Caribbean Investment Summit 2019

– A reimagined CBI conference experience.
June 19-21, 2019 – St. Kitts and Nevis


Come and enjoy CIS2019 where this year’s academic and networking focus provides participating sponsors with a branded content creation and storytelling platform engineered to generate global opportunity for all attending delegates and sponsors.  Reimagined, CIS2019 is more than your typical B2B CBI event! Spend time on this website to discover just how.

The Official Countdown to CIS2019








About CIS2019

CIS 2019 celebrates 35 years of collaboration between the Caribbean CIP countries and a global network of immigration professionals and investors. As a region, our collective knowledge, proven industry best practices, and applied experience is simply unprecedented. This year’s event is under the auspices of The Citizenship by Investment Programmes Association (CIPA) with the aim of better facilitating knowledge transfer regarding industry best practices, critical trends, and business insights. Additionally, delegates will experience greater opportunity to network and collaborate.

Regardless of your role within the industry, CIS2019 will be the most defining and consequential B2B event held in the region. With the introduction of the Caribbean CIP Showcase, industry stakeholders will better experience each jurisdiction’s contributions and story. As a region, the CIP Showcase will better communicate to an expanding global marketplace, the collective competitive value of investment programmes, as seasoned providers of citizenship and tax residency through investment.

One Main Event. Two Vital Associations

Visitor Experience

CIS2019 is an annual B2B event that brings together elite industry speakers, exhibitors and CIP stakeholders. Located at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, delegates can expect to experience an exciting blend of networking, learning and entertainment. An exciting line-up of industry experts and panelists will present relevant and timely conversations. CIS2019 brings 35 years of Caribbean expertise and industry stakeholders together in one epic event to deliver memorable experiences for all.


The Citizenship by Investment Programmes Association (CIPA) lead by St. Lucia CIU head Nestor Alfred, maintains an important and vital role to drive up and maintain standards within the industry and to establish a stronger regulatory framework with the mission of becoming more effective and competitive on the global market. It comprises five founding member countries: St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, St. Lucia and Dominica.

CIS2019 Knowledge Partner

The Investment Migration Council (IMC) is the worldwide association for investor immigration and citizenship-by-investment bringing together the leading stakeholders in the field and giving the industry a voice. The IMC sets the standards on a global level and interacts with other professional associations, governments and international organisations in relation to investment migration. The IMC promotes education and high professional standards among its members. Learn more

Featured Experts and Panelists

Introducing our 2019 Speaker and Panelist lineup. Please check back often as we update biographical information and agenda topics. Line-up is subject to change prior to June 19.

Avinash Persaud – Finance, Academia & Public Policy.

After a career as a senior executive in large international investment banks, he now plays mainly advisory roles in the public and private sectors in the area of finance, economics and development and expert witness roles relating to financial markets and the resolution of financial institutions.

He has received a number of major awards and honours in international finance and economics. He was ranked one of the top three public intellectuals in the world on the financial crisis by a panel of leading experts. This is a definition of what he does that he would openly aspire to if it did not sound so pretentious and nebulous.

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Chairman: Intelligence Capital Limited
Financial and economic advisor to large financial institutions and G20 Governments


Non-Executive Chairman: Elara Capital
Non-Executive Chairman of a young and rapidly growing emerging-market investment bank, taking emerging market firms international and international firms to emerging markets.


Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Company Name: Errol and Nita Barrow Educational Trust

Educational charity, making several awards a year to facilitate post-graduate studies for those who would not otherwise afford to do so. Over 120 awards have been given over 21 years. Established in 1989 in honor and memory of two great Barbadians.


Member, Council on International Monetary System
World Economic Forum

Member of a team of distinguished individuals in the field of public international finance who aim to provide policy innovations that will improve the functioning of the world economy


RBC Barbados
Non-Exec Chairman of the Board
RBC Barbados is a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada

Non-Executive Director, and Member of the Audit Cttee, Caribbean
The Latin and Caribbean subsidiary of the one of the world’s strongest, large, banks and the result of a merger of two regionally strong players RBTT and RBC Caribbean. 


Non-Executive Director
Media InSite Ltd

A new company with a highly experienced CEO (Allison Demas) offering media monitoring and ad verification services to advertisers and broadcasters.


Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Peterson Institute for International Economics

Research areas include financial regulation, financial market liquidity and investor behaviour


Chairman (seconded from Intelligence Capital LImited)
Paradise Beach Limited

Paradise Beach Limited is developing the Four Seasons private residences and resort at Paradise Beach in Barbados, West Indies. Intelligence Capital was invited to restructure the company and raise international capital. During my involvement we arranged a total of USD$170m, primarily from US-based investors and lenders. I resigned in December 2013.


Executive Fellow
London Business School

Teaching World Economics for the MBA and ExecMBA. The LBS MBA is one of the highest ranked in the world.


Member, Audit & Risk Committee
HM Treasury

Expert Member of HMT’s Audit & Risk Committee, with a focus on the oversight of the UK Government’s stakes in the financial sector during the financial crisis.


Governor and Member of Council (Non-Exec Director)
London School of Economics

One of the world’s leading social science institutions.


Commissioner, UN Commission on Financial Reform
United Nations

Member of the UN Commission, chaired by Nobel Laureate, Joe Stiglitz, and chairman of the regulation sub-committee of the Commission


President, Section F (Economics)
British Science Association

The BA, formerly known as British Association for the Advancement of Science (founded 1831) is a learned society with the object of promoting the wider understanding of science.


Trustee (elected)
Royal Economic Society

The RES, founded in 1890, is one of the oldest and most prestigious economic associations in the world. Its objective is to promote the study of economics and publishes two leading journals: The Economic Journal and The Econometrics Journal.


Deputy Chairman
Overseas Development Institute

The world’s largest and oldest think tank on the eradication of poverty. Over 140 researchers and an annual turnover of over USD$20m.


Warwick Commission

The Warwick Commission on International Financial Reform, produced the report: “In praise of unlevel playing fields” with forwards from Lord Adair Turner, Governor Mark Carney and Andrew Sheng.


Non-Executive Director & Trustee (elected)
Global Association of Risk Professionals

The 100,000-strong professional organisation for risk managers around the world and providers of the FRM certification.


Visiting Scholar
European Central Bank

Visiting Scholar in the Operations Department of the ECB, working with an ECB team on the role of transparency on different types of liquidity, with a special reference to credit markets. This work was written up in ECB Occasional Papers Number 50 (see below).


Mercer Memorial Professor of Commerce (and now Emeritus Professor of Gresham College)
Gresham College

The College and seven professorships were established in 1597 by Sir Thomas Gresham to give free public lectures. The Royal Society was formed at Gresham. Former distinguished Chairs include Sir Christopher Wren, Robert Hooke, Richard Sorabji and Baroness Greenfield.


Investment Director (Executive)

GAM London, established in 1983 by Gilbert de Botton was one of the oldest and for a time one of the largest “alternative” asset managers.


Managing Director, Global Markets Research (Executive)
State Street Bank

State Street Bank & Trust is one of the world’s largest holders of assets under accounting, custody and management. It was a pioneer in electronic foreign exchange trading for institutional investors.


Visiting Scholar
International Monetary Fund

Visiting Scholar in the Research Department, working with Manmohan Kumar on formalizing my earlier work and initial indices on investors shifting appetite for risk. This work was written up as an IMF Working Paper, referenced in the WEO, and published in “International Finance”.


Global Head, Currency and Commodity Research
J.P. Morgan

One of the world’s largest banks and foreign exchange dealers. Here I developed the first Risk Appetite Index, EMU Calculator and FX Regime Machine, all of which had a wide following. We moved from 16th place in 1993 to being routinely ranked in the top 3 currency research team in the world and mostly 2nd.


Director, Fixed Income Research (DRES)

One of the world’s largest banks and arrangers of debt financing. Here I developed the “ERM Devaluation Indicator” and helped to take UBS to Number 3 in institutional investors surveys of currency analysts.


Our Wonderful Sponsors



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CIP Showcase Sponsorship

ONE of the following sponsorships in each CIP country is available – Click here for details

CIS2019 Partners

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From Compelling Panel Interviews to Rapid Fire Learning Sessions…

You asked, we listened! This year we will be providing realtime Crowd Polling so that you can compare your opinions with your peers. Additionally, panel topics and discussions will be associated with learning tracks. Three to five experts will be offered a short time to share their opinion so that you get multiple answers to each question asked. Our 2019 speaker lineup is being carefully assembled to speak to a strict set of guidelines designed to keep the information on point and flowing.

Come with your Business Objectives, leave with Deals and Increased Opportunity

This years event has been organized to maximize the B2B networking experience. Attendees will find comfortable and flexible seating in the speaker hall, a more streamlined exhibition experience, and the introduction of an entirely new venue experience organized to showcase and network with all five Caribbean CIPs. Great effort has been directed to ensure that key stakeholders and decision makers across all core public and private domains are on-tap and available to all delegates and sponsors to better meet, engage, and foster deals flow.

Come and enjoy Caribbean hospitality at its finest!

If there is one thing we understand, it’s how to relax and unwind! Each night during the Summit, we roll out the red carpet so that speakers, sponsors and delegates can enjoy the best beach parties and social events anywhere in the world. In fact, we have already started to prepare for your arrival! Some of the best networking and friendships are sure to begin at Caribbean Investment Summit 2019. Best news? Your Delegate Pass covers the cost of ALL after-hours events, including the Catamaran, Nevis, and St. Kitts Island tours!

Pricing & Registration

Summary of Delegate Benefits
  • Special hotel rates
  • Access to the three-day summit and panel discussions
  • Access to exhibitions by participating sponsors
  • Invitation to Opening Ceremony and Welcome Cocktail
  • Invitation to Networking Gala
  • Invitation to Closing Ceremony and Welcome Cocktail
  • Access to presentations from key speakers
  • Daily Coffee and lunch throughout the three-day summit
Countries that need a visa to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis
Where to stay. A list of Hotels you might find helpful.

Please visit our directory: (Where to Stay during CIS2019)

Transportation and Special Accommodations

VIP transportation is available through advance booking with Kayan Jet.

Website: Kayan Jet

RLB International Airport
PO Box 2516
Federation of St Kitts & Nevis
Tel. + 1 869 465 0192 (Accessible 24/7)
Fax. + 1 869 466 2555
Aircraft Handling Team:



We encourage all delegates, speakers, and sponsors to Reserve your tickets and accommodations early. CIS2019 falls one week ahead of the St. Kitts and Nevis music festival and rooms are limited within the twin island Federation.

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