In 1996, Professor Hamilton returned to Jamaica to work in her father’s furniture/construction/real estate business while pursuing the Certificate in Legal Education at the Norman Manley Law School. She also lectured at Nova Southeastern University and the University of the West Indies, Mona in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Law, Managerial Economics and International Trade. In addition, Professor Hamilton has taught at Northern Caribbean University for the past ten years, “Managerial Economics’ and “Legal, Social and Ethical Issues” in the MBA Programme, a true show of her fondness for the University through her willingness to travel back and forth to hills of Manchester.
In 1998, Professor Hamilton established the Institute of Law & Economics (ILE) and has provided invaluable leadership in her capacity as President and CEO since its inception. The ILE has provided tutorial assistance to students pursuing the LLB (external) law degree programme, and since 2007, has
forged a collaborative relationship with University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) in offering law and related courses, and in establishing a Faculty of Law.
Well-known as an international trade expert, Professor Hamilton has been at the forefront of public education on trade matters. In April 2000, Professor Hamilton joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade as Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Trade. From 2002-3, she was the Commonwealth Secretariat Trade Policy consultant in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. She has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other international organizations. She has hosted the radio programme “Trade Talk” from 2003-2008 and has made numerous presentations on global trade issues in Jamaica, the Caribbean and throughout the world, including at the 2007 WTO Annual Public Forum in Geneva. Between July 2006 and September 2007, Professor Hamilton was Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister.
The Professor has also been actively involved in the empowerment of the small business sector in her capacities as Vice President of the Jamaica Wood Products and Furniture Association (JaWFA) (2002-2007); as Director (co-opted) of the Small Business Association of the Jamaica (2003-2004) and as President of The MSME Alliance, (2007 to present) a network of 37 Business Associations representing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Jamaica.
In January 2008, Professor Hamilton was awarded the Professorship in the Scotiabank Chair in Entrepreneurship & Development and was appointed Vice President, Development at the University of Technology, Jamaica where she plays a critical role in devising strategies; implementing programmes; ensuring viable cutting edge technologies; business development and consultancy practices, geared towards enhancing the financial base of the University.
As a committed academic, Professor Hamilton’s activities such as research in the fields of entrepreneurship, law and economic development has become her “big life mission” and certainly for the next few years there is probably no one you’ll hear speak more profoundly, look more closely and work more arduously on the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic development.