May 2017 Volume 14

Damian Graham Appointed CEO of UDC

Staff reporter KC Times
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KC Old Boy Dr. Damian Graham was recently appointed CEO of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).

As CEO of UDC, Graham is leading the transformation of the urban redevelopment of a number of towns in Jamaica including downtown Kingston, Port Royal, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Third City as well as a new Parliament and Government campus. 

The UDC is the principal public sector organization responsible for planning and designing urban environments in designated areas in Jamaica. It is also the entity charged with preparing, developing and implementing plans for urban development, urban renewal and rural modernization, in collaboration with other agencies.

Graham entered KC in 1991 starting in 7 Forrest and graduated in June, 1998 from 13 Science. He successfully completed 10 “O” levels. His extra-curricular activities included the Key Club, Cadet Corps, Chess, Debating, the Quiz Team, and Football.  He was also deputy head boy and student council representative on the school board under Dr. Marshal Hall. 

After leaving KC Graham studied pure and applied sciences at UWI Mona for one year before completing three years of Industrial and Systems Engineering in Trinidad and Tobago.

After graduating from UWI, he worked in the bauxite, beverage, construction, transport and agriculture sectors over a 17-year period at various levels of management. His experience includes overseas assignments in Trinidad and St Croix.

Graham considers himself a scholar practitioner as he holds an MPhil in Industrial Engineering and a DBA in Global Operations and Supply chain management degrees completed at UWI, St. Augustine and Capella University, Minnesota respectively. 

He has fond memories of his time at KC and was greatly influenced by Mr. Godfrey Fisher, his English teacher from fourth form until upper 6th. Although his favorite subject was math, he developed a passion for reading from Mr. Ivan Wally Johnson who always encouraged him to explore books that opened his mind. 

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