Bevan is an award-winning journalist and seasoned public relations professional. He has worked as the North American correspondent of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union and contributed for media houses such as the Caribbean Media Corporation, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, and Saint Lucia’s Radio 100.
He is well known to the Caribbean Diaspora in the New York tri-state area, having hosted several radio programmes, including the weekly five-hour, radio show, “The Caribbean in Five” on 1190 AM WLIB in New York.
A weekly columnist with New York’s renowned Amsterdam News, Bevan’s international reach includes contributions to the Trinidad Guardian, BBC World Service, New York Daily News, 1600 AM WWRL, UN Radio, and WNBC-TV in New York. As former North American editor of the Barbados Advocate, Bevan spent several years covering the United Nations where he served as editor of The Islander publication, covering the 1994 Barbados Small Islands Conference, the 1995 Copenhagen Social Summit and the 1995 Women’s Conference in Beijing.
For the past decade, he has produced the popular Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx), designed to improve the quality of media coverage of sustainable tourism in the Caribbean.
A former national tennis player of Barbados, Bevan has worked as a sports reporter with the Barbados Nation and Barbados Advocate newspapers.
He is a member of New York’s Christian Cultural Center, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, National Association of Black Journalists and United Nations Correspondents Association. He is an alumnus of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in British Columbia, Canada – a member of the United World Colleges’ (UWC) network, and sits on the Leadership Council for the International Institute for Tourism Studies and the Masters of Tourism Administration Program at The George Washington University School of Business.
Recipient of a diploma in public relations from the University of the West Indies and a guest lecturer in public relations at New York University, Bevan has received awards from New York’s City Council, the Council of Barbadian Organizations in New York, BWIA West Indies Airways and the Caribbean Hotel Association. In the summer of 2010, he was conferred with honorary Jamaican citizenship by the Jamaica Consulate in New York, and in June this year, he received the 2012 The Marcella Martinez Award for strengthening the marketing programmes of Caribbean destinations.
Greta E. Andzenge
Sales, Strategy and Development Consultant
Spending her childhood sailing the islands of the Caribbean Sea inspired and nurtured, in Greta Andzenge, a passion for sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean and Latin American regions. Her wide exposure, varied experiences, and intimate local knowledge, collected over a decade, allowed Greta to share the beauty of the Caribbean and of its people and their aspirations with the world.
Early in her career, Greta was a key member of an international travel wholesaler specializing in the Caribbean. Steering the company from start-up through to market viability, Greta directed international sales, product development, and relationship management. Greta’s consummate professionalism led her to the coordination and direction of re-branding campaigns, reviewing and standardizing organizational metrics, managing quality compliance, developing and implementing multi-platform sales, marketing and public relations strategies.
Her multiple organizational skills served her well as chief advisor to key stakeholders and C-suite executives. Her passion for promoting sustainable development extended to non-profit service with agencies supporting local and community development as well as the media. In addition to a BA in Business Administration, Greta holds a Master of Tourism Administration from The George Washington University School of Business.
H. Peter Mansel
Pete Mansel is president and co-founder of 4P Group, Inc. a marketing and business planning firm based in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. He has 35+ years of telecommunications operations, marketing, strategic planning and sales experience at senior executive level positions. He has developed numerous business plans for domestic U.S. and Caribbean clients. Currently semi-retired, Pete dedicates a significant amount of his time supporting charitable causes and organizations. Pete earned a B.B.A. from Adelphi University and an Executive M.B.A. from Pace University in New York.
A journalist and communications consultant with wide-ranging experience in the Americas and the Caribbean, Lelei LeLaulu served as a correspondent in Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions for several publications including, the Financial Times of London, TheMiddleEast Magazine, and New African.
His career at the United Nations includes writing and producing radio and television programs as well as editing the UN Report and UN Secretariat News.
In addition to designing communications strategies for the series of global conferences and summits of the 1990s, he reported from the UN for CNN’s “World Report”.
From New York, Lelei was a regular correspondent for a variety of organizations, including Pacifica Radio PBS, Deutsche Welle, Radio France International, Swiss Radio, Sky TV, London, Rand Daily Mail, Radio New Zealand, International Publications of London and hosted “One World One Voice” for PBS TV.
Lelei is vice president of the Caribbean Media Exchange, and coordinator of the Oceania Sustainable Tourism Alliance which uses the world’s largest industry – tourism – to alleviate poverty in the Pacific and Asia.
Lelei set up sustainable tourism projects in Africa, and the Mundo Maya project in Mesoamerica, Brazil and Central America with the Inter-American Development Bank. He is an advisor for National Geographic, The International Institute for Tourism Studies and Master of Tourism Administration Program at The George Washington University, and writes book reviews for The Washington Times.
Simone Skinner specializes in organizing and planning meetings and conferences, corporate events, and celebrations. Simone, who has a strong background in Project Management with a focus on Meeting and Event Management, has gained significant experience working in the Caribbean’s travel and tourism industry in Barbados, Martinique, Saint Lucia and her native Trinidad & Tobago. Simone, who speaks French fluently, coordinates the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) and provides administrative support and special projects assistance to Marketplace Excellence. Solutions, systems and results oriented, Simone holds an undergraduate degree in Hospitality Sales and Meeting Management, graduating magna cum laude from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island.