Guianas Green Economy Dialogue | WWF
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Thank You

Thank you for your interest and the time you took to support the first public event for the Guianas’ Green Economy Dialogue. The 390 registrants to the event, with 274 participants, from 22 countries across the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Australia, shows a regional dialogue on building a sustainable economy resonates in Suriname and Guyana. In case you missed the this first webinar or may be interested in viewing the webinar again, you can view it on our YouTube channel.



Living and working in Suriname and Guyana, it is impossible not to be struck by their enormous potential. These two countries stand out like uncut diamonds in the Guiana Shield and the Amazon. These are the only two sovereign nations in this region where there is the combination of good democratic processes tested over time; a People who are united together in their common connection to their Natural Heritage regardless of how they came to these shores; mostly intact ecosystems on which one can grow inclusive green economies with small effort in retrofitting or restoration; and with the basic assets by which their economies can grow sustainably.

There is renewed anticipation in the People of the Guianas because of the promise of substantial revenue from the emerging offshore oil and gas sector. However, a sustainable future will only be realized if governments, business and civil society including academia unite around a common future built on a few fundamental pillars. Firstly, this common future must be resilient to external shocks such as climate change, and fluctuating commodity prices especially related to fossil fuels. Secondly, this common future must be built on the persona of the Guianas and not one that is imported; it must be characterized by pride in our Natural Heritage, and an economic development policy in which Our People, and conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems are central. And thirdly, this common future must be fair and just to every citizen and no one must feel they have to migrate to find a future for themselves or their families abroad.

Truly the Guianas can be a Beacon of Hope for the World.

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Why a Dialogue

From pre-independence through to the present period, we are yet to make use of our potential. With successive changes in government we experience shifts in policy and plans which don’t always build on what was good, and fix what was unsustainable.

Our business sector is small and vulnerable to changes in policies and is limited by the enabling services. Civil society is narrowly active around some issues, but its organization is susceptible to politics and business interest. And academia suffers immensely from lack of resources and continual brain drain.

The Guianas Green Economy Dialogue is a tool to create change in the Guianas towards a green and just future. It is meant to help break down those things that divide us and build connections outside of our traditional relationships. It encourages new pathways to grow respect and collaboration. And it is geared to develop sustainable approaches to our challenges in a fair and democratic manner.

The Dialogue focuses on the region, particularly Suriname and Guyana because of our similarities, the lessons that we can learn from each other, the cross-fertilisation that can enrich us, and the collaboration that can increase economies of scale.

Meet the Speakers

Guianas' Green Economy Dialogue will feature speakers from the Guyanese and Surinamese business sector, civil society organisations and government.


Nicholas Boyer

Chairman Private Sector Commission - Guyana

Nicholas Deygoo Boyer, Chairman, Private Sector Commission in Guyana Mr. Nicholas Deygoo returned from Washington D.C to join the family business in 2010, where he had worked with Wells Fargo Bank N.A as a mortgage backed Securities Analyst; and for Valuation Services Inc as an Associate. The former being one of the largest banks in North America and the latter a small Accounting and Investment Firm. Nicholas is the President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry currently, as well as a Director of National Hardware (Guyana) Limited Group of Companies and Royal Castle Guyana Inc where he is responsible for the overall corporate strategy. He is also a founder of Guyana Oil & Gas Support Services Inc, a welding & fabrication startup in the Guyanese Oil & Gas industry. Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, as well as dual Masters Degrees in Business & Finance from the University of Maryland in College Park.


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David Singh

Director WWF-Guianas

David is WWF’s representative in Suriname and Guyana. He has more than 20 years executive and leadership experience in natural resource management with a focus on governance and institutional development. He has engaged directly with local and indigenous communities, civil society, governments and the private sector in developing locally driven solutions to align their interests and respond to national and international agreements such as on Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation, Indigenous Peoples Rights, and UN Sustainable Development Goals. He has led institutional change and worked to enable a range of stakeholders to vision and create sustainable policies that improve livelihood systems that achieve national and global environmental targets. David has developed a strong appreciation of conservation and natural resource challenges in resource dependent developing countries. David’s PhD is in Chemistry.


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Rudolf Elias

CEO and Managing Director of Staatsolie (National Oil Company-Suriname)

Mr. Rudolf Elias, CEO and Managing Director of Staatsolie, holds a degree in Civil and Construction Engineering from the Technological University Eindhoven-Netherlands. Mr. Elias has served as a member of Staatsolie’s Board of Executive Directors since 2009. Prior to becoming Managing Director of Staatsolie in 2015, Mr. Elias served as Director of Refining and Marketing and Director of the Refinery Expansion Program from 2010 to 2015 and from 2009-2010 he served as Director of Business Development. Prior to joining Staatsolie in 2009, Mr. Elias was the Vice President Development of BHP Billiton Suriname from 2004 to 2009. From 1984-2004, Mr. Elias worked at Ballast Nedam International. During mentioned period he held several positions: from 2000 to 2004 as General Manager for Caribbean, Suriname and Guyana, from 1997 to 2000 as Country Manager Suriname and during the period 1984 to 1997 he has held several positions involving international projects.

Key Features of the Dialogue

The Dialogue will seek to facilitate building up a body of common knowledge, information and understanding on key subject areas. We want to break through the sound chambers in which we often find ourselves and so we would like to create ways to relate with, engage and share knowledge and information beyond our traditional networks.
The Dialogue will be characterized by the following qualities:
  • We will adopt a mode of listening without resistance or imposition.
  • We will respect everyone’s position and recognize the impossibility of fully understanding it.
  • We will suspend assumptions, judgment, and certainty.
The Dialogue is not a space for negotiation, debate or deliberation. It is less about advocacy and more about inquiry. It is less about argument and more about exploration. It is less about convincing and more about discovery.
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