Lisa Lake is an entrepreneur whose passion for entrepreneurship and economic growth led her to spearhead the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship‐Caribbean. Her extensive
expertise with business and brand development, successful team management, product
delivery, and economic development have all contributed to her strategic vision for the
Branson Centre’s support for aspiring Caribbean entrepreneurs. In her role she has moved the Branson Centre from concept to launch to impact as measured by the number of new jobs created, existing jobs supported, and average revenue growth of the entrepreneurs supported by the Centre.
Prior to the Branson Centre, Lisa served as the Director of Operations for Brand Extensions at Sandals Resorts International, where she helped launch the successful resort chain’s newest brands, Sandals Lifestyle and Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours. Preceding her unique journey with Sandals Resorts International, Lisa worked with the OTF Group, a consulting firm focused on issues of competitiveness in developing countries. There she led a market research effort and developed an investment prospectus to support the development of the Scotch Bonnet Pepper, a fiery, key ingredient in Jamaica’s staple spice, jerk.
Lisa has a strong background in economic consulting having also done work on the macro sphere for the Bank of Jamaica, and micro sphere for the New York‐based economic consulting firm, NERA. Lisa holds a BA in Economics (magna cum laude) and a BA in Architectural Studies (magna cum laude) from Tufts University and a Masters of Public Administration in International Development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. In celebration of Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, in 2012 she was named one of the “50 Under 50” business leaders shaping Jamaica’s future by The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica and The Jamaica Gleaner. Lisa is married to Yoni Epstein and in 2012 the pair launched Island Outsourcers, a business process outsourcing firm based in Montego Bay, Jamaica.