The Economic Case for LGBT+ Inclusion in the Caribbean | Brunswick Group

The Economic Case for LGBT+ Inclusion in the Caribbean

Wednesday, 30th June 2021

14:00-15:30 BST / 09:00-10:30 EST

Open For Business, the British High Commission for Trinidad and Tobago, Virgin Atlantic, and CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice invite you to join us for a roundtable on the Economic Case for LGBT+ Inclusion in the Caribbean.

This virtual roundtable will present new data on just how much LGBT+ exclusion costs society - including insights from the largest LGBT+ dataset in the region - and what businesses and governments can do to promote meaningful inclusion.


Speakers include:

  • Her Excellency Harriet Cross, British High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group
  • Jon Miller, Founder and Chair, Open For Business
  • Dr. Angelique Nixon, Director, CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice
  • Phil Crehan, Principal Investigator - Caribbean Local Influencer Program, Open For Business
  • Liam Rezende, Trustee, Open For Business
  • Kenita Placide, Founder and Executive Director, ECADE
  • Alexus D’Marco, Executive Director, UCTRANS
  • Caleb Orozco, Executive Director, UNIBAM
  • Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic


Stay tuned: following this knowledge-driven roundtable, you can also join a conversation by civil society and the private sector in Trinidad and Tobago as they adopt their first policy on LGBT inclusion in the workplace. CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice will lead this dialogue with support from leading corporations. 

Registration for this event is now open. Please see details below.

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Our keynote speakers

Richard Branson needs no introduction.

He is the Founder of the Virgin Group. Virgin is one of the world’s most irresistible brands and has expanded into many diverse sectors from travel to telecommunications, health to banking and music to leisure.

Having started Virgin as a mail order record retailer in 1970, Richard founded Virgin Records. After the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, released ‘Tubular Bells’, Virgin Records went on to sign household names from the Sex Pistols to The Rolling Stones. There are now more than 40 Virgin companies worldwide in over 35 countries. 

Harriet Cross is the British High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago.

Harriet has been a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service for 23 years. Before coming to Trinidad & Tobago in September 2020, she was British Consul-General to New England. Prior to that she was Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy in Yemen. Due to the conflict there, she organised the evacuation of the Embassy and spent the rest of her posting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In her diplomatic career Harriet has also served at the British Embassy in Morocco and at the UK Mission to the UN in New York. She has also worked in London on EU trade policy, and human rights policy.


If you have any questions about this webinar, please get in touch with our Events team via [email protected].