Caroline Mair-Toby is an attorney with over ten years’ experience in public international environmental law, having worked with the Foundation of International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD), as a lawyer and Liaison Officer with the Legal Response Initiative, and as a Special Advising Consultant on climate change at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Caroline has been an advisor to the Government of Trinidad & Tobago, the Commonwealth Heads of Government, and the United Nations Development Program. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of London, and holds an LL.M in International Environmental Law from the Inns of Court School of Law. Caroline has been called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Bar of Trinidad & Tobago, and is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and the Law Society of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Director/ Founder


Rueanna is an international climate law and governance specialist.  She participated in the UNFCCC for several years on behalf of Trinidad & Tobago, and was a lead climate and sustainable development negotiator for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and G77 and China. In addition to her role at the Institute for Small Islands, she is a Senior Legal Adviser for the Berlin-headquartered think tank Climate Analytics, where she leads the team that supports Small Island Developing States in climate change negotiations. She serves as a consultant in climate change law and negotiations for entities in the Caribbean and worldwide. Rueanna holds a Master in International Legal Studies from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, and a Master in International Environmental Policy from Sciences Po, Paris. She is a graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad & Tobago.

Head, Climate Change Programs


Danielle Bart is an attorney with several years’ experience in private practice, counseling corporate, nonprofit, social service, advocacy, and individual clients through litigation, investigations, regulatory compliance, and policy matters.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Carleton College, is trained in negotiation and facilitation, and has been a tutor for the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. Danielle also holds a Master’s Degree in Global & International Studies from the University of California, and worked at the former Center for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics, as well as the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts.

Head, Business & Sustainable Development


Dr. Isis Semaj-Hall is a decolonial feminist and cultural analyst. Born in Jamaica and raised in New York City, Semaj-Hall earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA and PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. In real and digital spaces she bridges academic training with an intention to use words to open minds and eliminate access walls and glass ceilings. She is a co-founder and editor of "PREE: Caribbean Writing," the author of the “write pon di riddim” blog, and a digital disruptor using social media as a space for cultural and political debate. She has written essays and commentaries on a wide range of topics including identity, remix theory, Ishawna, dub, and dancehall. Since 2016 she has been a lecturer in the Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica) where she explores gender, the creative digital, Caribbean literature, and popular culture. 

Head, Culture, Heritage and the Arts


Kiara Kealoha is committed to innovating and delivering solutions that advance local, national, and international goals for sustainable development. A 2011 graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, Kiara obtained her BA in History and Science (Secondary field in Environmental Science and Public Policy) from Harvard University and went on to receive an MSc in Environment, Politics, and Development from SOAS, University of London. Her passion for sustainable development, cross-sector negotiations, and local-global power dynamics was first stimulated during her time with Hawaii Green Growth, a UN designated Local2030 Hub that develops local solutions to global sustainability challenges, building on island culture and values, as well as indigenous knowledge.  Her professional career in sustainability has taken her across the globe, and she is now based in Zürich, Switzerland. However, she remains passionate about Hawaii’s continued dedication to sustainable development and endeavors to spread the message of malama honua and aloha aina around the world.    

Head, Pacific Engagement


Mary Hospedales is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing, and minors in both Biology and French. Mary has worked with the Editorial Board of the Caribbean Medical Journal, for the Communications Department of the Caribbean Public Health Agency, and most recently for the French Ministry of National Education.  Mary is passionate about issues of environment, human rights, sustainable development and culture.

Contributing Researcher