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Natasha Edwin Walcott
Consultant , International Development
Castries, Saint Lucia
Trade and Investment Policy Adviser with over 10 years experience in multilateral and regional trade and investment policy development and implementation (UNCTAD and WTO), research and analysis, and advocacy. Experience in communications, marketing and public relations. Seeking short or long term opportunity regionally or internationally. Can relocate.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
Policy Advocacy, Research and Communications Manager
Invest Saint Lucia, Castries, Saint Lucia
June 2015 – February 2019

Managed the Policy Advocacy, Research and Communications unit of Saint Lucia’s Investment Promotion Agency - Direct report for the Research Officer and Communications Officer;

Advocated and developed policies that promote sustainable investment in traditional and new investment areas of strategic interest to the private sector such as manufacturing, niche tourism and infrastructure/ICT

Developed value proposition for the above targeted sectors for investment;

Assisted the CEO in forging strategic partnerships with Government Ministries and other key country promotion and brand agencies high level representatives such as the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (formerly the Tourist Board), Export Saint Lucia and the Citizenship by Investment Unit to agree on the value proposition for Saint Lucia, thereby creating a united front for the promotion of Saint Lucia as the location of choice for investments, visitors and exports;

Member of Brand Saint Lucia Committee constituted by Prime Minister to identify strategic brand direction for the Country;

Led research focus and data collection on impact (capital expenditure and job creation) of investment on Saint Lucian economy using questionnaires and other tools;

Conducted research and market intelligence on investment opportunities to support the lead generation and conversion process to successfully secure a number of investments and development agreements;

Contributed to securing over USD 1 billion in investment including a mixed use development project in tourism sector (Pearl of the Caribbean) and first Artificial Intelligence contact centre in the Caribbean (Ojo Labs);

Implemented a number of survey instruments and campaigns to support lead generation and assess Saint Lucia's investment/business climate;

Project Manager on a national program to strengthen the micro/small business sector ecosystem and encourage private sector development through the introduction of an incubator and accelerator program;

Technical Attachée
Permanent Delegation of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to the United Nations Office in Geneva and other International Organisations in Geneva;
April 2008 – March 2015

Represented six (6) Member States of the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) at the WTO, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC);

Negotiated, advanced and safeguarded the trade and development interests and priorities of the OECS in Geneva;

Monitored and coordinated the implementation of OECS obligations arising out of WTO membership;

Conducted trade policy analysis and related research, needs and capacity building assessments;

Education:
Post Graduate Certificate, International Management
University of Liverpool, UK
March 2014 – June 2016

Modules included:
Strategic Organisation
Managing in a Multicultural context
International Business & Emerging Markets

MA Globalisation, Development and Transition
University of Westminster – Full Scholarship Awardee
University of Westminster, London UK
September 2006 – May 2007

Modules included:
Globalisation and Trade
The International Economy
The Political Economy of Globalisation

BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
University of Westminster, London UK
September 2001 – May 2004

Modules included:
Diplomacy
Contemporary Issues in International Studies
The International System and Foreign Policy Analysis

Affiliations and Achievements:

Facilitator, Presentations & Workshop/Seminar Participation

OECS Rules Fisheries Subsidies Consultations, 2008, St John’s Antigua & Barbuda;

OECS Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM) Article 27.4 Consultations, (Investment and Regulatory Reform) 2009, Castries St Lucia;

OECS Trade in Services and Domestic Regulation, 2010, Castries St Lucia;

CARICOM WTO Consultations on Ninth WTO Ministerial Trade Conference, 2013, Castries St Lucia;

UNCTAD Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on "Addressing the Transport and Trade Logistics Challenges of Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Samoa Conference and Beyond", 11 July 2014, Geneva;

ACP and SVE positions as lead technical negotiator on Rules Fisheries subsidies, bi-annual WTO Geneva Week, 2009 - 2015.

Global Entrepreneurship Network “Get in the Ring” – Forum for Innovators, Start ups and Investors; Cascais Portugal May 2018

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Being headhunted – make me an offer

    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, French, French Creole
    Nationality:
    Saint Lucia
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natasha-edwin-walcott-a631b599/
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