Ayanna T. Samuels

Professional Biography:

  • Advocate for entrepreneurism and socio-economic development in emerging economies using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), with a focus on the Caribbean. I am an Aerospace Engineer by training, with over 10 years of experience as a Technology Policy Specialist and ICT for Development Consultant/Entrepreneur.
  • National TV programme providing some insight into what drives me may be found here.
  • Wholly committed to the potential ICTs hold for development. I am resolute that ICTs can facilitate long awaited and much needed access to the development fulcra of any society, i.e. education, health care, economic empowerment, accessible governance etc.
  • I have given talks internationally on a range of topics and have been highlighted internationally in print, radio and on TV.
  • My clientele base has ranged the government, public and private sectors and the NGO community. They have been situated in the Netherlands, the USA, Jamaica, Haiti, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Worked with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland for 8 months in 2010 and 3 months in 2004. The ITU is the UN organization responsible for ICTs and development.
  • I have also had finance experience as a Management Associate at Citibank, Jamaica.
  • I earned two M.Sc. degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Technology Policy respectively from MIT and a B.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering with IT, also from MIT.
  • Further details on my professional portfolio may be had at my LinkedIn page.

Personal Background:

  • I have trod a singular journey and am enjoying my entrepreneurial quests within the emerging economy space. My focus on the Caribbean has been extremely rewarding given the great need and extreme potential of the region.
  • Growing up, my professional ambition was to be an astronaut. For this reason I matriculated at MIT and was the only person directly from Jamaica in the class of 2002.
  • I was one of two black people in my undergraduate aerospace engineering class and only black female in both