Dr. Deborah Hickling Gordon

Dr. Deborah Hickling Gordon is a lecturer in Cultural Studies (Media and Cultural Economy) in the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), within the Faculty of Humanities and Education, on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. She coordinates both the UWI Mona's Bachelors of Arts in Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI), and the Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management (ECEM) programmes in the ICS.

Deborah is a documentary writer and audiovisual producer who has several programmes and vignettes of varied genres in live and recorded television to her production and scriptwriting credit. Prior to starting an academic career she held several positions across the disciplines of integrated marketing, communication, broadcasting, and theatre, over thirty years.

Deborah's most recent television credits include being cultural consultant for the development of public service broadcasting content for the Children’s Television Workshop, producers of Sesame Street. As a production fixer and facilitator, her company managed content production for Sesame Street’s Foodie Truck Series produced in Jamaica. She had responsibilities for startup, early stage design, production, programming and regional distribution of Caribbean content for UWI-TV. Deborah is Executive Producer of the award- winning, local edu-drama series for children, A-Graders. She has served as Deputy Chairman of both the audiovisual training school, the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC) and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ). She is also the author of the book Cultural Economy and Television in Jamaica and Ghana: #decolonization2point0.

DHG is a member of both the CARICOM Expert Group on Cultural and Creative Industries and is Jamaica's representative on the UNESCO Expert Facility on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. She is also the President of the Jamaican Chapter of Women In Film and Television International and Convenor of the Public Relations Society of Jamaica.

As a communication and culture-in-development strategist, consultant, commentator, advocate and trainer, Dr. Hickling Gordon has worked within the public, corporate and cultural sectors, globally. She served as a proximate aide and advisor prior to and during the tenure of Jamaica's first female Prime Minister. While at the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr. Hickling Gordon developed plans for and convened Jamaica's National Cultural and Creative Industries Commission (NCCIC), chaired by the Prime Minister. The NCCIC was to designed to coalesce and coordinate the efforts of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA's) of government with responsibility for elements of cultural and creative industries policy formulation and delivery. In support, of the work of the NCCIC, Dr. Hickling Gordon chaired the Inter-Ministerial Technical Working Group from 2014 - 2016, and drafted Jamaica's 2015 Creative Economy Policy Framework.

She is a director of several private sector companies including Ink and Vision Ltd, facilitators of cultural and creative industries projects and professional development for creative practitioners, where she is lead facilitator.

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