Top-level speak­ers for MoBay reg­u­la­tors con­fer­ence this week

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Jed Bai­ley

STRENGTH­EN­ING THE reg­u­la­tory over­sight for util­i­ties, while cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, is an emerg­ing is­sue con­fronting Caribbean so­ci­eties. These and other is­sues are to be dis­cussed by stake­hold­ers in Mon­tego Bay, St James, this week.

Close to 200 del­e­gates are ex­pected to at­tend the 14th an­nual con­fer­ence of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Caribbean Util­ity Reg­u­la­tors at the Se­crets Re­sorts and Spa be­tween Oc­to­ber 26 and 28. The theme this year is ‘Reg­u­la­tion: Cre­at­ing a Spec­trum of Op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Caribbean’.

The following are some of those who will speak dur­ing the three-day con­fer­ence.

KELLY TOMBLIN

Kelly Tomblin has worked for more than 25 years in the en­ergy in­dus­try, in both com­pet­i­tive and ver­ti­cally in­te­grated Yas­min Chong mar­kets through­out the United States, in the UK and in Latin Amer­ica. She has ex­pe­ri­ence in the gen­er­a­tion, trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion sec­tors, as well as re­new­able de­vel­op­ment, en­ergy ser­vices and sales. She has worked in all ar­eas in the in­dus­try, in­clud­ing le­gal, cus­tomer ser­vice, reg­u­la­tory, plant and field op­er­a­tions, and or­gan­i­sa­tional trans­for­ma­tion.

Tomblin was ap­pointed pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the the Ja­maica Public Ser­vice Com­pany (JPS) in April 2012. Prior to JPS, she served as vice-pres­i­dent for GDF SUEZ/In­ter­na­tional Power, one of the world’s largest en­ergy com­pa­nies, and pres­i­dent of Penn­syl­va­nia Elec­tric Com­pany, a part of FirstEn­ergy, one of the largest util­i­ties in the US.

Winston Robotham is a cer­ti­fied reg­u­la­tion spe­cial­ist whose pri­mary area of ex­per­tise is in the en­ergy sec­tor at the multi-sec­tor reg­u­la­tory agency, Of­fice of Util­i­ties Reg­u­la­tion (OUR). Prior to his cur­rent ser­vice in the public sec­tor, Robotham de­vel­oped a pro­fes­sional ca­reer in the fi­nan­cial sec­tor and was ac­com­plished in a wide range of man­age­rial as­sign­ments. Those as­sign­ments in­cluded credit and port­fo­lio man­age­ment, cus­tomer re­la­tion­ship man­age­ment, mar­ket­ing, hu­man re­source man­age­ment, sales and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment.

Ka­dian Birch is an at­tor­neyat-law with spe­cial­i­sa­tion in health law and pol­icy. She pos­sesses over six years of work ex­pe­ri­ence in the public-health sec­tor. Birch is cur­rently em­ployed to the Min­istry of Health, Ja­maica, and is re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing le­gal ad­vice to the min­istry and its de­part­ments and agen­cies on mat­ters of pol­icy, leg­is­la­tion, in­ter­na­tional law, medico-le­gal, bi­lat­eral and other agree­ments. She has been a mem­ber of the Con­sumer Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee on Util­i­ties (CACU), Ja­maica, since 2006 and is keen on pro­mot­ing the best in­ter­ests of Ja­maican con­sumers in the util­i­ties reg­u­la­tion process.

JED BAI­LEY

Jed Bai­ley is the founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of En­ergy Nar­ra­tive, a net­work of en­ergy ex­perts pro­vid­ing strate­gic mar­ket anal­y­sis to in­dus­try and government leaders world­wide. He is also the man­ag­ing editor of The Weekly Brief: Mex­ico. Bai­ley is an ex­pert with nearly 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in emerg­ing en­ergy mar­kets, spe­cial­is­ing in mar­ket fun­da­men­tals, reg­u­la­tory struc­ture and strate­gic plan­ning. He has been widely quoted in pub­li­ca­tions rang­ing from The Econ­o­mist and Fi­nan­cial Times to the Iran Daily, and has ap­peared on Bloomberg Tele­vi­sion and CNN In­ter­na­tional.

YAS­MIN CHONG

Yas­min Chong has been a prac­tic­ing and ex­pe­ri­enced busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and util­i­ties reg­u­la­tion prac­ti­tioner for over 15 years and has served as a mem­ber of the CACU since its in­cep­tion in 2000 and as chair­man since Jan­uary 2004. Through her as­so­ci­a­tion with the OUR and util­i­ties reg­u­la­tion, Chong has sought to place the CACU at the fore­front of con­sumer ad­vo­cacy ac­tiv­i­ties in Ja­maica. Un­der her di­rec­tion, the com­mit­tee has be­come an in­te­gral part of the util­i­ties reg­u­la­tion land­scape. Re­cent trans­for­ma­tion within Ja­maica’s en­ergy sec­tor led to her ap­point­ment on Jan­uary 11, 2016 as a mem­ber of the of­fice at the OUR. She is also a mem­ber of the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Tri­bunal (es­tab­lished in 2013) at the Con­sumer Af­fairs Com­mis­sion.

GLENN KHAN

Glenn Khan has built up a var­ied busi­ness and pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence through his em­ploy­ment in both the public and pri­vate sec­tors as well as at the Univer­sity of the West Indies. His ar­eas of spe­cial­i­sa­tion in­clude fi­nan­cial, port­fo­lio and credit man­age­ment, pol­icy anal­y­sis, credit union man­age­ment, fi­nan­cial sec­tor re­search and util­ity reg­u­la­tion. He has au­thored three books and sev­eral pa­pers, and has made pre­sen­ta­tions at many in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences through­out the Caribbean as well as in the Amer­i­cas, South­ern Africa and West Africa. His re­search work has been used as ref­er­ence ma­te­rial by stu­dents at the UWI as well as from coun­tries as far away as Europe. He re­tired as deputy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Reg­u­lated In­dus­tries Com­mis­sion, a statu­tory body es­tab­lished to reg­u­late public util­i­ties in Trinidad and Tobago. He is cur­rently the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the In­de­pen­dent Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion in Do­minica.

WINSTON ROBOTHAM KA­DIAN BIRCH

Kelly Tomblin, pres­i­dent and CEO of JPS.

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