The Palisadoes Foundation’s Board of Directors has a broad range of international ICT experience. They are keenly committed to the success of our programs.
The president of the Palisadoes Foundation is Peter Harrison. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer and a Co-Founder of Colovore. Colovore is a provider of high-density colocation solutions for companies operating high-performance IT hardware.
Peter has built the core web infrastructure for several of Silicon Valley’s internet titans. Most recently, Peter worked at Google where he helped manage global data center demand and capacity planning; the Google Fiber program and its initial data center infrastructure rollout. Peter previously led the network team that was responsible for the initial design and deployment of Netflix’s Internet video service.
Peter obtained his Computer Engineering undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas from the University of West Indies in Jamaica. By chance, Peter was recruited to support Y2K issues in the US, and found himself on a unique path to success. He is proof that the quality of Jamaican college education is strong, but it took chance opportunities to help him establish his place in Silicon Valley. He wants to ensure that Jamaican programmers who share his work ethic don’t have to wait for luck to develop their reputation in the growing world of Information Technology.
The secretary of the Palisadoes Foundation is KG Charles-Harris. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Quarrio Corporation. Quarrio Corp. is a software company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to make it easy for average business users to do advanced reporting and analytics. KG has founded, built, and sold three companies in the software, biotech and services and investment banking industries. He was named Global Entrepreneur of the Year by the United Nations and is a board member and advisor to several companies. KG grew up experiencing a variety of different cultures. When he moved to Jamaica from Sweden during his teenage years, it changed his life and he fell in love with the country. One of his goals is to provide college students in disadvantaged countries the ability to keep pace with cutting edge technologies. The Calico Project brings Jamaican computer science students the opportunity to experience real world open source coding and collaboration on an international level. KG helps Palisadoes provide great students great opportunities, and teach them how to align themselves for future ones.
The treasurer of the Palisadoes Foundation is Tennyson Williams. He is a Senior Technical Project Manager at Comcast. Tennyson has worked on projects for Google, PayPal, Cisco, and has also worked for Hewlett-Packard. He is passionate about the Palisadoes Foundation, and in particular the Calico Challenge, because it’s one of the few programs that has a direct impact on the students. His forte is working on next generation technologies and products, which gives him great insight into what is required to stay current. He knows they are getting exposure to real world technology and will have the opportunity for their contribution to have direct impact to solve real world issues. He believes these are the things needed to raise the knowledge base of the Jamaican next generation of software developers such that they can compete with the rest of the world. Tennyson is also a past President of the Jamaican American Association of Northern California.