JIEP Spotlight (October 2012)


Mr. Krishna Desai

Krishna Desai

The new JIEP President wears many hats. Some may have ideas/theories/wisecracks as to why, but for the JIEP – it is a major asset!

Krishna began his working career in Marine Science at NEPA where he served for eight years, including a year off to pursue a Masters Degree at Dalhousie University. While at NEPA Krishna moved up the ranks from Environmental Officer, to Manager of the Coastal Zone Branch, and then to Director of the Conservation and Protection Division. In 2004, he went back to the University of the West Indies for another Bachelors degree, this time in law. After a brief stint in England, where he assisted the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to implement their Environment Strategy, including their Climate Change and Carbon Management Programmes, Krishna returned to Jamaica and worked locally and in the Eastern Caribbean as a Coastal Zone Management Consultant. During that time he completed the Bar and also served as a judicial clerk in the high court. Since 2010 he has been employed to Myers, Fletcher and Gordon in their litigation department, with some emphasis on planning, environmental, and maritime law. In addition to the marine science hat, and his legal hat (did we say diver hat?), Krishna also has a history of serving civil society. In addition to his recent promotion within the JIEP, he is a board member of the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) and a member of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Krishna is also a member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment based in the UK. More recently he has become a Dad! Congratulations, Mr. President on your achievements to date and we look forward to the next 2 years.

Prepared by: Karen McDonald Gayle, with Franklin McDonald


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