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Long before Dr Didacus Jules was Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, he?d already decided to get in touch with Bevil Wooding.

Jules, then the Registrar and CEO of the Caribbean Examinations Council, had read about T&T-born Wooding?s appointment by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers as one of seven people entrusted with a special cryptographic smart card that holds part of a key used to generate the Domain Name Server Security Extensions (DNSSEC) protocol.

As head of the regional body that provides primary, secondary and post-secondary examination and education services, Jules was particularly interested in preparing Caribbean youth to make the most of emerging opportunities in the digital economy. He realised that Wooding was just the man for the job.

As it happened, their first meeting would be two months in the making. It was a chance encounter?they were seated side by side in business class on a five-hour Barbados-Denver flight?but they hit the ground running.

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Almost literally. Descending over Colorado, the two had already mapped out a full programme of collaboration between CXC and Congress WBN, the Caribbean-birthed faith-based non-profit organisation with operations in more than 100 countries, of which Wooding serves as Chief Knowledge Officer.

Within weeks, he was bringing a digital revolution to Caribbean education, planting the seeds for CXC?s Digital Media Syllabus and first digitally administered examination.

?Bevil?s contribution was invaluable in helping CXC move towards becoming what I call an IT Intelligent organisation, leveraging ICT for efficiency and cost effectiveness and changing the way in which we work,? Jules said.

?Three years later, when I left CXC to become the Director General of the OECS, one of my first appointments was to make him the Advisor for Strategic ICT to the Director General.

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It was and is a non-remunerated position, and Bevil has made an incalculable contribution to the elaboration of a strategic ICT masterplan to undergird the deepening of integration of the ten member-states of the OECS.?

Wooding serves as Caribbean Outreach Manager for the American Registry for Internet Numbers, and as a Strategic Advisor for the Caribbean Telecommunications Union.

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Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of the CTU, described her camaraderie with Wooding as a longstanding cooperative partnership between ?committed collaborators.?

Ronald Hinds, who started Trinidad-based software development firm Teleios Systems Limited with Kevin Khelawan and Wooding in 1997, described his co-founder as ?a champion of technologies that have the power to empower the voiceless and the invisible.?

He added: ?Many hearing or reading of Bevil?s contribution in the field of technology might be tempted to think that it?s about the bits and bytes.

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But it has always been about providing opportunities to use the emerging and available technologies to open entirely new doors.?

Throughout the Caribbean, Wooding has harnessed the Internet as a catalyst for development, earning himself a reputation as a change-agent.

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Shernon Osepa, Manager of Regional Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Internet Society, described him as ?a visionary who believes that the Caribbean Economy can be enhanced through ICTs and Internet development.?

As an Internet Strategist for the US-based non-profit research firm Packet Clearing House, Wooding has also played an important role in establishing Internet exchanges in Barbados, Belize, BVI, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Bill Woodcock, Executive Director of Packet Clearing House and member of the ARIN Board of Trustees, said Wooding?s leadership is ?inspirational? and that his work has ?brought lasting benefits to the Caribbean.?

On November 17, Wooding was honoured at the 24th annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards which celebrate achievements of people of Caribbean descent who have made outstanding contributions to their fields of expertise.

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Bevil Wooding is a virtual technology ambassador, evangelist and pioneer and we are honoured to present him with this year?s Caribbean American Heritage Award,? said Dr.

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Claire Nelson, Founder and President of Institute of Caribbean Studies.

?Mr. Wooding demonstrates the region?s capacity to innovate and create world-class thought leaders in any arena, and we hope people throughout the Caribbean can be moved and inspired by his accomplishments and devotion to making technology accessible to all,? she added.

Wooding received the award at a formal ceremony in Washington DC.

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