Director of Energy Systems and Conservation, Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology
Leneka Rhoden is a Natural Scientist and Project Management Professional with over 7 years’ experience in the fields of Science, Energy, and Education/Training. She currently serves as Director of Energy Systems and Conservation for the Government of Jamaica, and is equipped with functionalities in Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Climate Strategic Management, Communications, Research, Grant Writing, and Business Development. Leneka has worked on multinational project teams during her time with organizations such as the Commonwealth Secretariat, the BroadHaven Management Consulting Firm, the Scientific Research Council, and the University of the West Indies, Mona, and was able to secure up to $20 million USD for climate mitigation and adaptation projects. As a result, Leneka holds extensive experience in strengthening global advocacy campaigns, and convening capacity-building training for youth as climate leaders, in research, policy, and management.
As an avid entrepreneur and start-up development strategist, Leneka has participated in and judged several local and regional Venture Capital competitions. For her initiatives, she holds high commendations for her tenacity for Digital Transformation, the applicability and flexibility of Business Models and Plans developed, and Corporate Social Responsibility activities coordinated. Nationally, Leneka has been awarded the Governor General’s Award for Excellence and the Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence in Community Service.
Leneka holds an Honors BSc. Degree in Marine Biology and International Relations and is currently an MPhil candidate in Environmental Biology (Renewable Energy) at the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI). Her graduate studies research explores the potential of the macroalga, Sargassum natans, and microalga, Chlorella vulgaris, to produce biodiesel. With the inconsistency of the spread of oil and gas reserves in the Caribbean, Leneka's research amplifies energy security in Small Island Developing States (SIDs). Additionally, Leneka holds Project Management certifications from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa), the University of Adelaide, Australia. Leneka also has post-graduate training in Law and Policy from the University of Bradford (United Kingdom) with specializations in Global Changes, Climate Change, Energy, and Bioremediation.