Mr. Kennedy Pemberton is a citizen of St. Kitts & Nevis, who having had the opportunity to represent his country at CTO’s 2nd Tourism Youth Congress, credits Mr. G.A. Dwyer Astaphan (past tourism minister) and the CTO with exposing him to tourism as a career path.
Kennedy Pemberton is a multiple scholarship recipient who has been acknowledged for his academic excellence by the British Council (Commonwealth), the Organisation of the American States (OAS), and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO). He is a graduated top of his class with a B.Sc. International Tourism Management (Honours) from UWI – St. Augustine, and later became an alumnus of the University of Surrey – United Kingdom, graduating among the top 5 percentile of his cohort with a M.Sc. Tourism Development (Distinction).
Since completing his studies in 2010 Mr. Pemberton served nationally in St. Kitts and Nevis as a Senior Youth Officer, and briefly represented private sector interests as a Marketing Coordinator/Analyst in Trinidad and Tobago. Kennedy began independent consulting in 2014, when he secured the role of Research and Development Consultant to the Mas Transformation Secretariat in Trinidad and Tobago, before taking up the position of Sustainable Tourism Consultant to the Caribbean Tourism Organization in Barbados in 2017, a position he still holds.
Between 2014 and present Kennedy crafted more than 10 project proposals, help raised in excess US $1 Million in development funding, and delivered on some 15 projects and programmes at the international, regional and national level. He is also credited with providing management support to donor-funded initiatives like the ‘Climate Smart and Sustainable Caribbean Tourism Industry’ Project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, and the ‘Innovation for Tourism Expansion and Diversification’ Project, funded by the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility.