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

  • Hon. Minister Fayval Williams MP

    Minister of Science, Energy & Technology

    Government of Jamaica

    The Honourable Fayval WIlliams is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) by profession. She has an MBA with concentration in Finance from the Wharton Business School at the University ofPennsylvania and a BA (cum laud... Read Full Bio

  • Bruce Croxon

    Managing Partner

    Round 13 Capital

    Bruce Croxon made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding Lavalife and revolutionizing how people connect. Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up into the marquee brand in online dating with ove... Read Full Bio

  • Jeff Pulver

    Co-Founder Vonage & Executive Vice Chairman Skrumble

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Alice Bonhomme-Biais

    Software Engineer & Coaching Social Impact Startups

    Former Google

    Alice Bonhomme-Biais is a software engineer passionate about using technology for social impact. 

    She earned her PhD from ENS Lyon in France. In 2005, she joined Google in New York as a software enginee... Read Full Bio

  • Thogori Karago

    (Former) Head of R&D

    LinkedIn Africa

    Experienced Executive and Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Product Management, Software Engineering, UER, UED, Architecture, Databases, ... 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

  • 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 practice... 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 underbanked populations. Originally from t... 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 United States Presidents before lear... 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

  • Ruben Doboin

    Private Sector Development Specialist

    IDB Lab

    For over a decade at IDB Lab, Ruben Doboin has focused his work on helping businesses reach greater social and environmental impacts by supporting impact investing, social innovation and entrepreneurship, and measu... 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

  • 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

  • McKenzie M. Slaughter

    Chief Investment Officer

    Beyond Capital Markets & Prohaus Capital

    McKenzie M. Slaughter is an alternative investments and fintech entrepreneur and investor specializing in wealthtech, insurtech, and building financial innovation ecosystems. McKenzie is also Founder & Partner ... Read Full Bio

  • Laurie Peters

    Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica

    Laurie Peters (BA [English Literature and French], Trent University, 1985) joined Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 2011 as counsellor and head of public affairs at the Embassy of Canada to Japan, a... Read Full Bio

  • Tyrona (Ty) Heath

    Global Lead for Market Development

    LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

    Tyrona (Ty) Heath is the Global Lead for Market Development at LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. With an MBA in Marketing and Management from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and an Inte... Read Full Bio

  • Roland Haggins

    Caricom Director

    Aion Blockchain Forum

    Roland Haggins is the CARICOM Director for Aion blockchain platform. Roland has taken his fifteen plus years of global financial industry expertise into the dynamic environment of decentralized blockchain based dig... Read Full Bio

  • John Koetsier

    Journalist. Analyst. Futurist. Dreamer.

    Forbes and Inc. Magazine

    John studies the recent past for clues on the near future. He writes for Forbes and Inc. Magazine. John consults with companies like Singular, TUNE, Staples, ReadWrite, and SnatchBot, analyzing trends in ... Read Full Bio

  • Aileen Corrigan

    Chief Executive Officer

    Trend Media

    Aileen Corrigan was appointed the  Chief Executive Officer for Trend Media in December 2016.  Trend Media was launched in early 2014 - bringing to the market digital- led media solutions th... Read Full Bio

  • Alexia Hefti

    Blockchain Tax Lead


    Alexia is a Swiss-Canadian blockchain & crypto lawyer who started Deloitte Canada’s blockchain and crypto tax advisory practice assisting blockchain companies structure their crypto operations and ICOs. A... Read Full Bio

  • Lisa Godwin


    You Are Tech

    Lisa Godwin is an innovative curator of all things cool in tech. For the last 10 years she’s been producing immersive experiential products for strategic partnerships and opportunities in order to generate br... Read Full Bio

  • Kamilah Taylor



    Kamilah Taylor is an entrepreneur, engineer, writer, and a public speaker who hails from Kingston, Jamaica and currently resides in San Francisco.  She’s worked on mobile apps and robotics at Krikey, Hus... Read Full Bio

  • Lucas Arzola

    Director of Operations


    Lucas Arzola returned to his homeland Puerto Rico to join global startup accelerator Parallel18 as director of operations, where he has advised more than 200 globally-focused fast-growing startups over the last 3 y... Read Full Bio

  • Jenny Fielding

    Managing Director


    Jenny Fielding is the Managing Director of Techstars New York. She is also the GP of The Eclectic Fund, a first-check tech focused fund. Previously, Jenny headed up Corporate Venture and Digital Innovation at BBC W... Read Full Bio

  • Tatyana Kanzaveli

    Founder and CEO

    Open Health Network

    Tatyana Kanzaveli has gone from a programmer to senior executive at Big 5 to founder and CEO of a startup company along her 20 year career,recognized as a thought leader, mentor for her ability to guide Fortune 500... Read Full Bio

  • Denise Reese

    Vice President of Digital Solutions

    Soft Vision

    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 disciplines ... Read Full Bio

  • Dr. David Walcott M.D., Ph.D (Oxon), MSc. (Oxon)

    Founder & CEO


    A Medical Doctor and Entrepreneur, David completed his Ph.D. and mini-MBA at the University of Oxford & INSEAD University respectively as a Rhodes Scholar. He has taught himself 6 foreign languages to be able t... Read Full Bio

  • Derek Johnson

    Regional Director

    ThoughtWorks Inc.

    Derek Johnson is the Regional Director for ThoughtWorks Inc., a global software consultancy. After years developing teams in India and Brazil, Derek now leads teams of designers, developers, and analysts to bring c... Read Full Bio

  • Eddy Perez

    Executve Director & Founder

    Project Binario

    Eddy formed Project Binario with the goal of helping support entrepreneurs from non-traditional tech destinations. After a decade in international development consulting, he switched gears to the fast-thinking, fas... Read Full Bio

  • Scott Teesdale

    Program Development Lead


    Scott Teesdale is the program development lead at InSTEDD; a non-profit organization focused on the design and development of solutions for the major challenges facing society.  Founded out of and t... Read Full Bio

  • Marshall Milett

    Founder & CEO


    Marshall is an anthropologist turned entrepreneur and the founder of Silicon Valley based Aemass. Prior to founding technology ventures, he began early careers in marketing and geographic information systems, later... Read Full Bio

  • Nicholas Fuller

    Director, Cognitive Service Foundations


    With an incredible array of 63 patents, Nicholas C.M. Fuller, PhD has collaborated with IBM Services Platform and Watson cognitive computing during his 20+ years combined experience in scientific research. He has c... Read Full Bio

  • Jordan French

    Award-Winning Journalist and Grit Daily

past speakers


Our past speakers include some of the most prominent individuals and organizations in tech. 

  • 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

  • Jeff Pulver



    Jeff Pulver is an Internet Pioneer known for his work in growing the Internet Communications (VoIP) Industry. He is a globally renowned thought leader, inspirational speaker and entrepreneur. Since 1997, Jeff has i... Read Full Bio

  • Learie Hercules

    Vice President Product

    Global Traffic Technologies

    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

  • Jenny Fielding

    Managing Director


    Jenny Fielding is the Managing Director of Techstars New York where she leads the program. She is also the founder and General Partner at The Fund, a first check fund investing exclusively in New York based compani... Read Full Bio

  • Danielle Feinberg

    Director of Photography


    Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 on the feature film A Bug's Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar's feature fil... 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • Nicole Brown

    Assistant General Manager

    Nicole Brown is the Assistant General Manager responsible for crafting and driving execution of the Information Management strategy of the NCB Group of companies, headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. Given the criti... Read Full Bio

  • 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

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  • 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

    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

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2019 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


  • Kyra Barker

    Digital Marketing Consultant

    Kyra Barker

  • Reem Jabak

    Community Manager

    Tech Beach Retreat

  • Javier Agüera Renese

    VP Business Development

    Snips AI

  • Lisandra Rickards


    Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship

  • Giovanni Porcellana

    Nuclear Engineer


  • Bianca St. Louis

    Safety Specialist


  • Sheldon Powe

    Group CIO


  • Gordon Swaby

    Founder & CEO


  • Max Gousse

    Sr. Vice-President A&R

    Island/Def Jam Music Group

  • David Walcott



  • Dr. Maurice Taylor

    Head of Growth

    First Step USMLE


  • Kamilah Taylor
  • Marlon Nichols
  • Lajuanda Asemota
  • Steven Suthiana
  • Lisandra Rickards



What Attendees Say About TechBeach Retreat

“It has been great experience and an amazing conference. Thank you and I look forward to Tech Beach II and a more connected Caribbean.”

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. The 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 at



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.