The 2-day Dialogue brings together professionals who will advance the SMART Islands Agenda and mobilize and activate new partnerships among civil society, the private and public sector for systems transformation. The Forum will explore policy options for improved system efficiencies; gain industry and business insights; identify investment partners; network and discover solutions to Food-Energy-Water Nexus challenges.
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Dr. Winnette McIntosh Ambrose is an engineer-turned-entrepreneur and two-time Food Network Champion. Winnette is the owner of The Sweet Lobby, a Washington DC artisanal bakery, specializing in French-inspired pastries for wholesale and retail. Winnette emigrated from her native Trinidad and Tobago to attend MIT. After graduating with bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and French Language and Literature, Winnette went on to a career in the cardiovascular device industry and holds the patent for the first FDA-approved device for carotid stenting. Following her time in industry, Winnette earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. As a biomedical engineer, Winnette combined stem cells and biomaterials to rebuild the layers of the retina and cornea, with the ultimate goal of restoring vision in patients with damaged or diseased ocular tissue. Winnette opened The Sweet Lobby in June of 2011, during the last year of her postdoctoral fellowship. Within months of opening, Winnette’s baking talents gained international attention when she won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. In the eight years since its inception, Winnette and her team have grown The Sweet Lobby from neighborhood treasure to national brand, with its multiple retail locations in DC and wholesale clientele throughout the USA, including some of the nation’s premier food retailers, luxury brands and coffee shops. The Sweet Lobby’s signature products include French macarons, croissants, kouign amann, canelés, madeleines and gourmet cupcakes. In January of 2018, Winnette won Food Network’s Chopped, becoming the first person in the history of the network to win both Cupcake Wars and Chopped. In June of 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser awarded Winnette the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs (MACCCA) Award for her contributions to the city of Washington DC.
Winnette is a sought-after public speaker and is passionate about the role of STEM education in creating successful entrepreneurs. Winnette lives in Washington DC’s Capitol Hill with her husband and two sons.
Ronald Reagan International Trade Center