Barbadian Jamilla Sealy is an environmental professional, currently working as an Assistant Project Coordinator in the Biodiversity and Conservation Section of the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification in Barbados. She is a long-standing member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), an organisation that has been a GWP Partner since 2004, the year GWP Caribbean was established.
GWP Executive Secretary Darío Soto-Abril said, “Jamilla’s appointment as Vice-Chair demonstrates GWP’s commitment to ensuring young women leaders from the developing world take a seat at the table where decisions are made.”
When Sealy joined the global Steering Committee, she said: “To be the first for any such position is an amazing accomplishment and responsibility. Being the first youth, also being a female of African descent and from the Caribbean, which are often under-represented in the global sphere, is a humbling experience. It shows that the world is changing and allowing youth to be a part of the decision-making processes. Kudos to GWP. I know how tough it is to fight for meaningful youth participation and I am elated to see it happening. I hope to make youth everywhere proud and pave the way for others who come after.”