In recognition of upcoming International Women’s Day on March 8th the SKN Times (skntimesonline.com) has compiled and selected St.Kitts-Nevis’ 40 most powerful and influential women. Last done in 2011 the listing isn’t only about celebrity or popularity; it’s also about influence and power. Power usually equates to influence thus some persons listed may not be popular names but are influential because of their position.
They are politicians, bankers, entertainment personalities, radio announcers, business executives, CEO’s, entrepreneurs and cultural icons.
Some are famous, some you may never have heard of. But their power and influence has in some way shaped the lives of many whether directly or indirectly. .
Many of the women on the list are groundbreakers in their respective field. These are the Kittitian and Nevisian women history will remember. More importantly, they’re the women who inspire the rest of us to become better people.
The list was selected by a panel of professionals including a lawyer, business executive, educator, entrepreneur in addition to the Editors at the SKNTimesonline.com. No ranking system was instituted in the listing. Therefore the list is in no particular order
SKNTimes 40 most powerful and influential women
- Hilary Hazel – Financial Secretary St. Kitts-Nevis
- Marcella Liburd – Opposition MP
- Mercelyn Hughes – ACP Royal St.Christopher-Nevis Police Force
- Brenda Boncamper – Permanent Secretary the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development and Transport.
- Toni Frederick – Radio Personality/Senior News Journalist
- Shannon Hawley – CEO Xpress Events/Owner of Refresh Juice Bar
- H.E Dr. Thelma Phillip-Browne- Ambassador to the United States
- Josephine Huggins – Cabinet Secretary
- Jacinth Henry-Martin- Former Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS)
- Donna Harris – Resident Magistrate, St.Kitts
- Josephine Mallalieu – Resident Senior Magistrate, St. Kitts
- Janine Harris-Lake- Registrar
- Yasmine Clarke – Resident Senior Magistrate, Nevis
- Keesha Jones – Director-TDC Nevis
- Marsha Henderson – Defense Lawyer
- H.E Constance Mitcham- Ambassadors At Large and Former Minister and First elected female parliamentarian and first female to act as Prime Minister.
- Johan Kelly – President Hotel and Tourism Association
- Sylvine Henry- Retired Senior Civil Servant/Social Activist
- Sephlin Lawrence- Director of Social Security
- Dawne Williams- CEO St.Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank Group
- H.E Shirley Skerrit-Andrew – St.Kitts-Nevis High Commisioner to Canada
- Carleen Morton- Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism
- Jenifer Nero-Managing Director Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
- Maritza Bowry- Company Secretary-TDC/Chairperson Social Security Board
- Elreter Simpson-Browne- Ag General Manager NHC/ Director St.Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank
- Michelle “Sister Sensi” Stokes- Radio Personality
- Kaye Bass – Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Azilla Clarke- Director of Social Affairs/ Former President of SKNYPA
- Lorna Hunkins – Advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Talibah Byron – Lawyer/ Director St.Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank/Founder East Basseterre Legal Aid Clinic
- Christine Walwyn – CEO Walwyn Consulting/Former CEO Tourism Authority
- Hazel Brandy-Williams – Junior Minister in the Nevis Island Administration
- Sonya Parry- Partner at Hamil, Gonsalves,Smith
- Marissa Hobson- Defense Lawyer/ Deputy Chairperson Carnival Committee
- Wendy Phipps – Minister of Health, Social Services and Gender Affairs
- Elsa Wilkin-Ambrister – Vice Counsel at the Consulate of St Kitts and Nevis in Dubai, UAE
- Verna Morris – Charge D’Affaires de Cuba
- Genieve Hanley –Creative Director & Chief Consultant at ACE Management & Consultancy, Founder & Managing Director at LEAP – The Learning & Empowerment through the Arts Program
- Natasha Grey- Lawyer/Youth and Social Activist
- Sonia Boddie- Foreign Service Officer- Former Youth Caricom Ambassador