Since its launch in August 2018, the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator has been searching for a leader. Now, after a thorough recruitment process, respected Caribbean business leader, Racquel Moses has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. She is impressively qualified and experienced, but most importantly she’s fueled by our hope for a new Climate-Smart Caribbean.
The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator is the Caribbean’s Apollo 11 mission. In the control room are government and private sector partners; the fuel is their financial support; the spacecraft is the projects to promote sustainability; the moon is the world’s first Climate-Smart Zone and the commander is Racquel Moses.
In its search for the best mind to lead this mission, Racquel stood out as an exemplary candidate. With decades of experience in management and leadership, the Trinidadian national has a strong record of achievement. Her most recent role was as Country Manager and Regional Public Service Director for Microsoft. In that position she brokered multi-million dollar contracts across the Caribbean region. Prior to this, she served in leadership positions in Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and InvestTT -Trinidad and Tobago’s investment promotions agency. Racquel also operated her own consultancy for many years in Jamaica, in addition to other senior private sector positions in the Caribbean and the United States. She is a graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology with a masters in Management in Information Technology.
Racquel’s track record of reliability and performance are eclipsed only by her vision for the Caribbean. In fact, it’s this vision that makes her the Accelerator’s Neil Armstrong. There’s no denying that the Caribbean needs new ideas to combat the effects of climate change. With storms becoming more frequent and more intense, the time for action is now, but the ambition to drive this action has been limited. Now, the Accelerator is changing all this, attracting talent and hope in equal measure. Racquel Moses embodies this new hope. She’s already thinking about the Caribbean of the future and accelerating plans to ensure that we all make it there, better off.
A (wo)manned mission
As CEO, Racquel is expected to lead the day to day management of the Accelerator in collaboration with a senior management team. She is responsible for delivering on the vision approved by the Accelerator’s governing board. This includes strategic development, a plan for communicating with all stakeholders, as well as fundraising and financial planning. She has already taken command having assumed the position on January 9th in Port of Spain.
Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Lunar surface was a single moment of impact that changed the world. It may take more than one step, but we are confident that the first Climate-Smart zone will also be “a giant leap for mankind”.
About the Caribbean Climate- Smart Accelerator
The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator is a Caribbean-led coalition established to drive resiliency in the region. It was formed by Caribbean leaders in response to the 2017 hurricane season which decimated large parts of the region. Through private and public partnerships, the organization is building more resilient countries, cities and industries and stronger infrastructure that can withstand the effects of climate-disaster. To see a list of current partners and learn more, please visit www.caribbeanaccelerator.org
Musheer Kamau is a member of the Caribbean Climate- Smart Accelerator’s Board of Advisors. He is also the Regional Operations Advisor & Strategy and Innovation Leader in the Caribbean Country Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. With over 13 years of international experience, he has served in various capacities within the IDB. He was previously Chief of Operations/ Senior Operations Specialist and a Senior Country Economist. Now, Musheer and the CCB team are working to implement a powerful vision for the Caribbean region. One in which economic, social and climate resilience are achieved and sustained to the benefit of Caribbean people.