The 2010 Global Financial Services Centres Conference

Tuesday 27thth and Wednesday 28thth April 2010


Speaker Biography


Shawna Lake

Chief Executive Officer
St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency

Shawna Lake is the Chief Executive Officer of the recently established St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA). SKIPA is responsible for advising the Government on ways to continuously improve the investment climate in St. Kitts, internationally promoting the services and investment opportunities available in St. Kitts and facilitating the establishment of new businesses and development projects on the island.

Shawna has been very active in the development of the Financial Services sector of St. Kitts and she is also a member of the country's local Financial Services Task Force which is the body responsible for ensuring that the regulatory environment for anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism meets international standards. She is the representative of St. Kitts in the OECD Sub-Group on Level Playing Field and was responsible for recently developing new legislation in St. Kitts which provides the framework for mutual cooperation in tax matters pursuant to the OECD standard.

Shawna is an attorney at law by profession. She was formerly a Public Prosecutor in St. Kitts for two years and was then responsible for civil litigation matters on behalf of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis for three years before being appointed as the Director of Marketing and Development in the Ministry of Finance in 2001, which position she held for five years. Shawna is a member of the bar in St. Christopher and Nevis and also in Anguilla. She also holds an MBA (Finance) from the University of Leicester in the UK and is a Notary Public for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

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