Carol-Anne M. Blenman is the Founder and Managing Director & CEO of Violeta Consulting Services.

 

She is a Barbadian National who has pursued a Master’s of Science degree in Climate Change and Development at the University of Sussex/Institute of Development Studies in the United Kingdom. Prior to this, she pursued a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics and Management at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. As an Independent Economic Consultant, she has worked on numerous research projects for the Ministry of Environment and Drainage (Government of Barbados), the University of the West Indies: Cave Hill Campus (Barbados), the United Nations System, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, the World Bank Group, DFID Caribbean and the Commonwealth Secretariat on issues related to the green economy, climate change, small island developing states, sustainability, trade, environmental protection, poverty reduction, urbanization, education, public and private sector development, social protection, education and labour markets and financial markets.

         

Whilst working with the Ministry of Environment & Drainage (Government of Barbados), she prepared a Trade and Environment Report entitled, ‘An Information Paper on WTO Negotiations on Environmental Goods and Services and the Potential Impacts for Barbados’. More recently, she has worked for the University of the West Indies as a Research Assistant for the Barbados Green Economy Scoping Study; and prepared a Draft Gap Analysis of Barbados for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme. She has also worked on the United Nations Environment Programme - Latin American and Caribbean Initiative for Sustainable Development: ILAC Indicators Project (Barbados), the Compete Caribbean Private Sector Development Strategies for the Eastern Caribbean States (RG-T1767), the Barbados National Report for the UNHABITAT III Project, the World Bank Group’s Strengthening Labour Market Monitoring and Performance in the Caribbean project (P144470), the DFID Caribbean’s Essential Data on the Development Status of the Caribbean project, the IDB’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Module for the Public Expenditure Review in Barbados and the 2019 Commonwealth Secretariat's Economic Report in similar capacities.

She is the recipient of the 2015 UK Government’s International Chevening Scholarship Award for developing future global leaders.

 

Areas of profound interest include:

  • The United Nations Conference of Sustainable Development

  • The United Nations Environment Programme - Green Economy

  • The United Nations Sustainable Development Platform

  • The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Study

  • The Climate and Development Knowledge Network 

  • The Institute of Development Studies

  • The Sussex Climate Change Network

  • The World Bank Group

  • Devex

 

Executive Profile

 

Carol-Anne Blenman

Managing Director & CEO

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