JAMES A. MCBEAN FOUNDER, PRESIDENT
For many years James Adolphus McBean has worked as a social entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and as an educator. James’ innovative thinking about sport and social change has been published and presented in limited academic circles and most recently expanded throughout the industry influencing many. James is helping to shape the future of Fencing in Jamaica as founder, Chairman and driving force of the Jamaican Fencing Federation (JFF). Through his spearheading efforts and fanaticism for social change, the JFF brand is becoming highly-respected by top influential sport figures and organizations around the world.
James has a background in non-profit management, crisis management and compliance. An avid sportsman, James holds a Black Belt in ITF Taekwando from which he inherited JFF’s 5 guiding principles: Etiquette, Modesty, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit. He is passionate about inspiring young people to take control of their communities and surrounding environments, encouraging them to include sport and the principles behind sport in everything they do. Using fencing as the catalyst, his hope is to see a future full of social-minded, critical thinking Jamaican youth.
James currently lecturers in Business and Culture at the EBC Business School outside of Mexico City, Mexico. Before that he graduated as MPP with a focus on International Development, having studied at the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University, after earning B.A.’s in Economics and Spanish Language & Literature from Brandeis University in 2003. James is originally from Spanish Town, Saint Catherine, Jamaica and currently lives outside of Mexico City in Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico.
KEVIN JACKSON | VICE PRESIDENT OF JFF
Long before he was named 1rst Vice President of the Jamaica Fencing Federation (JFF)., Kevin Jackson held responsibilities in other professional organizations , he’s brought innovative concepts and expertise into such vital roles as president of the Jamaica Animation Nation Network (JANN) and Public Relations Director for the Jamaica Design Association (JDA). Jackson has been with the JFF since 2006 handling and facilitating administrative decisions, overseeing photographic and video archiving of the Federation’s progress in Jamaica. In addition to helping lead the continued growth of the JFF brand, Jackson also possesses 20 years of Martial Arts experience, with a background in Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu and Mixed Martial Arts. He currently holds the rank of black sash in northern style Kung Fu. He is also an IT professional, Filmmaker, writer and Animator.
ROSA ELENA ESCOBAR RAMOS
Rosa Elena Escobar Ramos is a PR liaison and contributes to the regional media strategy for the Jamaican Fencing Federation (JFF); Escobar Ramos has several years’ experience cultivating and enlisting celebrity support for special projects in Mexico, developing and maintaining strong positive relationships with political and celebrity supporters from entertainment and media industries throughout Latin America. She is supporting the JFF campaign to spread awareness and build international goodwill. She will oversee PR efforts in Latin America. She is originally from the city of Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.
CHRISTOPHER L. SAMUDA, ESQ.
Christopher Livingstone Samuda is an Attorney-at-Law by profession and was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 1986 He is a founding partner of the Law Firm, Samuda & Johnson, where he is the Marketing Partner and heads the firm’s Housing & Real Estate Department and the Intellectual Property, Patent & Trademarks Department. He is the Secretary General of the Jamaican Olympic Association (JOA) and attorney and chairman of the Advisory Board for the Jamaican Fencing Federation (JFF).
Committed to public service, Mr. Samuda devotes much of his time to voluntary service in the roles of Chairman of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC); Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Creative Production & Training Centre Limited (CPTC); Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Media Technology Institute(M.T.I); President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association(J.P.A) and Jamaica’s delegate to the International Paralympic Committee Congress; President of the Jamaica Paralympic Foundation(J.P.F.); President of the Jamaica Disabled Cricket Association (J.A.D.C.A.); Secretary General of the Jamaica Olympic Association; and a member of the Board of Wolmer’s Boys’ School having served previously as the student representative from 1976 to 1980.
Samuda’s legal practice and areas of expertise include Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Commercial and Corporate Transactions; Sport and Entertainment; Intellectual Property and Copyright; Patents and Trade Marks; and Real Estate. He has acted in major hotel and business acquisitions, represented and advises many insurance interests and developers in major projects and acts for major local and international interests in the Music and Entertainment Industry.
Shannon Evans solves problems creatively and is the Jamaican Fencing Federation’s (JFF) consulting creative director. Shannon helps develop visual campaigns to increase awareness of JFF. She has over 10 years of communications experience and has worked for organizations like the World Bank and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. In addition, she is working on opening a creative space and cocktail lounge in Atlanta, Georgia. Shannon is originally from Mandeville, Jamaica.
MARC FRANCIS RAMSAY, ESQ.
Marc Francis Ramsay is an Attorney-at-Law. He is a member of the International Law Association, the Jamaican and Barbadian Bar Associations, and has practiced public international law, international trade law, and commercial law in several jurisdictions in the Caribbean and Central America. Notably, he was part of the landmark case Shanique Myrie v Barbados before the Caribbean Court of Justice. As an entrepreneur, he pioneered a successful new media tech startup involved in citizen journalism and has been involved in several innovative Caribbean ventures in online marketing and manufacturing. Ramsay has also been actively involved in community development and charitable initiatives in Haiti and Jamaica.