Current Speakers


At Tech Beach Retreat you can expect world class keynote speakers,
panel discussions, fireside chats, workshops, nightlife and live entertainment.

  • Erin Teague

    Lead of Virtual and Augmented Reality Product Team

    Erin Teague leads the Virtual and Augmented Reality product team at YouTube.  In this role, she is responsible for building brand new YouTube experiences, from the ground up, designed for VR and AR.  ... Read Full Bio

  • Michele Romanow

    Co-Founder & President

    Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd  birthday. The youngest ever entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-... Read Full Bio

  • Danielle Feinberg

    Director of Photography - Lighting

    Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997. As she worked her way from an entry level, technical job to one of the top creative positions, she crewed many of Pixar’s featur... Read Full Bio

  • Jeff Pulver


    Known as a globally renowned Internet thought leader. In 1995 defined "VON" to stand for Voice/Video on the Net. From 1997 to 2008 he hosted/produced the VON Conferences. In 2009 started the #140conf events. Founde... Read Full Bio

  • Arquay Harris

    Director of Engineering, Growth


    Arquay is the Director of Engineering for Lifecycle. Prior to Slack she was a Web Development Manager at Google where she lead a large team of Information Architects, Developers and Designers. Before that, as Direc... Read Full Bio

  • Britt Johnson

    Creative Strategist

    Brittany Johnson is a Creative Strategist and Instagram Specialist at Facebook’s Creative Shop. She works with global brands, such as Coca-Cola, Estee Lauder, and P&G, to build people-first campaigns that... Read Full Bio

  • Jesse Owens

    Director of Product

    Jesse E. Owens II is a technology product leader with experience spanning across multiple industries including FinTech, Education, and Military Defense. Currently, he's a Director of Product at MasterCard building ... Read Full Bio

  • Michael Montano

    VP Engineering

    Currently the VP of Engineering at one of the most influential and successful social media companies ever, Twitter; Michael graduated with a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from The University of Toronto in 2008. ... Read Full Bio

  • Will Hayes

    President & CEO

    Will joined Lucidworks in 2013 as the Chief Product Officer and was appointed CEO in 2014. He has over 15 years of product, marketing, and business development experience. Prior to Lucidworks he was head of technic... Read Full Bio

  • Ian Chinapoo

    Group Chief Financial Officer & Director

    Career spans more than twenty-one years’ in Banking and Finance, throughout the Caribbean and Central American region. Holding positions of Managing Director, Regional, Corporate and Investment Banking and Ma... Read Full Bio

  • Gabriel Abed


    Barbadian Gabriel Abed, Co-Founder and CEO of Bitt Inc., is recognised as the Caribbean’s most leading authority on digital currencies.

    At the age of 30, the Barbados-based entrepreneur is also an inte... Read Full Bio

  • Lucia Gallardo


    Lucia is a Honduran entrepreneur focused on socially impactful applications of emerging technologies. She is the Founder & CEO of Emerge, which builds decentralized identity and logistics systems for enterprise... Read Full Bio

  • Learie Hercules

    VP Product

    Learie Hercules is the VP of Product Development at Global Traffic Technologies, a leader in the Public Safety and Transit space where he oversees all Product Development functions and is a core member of the corpo... Read Full Bio

  • Adryenn Ashley

    Founder & CEO

    I'm a social influencer with a global reach of over 100M and have mastered the art and science of going viral on social media by starting conversations that matter. I've parlayed that ability to lead difficult conv... Read Full Bio

  • Keller Fisher


    Keller Fisher is a popular speaker, author of "The First Rodeo: A Startup Founder Adventure" (spring 2019), and sought-after blockchain advisor.  His skills as a top-notch litigator dovetail perfectly to his w... Read Full Bio

  • Tara Frater


    Tara Frater is a Partner in the Barbados office of Lex Caribbean, a pan-Caribbean regional law firm. She advises start-ups, institutional, corporate and high net worth clients and enjoys a diversified prac... Read Full Bio

  • John X Prentice

    President and CEO

    John X. Prentice is the President and CEO of Ample Organics, the seed-to-sale software solution currently used by the majority of Canada’s Licensed Producers and designed for compliance with Health Canad... Read Full Bio

  • Travis R. Holoway

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Travis Holoway is the CEO and co-founder of SoLo Funds Inc. Travis is passionate about providing resources and improving the financial wellness of the world's unbanked and under... Read Full Bio

  • Peter Levy

    Managing Director

    Peter Levy is a Chartered Insurance Professional and serves as the Managing Director of British Caribbean Insurance Company (BCIC) and President of the Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ). He is also the Chairma... Read Full Bio

  • Darace Rose

    President of Operations and Security

    Darace Rose is the Vice President of Operations and Security at Ample Organics. Darace is an IT Management Consultant, Team Leader, Software Designer, and Developer with 15+ years of experience in the IT industry. ... Read Full Bio

  • Nadeen Matthews Blair

    Chief Digital and Marketing Officer


    Nadeen Matthews Blair currently serves as the Chief Digital and Marketing Officer for the NCB Group and the CEO of the NCB Foundation. In 2015, Nadeen transitioned to the role of Chief Digital Officer, becoming the... Read Full Bio

  • Matt Pfeil

    CEO and Co-Founder

    Matt Pfeil is the CEO and co-founder of TravelBoss.  TravelBoss believes that business travel is fundamentally broken and is building products and technology to address this.  Previously, Matt was the co-... Read Full Bio

  • Enrique Martinez

    Chief Executive Officer

    WebCapitalists Corp

    Founder of the crypto and ICO consulting company WebCapitalists Corp. Enrique Martinez was a past research Aerospace Engineer and Strategic Adviser for the administration of two... Read Full Bio

  • Hon. Wayne M. Caines JP MP

    Minister of National Security

    The Government of Bermuda

    Min. Caines graduated Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Minor in Political Science. He went on to obtain a Law Degree at the University of Kent, School of Law; and enrolled at the R... Read Full Bio

  • Jason Mars

    Chief Executive Officer

    Dr. Jason Mars is the co-founder and CEO of Clinc, the company that created the world’s most sophisticated and comprehensive conversational A.I. platform for enterprises. Recently recognized as one of the ten... Read Full Bio

  • Maliq Hill

    Account Manager

    Maliq has worked as an Account Manager at Facebook based in Austin, Texas since 2016. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Yale University, and leverages his passion for understanding consumer decision-making to help... Read Full Bio

  • Simone Harvey

    Global Program Manager

    Simone is a global program manager in AirBnb’s Global Community Support team where she works with leadership to initiate, champion, and execute various strategic and operational initiatives. Her focus is curr... Read Full Bio

  • Geoff Waddington

    Chairman & Chief Operating Officer

    Geoff Waddington is Chairman and Chief Operating Officer at RealDecoy, Inc., a company of digital transformation specialists. From humble beginnings in Canada, the business has grown to become the largest exporter ... Read Full Bio

past speakers


At Tech Beach Retreat you can expect world class keynote speakers,
panel discussions, fireside chats, workshops, nightlife and live entertainment.

  • Jack Dorsey

    Co-founder, Chairman & CEO

    Jack Dorsey co-founded Twitter, Inc. in 2006 and returned as Chief Executive Officer in September 2015. Jack also co-founded Square, where he serves as CEO and Chairman. Jack also serves on the Board of The Walt Di... Read Full Bio

  • Lloyd Carney


    Lloyd Carney is the Brocade Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Brocade Board of Directors. As CEO, Lloyd is responsible for executing the company’s vision and strategy to lead the networking industry... Read Full Bio

  • Pilar Manchón

    Director of Cognitive Interfaces

    Pilar is the Director of Cognitive Interfaces at AWS AI, and an international public speaker. She has been an active contributor to the world of AI for over 22 years and her background combines arts & sciences,... Read Full Bio

  • Nic Brathwaite

    Founding General Partner

    Nicholas Brathwaite is a founder and partner of Riverwood Capital. Nicholas has spent over 25 years developing technology and building technology oriented businesses. From 1996 to 2007, he served as the Chief Techn... Read Full Bio

  • Craig Chelius

    Co-founder & CEO

    Mr. Chelius is a co-founder of Kuelap and serves as the CEO. Mr. Chelius is an accomplished software executive with 25 years of enterprise software expertise in strategic positioning, new product launches, and

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  • Audrey Richards

    Project Consultant

    Mrs. Richards is a Consultant with the Development Bank of Jamaica, with responsibility for the development of the ecosystem for Venture Capital and Private Equity in Jamaica. She has been involved in

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  • Patrick McKenna

    Founder & Managing Partner

    Patrick McKenna is an American entrepreneur and investor. After successfully co-founding and operating three technology companies, he started HighRidge Global to invest, build and advise early stage companies. High... Read Full Bio

  • Gabriel Abed

    Founder & Director


    Barbadian Gabriel Abed, Co-Founder and CEO of Bitt Inc., is recognised as the Caribbean’s most leading authority on digital currencies.

    At the age of 30, the Barbados-based entrepreneur is also an inte... Read Full Bio

  • Dr. Justin Ram

    Director of Economics

    Justin Ram is Director of Economics at the Caribbean Development Bank. He has over twenty years or professional experience. He has previously worked with WorleyParsons, Jacobs Engineering, Thomson Financial (Thomso... Read Full Bio

  • Denise Reese

    Client Principal

    A Senior Business Development Executive and strategic thinker who possesses the keen ability to marry technology with business value. 

    More than a decade of experience across a myriad of technology disc... Read Full Bio

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2018 speakers are announced



Our Catalysts are an awesome group of Founders, Investors and Executives with industry experience dedicated
to shaping the agenda and ensuring that the Tech Beach experience is exciting, energetic and valuable.
Expect to see them serving double duty as moderators and as speakers on panels during the event as well.

  • Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

    Founder & CEO

    The Infiniti Partnership

  • Kamilah Taylor

    Senior Software Engineer


  • Nicolas Maloney



  • Kyle Maloney


  • Mandela Patrick

    Rhodes Scholar | PHD Candidate in Machine Learning @ Oxford

  • Reem Jabak

    Community Manager

    Tech Beach Retreat

  • Javier Agüera Renese

    VP Business Development

    Snips AI

  • Lisandra Rickards


    Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship

  • Sheldon Powe

    Group CIO


  • Gordon Swaby

    Founder & CEO


  • David Walcott

    Managing Partner

    Infinity Partnership

  • Kyra Barker

    Digital Marketing Consultant

    Kyra Barker


  • Learie Hercules
  • Eddy Perez

    Founder at Project Binario

  • Kamilah Taylor
  • Marlon Nichols
  • Zachary Harding
  • Lisandra Rickards
  • Derek Johnson





What Attendees Say About TechBeach Retreat

““I’ve been here from the beginning. It has been a great experience and this is an amazing conference, the best in the Caribbean for sure. I’m excited about the value this can add to a more connected Caribbean and the world.””

Gabriel Abed

Co-Founder & CEO at

“"TechBeach conference has been a very strong event. You've gone beyond the need for validation. The FinTech panel content and dynamic was captivating for me. The ideas shared at the event have the power to positively impact life for all in the Caribbean. I look forward to working with you to execute."”

Paul Ahlstrom

Founder and Managing Director, Alta Ventures

““From the unparalleled quality of panelists and guest speakers, to the immense opportunities for building relationships with both peers, mentors, partnerships and investors alike, I am a huge supporter of the conference and will undoubtedly return year after year. Thank you CDB!"”

Anya Ayoung

Anya Ayoung-Chee

““Access to tech and venture capital leaders like Nicholas Brathwaite andJack Dorsey is unparalleled. We were able to make significant industry connections with leaders, fellow tech entrepreneurs from across the region and forged partnerships and established collaboration networks, which we continue to tap into as a business.””

Veronica Millington

Co-Founder, Caribbean Transit Solutions

“"The TechBeach experience is one like no other. It's the next best thing compared to inviting the world's best entrepreneurs, leaders and investors to your home for the weekend. The connections are authentic and much value can be generated as attendees are open to egoless conversations. TThe community has helped my company garner interest from global firms including Twitter and Medallia Inc, both of which are actively engaging in promising talks to pilot our technology. It has put us in touch with global opportunities that the average Caribbean entrepreneur wouldn't otherwise be exposed to."”

Dwayne Samuels

Founder and CEO, Samelogic



The Founders and Catalysts behind Tech Beach Retreat have global community reach and a track record for hosting noteworthy influencer events that attract global business leaders, celebrities, tastemakers and royalty. They are super connectors.


  • Founders

    As a Founder, your goal is to get from zero to one in the most efficient and effective way possible. Navigating the entrepreneurial journey is not without it's challenges. Tech Beach Retreat for you will be an opportunity to learn from industry leaders and peers on how to leverage the untapped investment that is human capital.

  • Executives

    As an Executive, whether you are part of a high-growth start-up or an established corporate looking to be more intrapreneurial, Tech Beach Retreat offers a unique opportunity for you. Find strategic partnership opportunities and meet various stakeholders in the global tech ecosystem leveraging human capital.

  • Investors

    As an Investor, you have one key objective - identify the next high-growth start-ups to allow you to get in earlier than your counter parts. You recognize that it is not just about venture capital, but human capital; that the difference between a start-up that fails and succeeds is how the Founders and Executives relentlessly execute their plan. Come meet those Founders and Executives at Tech Beach Retreat.


  • Tech Beach Retreat will offer a three night two day immersive experience, where tech industry leaders meet, discuss ideas and exchange opportunities in an intimate non-hierarchical environment.

  • Tech Beach Retreat is designed to connect the Caribbean’s tech ecosystem with the rest of the world, creating an international community of like-minded individuals who meet in the region.

  • What a great idea, taking two of my loves technology and the beach and bringing them together. Ron Mckay, President of American Chamber of Commerce Jamaica, CEO of ADS Global.

  • Welcoming participants from all over the world to join this one-of-a-kind experience and get access to this unique international community of like-minded entrepreneurs.



The Founders and Catalysts behind Tech Beach Retreat have global community reach and a track record for hosting noteworthy influencer events that attract global business leaders, celebrities, tastemakers and royalty. They are super connectors.

Our Location

Tech Beach takes place at Five Star All-Inclusive Iberostar Rosehall Resort in scenic Montego Bay, offering us our campus style environment designed to ensure your interactions thrive into meaningful relationships, collaborations and partnerships. One price covers everything for your accommodation from superior living to gourmet dining and premium beverages and spirits.