Awarded the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for stellar public service and visionary leadership in the field of industrial development last year, this week’s Q10 guest is beyond ordinary.

A woman of wisdom and insight who has the years and experience to match, she epitomises the strength and beauty of a true African queen. Always decked out in her dashiki or other cultural garb including our native bandana, this lady is an expert in the area of business development with a soft spot for entrepreneurs and other small players in the business arena. Having been at the helm of her organisation since its inception, she has pioneered much of its accomplishments through her stellar negotiation skills and passion to serve. Hailing from the cool parish of Manchester, this week Q10 features Valerie Veira, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC).