Senior Staff


Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee, Jr (B.Sc. 1stCl.Hons., DPhil)

Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr. is the Director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute at the University of the West Indies. He is a US Eisenhower Fellow and a Senior Lecturer at the University.

He is the Chairman of the Water Resources Authority & the National Works Agency. He sits on several other boards, including the Main Board of Grace Kennedy Ltd, its Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee and Audit Committee, as well as a Director of GK Foods & Services Limited and Hi-Lo Food Stores, also Director at the Bureau of Standards of Jamaica. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Oxford, which he completed in 2 ½ years, at the age of 23. Since then, he has received several awards both locally and internationally for research and business development. He is also the author of the award winning Natural Hazards Atlas of Jamaica.

Dr. Ava Maxam (B.Sc. Hons., PhD)

Dr Ava Maxam joined the Mona Geoinformatics Institute (MGI) in November 2006 shortly before completing PhD studies in Oceanography at the University of the West Indies, where she also obtained a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Zoology and Botany. She is currently Deputy Director of MGI, where she manages the Natural Hazards & Environment Division, the Human & Social Division, and the Software Development Division. As lecturer at the University of the West Indies, she delivers Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses to graduates, undergraduates and professionals. Dr Maxam’s range of professional experience has spanned from coastal processes modelling and spatial analysis, to developing spatial solutions for clients across private and government sectors. She has led consultancies in GIS application, coastal hydrodynamic modelling, as well as oceanographic, environmental, ecological and bio-physical assessments. She has been instrumental in the development of award-winning GIS applications ranging from Jamaica's first navigation system to the Integrated Crime and Violence Information System in use by the Government of Jamaica for networking and analysing crime data. She has also collaborated across the Caribbean on projects ranging from reef valuation, shoreline and land cover change studies, to designing databases, applications and map tools for Coastal Zone Management. Her academic research has led to publications on the effect of ocean circulation on Jamaica’s coral reefs and coastlines - highlighting the importance of coral reefs in ecological nurseries, creating unique circulation systems, and trapping particles. She resides on several Technical Committees related to the environment, education and business development.

Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson joined the Mona Geoinformatics Institute in December 2005. He has over 15 years accounting experience and has special training in Forensic Accounting. He currently manages the Finance & Administrative Division and is completing his Chartered Accountant certification.

Kaodi McGaw (B.Sc., M.Sc.)

Kaodi joined the Mona GeoInformatics Institute (MGI) after completing her Double Masters in Public Health specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Sheffield, UK (2018/2019) and École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique in France (2019/2020). Her undergraduate background is in Biochemistry. Her prior working experience involves quantitative research, research translation and project management.

Luke Buchanan (B.Sc. Hons.)

Luke Buchanan joined the Mona GeoInformatics Institute in December of 2007 as a GIS Officer; in 2011 he was appointed as the Senior Field Officer and in 2013 became a Projects Manager. Luke is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona where he received an honours degree in Geography and also focused on several Geological disciplines. Luke is currently pursuing his M.Sc. in Natural Resource Management (NRM) at UWI and will be completed in August 2021. His responsibilities over the years include in-house mapping, field mapping, cartography, project management, project coordination, client engagement, project scoping, proposal preparation, report writing, planning and execution of field data collection, assisting with GIS training, social media content creation, and managing MGI’s social media. Luke has also been the GPS Navigation Specialist since 2011 where he is responsible for the collection and configuration of spatial data and the building of navigable maps for JAMNAV.

Alexander Grennell (ASc.)

Alexander Grennell joined the company in April 1995 and continues to be responsible for the installation and maintenance of computers and network systems, supervision and management of the document scanning process as well as creating 3D Architectural models and virtual tours. MGI has now ventured into the use of Drones/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Alexander Grennell is the person responsible for the operation of the drone.



Daniel Coore

Senior Lecturer - Department of Computing

Rafi Ahmad

Lecturer in Geology, Department of Geography and Geology, UWI; Head - Unit for Disaster Studies