Biodata of Panelist


Plenary Panel 3. The Role of Culture in the Sustainable Development of SIDS

Tuesday 11 January 2005

Biodata of panellists


Dame Pearlette Louisy is Saint Lucia’s first female Governor-General, a position to which she was appointed in September 1997. Prior to that appointment she was the Principal of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, the island’s premier tertiary level institution, and one of the founding members of the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions. Her entire professional life until her current post has been in the field of education, having taught at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels in her native St. Lucia. She holds a Bachelors Degree in English and French from the University of the West Indies, a Masters in Linguistics from Université Laval in Canada, and a Ph.D in Education from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. Dame Pearlette has held executive positions in local, regional and international organizations in education, culture and other fields. She holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield, and an honorary doctoral degree in Culture from the World University Roundtable. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Paul Harris Fellow and an International Woman of the Year nominee on many occasions.


Keith Nurse is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of International Relations, and coordinator of the post-graduate diploma in Arts and Cultural Enterprise Management, Festival Centre of the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Nurse is President of the Association of Caribbean Economists. He has published on the global political economy of the banana, clothing, tourism, diasporic and cultural industries. Forthcoming publications include The Caribbean Music Industry (Caribbean Export Development Agency), Festival Tourism in the Caribbean (Inter-American Development Bank) and (co-editor) Globalization, Diaspora and Caribbean Popular Culture (Ian Randle Publications).

Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua hails from Chiefly clan of Navatulevu, Nadi on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu. She is the Principal Cultural Development Officer with the Fiji Government Ministry of Fijian Affairs, Culture and Heritage and Regional Development. She was instrumental in the setting up of a school of the National School of Arts, Culture and Design at the Fiji Institute of Technology in 2000. She is now with the Department of Culture and Heritage -- the government arm that operates at the policy level coordinating the national agencies involved in both intangible and tangible heritage in Fiji , working with government and civil society in heritage protection and promotion.

Philippe la Hausse de Lalouvière is a Mauritian citizen employed in the private sector in Mauritius. He has participated actively for many years in local non-governmental and governmental organizations in the fields of environment and cultural heritage through his interests in research and management. A natural science university graduate, he has a published record of scientific papers and popular publications in the fields of ecology, cultural heritage and the environment. He has initiated, raised funds for and conducted several successful heritage research and conservation projects in Mauritius including restoration of archaeological and historical sites. For several years he has been president of the Société de l’Histoire de l’Ile Maurice, the largest historical NGO in Mauritius and is the chairperson of the National Heritage Fund Board, the para-statal body responsible for protection and management of cultural heritage in the Republic of Mauritius.

Ralph Regenvanu is an anthropologist, Director of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. After studying development, anthropology and archaeology in Australia, he was appointed curator at the National Museum of Vanuatu before becoming Director of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. He is Secretary of the Executive Council of the Pacific Islands Museum Association (PIMA).
Ralph Regenvanu has represented his country at several international conferences where he attended as a member of the indigenous community of Vanuatu. Since 1988, he has worked with UNESCO as a delegate of the Pacific and as a member of the Vanuatu National Commission for UNESCO.



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Publication Year: 2005

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