James Whittaker

James Whittaker
  • President
  • Company: CREA, Cayman Islands

A Caymanian by birth with degrees in Banking, Accounting and International Finance, James spent 19 years working in the financial sectors of Cayman, New York and Bermuda. As the former Deputy Head of Investments at CIMA; James had regulatory responsibility for the world’s largest collection of hedge funds and securities investment businesses with oversight of Fund Directors and Investment Managers and daily supervision of over 30 staff.

A true pioneer of sustainability and renewable energy in the Caribbean region, James brings a unique blend of analytical thinking, public and private sector experience, relentless passion and inspired ideas with the goal to positively impact lives by sustainably transforming the built environment.

Following his passion and entrepreneurial instincts in 2010 he created the GreenTech Group of companies, which provides a full range of sustainability solutions which includes; design and installation of renewable energy systems, Designing LEED Certified and Zero Energy homes and buildings as well as the Caribbean’s only regional distribution network for green products
and technologies. Today GreenTech is the market leader in renewable energy and sustainable design in the Cayman Islands.

He is the President of the Cayman Renewable Energy Association (CREA), a member of Cayman National Energy Policy Committee, a member of the Cayman Islands Government’s Energy Policy Council (EPC). He also founded ‘Project Green School’ a non-profit program dedicated to educating children on the importance of climate change, renewable energy and sustainability.

James was instrumental in developing the groundbreaking Cayman Islands National Energy Policy. He also works closely with the public and private sectors across the region; including NGOs such as the Carbon War Room. James also developed one of the foremost renewable energy conferences in the region; the Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference (CTEC); hosted annually on Grand Cayman with attendees from across the world.

He is the father of two young girls and a life-long Cayman Islands resident, his determination to build a better, more sustainable future is unwavering.