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The Professional Face of Liz Thompson
Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson is a former elected parliamentarian and Minister of Government of Barbados. Over a 14 year period from 1994 to 2008, she held a number of portfolios including Physical Development and Planning, Housing and Lands, and Health but it is for her service in the portfolios of Energy and Environment that she is best known. From 2008 to 2010 she was appointed to serve in the Senate where she led Minority/Opposition Business.
Amongst her achievements as Minister of Energy of Barbados was leading the development of the policy and legislation to establish and govern the offshore oil sector, the leadership of the development of the first national green economy policy in the Americas, the development of Barbados’ first national sustainable energy policy, leading the construction and use of a solar powered house as a model for Barbadians and as a teaching tool, the introduction of natural gas powered vehicles and the spearheading of the creation of a project to study the feasibility of transitioning the island’s public transport and commercial vehicle fleets from diesel and petroleum to renewables.
In Barbados she introduced a number of ground breaking policy solutions in her various portfolios over the years. These include the provision of AZT to all HIV positive pregnant women, cutting transmission of HIV and AIDS from mother to child by 95%. The development of sustainable development policy, new public parks and beach remediation, housing for the poor, and the building of a board walk on the south and west coasts climate change engineering solutions with social, recreational and economic benefits. She also led or supported a number of community based programmes.
In addition to her public service, Liz has also led a regional consultancy firm working in the areas of energy, environment and public policy. In her capacity as a consultant under contract to the OAS, she led the consultancy teams which developed sustainable energy policies for Grenada and Dominica and worked as legal consultant to an EU consortium during which she developed the legal platform to enable St Lucia’s transition to renewable energy. She has also advised energy companies such as LUCELEC and the Australian giant, Rio Tinto. Under contract to ECLAC she developed a sustainable yachting policy for St Kitts and Nevis.
POST CARIBBEAN - THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE
In 2010 Liz left the Caribbean region to take up a post as Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations with specific responsibility as Executive Coordinator of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. In this
capacity she led engagement with political leaders, civil society, the UN’s internal and external stakeholders. She also supported the preparatory meetings and multilateral negotiations in the various geopolitical regions and at UN Headquarters in New York. She was also engaged in various activities relating to the global development agenda, working both on the MDGs and the SDGs, supporting fundraising efforts, leading advocacy, the preparation of thought pieces and speaking on development issues all over the world.
She has since served as Special Advisor to the President of the UN General Assembly and as a High Level Consultant to the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General and UNDP, working specifically on the SDGs. For the last two years she served as a Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary General’s global energy initiative, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). For the UN she led the design of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) intended to create a new generation of sustainability practitioners and green institutions of higher learning. This initiative has attracted the participation of eight UN agencies and over 300 universities and business schools in more than 50 countries.
Liz is an attorney at law, holding an LLB from the University of the West Indies, an LEC from the Hugh Wooding Law School, an MBA with distinction from the University of Liverpool and an LLM in energy from the Robert Gordon University. Her Masters in Energy Law covers oil and gas law and policy as well as subspecialties in renewable energy law and policy. She has done training in alternative dispute resolution, economics and competition law and is a qualified commercial arbitrator. She is certified in international petroleum negotiations.
She has coauthored and published two books on the multilateral system and sustainable development, From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda. She is the author of several papers and articles on energy and environmental topics in international magazines. She is contracted to Palgrave to coauthor a third book, on health and development. She is currently working on her first motivational book, Make Yourself Happy.
Ms Thompson has had papers on energy issues published in several global magazines including Our Planet, Climate Action, Caribbean Business, Global Energy Affairs and for the Society of Environmental and Energy Managers of India. She has spoken on energy issues all over the globe and has also guest lectured or served on panels at the St George’s University, University of Waterloo on sustainable development, INSEAD Business School on the new global development agenda, Yale on the development agenda and the SDGs, Harvard on education and development as well as climate change, the University of North
Carolina on the energy, water, food, climate nexus, and Colombia University on disaster risk management and development.
In 2001, Liz's work in environment, climate change and sustainable development in the Caribbean was recognized with the prestigious UN award of "Champion of the Earth" which she shares with a number of world leaders.
She remains keenly interested in offering professional services in matters across the globe, the Caribbean region and SIDS in matters of public policy, energy, environment, sustainable development, and the SDGs.
In addition to her consultancy work in development issues, she also focuses on supporting personal development and organizational building. She says that she has had pain and joy, more than enough for her and with some left over. She is convinced that success and failure are opposite sides of the same dollar and if we want to spend life’s currency we have to experience both.
Liz is a consultant, lawyer, writer, speaker, motivator, and communicator. She coaches, mentors and motivates using direct engagement and through “stories of struggle and success for the hope-full, happy life.”
Liz believes in living life with passion.
She lives and works between Barbados and New York where she really enjoys her bites out of the Big Apple.
In addition to motivational speeches on overcoming challenge, being your best self and achieving happiness and success, Liz speaks on energy, environment, sustainable development, the SDGs, business and sustainability and Small Island Developing States.
In addition to the organizations and universities already listed, she has spoken for organizations such as:
His Royal Highness Prince Charles His Serene Highness Prince Albert
His Excellency the Governor of Sint Maarten The United Nations and its agencies
The World Bank
The Caribbean Water and Waste Water Association New York Bar Association
Business and Professional Women’s Club (USA)
Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
OLADE – The Latin American Energy Organization
Caux Initiatives of Peace
Salzburg Global Seminar
Pew Environmental Trust CARILEC – Caribbean utility umbrella organization
National governments, Churches, NGOs, Youth and Women’s Organizations
She has also been featured in magazines and newspapers globally including Time, News Week, BBC, Caribbean Environmental News, MPeople/MACO, Healy Lifestyles.
List of Countries In Which Liz Thompson Has Attended Meetings, Conference and Workshops, Usually Serving as A Keynote, Feature, or Principal Speaker or Panellist
Canada . USA
Austria . Belgium . France . Germany . Italy
Malta . Monaco Portugal . Spain . Switzerland
Egypt . Kenya . Mauritius
INDIAN OCEAN AND PACIFIC
New Zealand Samoa
China . Indonesia . Japan . Malaysia
Singapore . South Korea
Argentina . Belize . Bolivia . Brazil. Chile . Colombia
Costa Rica . Ecuador . Guatemala . Mexico . Panama . Peru
Antigua and Barbuda . Bahamas . Cuba Dominica . Grenada
Guyana . Jamaica . St Kitts and Nevis . St Lucia . St Maarten
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Papers & Articles
Sample of Papers and Articles
(1) Paper presented for Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) http://www.cepal.org/rio20/noticias/paginas/5/48925/1.elizabeth_thompson.pdf
(2) Power Point Presentation for Economic Commission of Lain America and the Caribbean http://www.cepal.org/portofspain/noticias/paginas/5/46785/RIO+20ppt.pdf
(3) Proposal to the Organisation of American States as Leader of a Caribbean Consultancy Group
(4) Copy of Speech Given on AIDS by Caribbean AIDS organisation PANCAP
(5) Speech in Brussels on Education and Development
(6) Regaining Paradise article on climate and environment in international magazine Our Planet 2008 – (print and online) http://www.unep.org/PDF/ourplanet/2008/dec/en/OP-2008-12-en-ARTICLE5.pdf
(7) Revolution at Rio -Article in international magazine Our Planet 2012 (both print and online)
(note that this issue also carries articles by the Presidents of the USA, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, China, Indonesia, Mexico, the German Chancellor and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago)
(8) Article on Financing Development 2014 in international magazine Our Planet (available in both print and online) http://www.unep.org/ourplanet/2014/sept/en/article7.asp / Home Page - http://www.unep.org/ourplanet/2014/sept/en/
(9) Article on Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean in the magazine Climate Action – 2010/11
(note the level of the authors of other articles in the publication)
(10) Paper on Energy Security in Global Energy Affairs Magazine 2014
(11) Links to papers I wrote which were published in an Indian energy magazine Energy Blitz
(13) Article written for Earth Conscious Magazine - Featured in Earth Conscious Magazine
~ MY BOOK ~
(14) My Book on Amazon From Rio+20 to A new Development Agenda
(15) A second of my books on Amazon
The Plain Language Guide to Rio+20
(16) My Book on sale online
(17) Book From nexus conference
(18) Nexus Conference University of North Carolina 2014
(19) Awardee and Speaker B4E Business for the Environment Conference Singapore 2008
(20) Speaker B4E Business for the Environment Conference Berlin 2012
(21) WISE Summit on Education Qatar 2013
(22) Speaking for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean 2013
(23) Article in Climate Action 2010 - 2011– Solar Wind and Geothermal Energy – Success Stories from the Caribbean http://www.unep.org/pdf/climate_action_V.pdf
(25) Article in Our Planet 2012
(26) Article in Our Planet 2008
(27) Article in Our Planet 2014
(28) Article in Global Energy Affairs
(29) Article In Our Planet 2016