The Global Interdependence Center Presents Climate, Currency, and Central Banking at the University of the Bahamas

February 14, 2024

February 14, 2024 (Philadelphia, PA) –– U.S. nonprofit organization The Global Interdependence Center will welcome top minds from across the world to their upcoming Climate, Currency, and Central Banking conference in Nassau, Bahamas.

The public event begins with a full-day conference on Thursday, February 15.

Topics to be covered during the conference include:

  • Enhancements and impediments to economic growth
  • The banking ecosystem of the Caribbean (including the impact of U.S. governance on the region)
  • Currency issues surrounding the Bahamian dollar, US dollar, and central bank digital currencies such as theBahamian Sand Dollar
  • The impacts of climate change, hurricanes, and sea level rise through the lens of risk management

Christopher Waller, Ph.D., Governor of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, will deliver a keynote address titled “The International Role of the Dollar.” John Rolle, Governor of the Central Bank of the Bahamas, will give an exclusive presentation on the Sand Dollar currency. A slate of global experts representing the private sector, academia, governments, and banking will present throughout the conference:

  • Vaughn Miller, M.P. Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources
  • Danielle DiMartino Booth, CEO & Chief Strategist for Quill Intelligence LLC
  • Anthony Ferguson, CFA, President & Founder, CFAL
  • Gabriella Fraser, Chair of Bahamas Statistical Institute
  • Michael B. Halkitis, Minister of Economic Affairs and leader of Government Business, Parliament of the Bahamas
  • Janyne Hodder, Acting President of University of The Bahamas
  • William Kennedy, CEO, RiskBridge Advisors, LLC
  • Tarron Khemraj, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and International Economics & William and Marie Selby Chair, New College of Florida
  • David Kotok, Chief Investment Officer of Cumberland Advisors
  • Zhivargo S. Laing, Executive Director and Senior Policy Fellow of the Government and Public Policy Institute (GPPI), University of The Bahamas
  • Leland R. Miller, Chief Executive Officer, China Beige Book International
  • Carlos E. Palacious, Managing Principal, BRON Ltd.
  • Donald Rissmiller, Founding Partner and Chief Economist of Strategas
  • Therese Turner-Jones, Director, Projects Department, Caribbean Development Bank
  • Wendy Warren, Former Executive Director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board

“We are excited to partner with the University of the Bahamas to explore these important and timely issues,” said Jillian Fornito, executive director of Global Interdependence Center on the occasion of  GIC’s first event in the Bahamas, where the world’s first central bank digital currency was launched.



About the Global Interdependence Center

Global Interdependence Center brings together a network of international experts in policymaking, central banking, industry, and academia to explore issues and policies concerning global interdependence that impacts world economies and quality of life. GIC convenes conferences and roundtable discussions, both domestically and internationally, to identify and address emerging global issues. For more information, visit GIC’s website at



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