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Arnoldo K. Ventura

Secretary and Chairman of the Implementation Committee of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Science and Technology Committee (CSTIC)
Arnoldo Ventura is an authority on the conduct and application of science, technology and innovation for socio-economic development.  He has assisted several African, Asian, Latin American and Caribbean countries to re-examine, strengthen and apply their scientific and technological capabilities to changing local and international demands.  He has over forty years of experience in research and development, the commercial application of research results and the formulation of science and technology policies and plans. Arnoldo has conducted technological assessments, techno-economic evaluations and surveys as well as devising intellectual property systems. He was one of the first to suggest the use of science and technology for the reduction of poverty and the broadening of social inclusion.
He was the Science and Technology adviser to four Jamaican Prime Ministers from 1989 to 2009 and the instigator and drafter of Jamaica’s science policies and strategic plans. Arnoldo has led many delegations representing his country in debates in multilateral and bilateral fora.  He has established an ongoing relationship with key players in the private sector for example, the Jamaica Stock Exchange encouraging the use of science and technology to boost entrepreneurship and to promote business investments. He has an ongoing interest in the development of cooperatives and is active in the Jamaican movement.
He began his research career as a virologist but soon became an avid student of the use of science to accelerate socio-economic development, especially in small states.  He has been a consultant and team leader on several multi-lateral missions, including those of the UNDP, UNIDO, UNESCO, FAO and OAS. His most recent effort is assisting Guyana to devise a national policy and plans for socioeconomic and sustainable development. He has been lauded for his science and technology policy and planning work in the Caribbean. 
Dr. Ventura was the first Caribbean professional to preside over the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD), in Geneva; and the first person to head at the same time both the UNCSTD and the Inter-American Committee on Science and Technology (COMCYT) of the OAS, in Washington. In 2016 he assisted the US National Academies of Sciences to launch a forum on Innovation in the Caribbean to promote growth and entrepreneurship
He was a founding member of several institutions including the National Commission on Science and Technology at the Office of the Prime Minister in Jamaica, and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Science and Technology Committee (CSTIC), headed by the Prime Minister of Grenada.  He now serves as the Secretary and Chairman of the Implementation Committee of this regional body.
Arnoldo is a significant contributor to the world’s literature on the use of science and technology for development and a well-known local and international speaker on the subject.  He has written books and contributed book chapters concerning science for development.
His wide-ranging expertise encompasses developing science, technology and innovation policies together with their planning and implementation; the application of modern technological solutions to agriculture, entrepreneurship and industrial development. More recently, he has focused on sustainable development and resilience to climate change with emphasis on poverty eradication.   He is an advocate for the development of new indicators for the measurement of inventions and innovations in underdeveloped and developing societies.