Having joined the Musson Group as COO in 2003, Nigel Clarke, together with and under the leadership of the current chairman, Paul Scott, played an integral role in expanding the large Jamaica-based conglomerate, which operates within the technology, telecoms, and consumer sectors, into a multinational corporation with branches in more than 30 countries and with some 3,500 employees.
Clarke came to the job with international experience, having begun his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in London. This was preceded by post-graduate study and research at Oxford University to which Clarke won both the Commonwealth and the Rhodes Scholarships. At Oxford, Clarke completed a M.Sc. in Applied Statistics and a D.Phil. in Mathematics.
"I always knew I wanted to do business, and they say you have to use what you have to get what you want. I had a talent in math and I knew it would allow me the opportunity to do what I wanted to do," he said.
Clarke has served as Chairman of the HEART Trust as well as a member of the board of directors of a number of companies and institutions including the National Commercial Bank (NCB), Red Stripe, Jamaica Broilers, and the Bank of Jamaica.
Outside of business and academia, Clarke has a keen interest in music and philanthropy. He has serves as the founding chairman of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ), a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that provides free classical music education to students from inner-city communities. "This is a passion of mine. In a democracy, national success hinges on the condition, awareness, capabilities, and expectations of the average citizen. At NYOJ, through music, we shape the minds of young citizens, inculcating in them the confidence and desire to accomplish what they will," Clarke explained.
Recently, through NYOJ, Clarke arranged for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to come to Jamaica for a series of music workshops, as well as concerts raising funds for the organisation in celebration of Jamaica 50.
Clarke is also one of the organisers of TEDx Jamaica, along with his wife Rupika, Chris Blackwell, and Marty Hillis. The event features live speakers sharing their ideas on a variety of topics and issues. Past speakers include Garth Fagan, choreographer of Walt Disney’s Broadway sensation The Lion King, and Barrington Irving, the youngest person and first black pilot to fly solo around the globe.