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Olivene Burke

Dr Olivene Burke is the Executive Director of the Mona Social Services, UWI, Jamaica since 2011. She has combined her academic work to her passion for marginalized community development and utilized her skills as a lecturer in Transformational Leadership, Strategic Human Resource Management, Learning Strategies at the post graduate level, to impact lives at the higher education level. She graduated from the UWI, Mona Campus with a BA (Honours) in Language and Literature with Social Sciences; Nova Southeastern University, USA with a MSc in Human Resource Management (Honours) and UWI, Mona, Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

With research interest around education, quality assurance, community development as well as Sports. Her publications include:  

Book, Revisiting Tertiary Education Policy in Jamaica: Towards  Personal Gain or Public Good:

 Book Chapters: National Report on Higher Education in Jamaica: Caribbean Perspectives; The UWI Mona Positioned as an Anchor Institution: An education perspective; A Case Study of a Leadership’ Approach to Transforming Basic Schools to Flourishing Schools in urban inner-city communities in Jamaica; University-Community Engagement and the Role of ICT for Development Initiatives; Football, Culture and Community Development in Greater August Town; The Impact of Sport on Community Development in Greater August Town, Jamaica;  Community Football in the Violence Reduction Response for a Jamaican Community

Olivene has presented at a number of local and international academic conferences including the British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference in 2019. She also sits on numerous private and public sector boards.

Dr Burke is a 2020 recipient of the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence in Public and Civic Contribution, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Public Contribution, and the Governor General Achievement Award for Achievements and Leadership (Over 35 years Old Category).

Olivene Burke is also a recipient of the BERA Covid-19 Small Grant Award 2020.

Olivene Burke is a Justice of the Peace in Jamaica, is married and has three adult children.



Olivene Burke's contributions