kingdom). Nicole is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the United States.
Lyndon Samuel is the current Information Systems Advisor at Invest Saint Lucia. He is Microsoft Certified and has headed the Information Technology Department since 2004. A Graduate of Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Science and Diploma in Engineering, he brings over ten years of experience in Information Technology.
He also has in-depth expertise in Microsoft Enterprise platforms including Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and SharePoint that he has used to implement people-focused solutions to employees and partners; increasing their engagement; and allowing them to deliver maximum productivity.
Seryozha Cenac joined Invest Saint Lucia in 2012 and presently serves as Legal Counsel/Corporate Secretary.
Mr. Cenac was awarded an upper second class LLB (Hons) Degree from Wolverhampton University in the United Kingdom and received the prize for academic excellence. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn in 2005. In 2007, he obtained a MSc. in International Banking and Finance from Greenwich University.
He joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2007 as a Crown Counsel and served in that capacity for five (5) years during which time he made recommendations to the reform of the law in relation to the Criminal Code and Evidence Act. He was successful in prosecuting the first High Court drug trafficking offence and the first cash forfeiture matter heard in Saint Lucia.
Alana Brice was promoted to the role of Investment Promotion and Fulfilment Manager in January 2015. She began her stint at Invest Saint Lucia in April 2010 as an Investment Officer. Mrs. Lansiquot-Brice possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Masters’ Degree in International Business.
David Desir currently holds the post of Land Administration Manager with Invest Saint Lucia. He served previously as Deputy Chief Physical Planner and Acting Commissioner of Crown Lands in the Ministry of Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal. In the year 2000, he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture and Soil Science from the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University graduating with first class honors. As a result of his outstanding performance he was awarded the International Student Scholarship to pursue the Professional Master of Arts Degree in Urban and Regional Planning specializing in Land Use Planning which he earned in 2003.
He currently serves his country on numerous Boards and Organizations namely Vice President of the Saint Lucia Justice of the Peace Association, Public Relations Officer of the Saint Lucia Institute of Land Use Planners, Member of the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority Council (SLASPA), Member of the Babonneau Constituency Council and member of the Ministers Task Force responsible for reviewing planning standards in Saint Lucia. His involvement in community work is outstanding serving as a Justice of the Peace, President of the Babonneau Parish Council and Public Relations Officer of the Babonneau Youth and Sports Council.
Dawn Lambert is the current Operations Manager of Duty Free Pointe Seraphine, a subsidiary of Invest Saint Lucia. Ms. Lambert joined team ISL in September of 2010 after spending thirteen years in the private sector serving as an Executive Secretary and later Office Manager. After serving with an exemplary record in the post of Executive Assistant to the CEO, she was promoted to the position of Human Resource Officer in 2012, and again moved up the ranks in 2015 to her current position.
She is the holder of a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the University of Wales and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Leicester.
Natasha Edwin-Walcott joined Invest Saint Lucia in June 2015 as the Research, Policy Advocacy and Communications Manager.
Prior to this, Natasha worked as a Diplomat on behalf of OECS Governments within the OECS Geneva Switzerland Trade Mission, advancing, negotiating and safeguarding OECS interests on Trade and Development issues at the World Trade Organisation, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Her 7 year stint at the Mission saw her defend the interests of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP) and Small Vulnerable Economies (SVE) on a number of issues, including as the ACP and SVEs Lead Negotiator on Fisheries Subsidies. Her exposure and experience as a trade negotiator and policy expert in Geneva, one of the foremost seats of multilateral diplomacy, puts her in good stead to succeed in her new role.
Mrs. Edwin-Walcott holds an upper second class BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations, and an MA in Globalisation, Development and Transition, both from the University of Westminster UK. She is currently pursuing an MSc in International Management from the University of Liverpool UK.