Dr. Jackson, a national of Jamaica, holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, and MSc in Project Management, both from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He has undertaken studies in hydroelectric power and power flow modeling for distributed generation under a Fulbright Nexus Scholarship. An Energy Consultant who has been involved in the Caribbean energy sector in varying capacities, Dr. Jackson is the founder and a director of emPowered Caribbean Communities (emPCC) and its research arm, Caribbean Energy Solution Research Institute. He is also founder of Electric Vehicles Limited, actively researching electrical mobility via his own electric car.
The CCREEE Executive Director previously held leadership roles at Wigton Windfarm Limited and the Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy, a Division of The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica. He was Executive Director of Caribbean Electric Utilities Services Corporation (CARILEC), and Lecturer on Integrating Alternative Energy, at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Dr. Jackson is a Registered Engineer (PE) in Jamaica and an associate member of the Jamaica Institute of Engineers (JIE). Internationally, he is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).
As Executive Director, Dr. Jackson will be responsible for overseeing the administration, programmes, strategic plan, outreach, marketing and fundraising of the Centre. The appointment was made as CCREEE – which is based in Barbados – begins to position itself to advance the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The work of the CCREEE will be guided by an Executive Board and a Technical Committee. In addition to the Executive Director, the Board comprises representatives of the Government of Barbados; The Bahamas, Belize and Dominica as Contracting Parties; the CARICOM Secretariat; International Development Partners, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO); SIDS DOCK; and an independent representative from the private sector or cvil society selected by the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED).