Dr. Arnoldo K. Ventura is an internationally recognized authority on the innovation trajectories and application of science and technology for socioeconomic development. He has helped numerous African, Asian, Latin American, and Caribbean countries re-examine, strengthen, and apply their scientific and technological capabilities to changing local and international needs, technological changes, social and political pressures, and economic forces. Dr. Ventura has over forty years of experience in research and development, commercial application of research results, technological assessments, and techno-economic evaluations, and teaching these topics at the tertiary levels.
Dr. Ventura was the Science and Technology advisor to four Jamaican Prime Ministers from 1989 to 2009 and the instigator and drafter of Jamaica’s first science policies and strategic plans. He was the first Caribbean professional to preside over the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD) in Geneva; and the first person to head at the same time both the UNCSTD and the Inter-American Committee on Science and Technology (COMCYT) of the OAS, in Washington. Dr. Ventura has represented his country in many multilateral and bilateral fora and negotiated complex agreements. He has been an advisor and has led numerous initiatives, including those at the UNDP, UNIDO, UNESCO, FAO, and OAS.
Dr. Ventura founded the Jamaican Prime Minister's National Commission on Science and Technology and the Grenada-led CARICOM Science and Technology Committee. He's this regional body's Secretary and Implementation Committee Chairman. He was awarded the National Medal for Science and Technology, the Silver Musgrave Medal, the Order of Distinction in Jamaica’s National Honors, the Wyndham Visionary Achievement Citation, and the Centennial Medal of the Institute of Jamaica.
Dr. Ventura is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of the West Indies and has lectured and conducted research at five Universities across the Americas. He is the Chief Technology Officer at Tambourine Innovation Ventures, Washington DC