Courtney Brown

Courtney Brown is Director Crime Prevention and Community Safety at the Ministry of National Security (MNS) Jamaica where he has policy oversight responsibilities for all crime prevention and community safety programmes.  He is the Ministry’s primary liaison with other Ministries Agencies and Departments in relation to this area.  He also has responsibilities for working with NGOs other civil society organizations and International Development Partners regarding issues of Crime Prevention and Community Safety.

Mr. Brown’s main interest at this time is the implementation of the National Crime Prevention and Community Safety Strategy which was recently approved by the Cabinet of the Government of Jamaica. He has over sixteen years experience of work in the social sector with particular expertise in community development and social intervention programmes.

Mr. Brown earned a M.Sc. in Sociology (Social Policy and Administration) from the University of the West Indies (Mona).

David Anyanwu

David Anyanwu (Trinidad and Tobago) is a Programme Coordinator at the Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD). He also functions in the same capacity for the Caribbean Coalition for Reduction of Armed Violence (CDRAV). He holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Institute of International Relations, UWI. St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently completing a PhD in International Relations  at the Institute.

John Siebert

John Siebert is the Executive Director of Project Ploughshares. Founded in 1976, Project Ploughshares is the ecumenical peace centre of the Canadian Council of Churches and is located in Waterloo, Ontario. The work of Project Ploughshares includes research and policy development on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, the control and reduction of conventional weapons including small arms and light weapons, peacebuilding with partners in the Horn of Africa and the Caribbean, and critical evaluation of Canada’s foreign and defense policy from a human security framework. Prior to joining Project Ploughshares, John worked for several NGOs, including the national office of The United Church of Canada (1992-1998) on human rights and indigenous peoples’ issues. From 1982-1986 he was a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of External Affairs and International Trade, which included a posting to Canada’s Embassy in Washington, DC.