About DHG || Deborah Hickling Gordon, Ph.D

  • Member of the UNESCO Expert Facility on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, 2019 – 2022: Cultural Economy Development.
  • Coordinator and Lecturer.  Bachelor of Arts in Cultural and Creative Industries.   Institute of Caribbean Studies.  Faculty of Humanities and Education. University of the West Indies. Mona.
  • Lead Facilitator and Fixer.  Ink and Vision Ltd. Business Process Outsourcing for the Cultural and Creative Sector.
  • Culture in Development & Cultural Economy Consultant – DHG Consults.
  • Convener – Women in Film and Television – Jamaica Chapter
  • Convener – Public Relations Society of Jamaica

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Dr. Deborah Hickling Gordon is a communication and culture-in-development strategist and commentator.  She is a cultural economy policy advocate and trainer, who provides bridging and advocacy consulting services across public, corporate and cultural sectors, globally. cropped-woman-holds-world-dhg1.png

Deborah has been involved in cultural and creative industries as researcher, policy maker and practitioner, having worked across the disciplines of integrated marketing, communication, broadcasting, and theatre for thirty years. 

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International Consultant:
Culture-In-Development & Cultural Economy Advocacy

Deborah is a member of the UNESCO Expert Facility on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, 2019 – 2022. The Expert Facility is an international pool of  42 recognized international experts; 26 women and 16 men from 35 countries.  They provide a wealth of cutting-edge expertise through UNESCO  to their global partners in issues related to creative industries, cultural entrepreneurship, cultural policy, cultural statistics and indicators, digital, artistic freedom, media diversity, trade, status of the artist, gender equality or intellectual property rights.

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Inaugural meeting of UNESCO Experts Facility in Cultural Economy; Bangkok, Thailand, February, 2019

Deborah’s international work in comparative media and cultural policy also includes sitting on The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional expert group on Cultural and Creative Industries; and work in the development of local and regional CCI policy in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Cultural Studies and Cultural Economy Education

Dr.  Hickling Gordon is a lecturer at the University of the West Indies.

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She coordinates the Faculty of Humanities and Education’s new Bachelors of Cultural and Creative Industries programme in the Institute of Caribbean Studies at UWI, Mona.  Dr. Hickling also coordinates and delivers postgraduate courses in Cultural Studies and at the Mona School of Business and Management in the Doctor of Business Administration programme; and supervises Masters and Doctoral degree candidates.

She has designed and delivered courses in media, culture and creative economy at the University of Technology, Northern Caribbean University, HEART National Training Agency, and the Creative Production and Training Centre in Jamaica.

Cultural and Creative Economy Policy

In 2017, Deborah was invited by Jamaica’s Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to contribute to the crafting of its forthcoming Culture and Creative Economy Policy.  She had previously led the inter-ministerial process of crafting Jamaica’s Creative Economy Policy Framework while serving as Conveyor of Jamaica’s National Cultural and Creative Industries Commission (NCCIC) between 2016 and 2016.   Dr. Hickling also chaired the Inter-ministerial Technical Working Group for Cultural and Creative Industries within the Office of the Prime Minister and coordinated the activities of the NCCIC, chaired by the former Prime Minister.

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National Cultural and Creative Industries Meeting, March 2014, Chaired by Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, Convener, Dr. Deborah Hickling

 

 

Public Service Broadcasting and Audiovisual For Development (Decolonization 2.0)

As an audiovisual producer, Deborah has international production credits with Sesame Street, CNN, and Lorimar; in addition to playing several production roles in several local and regional programmes. Sesame

As UWI TV’s  inaugural Director of Programmes and Production in 2016, she headed the team that designed new programmes and delivered the public service television content of the University of the West Indies’ UWI-TV to air on the regional Caribvision platform in Barbados.  

Dr. Hickling also launched Jamaica’s Public Service Broadcasting station PBC as its first Deputy Chair in 2006.

Cultural Enterprise Fixing and Facilitating

Deborah’s entrepreneurial spirit caused her to start the social enterprise.Ink and Vision Ltd.  I+V is a business process outsourcing agency for creative professionals, focussed on delivering practical service solutions for cultural economy development in Small States.  The company also designs and implements cultural economy projects.  Through I+V a team of professionals provides business services Ink + Vision_Logo2for creative professionals  and creative services for businesses.  The company assists professionals with promotional, accounting, administrative, legal and logistical services to strategically position  individuals and businesses.  More information about this company can be found at inkandvision.org.

Deborah is married to Carl Gordon, an advertising executive and Managing Director of Island37809889_2004751922890667_3696077640361312256_n Outdoor Media Limited in Kingston, Jamaica;  of which she is Company Secretary.

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Carl Gordon (L)  and Deborah Hickling Gordon have a chat with Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, Cordell Green (R) at the British Council’s Cultural Evening in April 2018.

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Contact:  dhgconsults@ink.vision