Bio: Cherine A. Smith, M.A. 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 and Law from the University of the West Indies- Cave Hill, Barbados. Currently, Ms. Smith is the Project Consultant – Good Governance, with the Caribbean (NGO) Policy Development Centre (CPDC). Ms Smith coordinates the Good Governance thematic activities of the Civil Society Regional Development project with relevant stakeholders and conducts research and data analysis to inform the development of policy and project proposals. No stranger to CPDC, she served as a research intern in 2010 and has since then provided consultancy services as required. In 2014, Ms. Smith also worked as a Research Consultant with the Barbados Ministry of Health, under the National HIV/AIDS programme, specifically focusing on at risk populations, until the conclusion of the contract in 2015. Her research interests include small island development; international trade; diplomacy; vulnerable/marginalized groups; and are influenced by her professional aspirations to work with a NGO that focuses on capacity building and development of Caribbean small island states. Over the years, Ms. Smith has demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism, having worked with non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Namely, she assisted with the Barbados Special Olympics on numerous occasions; served as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor for a Boston-based non-profit organization; and was an active member of the Youth Advocacy Movement (YAM), the youth arm of the Barbados Family Planning Association, from 2007 to 2011. YAM focuses on peer counselling and education on sexual and reproductive health and rights.