DR. KERON NILES
Organization: Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus.
Fields of Expertise: Renewable Energy Policy in Small Island Developing States, Climate Change & Energy Policy, International Trade, Tourism & Climate Change, the International Political Economy and the Creative Sector and the Green Economy.
Dr Keron Niles is currently a Lecturer within the Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. Prior to that appointment, he was employed as the Business Unit Manager for Research and Policy at the Economic Development Advisory Board of Trinidad and Tobago. The secretariat to the Board is located within the Ministry of Planning and Development but the Board itself reported directly to the Office of the Prime Minister. He was directly responsible for the production of briefs that sought to outline the steps required to facilitate a sustainable green economy transition in Trinidad and Tobago. Within his portfolio, Dr Niles also had responsibility for promoting and facilitating economic diversification, particularly with respect to agriculture, the creative sector and the energy sector.
He has previously served as a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Otago (New Zealand). His research (which was a continuation of his doctoral work done at the same University) focused on mechanisms and policies necessary to facilitate a transition to renewable electricity generation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and Pacific in order to enhance their capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change and peak oil.
As a certified youth worker and a published poet, Dr. Niles has been involved in international outreach projects in Guyana, Suriname, Haiti and Kenya. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government (with minors in History and International Relations) from The University of West Indies and a Master’s Degree in International Law from the University of Aberdeen. Dr. Niles also serves as an advisor to the Port of Spain Hub of the Global Shapers Network – a global youth movement founded by the World Economic Forum.