Flight 1 - August 18th 2020

Flight 1 - August 18th 2020








This year the Civil Society Conclave has gone digital! The new and evershifting landscape has meant civil society organizations across the country have had to change and adapt... and we have too. In an era of physical distancing, we are going virtual to bring you collaborative opportunities to strengthen and grow your organization and the civil society sector. 

Join us for the first of three installations of expert virtual panels, capacity-building workshops, and networking sessions designed by civil society for civil society. In Flight 1: Infrastructure for Civil Society we will explore how the role of the sector has evolved in the Bahamas since Dorian and COVID-19, and how in this new environment civil society leaders can achieve best standards in key areas such as fiscal responsibility, accountability, monitoring and evaluation, and compliance.  Register now to attend this FREE event and build capacity for your organization! 

First 100 Registrants get a $15 credit on Kanoo!



10:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

10:05 AM

Opening Panel: Civil Society's Role in a Shifting World

11:00 AM

Breakout Sessions

  • The NPO Act: Registration and Compliance

  • Fiscal Accountability of NGOs/CSOs

  • Measuring Impact: Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Standards and Best Practices in Civil Society

12:00 PM

Virtual Lunch n Learn Networking activity

12:20 PM

Closing Panel: Volunteer Management and Integration

1:00 PM




Matthew Aubry

Executive Director
The Organization for Responsible Governance

Opening Panel: Civil Society's Role in a Sifting World

Matthew is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a graduate of the Hunter School of Social Work with more than 25 years’ experience leading dynamic teams at award-winning not-for-profit-organizations. He served as a Director at YAI Network, an international recognized disabilities agency and at Action Against Hunger, a renowned global humanitarian and hunger relief organization.

In The Bahamas, Matt was the Director of Community Relations and Partnerships for Baha Mar; overseeing the BELIEVE Foundation. Additionally, he has served as a consultant for REACH, Young Marine Explorers, The Seahorse Institute and the Ministry of Social Services. Over his career. he has worked on advocacy and social justice efforts in the United States, Jordan, India, Bangladesh, The Bahamas and The United Emirates. Matt is recognized with an expertise in fundraising, marketing, community organizing, corporate social responsibility and not for profit management.

Anthony Hamilton

Civil Society Bahamas

Opening Panel: Civil Society's Role in a Sifting World

Dr. Anthony Hamilton lends insight into national development through his leadership in various civil society organizations. He is the current President of Civil Society Bahamas, Chair of The Accountability Committee — Organization For Responsible Governance (ORG), President of the Bahamas Association of Air Transport Operators (BAATO), Vice Chairman of the Airline Operators Council (AOC) at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, Director of Administration for Southern Air Charter Company Limited (SACCL), Director at RideBahamas Transportation Company, and Director at WMS International.

Dr. Hamilton holds a Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelors of Theology from Christian Life School of Theology (Columbus, Georgia USA); an Associate of Arts in Business Administration from The College of The Bahamas, a Business Diploma from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School, along with numerous other professional certifications in arbitration and leadership skills.

Susan Larson

National Food Distribution Network

Opening Panel: Civil Society's Role in a Sifting World

Susan is a Bahamian with a deep love of country and a life-long commitment to its advancement. Susan has worked across all sectors to benefit The Bahamas and its people. Susan’s twenty-five years of Private Sector senior management experience includes spearheading a five-year, $20 million multi-faceted island development. Her leadership in Civil Society includes serving as a Founding Director of BahamasStrong, to create and maintain a national disaster resilience strategy, and as a founder of “Ride for Hope, helping to raise over 3 million dollars for cancer. Susan has exceptional team-building and management skills and is very adept at working with people from all sectors and walks of life. Susan received her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, U.S.A., and is the recipient of the Queen’s honour Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Nikita Shiel-Rolle

Founder and Executive Director
Cat Island Conservation Institute

Opening Panel: Civil Society's Role in a Sifting World

Nikita Shiel-Rolle is a Bahamian conservation biologist and the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of YME & the Cat Island Conservation Institute. She is a UNESCO partner and a focal point for the UNESCO established Caribbean Climate Change Youth Network. Nikita’s work revolves around the UN sustainable development goals where she facilitates community-driven conservation projects with multiple stakeholders. Her work includes research projects, education programming, and community activities that inform policy, management, and ecosystem restoration for sustainable development. . ​Nikita has a MSc in Biodiversity Wildlife and Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in Marine Affairs from the University of Miami.

Alicia Wallace

Founder and Director
Equality Bahamas

Opening Panel: Civil Society's Role in a Sifting World

Alicia Wallace is a women's human rights defender, gender consultant, and researcher. She is the Director of Equality Bahamas which promotes women's rights as human rights and centers vulnerable people including LBTQ+ people, people experiencing poverty, and migrant people in its programming and work on policy and legislative reform. Alicia is a Steering Committee member of the Feminist Alliance for Rights which published guidelines for feminist policy in response to COVID-19. She is a writer and has a weekly column in The Tribune

Keisha Ellis

Executive Director
Hands for Hunger

Standards and Best Practices in Civil Society

In addition to leading Hands for Hunger in their mission to redistribute food and reduces food

waste, Keisha Ellis serves as an adjunct Professor of political science at the University of the

Bahamas. While there, she wrote The People’s Constitution: A Layman’s Interpretation of the

Constitution of The Bahamas. Keisha was named a member of the Bahamas National Reparations Committee in 2014 and is a also known for her creative writing. Her work has been featured at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and has been published in several

online magazines and print collections. Ellis earned a master’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies.

Mark_Palmer.jpgMark Palmer

One Eleuthera Foundation

Standards and Best Practices in Civil Society

Mark Palmer brings over 20 years of commercial experience to the non profit sector. His forte is strategic and tactical planning, with experience in marketing, branding, business planning, communications, finance, and human resources. He has served as Finance Director and HR Director in the corporate world and brings Commercial Board level experience from a variety of industries. Latterly, he was Co-Chairman of Bahamas Copier and Office Products (BCOP) a company that employed over 150 people with revenues of $13 million per annum. As a consultant to Agape Foundation Bahamas Ltd (Agape), he brought his commercial experience to help strengthen and build the sustainability of non profit organisations (NPOs).

He now works with the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) as the Head of the OEF Social Enterprise Accelerator (OEFSEA), which incubates and accelerates NPOs and Social Enterprises in Eleuthera, and also provides mentorship and training to entrepreneurs who want to start their own businesses or become self-employed.

He is co-founder of Friends of the Blood Bank (FOTB), a non profit that helps the Princess Margaret Blood Bank arrange blood drives and currently serves as a Director of the program. He also serves as a Director of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), the largest youth program in The Bahamas. He served on the Leadership Team of the Singularity University Chapter of the Bahamas from 2018-2020.

He is a published author (The 10 Deadly Sins Of Antipreneurship) and wrote a weeklycolumn for the Tribune Newspaper on business matters from 2004 to 2007. He can communicate in English, German, French, Spanish and Haitian Creole. He won an international poetry prize in 2006. He is married with three children.

Richard Jones

Caribbean Policy Development Center

Fiscal Accountability of NGOs/CSOs

Richard Jones is the Officer in Charge at The Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) is a coalition of Caribbean Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). It was established in 1991 to sensitize NGOs and the general public on key policy issues and to impact policy makers on decisions which put the interest of Caribbean people at the centre of Caribbean development. Richard has a recognized expertise in providing management services to the development sector in the Caribbean. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies holds both a BSc. Sociology and Politics and a Masters in Project Management and Evaluation. He has worked with the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) for 15 years and has consulted with national, regional and international organizations

Tiffany Moss

Office of the Attorney General

The NPO Act: Registration and Compliance

Miss Tiffany Moss, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Eugene Dupuch Law School. She currently serves as Counsel and Attorney at Law within the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Legal Affairs. She is assigned to the International Legal Cooperation Unit and assists with requests for assistance from foreign jurisdictions; bi-lateral and multilateral treaties and international human rights matters to name a few. Ms. Moss has represented The Bahamas both regionally and internationally. She has been involved in the front line representation of The Bahamas Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (“CFATF”) Anti-Money Laundering Counter Terrorism Financing and Counter Proliferation Financing (“AML/CTF/CPF”) engagement for more than ten (10) years. 

Ms. Moss has extensive knowledge of the AML/CTF/CPF framework of global financial centres. She is an active member of the Attorney-General’s Identified Risk Framework Steering Committee for CFATF matters. She also serves on several Sub-Committees of the CFATF and was recently nominated to serve in its Assessor Mentorship Program. 

Miss Moss has gained a wealth of training and experience in the area of Money Laundering; Terrorist Financing and Proliferation Financing, having served as a Legal Expert in a CFATF Mutual Evaluation, which enables her to assess countries compliance with FATF 40 Recommendations. Miss Moss was recently assigned as Chief Compliance Officer within the Office of the Attorney-General with responsibility for the monitoring of compliance with the Register of Beneficial Ownership Act, 2018 and Non-Profit Organisations Act, 2019. Ms. Moss’ experience extends beyond the local financial and non- financial industry business. She has also served on the National Parole Committee for the Rehabilitation of Offenders and the National Committee for Families and Children.

Laura Paine

One Eleuthera Foundation

The NPO Act: Registration and Compliance

Laura Paine is an attorney and an independent consultant with One Eleuthera Foundation. She is originally from Italy and has been living in the Bahamas since 2004. Mrs. Paine obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in International Law from the University of Brescia, Italy and subsequently a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the University of Westminster, London, UK in 2006. She was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007. She has then obtained a postgraduate diploma in Environmental Law and Management from the University of Aberystwyth, Wales.

Mrs. Paine has been involved in the non-profit sector since 2012 when she founded the environmental NGO RABL (Raising Awareness about the Bahamas Landfill), which focused on environmental sustainability, waste reduction and recycling programs in The Bahamas.

Cesar Del Valle

Director, Partnerships and Community Engagement

Closing Panel: Volunteer Management and Integration

From a young age Cesar developed an affinity for travel and cultural exploration. He grew up jumping back and forth between Mexico and the United States, and feels fortunate to have lived in 6 countries throughout his life. He loves meeting new people and exploring new cultures. He brings several years of entrepreneurial, startup, and non-profit experience to Catchafire, and is ecstatic about the opportunity to aid social good organizations in tapping into skills-based volunteers and maximizing their social impact. When not at work you can find Cesar dangling off the side of a cliff, exploring and evolving his passion for rock climbing.

Alicia Robinson

Steering Committee Member
Volunteer Bahamas Movement

Closing Panel: Volunteer Management and Integration

Alicia “Puppy” Robinson is a Bahamian entrepreneur with a passion for community service. She has served in various community service-based organizations such as Zonta, the Rotary Club of East Nassau and the HeadKnowles Foundation and has 15+ years of Volunteer Management experience. In 2010 Alicia joined the Rotaract Club of East Nassau and in 6 short years worked up the ladder to proudly serve as a member, club service director, community service director, fundraising director, and finally president before her transition into the senior club. Alicia currently sits as Co-Chair on the steering committee for Volunteer Bahamas under his excellency Cornelius Smith, Governor-General of the Bahamas, and Barry Rassin. Volunteer Bahamas exists to reintroduce the culture and spirit of volunteerism throughout the Bahamas and seeks to unite the volunteer efforts of over 250 local volunteer groups in an effort to build a better Bahamas.

In 2015, Alicia was awarded the Paul Harris Humanitarian award which is the most prestigious award one can obtain as a Rotarian.


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