“The IFOJ provides an awesome opportunity to help young Jamaicans maintain a keen focus on academic success. These students will be the foundation for a new, more successful Jamaica, and I’m happy to play a role in helping them focus on the intellectualism they will need to be strong effective and results oriented adults. My participation in the work of the IFOJ, allows me the unique opportunity to participate in charitable work, while helping young Jamaicans focus their attention on academic success.”
A longtime supporter of education in Jamaica, Garnet Gibson assumed the Chairmanship in December 2010. As Chairman, he oversees the execution of the Foundation’s mission and strategy, as well as supporting committee and team leaders in achieving IFOJ’s objectives. Mr. Gibson is also the chief ambassador of IFOJ in its relationships with the wider community, including donors, scholarship candidates and educators.
Garnet is passionate about making a great education accessible to high school students in Jamaica. He is intimately aware of the economic difficulties facing the average urban Jamaican, through his own student experience in Kingston, his role as a teacher for several years, and his consistent study and research of the Jamaican educational and economic system.
Mr. Gibson brings more than twenty years of progressive finance and management experience to his role at the IFOJ, including his current position as Finance Director at Arrow Electronics. He holds a BS in Economics and Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Mona and an MBA in Finance from Adelphi University in New York.
In his spare time, Garnet enjoys time with his family, music, watching international soccer and cricket, and playing in a recreational cricket league.