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Todd Conklin
Author, Educator and OHS Professional

Todd Conklin spent 25 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Senior Advisor for Organizational and Safety Culture. Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the world’s foremost research and development laboratories; Dr. Conklin has been working on the Human Performance program for the last 15 years of his 25-year career. It is in this fortunate position where he enjoys the best of both the academic world and the world of safety in practice.

Conklin holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of New Mexico. He speaks all over the world to executives, groups and work teams who are interested in better understanding the relationship between the workers in the field and the organization’s systems, processes, and programs. He has brought these systems to major corporations around the world. Conklin practices these ideas not only in his own workplace, but also in the event investigations at other workplaces around the world. Conklin defines safety at his workplace like this: “Safety is the ability for workers to be able to do work in a varying and unpredictable world.” Conklin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and thinks that Human Performance is the most meaningful work he has ever had the opportunity to live and teach.

Senator the Hon. Robert Le Hunte
Ministry of Public Utilities

Senator Robert Le Hunte assumed the portfolio as Minister of Public Utilities in September 2017.

Prior to his appointment as Minister, Senator Le Hunte has been a career banker for over thirty (30) years, the majority of which was spent at the Managerial and Executive levels. His exemplary career at Republic Bank culminated in his appointment to the Executive Director level in 2016, where he was charged with the responsibility of executing the bank’s African Continent expansion strategy, a role he held just prior to opting for early retirement.

Other notable highlights during his career with Republic Bank include his appointments as Managing Director of the then Barbados National Bank, now Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited, and Managing Director of HFC Bank (Ghana) Limited.

Senator Le Hunte holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Manchester, and a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has also participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

Senator Le Hunte has also made time for national interests, by serving on a number of Boards, including the National Flour Mills, National Feed Mills, the Environmental Management Authority and National Initiative for Service Excellence, Barbados. He also served as President of both the Caribbean Association of Indigenous Banks, and the Barbados Bankers Association.

Senator Le Hunte has always viewed himself as a servant of the people, and now brings this servant- leadership mind-set to bear on his latest responsibilities as a member of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and Minister of Public Utilities.

Senator the Hon. Franklin Khan
Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries

Senator Franklin Khan is a Petroleum Geologist by profession, having spent twenty years in the energy sector both locally and abroad in a wide range of positions both at the technical and managerial levels.

Senator Khan holds a BSc Degree in Geology and Geography (1980) from the UWI (Mona) Jamaica, and a MBA (2007) from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, UWI (Trinidad).

Professionally, Senator Khan served as President of the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago on two occasions. He also served as a Director of the Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) (1986-1990) and as Chairman of National Petroleum Marketing Co. Ltd. (NPMC) from 2001-2002.

In government, under the Patrick Manning administration, he served as Minister of Works and Transport from 2002 to 2005, and as Member of Parliament for Ortoire/Mayaro from 2002 to 2007. In 2015, he was appointed as the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government in the Keith Rowley administration, and in 2016, he was appointed as the Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, a position that he currently holds.

Patricia Ghany
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Esau Oilfield Supplies Co. Ltd

Patricia Ghany is the Chief Financial Officer at Esau Oilfield Supplies Co. Ltd., a leading supplier of pipes, valves, pipe fittings and gaskets to the petrochemical and oil and gas sectors in Trinidad & Tobago. Ms. Ghany has over 20 years’ experience in various aspects of the Oil & Gas sector with an emphasis on Procurement, Business Development and Project Management.

Ms. Ghany graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and her Masters of Business Administration. She has also completed graduate courses in International Management and Cross-cultural Counseling at Harvard University. Before returning to Trinidad in 1995, she was an International Trainer and Consultant in the areas of Cross-Cultural Management, Diversity and Team Building in Austria and Germany. Ms. Ghany is a member of the Family Firm Institute , in Boston and has earned her Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising, and Certificate in Family Wealth Advising. She is currently working on establishing a practice to increase public awareness and broaden the understanding of trends and developments in the fields of family business and family wealth in Trinidad & Tobago.

Ms. Ghany has serves three terms as a member of the Board of Directors of AMCHAM T&T. She has been Chairperson and a member of AMCHAM T&T’s Programs and Events Committee, and is presently a member of the Chamber and Experience and Imaging Committee. She has served on diverse boards such as The International School of Port of Spain, The South Cancer Society and Cedar Grove Private School and Women in Family Business Network.

Dr. Philip Mshelbila
Chief Executive Officer


Dr. Mshelbila is a global business leader with over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in board-level governance, stakeholder management, commercial operations, project management and performance delivery in both operated and non-operated joint ventures.

He was formerly General Manager – Gas at Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria. He has also held a number of senior leadership positions in over 36 countries including Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Gas Ltd.

Dr. Mshelbila holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, a Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine from the University of Aberdeen Medical School, Scotland as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the IESE Business School, the University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain.

Mark Loquan
National Gas Company of Trinidad  and Tobago (NGC)

On 1 September 2016, Mr. Mark Loquan assumed office as President of The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC). A Chemical Engineer by profession, Mr. Loquan acquired an MBA in 1990 from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and received training in Executive Leadership and Management from Cornell University and IESE Business School (University of Navarra).

Mr. Loquan has over 30 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry. In 1982, he began his career in the energy sector as a Process Engineer at Trinidad Nitrogen Co. Ltd. He moved through various leadership positions before being appointed as the first local President of Hydro Agri Trinidad (now Yara Trinidad Ltd.) in 2002. In 2009, he was appointed President, Upstream Business Development for Angola/Sub-Saharan Africa at Yara International. Mr. Loquan moved to Australia three years later, where he served as CEO of Yara Pilbara.

One of 50 Distinguished UWI Alumni Awardees, Mr. Loquan is a former Director of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and the Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT), former Vice Chairman of the Point Lisas Energy Association (PLEA), and former Advisory Council Member for Arts, Letters, Culture and Public Affairs at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).

A passionate pannist, he is also an Honorary Founding Director of the nonprofit organisation the Music Literacy Trust, and served as the Musical Director of the first resident steelband in Perth, Western Australia – Perth Pandemix.


  • B.Sc. Chemical Engineering – The University of the West Indies
  • MBA – Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, North Carolina

Vincent Pereira
BHP Trinidad and Tobago

Vincent Pereira is President of BHP Trinidad and Tobago, which operates the Greater Angostura Development and 6 Exploration Deepwater Blocks. He is responsible for the firm’s safe and reliable operations.

He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and has previously served as Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter and is also a former Chairman of the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago. He currently sits on the Boards of Republic Bank and United Way.

Claire Fitzpatrick
Regional President
BP Trinidad and Tobago

Claire was announced as Regional President BP Trinidad and Tobago in February 2018. Prior to this role, she was appointed Managing Director for BP’s Exploration and Production interests in Australia in September 2014. In this role, she was accountable for all BP Upstream activity in Australia, including the North-West Shelf Venture. Claire served as a Director of the Board of North West Shelf Gas Pty Ltd, the gas marketing agency for the venture. In addition, she was a Board Director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and Chairperson of the APPEA Executive Committee.

Claire joined BP in 2002 as Chief Accountant/Head of Accounting Policy for Upstream. Following this, she was Head of Performance Management for Upstream and in 2007 moved to BP Alaska, initially as Commercial Director then as the Chief Financial Officer. In 2012 Claire was appointed Head of the Executive Office for Upstream in BP’s London office.

Prior to BP, Claire worked for Ernst & Young in London and Houston across a variety of service lines focused on the oil and gas sector. Claire has a BSc in Biological Sciences and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

Rosa Carrillo
Author, Consultant & Speaker

Rosa Carrillo is an author; speaker and consultant who has been helping companies transform their safety culture for over 25 years. She has experienced successful and unsuccessful change efforts in oil and gas, pharmaceutical, nuclear, mining, manufacturing and power generation in multiple countries.

At the core of her latest publication, 'The Relationship Factor in Safety Leadership', are eight beliefs about human nature that are common to leaders who successfully communicate that safety is important while meeting business results. Edgar H. Schein, author of Organizational Culture and Leadership and the Humble Leadership Series, commented that her book should be required reading for all leaders concerned with safety. It turns out that a leader’s ability to create relationships is an important key to his or her success.

For her, leaders consciously choose to take on the responsibility for providing direction, gathering resources and ensuring that everyone under them feels they can contribute their best self to the goals of the community. Her core conviction is that effective leadership is focused on creating a culture where those being led can flourish.

Rosa’s expertise is frequently sought on the topic of how to create and maintain trust. Her research shows that people must feel included to trust management. While managers expect employees to speak up to prevent failures and disasters, they will not unless they feel valued and respected. By speaking with 100’s of employees and managers, Ms. Carrillo has gathered the leadership actions that create trust and the ones that destroy it.

Dr. Drew Rae
Safety Science Innovation Lab
Griffith University

Dr Drew Rae manages the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University, where he and his team work to study and subvert compliance bureaucracy. Drew’s research brings a critical cross-disciplinary approach to the examination of the myths, rituals and bad habits that surround risk and safety practices within organisations.

His publications challenge the common assumption that risk assessment is a useful decision-making tool, and examine instead the social role risk assessment plays in reducing uncertainty and justifying decisions that have already been made. Drew presents the DisasterCast podcast and is Associate Editor for the journal Safety Science.

Anthony Watkins
CEO/ Principal Consultant

An accomplished Organisational Development Consultant, Anthony has been actively involved in public and private sector organisational transformation initiatives since the early 1990s, working across the region with major companies in all business sectors.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Toronto and has worked in the fields of Social Pathology/Mental Health, Correctional Services and Psychiatric Forensic Assessment in Toronto, Canada. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of FAASBY – the Foundation for the Academic Advancement of Spiritual Baptist Youth and of the Board of Trustees at the Caribbean Sport and Development Agency (formerly TTASPE).

As a Keynote Speaker, he has presented at regional business conferences of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union and the Jamaica Employers’ Federation among others.

A founding and honorary life member of the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT), he has authored articles in local and regional business publications, sharing his HR and leadership expertise. He has developed Assessment-Development tools which have been successfully applied for major clients. His involvement in sport includes work with Administrators, Coaches and Players on National and Regional Teams in the areas of Management and the Psychology of Performance.

With over 25 years of Human Resource and Organisational Development consulting experience, his areas of expertise include:

  • Organisational Diagnosis
  •  Strategic Planning and Visioning
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Developing Organisational Culture
  • Assessment Centre Design and Execution
  • Team-building
  • Leadership Development
  • Organisational Transformation and Change
  • Merger Management
  • Process Facilitation

    Johnny Mitchell
    Associate Fellow
    British Psychological Society (BPS)

    Johnny is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and member the BPS’s Division of Occupational Psychology. He is a Registered Occupational Psychologist with the UK’s Health Care Professions Council. He is currently director of two companies (Caspian Psychology and Mosaic Tasks), both of which develop tools/products based on a unique combination of games, IT and psychology.

    Caspian Psychology is a company that develop cloud-based team games that enable participants to have a unique and effective learning experience, primarily in the Human Factors/Safety domain. Mosaic Tasks is a unique tool that measures the big 5 personality traits through the completion of a set of online tasks. Johnny previously worked for 11 years as a Human Factors (HF) consultant delivering projects in over 30 countries which included topics such as culture change, incident investigations, managing human error and assessment through 360 feedback and Situational Judgement Tests.

    Alan Howard
    Associate Fellow
    British Psychological Society (BPS)

    Alan is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and member of the BPS’s Division of Occupational Psychology. He is a Chartered Psychologist and a Registered Occupational Psychologist with the UK’s Health Care Professions Council.

    Alan is currently director of Mosaic Tasks, a unique tool that measures the big 5 personality traits through the completion of a set of online tasks. He has 27 years’ experience as an occupational psychologist which includes managing and delivering large consultancy projects in 6 continents. He is a former Vice President of Assessment & Development at Dubai International Airport and Director of Assessment & Development Centres at IHS Dubai. Alan has co-authored 3 situational judgement tests which are published worldwide by SHL and which have been completed by participants from over 100 countries. Alan has extensive experience of carrying out projects in safety-critical environments, including Nuclear Energy, Heavy Engineering and the Police & Prisons.

    Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar
    Chief Medical Advisor

    Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar is the Chief Medical Advisor to Atlantic. He is also the Medical Advisor to the bpTT Region.

    A medical professional with over fourteen years’ experience in occupational medicine, Dr. Ramcharitar was the first physician from the Caribbean to attain specialist qualifications in occupational medicine when he achieved Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (MFOM). In 2016, he was recognized for his distinguished contribution to the field of occupational medicine when he was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FFOM) by the Board of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of Ireland.

    Dr. Ramcharitar, a past national scholar, is the holder of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master Degree in Occupational Medicine from Kings College, University of Aberdeen. His training extended to Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society in Seattle and he is a Diving Medical Advisory Committee Level 2D Diving Medicine certified physician. He also possesses a Certificate in Occupational Health Law from the Glasgow Caledonian University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Ramcharitar is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is an Oil and Gas UK certified physician.

    He has a special interest in the areas of fitness for work, fatigue, toxicology, substance misuse in the workplace and occupational wellness. His pioneering work in the field of fatigue risk management has received international recognition. He has served as the head of the Occupational Medicine and Executive Medical Clinics at the Medical Associates Hospital and Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. Dr. Ramcharitar has held the positions of Associate Lecturer with the University of the West Indies and Member of the Board of Directors of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority of Trinidad and Tobago on which he served as the Medical Board’s representative.

    Patricia Loquan

    Patricia Loquan specialises in Human Resources Management and organisation effectiveness as well as key aspects of Technical operations as well as Quality Assurance, Production Management and Product Development.

    At Unilever, she led the Big Scale Value Analysis cross functional team to identify and deliver $10 million cost savings throughout the business. Patricia’s experience has spanned the technical, HR and general management areas at Lever Brothers West Indies, the local subsidiary of Unilever

    She has held the positions of Technical Director, Corporate Affairs & Personnel Director, and Total Quality Coordinator. Her primary responsibility was for manufacturing including product technical design, production, engineering, quality and site safety health and environment

    As Corporate Affairs & Personnel Director, she was responsible for the company’s Secretarial and HR function as well as participated in the successful roll out of Unilever’s Integrated HR management grading, remuneration, appraisal, and training/development systems.

    Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto
    Chief Executive Officer
    Miyamoto International

    Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto leads Miyamoto International, a global structural engineering and disaster risk reduction firm, and nonprofit Miyamoto Relief, and is a California Seismic Safety Commissioner. Dr. Miyamoto and his team won three consecutive ENR “Best Global Project” awards as well as the prestigious U.S. Presidential “E” Award.

    Dr. Miyamoto is an expert to World Bank projects, including a seismic risk mitigation project for 2,000 schools in Istanbul and critical projects in Manila, Mongolia, Indonesia and Myanmar. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he and his team conducted damage assessments of more than 430,000 earthquake-damaged structures and rebuilt more than 12,000 buildings. He is currently involved with earthquake reconstruction in Nepal, Mexico and Indonesia and his team conducts critical disaster preparedness policy work for USAID in Latin America and the Caribbean and for the World Bank in Bangladesh.

    Dr. Miyamoto holds graduate degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and California State University, where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni. He has been featured by CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine. He is also a TED speaker.

    Dr. Judith Gobin
    Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Life Sciences
    The University of the West Indies

    Dr. Gobin is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Life Sciences, in the Faculty of Science and Technology, at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.

    She is a Marine Biologist with more than 35 years of research experience in the field. She has made significant academic contributions (> 30 publications) to the knowledge of Marine Biodiversity in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. In this respect, she has published on a number of “new marine scientific records” and “new marine species” - (approximately 298) - for Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

    Dr. Gobin began her research career working in shallow, soft-sediment benthic environments and then moved to rocky shore areas and more recently- into the deep sea environment. The Deep Sea Wonders of the Caribbean project (a book and a 5-part DVD) was initiated by Dr. Gobin following her participation on-board the E/V Nautilus’ expedition within the Caribbean, in 2013 and 2014. She was the Lead Scientist on that project. Dr. Gobin’s marine research is original and critical towards conservation and management of our marine resources.

    Catherine Ramnarine

    Catherine joined M. Hamel-Smith & Co. in September 2006. One of the primary focuses of her current practice is labour and employment law. She has significant knowledge and practical experience in this area including industrial relations disputes, termination, discrimination and employee injury claims. She also maintains a significant practice in personal injury litigation, insurance disputes, civil and commercial litigation, debt collection, enforcement of foreign judgments and construction disputes.

    Her current involvement surrounds helping clients to manage labour and employment issues, including issues relating to:

    • Recruitment – data protection, privacy and discrimination
    • Drafting employment contracts
    • Managing employee benefits and entitlements
    • Performance management
    • Promotions; Disciplinary investigations and hearings
    • Redundancy and retrenchment, Transfers of business
    • Advising and representing clients in alternative dispute resolution processes
    • Drafting Court documents including Pleadings, Evidence and Arguments, Applications, Affidavits, Witness Statements, Skeleton Arguments and Submissions.
    • Practicing as Second Chair/Instructing Attorney and First Chair/Advocate in matters before the Industrial Court, High Court and Court of Appeal
    • Helping clients to proactively and preemptively manage potential disputes and claims

    She has published numerous articles including

    • The Highs and Lows of Marijuana Legislation – What could it mean for business? Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 10, Issue 3, January 2018
    • Managing Workforce Reductions – AMCHAM Linkage Volume 1/2016
    • Too Much Information: The Risks of Using Social Media to Screen Recruits – Hamel-Smith Forum Volume 9/Issue 3

    Her Professional Memberships include:

    • The Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago


    • 2008: Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop
    • 2006: L.E.C. (Hugh Wooding Law School)
    • 2004: LL.B (Hons.) University of the West Indies

    Volton Edwards
    Process Safety Technical Authority

    Volton holds a BSc degree in Chemical/Process Engineering from the University of the West Indies and has over 20 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry working in Refining, Upstream and as a Consultant in a wide range of activities including Process Operations, Engineering Design, Process Safety and Risk Management.

    He is currently BPTT’s Process Safety Technical Authority where through selective and focused assurance, maintains for the Process Safety sub-discipline an independent view of the implementation of engineering requirements, safety and operational risks and conformance with the company’s Operating Management System. He delivers process safety training in areas such as HAZID, HAZOP, LOPA, MAR and Process Safety Fundamentals.

    Lizra Fabien
    Executive Director
    Dominica's Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC)

    Lizra Fabien is Executive Director of Dominica's Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), the leading private sector representative body in Dominica with membership across various sectors and industries. Furthermore, Lizra also serves as Chairperson of the Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM) which is a dynamic newly launched network of 18 Chambers of Commerce across the Caribbean region. Prior to this, Lizra worked with the Coalition of Service Industries in Business Development and executed initiatives of the Dominica Business Forum. With a great passion for regional private sector development, Lizra seeks to connect with attendees to share and learn for the advancement of the Private Sector. Mr. Neil Parsanlal
    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    PEAPSL Consultancy Limited

    Mr. Neil Parsanlal is the CEO of PEAPSL Consultancy Limited, the premier Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider in Trinidad and Tobago. His passion for psychology and counselling developed as it formed part of his studies when he acquired a Bachelors of Arts in Theology and Counselling from the University of the West Indies.

    Mr. Parsanlal’s desire to help persons on an organizational level as well led him to pursue an MBA with a specialization in Leadership Development from the University of Liverpool. These qualifications, among other post graduate certifications and work experiences, has positioned him as an effective Business Consultant, Trainer, Executive Coach, Mentor and Strategist.

    Mr. Parsanlal has held senior positions in both the private and public sector and worked at one of the highest levels of Government as the Minister of Information. Other positions include Senior Consultant at Personnel Management Services Limited, Manager – Human Resources & Corporate Communications at ANSA McAl Financial Services Sector, Corporate Communications Officer – Neal and Massy Holdings Limited, Lecturer – Public Relations, Event Management & Protocol, Head of Communications at the Ministry of Education and Corporate Communications Officer at the Environmental Management Authority. Mr. Parsanlal also served as a Member of the Board of Directors at BWIA West Indies Airways from 2004, and the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) from December 2005. He is also the current chairman of the Board of Directors at NALIS.

    Mr. Parsanlal’s professional standard of operation reflects the core values of PEAPSL: Confidential, Accountable, Reliable, Ethical and Supportive.

    Racquel Moses
    Chief  Executive Officer (CEO)
    Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator

    Racquel Moses is CEO of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator. She has served in several executive-level positions at large multinational organizations and Caribbean leadership organizations including country head of Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago and the regional director of the public sector for Microsoft Caribbean, portfolio head Europe and Americas and Head of Caribbean and International projects for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), president of InvesTT Trinidad and Tobago as well as leadership positions within JP Morgan Chase, Cable & Wireless and Fujitsu.

    Although the bulk of her career has been international Racquel was born and raised in Trinidad. Through all of her appointments she has served as an agent of change and high performance. Racquel is a married mother of two, has run 4 international marathons, was the winner of a World Bank innovation award in 2013 and currently serves as the trustee for the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.

    Vijay Latchmansingh
    Maintenance & Reliability Manager 
    Point Lisas Nitrogen Ltd (PLNL)

    Vijay Latchmansingh is a graduate Mechanical Engineer from the University of the West Indies. He also holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business. He has 17 years’ experience, starting as a trainee engineer in 2002 with PLNL. His experience is primarily in the Maintenance & Reliability Department, but spent some time in the HSSE Department where he was able to appreciate the value and broaden his skills in both occupational and process safety.

    During his time at PLNL, he has been instrumental in successful operations, turnarounds and reliability of the ammonia plant. Some of his oversight and successes includes major turnarounds in 2007, 2012 and 2016. In addition, some of his successful projects includes the new air preheater and new ammonia converter installation. He currently leads a relatively young but talented group of professionals in the Maintenance & Reliability Department, responsible for condition monitoring, routine maintenance, reliability and turnaround planning.

    At PLNL he has also been in involved in the HSSE Committee and PLNL Swadingos Sports Club Executive Committee. He has captained PLNL’s cricket team on numerous matches (although without much success), and has also been the captain of PLNL’s hiking team that participated in five (5) BGTT Energy Challenges from 2004 to 2008 – with the goal of raising money for the underprivileged. Away from his business portfolio, Vijay is a dedicated father of two beautiful girls, loves to spend time and travel with his family, and avid sports fan.

    Ricardo Williams
    Finance Director and Corporate Secretary
    Bermudez Group Limited

    Ricardo Williams is the Finance Director and Corporate Secretary of Bermudez Group Limited. His tenure at the Bermudez Group commenced in 1988 at Bermudez Biscuit Co Ltd.

    As Finance Director Mr. Williams is responsible for leading a multi–disciplinary team of professionals and support staff for the region. He is directly responsible for strategic planning, capital financing, corporate tax planning and acquisitions. In 2016 he was challenged to lead the Heath, Safety & Environment (HSE) and Food Safety teams in order for the Group to achieve zero Loss Time Accidents (LTA’s) and zero Food Safety Customer Complaints (FSCC’s) within a 10 year time frame.

    Other Professional Experience

    Recent experience outside of Bermudez Group Limited includes:

    • Finance Director/ Company Secretary of Unilever Caribbean Limited – 2009 – 2014

    • CFO/ Company Secretary of Guardian Media(ANSA McAL) – 2008–2009

    Jim Fitt
    Velsoft Training Materials, Inc.

    Velsoft Training Materials, Inc. is a global leader in content for skills development, enabling communities, corporations, private training firms, consultants and educational institutions of all sizes increase the skills of their people by offering best-in-class instructor-led and online learning materials. 

    Leading this dynamic company is Jim Fitt, an energetic ‘Edupreneur’ and global learning & development evangelist with a keen interest in the innovation and technologies side of training. 

    Jim has led several eGoverment initiatives for Canada, United States and South Africa and is the author of highly successful transformational training programs in Digital Transformation and Digital Citizenship. 

    A former instructor with the Nova Scotia School of Fisheries and Nova Scotia Community College system, Fitt has combined his educational background with his natural entrepreneurial abilities to create a training materials company that is on the leading edge of the $200 Billion annual workplace learning and performance (WLP) industry. 

    Each day, millions of people in thousands of companies worldwide use training software and eLearning developed by this Canadian company. With customers that include SpaceX, Amazon, Microsoft, NASA, the United States Air Force, Pfizer, United Nations, the LA Times, Dell Computers, Lockheed Martin, Hilton International and the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America, it is easy to see the company Velsoft keeps on its quest to ‘touch every learner on the planet’. 

    Person of the Year (2013), Nova Scotia’s Exporter of the Year (2013), Regional Export Achievement Award (2013) and Entrepreneur of the Year (2007).

    Jason Gonzalez
    Sales Professional

    Jason Gonzalez is an experienced sales professional with 15 years of experience working in the telecommunications industry. He’s been able to experience the industry through 3 different lenses as an end user (working in DC’s operations for a bank), as an installer (working in the design and implementation of infrastructure projects for a local Puerto Rico integrator) and now as a manufacturer with CommScope starting as a member of the Technical Pre-Sales Team and most recently as part of the Sales team.

    Jason has received CommScope recognition awards like CALA Technical Sales Champion of the Year and SYSTIMAX Star Presenter. With a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) focused in Computer and Information Technology Administration and Management from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Campus.

    Terrence Doodnath
    Process Safety

    Terrence Doodnath has 7 years industry experience in the Onshore Petrochemical and Offshore Oil and Gas facilities. Terrence been involved in the development of Process Safety awareness and capability at BHP, Trinidad and Tobago Production Unit (TTPU), for the past 3 years. BHP is a world-leading resources company involved in the extraction and processing of minerals, oil and gas worldwide.

    Terrence holds a Risktec Assessed Masters (RAM) in Risk and Safety Management, M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering and a B.Sc. in Chemical and Process Engineering. He has led the development of the Process Safety Competency Framework for BHP TTPU, focusing on the development and assessment of Field Technicians. In addition, he has been involved in the development of the facility safety case, quantitative risk assessments (QRA) and the Development of a Standard Operating Procedures Framework for BHP TTPU. Terrence views process safety competency as “the ability to carry out tasks and continuously make the judgements necessary to deliver process safety.” Terrence is passionate about the development of others and continues to work on competency and continuous improvement in the field of process safety.

    Antonia Lucky
    Safety, Health & Environmental Manager
    Nutrien (formerly PCS Nitrogen)

    Ms. Antonia Lucky is the Safety, Health & Environmental Manager at Nutrien (formerly PCS Nitrogen). She has been in the Industrial HSE field for twenty-one (21) years. Antonia attained both her Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from the UWI Mona Campus in Jamaica. She holds (3) Diplomas - one in Occupational Health & Safety, one in Security Management and one in UK Law. She is also certified at the UK Paralegal and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) accreditation levels.

    She was one of the 1 st group of students from the Mona Campus to graduate with a MSc. Degree in Natural Resource & Environmental Management and the 1st Trinbagonian to be awarded a 1-year Graduate Intern Scholarship at the prestigious International Centre for Environmental & Nuclear Sciences in Jamaica. Since 2009, she has been a part-time Lecturer for the M.Sc. Degree in Occupational,  Environmental, Safety & Health at UWI St. Augustine, where she lectures (4) Course Modules. She also lectures MBA courses at the Arthur Lok Jack Institute of Business. She sits on several National HSE Committees and HSE Technical Boards. She is the President of the T&T Emergency Mutual Aid Scheme (TTEMAS) which is based in Pt. Lisas Industrial Estate. Antonia is very passionate about work-life balance, volunteerism and partners several national and academic non-profit organizations.

    Maya Horowitz
    Director of Threat Intelligence and Research
    Check Point Software Technologies

    Maya Horowitz is the Director of Threat Intelligence and Research at Check Point Software Technologies. Maya is responsible for leading the intelligence and research efforts, finding new cyber campaigns and identifying the hackers behind them, while leveraging her team’s analysis into threat prevention products. Prior to Check Point, Maya served 10 years as an officer in an intelligence unit of the Israel Defense Forces. She holds a master’s degree in psychology and biology (psychoneuroimmunology) from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

    Kevin Ajodha
    Systems Engineer

    Kevin Ajodha is a Systems Engineer (Cisco) with 10 years' experience in the IT industry. He has a wide range of experience within the public and private sector over multiple countries and across multiple technological architectures. At Cisco, Kevin is responsible for designing solutions over all of Cisco’s portfolio. Previously, Kevin has held multiple technology roles throughout his diverse career including IT Auditor, Information Security Consultant, Pre-Sales consultant, Field Engineer and, his prior role of Incident Handler with the Ministry of National Security, Computer Security Incident Response Team.

    His focus is information security with specialization in policy and procedure development, security operations, incident response, forensic investigations, vulnerability assessments, security testing and PCI compliance. Kevin is also a part-time lecturer at the School of Accounting and Management, Trinidad, where he delivers lectures in Network Security and Cryptography and Computer Systems and Servers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from New York Institute of Technology in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from Florida International University.

    Dr. Alissa J. Abdullah
    Chief Information Security Officer

    As Xerox Chief Information Security Officer Dr. Alissa J. Abdullah (Dr. Jay) is responsible for protecting the company’s information assets. In her role, she established, and currently leads, a corporate-wide information risk management program. She identifies, evaluates and reports on information security practices, controls, and risks in order to comply with regulatory requirements and to align with the risk posture of the enterprise.

    Prior to Xerox, Dr. Abdullah served as the first chief information security officer at Stryker Corporation, a multi-billion dollar medical technology company. At Stryker, she oversaw global activities related to information security. She also established the standards and governance around information security issues related to products. She managed all security transformation initiatives and worked closely with business leaders and heads of regional infrastructure to ensure security policy and strategy was implemented consistently.

    Dr. Abdullah spent three years as deputy chief information officer of the White House. Beginning in March 2012, she helped to modernize the Executive Office of the President's IT systems, with cloud services and virtualization. She employed new cybersecurity strategies, and enhanced technology across the office of the President while serving as chair on multiple boards.

    Previously, she served as associate vice president for the Enterprise Solutions Division at Catapult Technology, and as a deputy chief technology officer at Lockheed Martin Corporation. She began her career with the Department of Defense as a cryptologic mathematician.

    Dr. Abdullah holds a PhD in Information Technology Management from Capella University; a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Computer Networks from The George Washington University; and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Savannah State University. She is a member of IBM’s Security Board of Advisors.

    David Green
    Vice President, Sales & Marketing
    Hitachi Systems Security Inc.

    David has had a long career in the ICT industry, spanning 24 years, and shows no signs of slowing down. His experience covers banking and information technology, with specific emphasis on technology operations, information security, application development, project management, and network design. His love for information security, working directly with clients, and helping companies solve their business problems led him into a career in technology sales, with emphasis on cyber security.

    He currently serves as the Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Hitachi Systems Security Inc., headquartered in Quebec, Canada, a subsidiary company of Hitachi Systems, Limited. In this role, he leads the sales and marketing teams as they develop and drive the sales initiatives across North America (Canada, the US, and the Caribbean). David has held several senior management and executive positions throughout his career. He is the former Chief Information Officer for two Caribbean banks. He was also the Vice President for Business Development (Financial Services) for a multi-national technology firm operating in Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, and the Territory Manager – Caribbean for a global security and information management firm headquartered in Mountain View, California, USA.

    Given his keen interest in national and people development, David served as the Secretary (2005 to 2006) and Vice President (2006 to 2010) for the Information and Communications Technology Society of Trinidad and Tobago. He is a former adjunct faculty member in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship - School of Business & Information Technologies at the College of Science Technology and the Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT), and mentor at the Christ Child Convalescent Home in Diego Martin.

    Gerard Hutchinson
    Unit Lead in Psychiatry
    Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS), University of the West Indies, St Augustine

    He is currently the Professor and Unit Lead in Psychiatry, at the School of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS), University of the West Indies, St Augustine. He also serves currently as the coordinator of the DM Psychiatry, St Augustine campus and the Programme Director of the MSc Clinical Psychology programme on the St Augustine campus. He functions as the Head of Psychiatry at the North Central Regional Health Authority, where he oversees the in-patient and outpatient mental health services of the NCRHA.

    He is a graduate of St Mary’s College, the University of the West Indies and the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has authored or co-authored over 130 academic publications and is a member of the International Association of Suicide Prevention. He serves as a manuscript reviewer for over 25 international journals and is an Academic editor for PLOS One as well as on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Social Psychiatry and the West Indian Medical Journal. His published work has over 6500 citations.

    Kishan Kumarsingh
    Head of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit,
    Ministry of Planning and Development,

    Kishan Kumarsingh is the Head of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit, in the Ministry of Planning and Development, Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Since 1998, he has been the lead technical negotiator for Trinidad and Tobago under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Kishan has co-chaired international negotiations on technology transfer, adaptation and other issues throughout the period and attended various technical workshops on climate change.

    Kishan has published numerous papers and studies since 1993, including Climate Change: After Paris: Where are we now? Where do we need to be? How do we get there? in The Parliamentarian. Kishan has conducted research all over the world, holding positions including the post of Fellow of Oxford Climate Policy at Oxford University and Invited Expert at the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Colorado, USA.

    Kishan earned an M.Phil. in Environmental Analytical Chemistry and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry from the University of the West Indies as well as an LL.B. (Hons.) from the University of London.

    Shiva Maharaj
    Process Engineering Superintendent
    Industrial Plant Services Ltd.

    Chemical and Process Engineering graduate from the University of the West Indies in 2005. Started at Industrial Plant services in 2005 and has progressed to a lead role within the Process Engineering function with fourteen years’ experience in Ammonia production.

    Main role is responsibility for the overall Process Engineering work program at IPSL operated ammonia plants. Focused on energy efficiency, process safety and improving plant reliability. Have been instrumental in planning and execution of major plant turnarounds as well as identifying and correcting plant limitations. Actively supports key Process Safety initiatives such as PHA, MOC and Incident Investigations.

    Ana Gabriela Ramos
    Americas Senior Field Marketing Manager
    Entrust Datacard

    Ana is seasoned international marketing executive with over 13 years’ experience across multiple industries including travel, ecommerce, payments and financial technology. Ana joined Entrust Datacard in 2015 to lead the go-to-market strategy across the financial vertical in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has been an effective change agent in helping the company achieve significant growth in brand equity, revenue and market share throughout the region. Most recently she has taken over Entrust Datacard’s digital portfolio overseeing the marketing strategy across consumer authentication, digital DNA, PKI, transaction security, digital certificates and IOT solutions with the goal of helping businesses and organizations across the Financial, Enterprise and Government verticals achieve successful digital transformations.

    Pushpendra Kumar “PK” Gupta
    Global Presales Lead
    Data Protection Solutions for DellEMC

    Pushpendra Kumar “PK” Gupta has over 34 years of experience in the IT Industry.  PK received a B. E. in Computer Science in 1985 from MNREC, PGDM from AIMA.  Currently, PK is Global Presales Lead for Data Protection Solutions for DellEMC based out of Silicon Valley, USA .  In this role, PK is responsible for worldwide presales engineers.  PK has been with DellEMC since May 1997, earlier roles being Sr Director Specialty Presales, Director Product Marketing, Product Management and Director of Engineering.

    PK was a visiting professor in India for the last 22 years in various institutions such as Amity Business School, AIMA, IMT, IEC and JIMS.  Also, PK is also on international advisory boards in a few Indian, Singapore and Malaysian universities.   PK writes technical and management articles in various international magazines; and he is an international speaker on storage management, cloud, big data, disaster recovery, IoT, Data protection & Privacy regulations and cyber security.  He is also founder and Chairman Emeritus for SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) India and SNIA South Asia.  Recently, nominated to join SNIA Global Board of Directors to represent DellEMC. PK was awarded the 2012 SNIA Industry Impact Award by SNIA International, 2013 APJ EMC President Leadership Award and has been nominated for President Club consistently from last 10 years. He was induced into EMC DPS Hall of Fame in May 2015.

    Jim Dill

    Jim is a Summa Cum Laude Graduate of the Indiana University of PA – BA Criminology – and was valedictorian of the Criminology Department. 

    Jim has dedicated his entire law enforcement career to matters dealing with investigative technologies.  He is a 30 year veteran of the PA Office of Attorney General (OAG) with 27 of those years served as an agent, supervisor, or director of the unit responsible for investigative technology and counter surveillance matters. 

    Throughout his career Jim has participated in hundreds of investigations involving the use of investigative technology for the Attorney General as well as with a variety of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.  He has been qualified and has testified as an expert on investigative technologies in both the Common Pleas and Appellate Court systems.

    Jim currently serves as a subject matter expert and instructor for his own company (ITIS, LLC) as well as Professional Law Enforcement Training, LLC and the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center.  His “Darker Side of Technology” series has provided valuable insight and understanding on today’s technology to law enforcement, judges, businesses, victim advocate groups, students, educators and community organizations across the country.

    Bruce Wimmer
    Senior Director of Corporate Risk Services

    Mr. Wimmer joined G4S in early 2015 and is the Senior Director of Corporate Risk Services where he provides a wealth of knowledge and support to clients across the globe. Prior to G4S, Mr. Wimmer has been involved in investigations and security consulting for more than 40 years. He served for nearly 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, the majority of that time as a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), where he was responsible for felony-level criminal and fraud investigations, anti-terrorism and counterespionage operations. Before retiring, he was selected to head a joint Department of Defense (DoD) team that business re-engineered counterintelligence and criminal investigation processes throughout the DoD. He then worked for more than 20 years with a large international security company before joining G4S.

    During his career, he has conducted and supervised thousands of investigations and security consulting projects in more than 70 countries and in every U.S. state. He has special expertise in Logistics and Supply Chain security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program. He assisted CBP in developing their risk assessment methodology for trade partners, served as an instructor during CBP’s annual CTPAT conference and provided inputs to their Five-Step Risk Assessment Methodology. He has conducted and supervised thousands of supply chain risk assessments around the world, including ports in Asia and the U.S. He is also certified as a lead auditor for ISO 28000 on supply chain security. He has taught ISO 28000 methodology in the U.S., Asia and for the European Union. He conducted security and risk/vulnerability assessments for all buildings and institutions that fall under the jurisdiction of the City and County of Denver in the wake of 9/11 and Grayson County Texas in 2013. He was also responsible for conducting risk assessments for public/private utilities including more than 50 water/waste water systems around the world, a number of which were affiliated with the U.S. Air Force.

    Herman Anthony Vieira
    Managing Director
    HHSL Safety Systems Limited and
    The Hummingbird Group of Companies

    Herman Anthony Vieira is the Managing Director of HHSL Safety Systems Limited and the Hummingbird Group of Companies. Located at the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, the Group comprises Hummingbird Helicopter Services Limited (the Parent Company), Skysearch Limited, HHSL Safety Systems Limited - a preferred Safety and Emergency Response Training and Consultancy Services Company in the Region, and RECTRIX Drone Services Limited.

    A retired Captain having flown helicopters for both Bristow Caribbean Limited (BCL) and National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL) over a combined period of 18 years, Captain Vieira’s introduction to the world of Safety and in particular safety training began with his having been trained in the UK by Bristow Helicopters in Sea Survival for Pilots and Passengers. Captain Vieira was assigned, on his return to Trinidad, to train the then AMOCO Trinidad’s personnel in 1986, as well as Bristow’s Pilots and Engineers in Sea Survival techniques.

    In 1997, Captain Vieira seized an opportunity to further his knowledge as an Instructor when BP bought over AMOCO Trinidad, as the takeover would mean that BP’s North Sea training standards would eventually be adopted locally. Having pursued OPITO Approval and Certification to offer Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET), Captain Vieira became the first Trinidad & Tobago National to be certified as an Instructor for what is now mandatory training for anyone venturing to an Offshore Oil & Gas Installation.

    The demand for his services was the catalyst for the formation of a separate safety training company and also catapulted Captain Vieira into retirement from his pilot duties in 2001, leaving behind an accident free 10,000+ hour career in Helicopter Flying to form HHSL Safety Systems Limited.

    Fast forward to present and Captain Vieira is again spearheading diversification of the business through the establishment of a technology-based company to support the changing needs of industry in respect of inspection capability.

    Anthony Hackett
    Security Professional

    Anthony Hackett is an accomplished security professional, with nearly 15 years of experience in the security industry and over 20 years of experience in sales and business development. During his time at Senstar/Aimetis, Mr. Hackett has been involved with many interesting installations, including the UK Royal Air Force, Miami International Airport, all branches of the US Military, the EU border to the Soviet Union, Israeli Airport Authority, and retailers like Amazon, Macys, Nike, Target, and Walgreens. Mr. Hackett has worked on projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.

    Mr. Hackett is actively working in Trinidad and Tobago since 2007. He has a strong background in economics and marketing. Mr. Hackett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and International Business from the State University of New York.

    Varsha Ramharrack
    Lead Fixed Facilities Specialist
    GE Power

    Varsha Ramharrack is an Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist who has almost a decade of experience spanning in both the power generation and energy services fields. Her current portfolio is Lead Fixed Facilities Specialist with GE Power.

    She holds a BSc (Hons) with a double major in Environmental Studies & Natural Resources Management and Zoology from the University of the West Indies, and an MSc in Occupational Safety, Health and the Environment from the University of Greenwich. She is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers. She is fervent about environmentalism and an advocate for sustainable development. She concurs with the scientific community that climate change is an unequivocal issue.

    She is a Kiwanian and she has held the role of GE Volunteers Council Leader for Trinidad. She has championed annual educational outreach activities in primary schools to edify students on reducing their carbon footprints; encouraging them to reduce waste and recycle where possible. Varsha is also the Lead of AMCHAM T&T’s Environmental Sub-committee.

    Vashtie Bajnath
    GPO HSE Manager

    Vashtie has a B.Sc. Chemistry/Analytical Chemistry from the University of the West Indies. She has over 17 years of industry experience. She started her career working as an Quality Assurance Technician at Unilever Caribbean Limited and has held various HSSE roles within the Oil & Gas industry, incl. Upstream (Construction through Production) and Downstream sector. Vashtie joined BP in 2008 as the HSSE Lead for the Serrette project.  She most recently held the role of HSSE Manager for the Global Projects Organization, responsible for the safe and reliable design, construction, installation and start-ups.  Vashtie has been with BP for the last 11 years.

    Cindi Nandlal
    Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Manager
    Point Lisas Nitrogen Limited

    Cindi Nandlal is the Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Manager at Point Lisas Nitrogen Limited. Point Lisas Nitrogen Limited (PLNL) is a privately owned company which manufactures Anhydrous Ammonia in a world class production facility located in Point Lisas, in the central region of Trinidad Cindi ‘s career spans nineteen (19) years in the energy and non-energy industries with both multinational, and locally based companies. This experience allowed her to be exposed to operational HSSE in international, regional and local realms. Cindi has also held the role of non-Executive Board of Director on two company boards and a Business Unit Holdings Board. Cindi’s passion for HSSE, specifically, the human aspects of HSSE, is generated from her experience with fatalities and significant injuries and events throughout her career.

    Through industry organizations such as the Point Lisas Energy Association (PLEA), the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) she has also endeavored to apply this passion and experience to influence national programs and conversations such as the PLEA Pass Card system, etc. Cindi also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree from the University of Central Florida, a Post-Graduate diploma in Risk, Crisis and Disaster management from the University of Leicester and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), which is a credential awarded by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) in the US. Cindi is Chair of the AMCHAM HSSE Committee as well as co-founder/lead of the Energy Women in OSHE group.

    Rick Corbin
    Safety Lead
    Target Solutions Ltd

    Rick Corbin from Target Solutions Ltd is a safety lead who has worked with multinational energy companies in USA, Canada and the Caribbean for the past 8 years. He has assisted these companies, which include BP and Shell, in improving their safety policies and procedures by means of Dropped Object Prevention training and LOTO systems.

    Marianela Guzman
    Woodbury University

    Marianela Guzman is an architect at Woodbury University in Burbank, California, United States, with complementary studies in urban planning in Barcelona, Spain and Paris, France. She has a master's degree in Sustainable Business Administration from the University for International Cooperation (UCI) in San José, Costa Rica.

    She is currently the Advisor of Public-Private Partnerships on Disaster Risk Reduction and Focal Point of the ARISE Initiative for the United Nations Regional Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, The Americas and the Caribbean based in Panama.

    Her previous professional experience has been with international NGOs in Washington D.C. and Intergovernmental Organizations in the region of Central America, has more than 14 years of experience in the development of new businesses and implementation of Photovoltaic Systems, in Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Costa Rica and “Strategies for the construction of low housing carbon in the framework of the Appropriate Actions of Mitigation at National Level (NAMAs), and management of disaster risk reduction programs, implementing strategic alliances with the private sector and the public sector.

    As an Architect, Marianela has worked in the private sector in California, Florida, Panama City and San José, Costa Rica in projects of Educational Center, Urban Projects and Mixed-Use Buildings, Remodeling and Expansion of the Miami International Airport and remodeling of Workspaces for Canon, Alcon, Bank of America, among others.

    Michelle Scobie
    Lecturer and Researcher
    University of the West Indies (UWI)

    Michelle Scobie, PhD, LLB, LEC, is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of International Relations at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine and Co-Editor of the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy. She has practiced as an attorney at law in Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. She was the first corporate secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Heritage and Stabilisation Fund. She is a member of the Caribbean Studies Association, the International Studies Association, the University of the West Indies Oceans Governance Network, the Earth System Governance global research alliance, the Future Earth Ocean Knowledge Action Network and the International Studies Association. Her research areas include international law, international environmental law and developing states’ perspectives on global and regional environmental governance. Her most recent publication is the book: Global Environmental Governance and Small States: Architectures and Agency in the Caribbean.

    Sherwin Long
    Head Secretariat
    Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TTEITI)

    Sherwin Long is currently the head of the Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TTEITI) Secretariat. At the Secretariat, he is responsible for overseeing all operational activities, approved by the TTEITI Steering Committee, to ensure the country remains EITI compliant. Previously, Mr Long has held the positions of Senior Research Specialist, Energy and Chairman of the Energy Efficiency and Alternate Energy Committee at the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago. During his six year tenure at the Chamber, he provided targeted research for the country's leading upstream, midstream, downstream and energy services sector companies on issues related to business competitiveness, resource revenue transparency, fiscal reform and green economy development. Prior to joining the Chamber, he worked as a journalist for seven years and he holds a special interest in the nexus between energy policy development and multi-stakeholder communication. He has a bachelor’s degree in communication and an MBA.

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