Contributors

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Kaycea Campbell, Ph.D.

As an experienced career Economist specializing in economic theory, analysis and policy, Long Beach, California-based Kaycea is an educator with extensive training in economics. With a Ph.D degree in Economics and Management, Campbell is also an experienced researcher whose analyses have been published in authoritative journals. Kaycea has been teaching for close to ten years and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in economics.

Kaycea is a tenured Associate Professor at Pierce College, teaching Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and related Economic Theory courses as required. She also teaches economic courses at other colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District (Mission College and West Los Angeles College).

She also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of La Verne and Chapman University instructing both graduate and undergraduate students in Economics and Business courses.

She previously worked as a Teaching Assistant, instructing Macroeconomics and Microeconomics at the University of Southern California in L.A., one of the world’s leading private research universities. There, Campbell was honored with its Outstanding Teaching Award. She also worked as a Research Assistant for the non-profit George Beckford Foundation of Caribbean Economy in Jamaica. Campbell has also acted as a Healthcare Economist Consultant for the non-profit L.A. Care Health Plan and as a Business Consultant with the Cosmic Blue Group of Companies.

Campbell earned a Ph.D in Economics-Management from Claremont Graduate University in Pomona, Calif., as well as a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in Economics, Management Studies and Political Science from University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She is an active member of the National Association of Forensic Economics and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

 

Denvil R. Duncan, Ph.D.human resources

Denvil was born in Guy’s Hill, which is a small rural community in Northeast St. Catherine, Jamaica. Denvil is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI) where he completed a B.Sc. with first class honors in Accounting and Economics and a M.Sc. with distinction in Economics. He graduated at the top of his class in the M.Sc. program and received the department’s award for the most outstanding graduate student. Denvil later went on to accept an Assistant Lecturer position in the Department of Economics at UWI before enrolling in the Ph.D. program in the Department of Economics at Georgia State University.  He completed is doctoral studies and accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University – Bloomington in Fall 2010.

Denvil is an economist whose primary research focuses on understanding how economic agents respond to taxation.

Sitara English-Byfield, M.Sc. Sitara.jpg

She is formerly the Manager of Financial Planning and Economic Control at MBJ Airports Limited joined the company as a Business Analyst in September 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Economics and a Master of Science degree in Economics, both from the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. With over 12 years of airport experience Sitara has demonstrated proven skills in managing producing and analysing costs from all departments in addition to growing aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenues.

Tasked with MBJ’s strategic management function, Sitara has an indelible reputation of delivering inventive business strategies and client-focused solutions to improve financial margins.  She is recognized for transforming MBJs global operation systems profitably and productively.  Her academic training allows her to use highly advanced analytical skills coupled with direct executive experience to build profitable business lines, grow existing product lines, and implement and evaluate cross-functional decisions to achieve medium to long-term company goals.

During her time at University, Sitara was an Assistant Lecturer of Managerial Economics, with majority of the students achieving a 75% or higher course grade. She was also a tutor of micro- and macro-economics and is currently an Employer Trustee on the Board of the MBJ Superannuation (Pension) Fund.

Sitara was tasked with the Director of Commercial acting position on May 1 of 2015, where she provided strategic direction in the management, negotiation and operation of all revenue sources for MBJ. In addition to successfully conducting and closing an airport advertising RFP, which saw the two largest advertising companies in the world participating, Sitara negotiated a number of licenses which yielded increases in the commercial metrics of MBJ. During this period she was named to the Joint JHTA/JTB Marketing Committee.

In a 3-month stint as Acting Director of Finance, Sitara successfully negotiated an 8% reduction in the largest Service contract of the company (over US$1 million), negotiated low cost multi-million dollar loans, successfully negotiated the closing of a long-standing revenue collection contract without penalty, and oversaw the Tender process for a US$17 million airside project.

Sitara is a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and its Finance Committee, where she assists with the strategic management of the financial affairs of the church. She has been happily married to Bjorn Byfield for almost six years.  They share a four year old son, Caleb, who is currently learning French and Spanish as part of his pre-school curriculum.

Sitara is an experienced airport employee who has garnered expertise in most facets of the organization.  She is also a member of a think-tank called Get With the Program, a  group of experienced economists, political scientists and entrepreneurs originating from Jamaica,  who teamed up to add their collective voices to the myriad of social, economic and political issues facing Jamaica today.  Sitara also has an entrepreneurial spirit as she has built a successful business and mentored young people to go out on their own. She also enjoys meeting people and her gregarious personality makes this easy.

Activism and volunteer work for Sitara involves tutoring peers and younger children in her early years at high school and this displays her deep penchant for teaching and imparting any knowledge she has. It is with a deep sense of pride that Sitara accepts Janet Silvera’s invitation to be a member of the University of the West Indies Ambassador Corps for Western Jamaica Campus (2016-2018). Being from humble background and a single-parent home, Sitara intends to use this platform given to her to highlight the importance of education at all levels and to outline the need for everyone to be ambitious and pursue their aspirations while they continue to give back to the community. UWI WJC can be a driving force in nation building and the continuous improvement of our community and country.