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Meagan Sylvester, Co-Chair
Meagan Sylvester is a published author of over fifteen book chapters and journal articles and is a well known public academic in her native Trinidad and Tobago where she uses both traditional (television, print and radio) and social media platforms to engage discussions on the Calypso and Soca musical artforms. Her research topics of interest are Music and National Identity in Calypso and Soca, Music of Diasporic Carnivals, Narratives of Resistance in Calypso and Ragga Soca music, Steelpan and kaisoJazz musical identities, Gender and Identity in Calypso and Soca music and Music and Human Rights in the Americas. In pursuit of fulfilling her academic goals, she has presented academic papers and hosted scholarly workshops in several spaces across the globe including Europe, Latin America, South America, the United States and numerous islands in the Caribbean.
She has recently completed a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Music at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago and holds memberships in international professional organizations which include the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Association of the Study for Popular Music, Caribbean Studies Association and the Association of Black Sociologists.
Locally, she is a board member of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation – TUCO and is the Chair of the Education and Research Committee. Regionally, she is an Executive board member of the Caribbean Studies Association – CSA. She holds two positions on the CSA board, namely Chair, Newsletter Committee and Co-Chair of the Digital Media Network Committee.
As part of her professional development portfolio, she is a Music Sociologist with a consultancy practice in which she provides her clients with insight into the sociological framing of Trinbagonian society using the lens of Calypso and Soca as the main units of analysis.
Kiah L. Graham, Co-Chair
Kiah L. Graham, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, graduated from Florida A&M University in December 1995 where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Administration. Ms. Graham also received her Webmaster Certification from Florida State University in 2003. In 2002 she started the I.T. (Information Technology) consulting firm, Sirius Web Solutions, which specializes in website development, digital archiving, graphic design, and e-marketing strategies. The mission of Sirius Web Solutions is to provide a high tech and high touch experience to help their clients achieve success. They believe in building great relationships with their clients and as such, excellent customer service is a top priority.
Kiah has over 20 years in the computer industry and is well versed in various programming languages, database management systems, and Internet technologies. Her work experience in both the public and private sector has given her insight on the keys to success. By applying her extensive knowledge, combined with her work experience in the IT industry, she was able to build a successful business and assist her clients in achieving e-business success. She currently shares her insights on business and technology through her book E-Business Success: Using Technology to Take Your Business to the Next Level.