Talking Shipping and Logistics in the Caribbean Region Webinar

Thursday, June 18th, 2020 | Time: 10:00 a.m.

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Mr. Leslie Jn Baptiste: President, Shipping Association of Saint Lucia (SAS)

Mr. Leslie Jn Baptiste is the Managing Director of Eagle Freight & Brokerage Services Ltd.; a customs brokerage and freight forwarding company, which was established approximately 10 years ago. Mr. Jn Baptiste has been involved in the shipping and customs brokerage industry for over 20 years and he is well known in that industry. He is skilled in the areas of Logistics, Maritime Transportation, Freight forwarding including Supply Chain Management. Furthermore Mr. Jn Baptiste holds a Masters Degree in the area of Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the renowned Caribbean Maritime University in Jamaica.

Additionally, Mr. Jn Baptiste currently serves as the president of the Shipping Association of St Lucia and he is a member of the St Lucia Customs Brokerage Association. He has been and remains involved in youth development; he was the winner of the Most Outstanding Youth in Entrepreneurship award for the years 2011 and 2013, which was awarded at the St Lucia Youth Awards. Mr. Jn Baptiste was also the recipient of the award – SLISBA’s Youth Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015. He is also a former Vice President of the South Castries Youth and Sports Council, maintained a post as the President of the South Castries Football League and continues to be a supporter, sponsor and a principal organizer of many youth development activities in St Lucia.

Mr. Cosbert Woods: Programme Officer, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

Cosbert Woods is a regional trade policy professional and trade facilitation specialist with over ten (10) years of experience in trade policy development and implementation. Mr. Woods has also worked in a Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarding firm in St. Kitts and Nevis for a number of years, acquiring knowledge and practical experience in business and trade facilitation and transportation logistics. He has a BA in economics and BSC in Business Management and Organizational Studies from the University of Ontario, as well as an MSc. in Integration Studies from the University of the West Indies.

In the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Woods worked on the implementation of trade and economic policies geared toward driving industrial development competitiveness, facilitating trade and investment and strengthening market integration in St. Kitts and Nevis and the wider OECS and CARICOM markets.

Mr. Juan Carlos Croston, President, Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA)

Juan Carlos Croston is president of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s general council, the association’s governing body. The Caribbean Shipping Association was established in 1971 to facilitate the development of an efficient and viable Caribbean shipping industry. Mr. Croston is also vice-president marketing & corporate affairs with Manzanillo International Terminal – Panama (MIT-Panama). Mr. Croston worked onboard panamax-type vessels. He joined MIT-Panama as a terminal planner in 2004, was promoted to the position of customer service manager in 2005, named VP marketing in January 2008 and serves as VP marketing & corporate affairs since January 2016. Mr. Croston is an active member of the Maritime Chamber of Panama (board of directors’ member since 2011 and president of the board 2014-2015), the Caribbean Shipping Association (general council’s member since 2012 and current president 2018-2019), and other local and international organizations. He also currently serves as member of the MTCC Network’s global stakeholder committee. On July 2014, Mr. Croston was granted the Distinguished Alumni Award by the International Maritime University of Panama and, on May 2015, was named by Lloyd’s List in their “Next Generation 2015” list of worldwide maritime leaders, the only one from Latin America. Mr. Croston holds a B.S. degree in nautical engineering from the former Nautical School of Panama and a M.Sc. degree in maritime affairs from the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden. He’s extremely happily married and has 4 wonderful children.

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