Defining the true purpose of business

Patricia Francis

Patricia Francis
Former Executive Director, International Trade Centre. Patricia R. Francis, an award-winning leader and business facilitator, joined the International Trade Centre as Executive Director in June 2006. During her tenure at ITC, the annual project implementation has moved from US$ 25.3 million to US$40 million with larger, multi-year, multi stakeholder programmes now representing more than 50% of the portfolio. Ms. Francis has overseen ITC’s change management process which has instilled a strategic planning and reporting cycle, mainstreamed MDG programmes for gender, environment and poverty and introduced results based management principles. She was President of Jamaica Trade and Invest, from 1995 to mid 2006, and was a member of Jamaica’s Cabinet Committee for Development, during which time Jamaica attracted more than US$ 5 billion in foreign direct investment. She served twice as President of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies, has chaired the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Caribbean Rim Investment Initiative as well as the China-Caribbean Business Council, and is on the advisory boards of IESE graduate business school.

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