BRIDGETOWN: Ronald Jackson is the new executive director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
Jackson, the former director general of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in Jamaica, replaces Jeremy Collymore, who demitted office on March 31 after serving the regional disaster office since its inception in 1991. Jackson, who assumed duties at his new post on April 3, previously served ODPEM as deputy director general, senior director of the preparedness and operations division and as regional coordinator for the southern parishes.
Jackson has been extensively involved in disaster management at the national, regional and international levels. At the national level, he lent his expertise to the coordination of the national response to the impact of Hurricanes Charlie, Ivan (2004); Dennis and Emily (2005); Tropical Storm Nicole (2010) and Hurricane Sandy (2012).
Prior to his appointment as executive director, he was a member of CDEMA’s Technical Advisory Committee, president of the IDB Caribbean Policy Dialogue Forum, the co-chair for the Inter-American Network for Disaster Management and represented CDEMA member states on the Hyogo Framework for Action Mid-Term Review Committee and Post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action Committee.
In 2010, Jackson received a certificate of commendation from the Caribbean Community for his contribution to the rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. Jackson holds a Master of Science Degree in natural resource management and environmental resource management from the University of the West Indies and a Bachelor of Science Degree in physical planning and environmental resource development from the University of Technology.