Local Businessman Is First Guyanese Participant of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Georgetown – Ambassador Perry Holloway recently met with young Guyanese entrepreneur, Triston Thompson, after Mr. Thompson returned from participating in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) in the United States. During his visit to the U.S., Mr. Thompson got the opportunity to meet with the Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere, Roberta S. Jacobson at the U.S. Department of State to discuss the future of entrepreneurship and the importance of empowering young leaders throughout Latin America & the Caribbean.

Launched by President Obama in April 2015, YLAI seeks to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society activists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. YLAI will help address the opportunity gap for youth, especially women, by empowering entrepreneurs and civil society leaders with the training, tools, networks, and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human rights, and good governance in the hemisphere.

In sharing his experience, Mr. Thompson noted that it was a real privilege to be a part of such an amazing group of young entrepreneurs and the extraordinary benefit of expanding his network of colleagues. He also shared with the Ambassador a project that he is currently working on, which will enable mobile technology to address the needs of consumers and businesses in a user-friendly and efficient manner. Ambassador Holloway congratulated him on the initiative and looks forward to utilizing the technology when it becomes available.

Mr. Thompson is a Partner and Information Systems Architect at IntellectStorm, an organization that specializes in providing Information Technology and marketing solutions to businesses growing in Guyana’s rapidly-evolving market.