Ambassador Curtis Ward to deliver keynote address at ICAJ Business Webinar

Ambassador Curtis Ward to deliver keynote address at ICAJ Business Webinar

Ambassador Curtis A. Ward **

Former Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative for Jamaica to the United Nations Curtis Ward, will deliver the keynote address at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) Annual Business Webinar on October 8 & 9, 2020. Ambassador Ward will speak on the topic From Globalization to Populism. He will explore factors driving this change, and the implications of the shift to a nationalist perspective by leading trading partners such as China, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, on small, import-dependent economies like Jamaica.Other presenters at the ICAJ 2020 Business Webinar include Professor Densil Williams, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI’s) Five Islands Campus (located in Antigua and Barbuda). He will examine Jamaica’s current economic reality and response, against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic and key macro-economic assumptions related to planning, budgeting, and forecasting for 2021 and beyond.

He will be joined by George Willie, Managing Partner of the accounting firm Bert Smith & Co., USA; Christopher Reckord, Chief Executive Officer, tTech Limited and Professor Wendel Abel of the Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, UWI, among others. The Business Webinar forms part of activities to mark Chartered Accountants’ Week and will be held under the theme “Preserving our Legacy…Charting our Future Success.” The programme has been designed to focus on issues of interest to businesses operating in small, vulnerable, open economies such as Jamaica, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other areas of focus include cybersecurity from a national, corporate and individual perspective; unexpected disasters and the robustness of business continuity plans; as well as how will accountants balance optimism vis a viz realism in delivering assurance to stakeholders.

The 2-day Business Webinar runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday October 8 and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday October 9. It will be streamed live from the ICAJ Secretariat. Registration is now open via the ICAJ website: www.icaj.org;  email: membersupport1@icaj.org or by calling (876) 929-5468.

For further information contact:

Maxine Francis


** Ambassador Ward’s Short Bio:

Ambassador Curtis A. Ward, BA, JD, LLM, is an attorney at law and international consultant with extensive international experience. He has provided advisory services to international and regional organizations, including the United Nations, the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS), governments, and international NGOs. He has travelled to 30+ countries professionally for meetings and discussions with government leaders and other high-level government officials and non-governmental organizations.

Ambassador Ward served as ambassador of Jamaica to the United Nations with special responsibility for Security Council affairs (2000-2001); served as Expert Adviser and Liaison with Regional and International Organizations to the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee (2002-2005); has participated in dozens of fora as keynote speaker, panelist, and roundtable discussant, and has lectured and written on subjects related to global and regional security, anti-money-laundering, countering terrorist financing, governance and rule of law, the role of multilateral organizations, and global and regional geopolitical issues.

He is Adjunct Professor, Homeland Security Graduate Program, University of the District of Columbia; and a former Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at GWU Elliott School of International Affairs. He has guest-lectured at various institutions in the US, Jamaica, Germany, UK, and Ghana.

Ambassador Ward is Founder & Publisher of The Ward Post. www.thewardpost.com

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Ambassador Curtis A. Ward

Ambassador Curtis A. Ward is a former Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations with Special Responsibility for Security Council Affairs (1999-2002) serving on the UN Security Council for two years. He served three years as Expert Adviser to the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee. He is an Attorney-at-Law and International Consultant with extensive knowledge and experience in national and international legal and policy frameworks for effective implementation of United Nations (UN) and other international anti-terrorism mandates; the legal and administrative requirements to effectively implement and enforce anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT); extensive knowledge of the legal and regulatory requirements for effective implementation and enforcement of United Nations multilateral and U.S.-imposed unilateral sanctions; and the imperatives for Rule of Law and governance. He is a geopolitical and international security analyst, and a human rights, democracy, and anticorruption advocate.

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