Single Market for Insurance and Pensions (SIPMP)

Team

Team

 

ECCU Technical Core Committee on Insurance

 
 
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Whitfield Harris Jnr., Chairman

Mr. Whitfield Harris is the Financial Secretary of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.  He assumed that position in the Ministry of Finance in 2002, having served previously in the Offices of Budget Director and Permanent Secretary.
 
Mr. Harris currently represents the Government on several boards, including the Boards of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Eastern Caribbean Assets Management Corporation and the Tourism Authority.  
 
He attended Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and the University of Manchester where he secured an MA in Economic and Social Studies.  He is the holder of a Certificate in Strategic Management from the University of Oxford and more recently qualified as a member of the Caribbean Institute of Directors.
 

 
 
 
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Sharon Welcome, Member

Ms. Sharon Welcome is an Adviser in the Strategic Planning and Projects Department of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.  Prior to joining the ECCB, she enjoyed an eleven-year career as a commercial banker and served as Sub-Branch Manager for a leading commercial bank in the ECCU.

Ms. Welcome was a member of the team providing technical and administrative assistance to the Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission (ECSRC) and led the team that established the secretariat of the ECSRC.

Ms. Welcome holds a Bachelor, Business Administration from Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management (Honours) from Durham College in Ontario, Canada.
 

 
 
 
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Eleanor Astaphan, Member

Prior to appointment as Project Manager for the Single Market for Insurance and Pensions in the ECCU (SIPMP), Ms. Astaphan served as the Deputy Executive Director of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Financial Services Authority. 

Ms. Astaphan’s experience in the financial services industry spans both the private and public sectors. She was employed in the banking industry and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in the Commonwealth of Dominica, and more recently as Executive Director of the Regulatory Authorities in Anguilla and the Commonwealth of Dominica. She has been involved in several international and regional regulatory initiatives including as member of  a US consultancy team to a South African financial institution, as Chairman of the Money Laundering Authorities in Anguilla and the Commonwealth of Dominica, member of the ECCU Steering Committee and as co-author of work published by the World Bank on Dealing with Distressed Financial Co-operatives in the Caribbean. 

Ms. Astaphan holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of London, an MBA and BS in Finance and a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Virginia, USA. She is a Member of the Project Management Institute and an Associate Member of the Toronto Leadership Centre for Financial Sector Supervision.

 
 
 

 
 
 

Joint Committee on Insurance

The Steering Committee and Core Committee were merged into the Joint Committee for purposes of the SIPMP with membership drawn from the regulatory and industry sectors. Current membership is as follows:- 

 
 
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Whitfield Harris Jnr., Chairman

Mr. Whitfield Harris is the Financial Secretary of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.  He assumed that position in the Ministry of Finance in 2002, having served previously in the Offices of Budget Director and Permanent Secretary.
 
Mr. Harris currently represents the Government on several boards, including the Boards of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Eastern Caribbean Assets Management Corporation and the Tourism Authority.  
 
He attended Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and the University of Manchester where he secured an MA in Economic and Social Studies.  He is the holder of a Certificate in Strategic Management from the University of Oxford and more recently qualified as a member of the Caribbean Institute of Directors.

 
 
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Hon. Anthony Hood, Attorney General, Grenada

Hon. Anthony Hood is currently the Attorney General of Grenada, a position he’s held since 2013.

Prior to his appointment as Attorney General, Mr. Hood was an attorney-at-law in private practice since 2000. He has also served as Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.

 
 
 
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Dr. Paul Ashe, Regulator, Antigua

Dr. Paul A. Ashe was appointed the Chief Regulatory Officer at Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) with effect from 1st January, 2015.  Previously he served as the Supervisor of International Banks and Trust Corporations during the period 2009 -2014.

Dr. Ashe has over twenty (20) years' experience in the banking industry and in his previous job with First Caribbean International Bank, he served as a Regional Corporate Director, and Antigua and Barbuda Country Manager. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance from Manchester Business School. 

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, and a Fellow of the Institute of Business Administrators.

 
 
 
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Kerstin Petty, Regulator, St. Kitts & Nevis

Ms. Kerstin Petty is the Director of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission, St. Kitts Branch, and the Registrar of Insurance for St. Kitts-Nevis.

Ms. Petty has represented the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis on the Executive of the Caribbean Association of Insurance Regulators (CAIR) from 2008 – 2010.

Ms. Petty holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and a Master in Business Administration (MBA). She is also a Member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and holds the designation of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). Ms. Petty has also obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation from the Caribbean Governance Training Institute.

 
 
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Edwin Ambrose, Industry Representative

Mr. Edwin Ambrose is the Deputy Manager, Overseas Business, at Caribbean Alliance Insurance Co Ltd.

Mr. Ambrose has over 10 years’ experience in the insurance industry. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Insurance Association of Eastern Caribbean States and has served as President of the Insurance Institute of Antigua and Barbuda (IIAB) as well as The Insurance Association of Antigua and Barbuda (IAAB).

Mr. Ambrose holds a BSc in Accounts and Finance from the University of Cienfuegos, Cuba, and a Diploma of Applied Insurance Studies from the Malta International Training Centre (MITC).

 
 
 
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Royer Felix, Industry Representative

Mr. Royer Felix is the manager of M & C General Insurance Company Limited, a position he has held since 2010.

Mr. Felix has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry. He is currently the Immediate Past President of the Insurance Council of Saint Lucia, and former President of the Insurance Institute of Saint Lucia. He has also served on various subcommittees for both organisations.

Mr. Felix holds an Associateship of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII) and professional qualifications from the Metropolitan University in the UK.

 
 
 
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Sharon Welcome, Member

Ms. Sharon Welcome is an Adviser in the Strategic Planning and Projects Department of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.  Prior to joining the ECCB, she enjoyed an eleven-year career as a commercial banker and served as Sub-Branch Manager for a leading commercial bank in the ECCU.

Ms. Welcome was a member of the team providing technical and administrative assistance to the Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission (ECSRC) and led the team that established the secretariat of the ECSRC.

Ms. Welcome holds a Bachelor, Business Administration from Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management (Honours) from Durham College in Ontario, Canada.
 

 
 
 
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Eleanor Astaphan, Member

Prior to appointment as Project Manager for the Single Market for Insurance and Pensions in the ECCU (SIPMP), Ms. Astaphan served as the Deputy Executive Director of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Financial Services Authority. 

Ms. Astaphan’s experience in the financial services industry spans both the private and public sectors. She was employed in the banking industry and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in the Commonwealth of Dominica, and more recently as Executive Director of the Regulatory Authorities in Anguilla and the Commonwealth of Dominica. She has been involved in several international and regional regulatory initiatives including as member of a US consultancy team to a South African financial institution, as Chairman of the Money Laundering Authorities in Anguilla and the Commonwealth of Dominica, member of the ECCU Steering Committee and as co-author of work published by the World Bank on Dealing with Distressed Financial Co-operatives in the Caribbean. 

Ms. Astaphan holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of London, an MBA and BS in Finance and a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Virginia, USA. She is a Member of the Project Management Institute and an Associate Member of the Toronto Leadership Centre for Financial Sector Supervision.