Derick HeavenSpeaker Profile
An Agricultural Graduate who was elected to the Jamaican Parliament in 1976 and appointed as the Junior Minister of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for Foreign Trade.  Later served as a Cabinet Minister with responsibility for Industry and Commerce.

In 1989 was appointed Consul General to New York and in 1991 became Jamaica’s first resident Ambassador to Japan with non-resident accreditation to the Peoples Republic of China and the Republic of Korea.

In 1994 was appointed Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the Court of St. James – the United Kingdom with accreditation to six other European Countries namely: Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Spain and Portugal.  While in London also served as Chairman of the Board of Management of the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation for three years.

In 1999 appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Sugar Company of Jamaica and in 2003 made Executive Chairman of the Sugar Industry Authority of Jamaica. 

Currently member of several Boards, including being Deputy Chairman of the Council of the University of Technology.

Was awarded the order of Distinction, Commander Class by the Government of Jamaica, for services to the Country in 1999.

Americas Sugar & Ethanol Trade 2008 Miami Speaker
Day 1 – Thursday, 16 October

3RD AMERICAS SUGAR & ETHANOL TRADE 2008 is a showcase of all the latest trends and shifts occurring in the Sugar & Ethanol marketplaces of the Americas, bringing together on a single platform, the best expertise to discuss and analyze the present and future dynamics of Sugar & Ethanol from a policy, socio-economic and technological perspective. To find more about Sugar & Ethanol Trade in Miami from October 16 to 17, 2008, please visit

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