Professor Dale Webber

Keynote Speaker

Professor Dale Webber was appointed to the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Studies, The University of the West Indies (UWI) with effect August 1, 2015. He assumed the portfolio of Pro-Vice Chancellor, Graduate Studies and Research on October 1, 2016. He presides over the Board for Graduate Studies and Research and has responsibility inter alia, for the management of all academic and administrative aspects of postgraduate studies and research throughout The UWI.

Six of the UWIs top research Institutes /Centres are under his supervision. They include the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR); The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES); The Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS); The Institute for Criminal Justice and Security (ICJS); The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) and the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) within which are the Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (DRRC) and the Centre for Environmental Management (CEM).

Professor Webber is a Coastal Ecologist and an Environmentalist at heart, he currently sits on several private and public sector boards where he is actively involved in initiatives and projects geared at the identification, analysis and solution of hazards to the West Indian Coastal and Marine Environments with a view to its preservation and development. His renowned research in Coastal Ecology and Environmental Management, specifically regarding the Kingston Harbour and the Pedro Cays, has impacted both Jamaican and international policy. His portfolio has now expanded to include research on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

Professor Webber is married to UWI Marine Ecologist Professor Mona Webber. They have two daughters, Marissa and Deanna both at University pursuing degrees in Environmental Engineering and Oceanography respectively.