Bio: Cherine A. Smith is an International Development professional. She has considerable experience, having worked on several development projects with intergovernmental, governmental and civil society organizations across the Caribbean in public health, agriculture and policy development. Cherine’s chosen field is international development because of its ability to build up and empower communities. She enjoys conducting research, drafting proposals and reports and has a special interest in monitoring and evaluation, as she believes that building capacity only matters if impact is being created. Cherine is also committed to volunteerism and has over the years worked in numerous volunteer capacities. One of her goals is to open rehabilitation centers for the homeless. In her spare time, she writes poetry and songs. Cherine received a Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from Arcadia University/American Graduate School in Paris, France and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with Law from the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill, Barbados.