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With a background in private sector development in specific, strategy, business management and training and development combined with experience in an economic development environment. Kirsty is an islander that has spent the last 10 years working on behalf of Enterprise St Helena (ESH) to improve the economic and social well-being for the people of St Helena. Kirsty has a Global MBA from Durham University Business School and most recently published a Teaching Paper with Ivey Publishing in Strategy/Economic Development, entitled – St Helena: Landing a future for a South Atlantic Island https://www.iveycases.com/ProductView.aspx?id=91549.
The vision for Innovation in St Helena is to enhance self-sufficiency through making the best use of natural resources (including waste, water, land, wind and solar energy). The above vision complements some of the key strategic objectives set out in the Island’s Sustainable Development Plan which set out a general policy intention to generate a higher percentage of the Island’s energy from renewable sources. Other strategic objectives include more effective management of the Island’s water, and solid waste. St Helena was successful for grant funding from the EU for an OCTA Innovation Pilot Project, which will enable further feasibility work to be conducted and an appropriate Anaerobic Digestion system to be designed for implementation.