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Online Symposium - Music, Innovation and Economic Development

10:00 – 10:30 Welcome & Opening remarks

  • Prof. Troy Lorde, Dean, Faculty of Economics, UWI Cave Hill campus
  • Dr. Don Marshall, Director, SALISES, UWI Cave Hill campus
  • Mr. John Arnold, President, ACCS
  • Ms. Anita Huss-Ekerhult, Counsellor, Copyright Management Division, WIPO

10:30 – 10:45​ The Conundrum of Positioning Copyright as a Development Tool in the Caribbean, Dr. Erica K. Smith
10:45 – 11:15 Music, Innovation and Economic Development, Dr. Vanus James
11:15 – 11:45​ Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Vanus James
  • Dr. Don Marshall, Director, SALISES, UWI Cave Hill
  • Prof. Rosalea Hamilton, CEO Lasco Chin Foundation
  • Dr. Dimiter Gantchev, Deputy Director, Copyright Management Division, WIPO
  • Dr. Erica K. Smith ACCS Management Committee

11:45 – 12:15 Q&A
12:15​ Closing remarks, Dr. Marshall, Director, SALISES, UWI Cave Hill

Dr. Vanus James

Dr. Vanus James is a former Senior Policy Advisor, UNDP, and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) International Consultant. He also served as Senior Research Fellow in the Scotiabank Chair in Entrepreneurship & Development and Adjunct Distinguished Professor of Economics / Econometrics, University of Technology, Jamaica. Dr. James is the author of three WIPO reports measuring the contribution of copyright-based industries to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the OECS as well as author of the UNECLAC manual “The Design and Conduct of Public Expenditure Reviews in Caribbean Countries”.

The central theses of his published articles in refereed journals and books is that the main development problem of Caribbean countries is that the domestic capital sector is too small.

Anita Huss-Ekerhult

Counsellor | WIPO

Anita Huss-Ekerhult is working as Counsellor at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Copyright and Creative Industries Sector, Copyright Management Division, in Geneva (Switzerland), in the area of collective management of copyright and related rights. Before joining WIPO in 2015, she worked as Deputy Secretary General and General Counsel of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), based in Brussels (Belgium).

Anita is a German-qualified attorney, with three postgraduate law degrees from King’s College, London (LL.M. in EU, US & UK Copyright Law), Uppsala University (LL.M. in International and Comparative Law) and Stockholm University (LL.M. in European Law). Anita also gained experience at major international law firms in Belgium, Germany and Sweden, working as a corporate transactions and competition lawyer.

Professor Rosalea Hamilton

CEO | LASCO Chin Foundation

Professor Hamilton is CEO of the LASCO Chin Foundation since June 2018. She was Vice President at the University of Technology, Jamaica and was awarded a Professorship in the Scotiabank Chair in Entrepreneurship and Development in 2008.She established and led The MSME Alliance, a network of small business organizations, for ten (10) years. She also established the Institute of Law & Economics in 1998 and worked as a consultant and public educator on trade, governance, gender and other areas of economic and social development. She has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels in Jamaica and the US. She was Special Advisor and Trade Policy Consultant in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (2000-2003) and served as Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jamaica (May 2006-Sept 2007).

She is currently a Board Director for LASCO Manufacturing Limited and National Integrity Action, a corruption watchdog organization. She is also Chair of the newly created Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance, a hub of Philanthropy Connections in the Caribbean Region.

Dr. Erica K. Smith


Erica K. Smith has worked in intellectual property management and the creative industries for almost 20 years. She has undergraduate degrees in law and management as well as a MSc. degree in International Business (University of Groningen, the Netherlands), a LL.M. in Intellectual Property law (University of Alicante, Spain) and a LL.M. in International Sports Law and Management (ISDE, Spain). She undertook her doctoral studies at the University of Agder, Norway and her research looked at collective management in the digital environment in developing markets. Erica has authored various business management and copyright courses and is a head tutor with the WIPO Academy. Over the years she has undertaken numerous consultancies for various regional and international agencies and Governments in the management of innovation and the creative industries and developing their nexus with intellectual property rights, sports and tourism. She has been the CEO of the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Incorporated (COSCAP) in Barbados for since 2000.

Dr. Don Marshall

Dr. Don Marshall is Director and Senior Research Fellow of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. He holds a PhD in International Political Economy and is the author/editor of three (3) books, five (5) monographs and several scholarly articles in esteemed journals.

Dr. Marshall sits on the editorial boards of key international journals such as The University of Helsenki’s ‘Globalisations’, The University of London’s ‘Progress in Development Studies’ and The University of the West Indies’ ‘Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies’. His research interests are linked to issues around Globalisation and Development.

John Arnold

John Arnold is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and was born on the 9th January, 1958. He demonstrated his creativity early, at age 8, by learning to play the piano and using his ear to play popular tunes he heard on the radio. He grew up playing for a number of churches throughout Trinidad and Tobago. While at high school, John was a regular pianist for school activities, camps and other youth related activities.

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Mr. Dimiter Gantchev

Deputy Director | WIPO

Mr. DIMITER GANTCHEV is Deputy Director of the Copyright Management Division in the Copyright and Creative Industries Sector of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva. Mr. Gantchev works on issues related to the economics of copyright and related rights, copyright infrastructure and management, and in general the potential of copyright for generating income streams and making a living. He is involved in economic studies, delivers capacity building on direct management of intellectual property assets in the creative industries and develops public private partnerships for transfer of knowledge in the creative sector. Mr. Gantchev has been in charge of research projects in WIPO on establishing methodologies for assessing copyright impacts and providing evidence for policy making on copyright and creative industries.

Mr. Gantchev is a national of Bulgaria. He holds a PhD in economics from the Sofia University of National and World Economy and an MA in international relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is a Founding Member of the Bulgarian National Association on Intellectual Property. Mr. Gantchev has numerous publications on creative industries, intellectual property and foreign policy issues. He is a frequent speaker at major international and national events on creative industries and copyright.

Mr. Gantchev speaks English, French, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and Bulgarian. Married with two children.


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