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  • 2 Apr 2021 4:48 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2021
    PANELIST - "BOSS LADY"

    Gregory Nicholas Hill, a career banker, has earned a notable reputation in the regional financial services industry spanning over 25 years, in all aspects of Banking and Capital Markets, having executed over TTD 60 Billion in transactions in multiple jurisdictions.

    Mr. Hill is the Managing Director of ANSA Merchant Bank Ltd and Chairman of Consolidated Finance Company Ltd in Barbados. As Managing Director, he led the Bank into the regional capital market spotlight with several high-profile transactions, putting the Bank in the top quartile of the Industry.

    Prior to this role, Mr. Hill held executive positions at regional Financial Institutions, where his responsibilities included Head of Investment Banking for the Caribbean, Head of Banking for regional Banking Subsidiaries and domestically in Corporate Banking and Regulation.

    Mr. Hill is a Director and past President of the Securities Dealers Association of Trinidad & Tobago, Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago and the Accountants for Business Global ACCA Forum.

    Mr. Hill graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics (Honours) from the University of the West Indies and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad & Tobago. He graduated as Top MBA Student in 2004 from the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business with an Executive MBA and is currently Chairman of the Board of the Alumni Association.

  • 2 Apr 2021 4:45 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2021
    PANELIST - "BOSS LADY"

    Aliyah Hamel-Smith is an Attorney-at-Law with extensive corporate legal experience in both Trinidad and the United Kingdom having been admitted to practice for over 19 years. In addition to her law degree, Mrs. Hamel-Smith also holds an MBA from Oxford-Brookes University. Her career started as an Attorney at M. Hamel-Smith & Co. and she currently is the CEO and a Director at both Global Financial Brokers Limited and Total Benefits Specialists Limited, where she provides clients with customized benefit packages and tools designed to increase employee wellness in the areas of health, investments and retirement planning. Prior to that, Ms. Jaggassar held the position of Vice-President – Business Process Outsourcing/Shared Services Development at the Trinidad and Tobago International Financial Centre. Ms. Jaggassar spent almost a decade of her career at RBC, during which time she worked in various areas of the Company’s operations including heading up the Trust Company. There, she acquired expertise in dealing with loan financing instruments and local and international bond issues, as well as in pension administration and estate planning, including Will preparations. She then went on to head up the Financial Planning arm of RBC for the Region.

    Mrs. Hamel-Smith is a Director at NFM, and a member of their Audit Committee and Board Tenders Committee. She also sits on the Board of Admiral Capital, an investment management firm, and is a recent recruit of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

  • 2 Apr 2021 4:41 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2021
    PANELIST - "BOSS LADY"

    Andrea Davis is the Country Manager of DHL Express Trinidad and Tobago Ltd. local arm of the Deutsche Post DHL Group - the world’s leading mail and logistics company. Andrea is responsible for the leadership and management of DHL Express business activities in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Before joining the DHL Group in 2017, Davis was instrumental in driving the success of Digicel Trinidad sales operation as Sales Manager and supported its operations in the South Pacific, Barbados, Suriname and Haiti. Davis also served as Product and Sales Manager at Columbus Communications Ltd, successfully driving revenue growth and profitability within its SME sector.

    With 16 plus years in the field of sales and marketing, business development, customer experience, organizational development and transformation, and Strategic Management, Davis has developed a sound base for understanding the organisation from a systemic perspective. With an in-depth understanding of the anatomy of organisations and the underlying drivers for success, Davis has been instrumental in the business development of several entrepreneurial start-up and small businesses and has worked across several public sector organisations driving and implementing change and performance improvement initiatives.

    Despite her active professional life, Davis is an avid sport fan and has represented Trinidad and Tobago on the world stage as a professional volleyball athlete. She is the chairperson of the Trinidad and Tobago Beach Volleyball Commission. Davis is PMP certified, holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Anglia Ruskin University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration with the Herriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom.

  • 2 Apr 2021 4:35 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2021
    PANELIST - "BOSS LADY"

    Debra Brown is the President and CEO of Governance Solutions Inc. a full-service firm providing governance consulting, research, training and tools. She helps board members build competence and confidence in the boardroom. 

    She is an expert in governance solutions and her accomplishments include:

    • Gained 30 years’ experience working fulltime in corporate governance
    • Trained thousands of board members and C-suite executives
    • Consulted, coached and mentored hundreds of board
    • Created countless tools for boards to use - like BoardConnex our board portal, and our board and CEO evaluation tools

    Awards, Titles, and Designations

    1. Co-Author of Governance Solutions: The Ultimate Guide to Competence and Confidence in the Boardroom and Governing in Scary Times: The Boards Roadmap for Governing Through and Beyond and Emergency.
    2. Co-Founder of The Professional Director Education and Certification Program.
    3. An internationally published author of dozens of governance articles.
  • 2 Apr 2021 4:32 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2021
    PANELIST - "COVID-19 IMPACT ON WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE LABOR FORCE"

    Dominic Rampersad began his professional career as a financial accountant at the National Institute of Higher Education, a government statutory board. He has over 28 years of experience in financial accounting and has been employed at Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited since 1994.

    During his employment at PPGPL, he has held various portfolios including management accountant, financial accountant, business development- project leader and vice president- finance & information technology. Since 2014 to present, he has held the position of president.

    In his role as business development-project leader, he was a key contributor to securing five expansion projects that resulted in the doubling of PPGPL’s gas processing, fractionation, and NGLs storage capacity. From November 2003 to November 2014 he performed the role of vice president-finance and information technology where he was responsible for the finance, information technology, project financing, and corporate legal functions; he also performed the role of corporate secretary. As PPGPL’s president, he has been instrumental in the acquisition of the NGL marketing assets of Twin Eagle Liquids Marketing LLC of Houston Texas, USA, in the year 2020. This acquisition has created a new future of possibilities for PPGPL, its employees and the new subsidiaries.

    Mr. Rampersad is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Oxford Institute of International Finance. He is the chairman of the National Quarries Company Limited and also serves on the boards of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AmCham TT), the Unit Trust Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UTC) and Phoenix Park TT Energy Holdings Company Limited.

  • 2 Apr 2021 4:27 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2021
    PANELIST - "COVID-19 IMPACT ON WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE LABOR FORCE"

    Shelly-Ann Nisha Mohammed is the head of ACCA Caribbean responsible for the development and implementation of strategy for the Caribbean. Her role includes seeking opportunities, risk management and development of stakeholder relationships. She works closely with local government, professional accounting organisations, Ministers of Finance, Auditor Generals’ offices, Ministers of Education, employers and other stakeholders to develop forward looking strategies aimed at helping finance professionals in the region adapt to the future drivers of change; among them regulatory, new technologies and increasing expectations; as well as building the competencies needed to help organisations sustain economic growth and compete nationally and internationally.

    Shelly has over 10 years of global legal experience and worked for three major AmLaw 250 firms in New York and Connecticut. She is a member of the Bar Association of Connecticut and Trinidad and Tobago. On her return to Trinidad, she was appointed the Group Chief Legal officer for one of the largest privately held conglomerates in the Caribbean to work on the largest out-of-court restructuring in the Caribbean. The company encompassed over 65 companies in 32 countries worldwide and had assets standing at roughly US$100 billion. During a nine-month period, she reduced liabilities for the Group by over $150 Million USD. She was the Group corporate secretary for all major subsidiaries, including companies in Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, United States, Canada, England, Scotland and France. She was also the vice president of the largest drinks manufacturer in the Caribbean doing business in over 60 countries worldwide. Shelly has participated on more than 30 public and private boards as the corporate secretary and legal officer where her role was to advise directors on managing external and internal risk. She was also a director on the board of Big Sisters (Connecticut Chapter).

    She was the president and founder of the Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel Limited which promoted the professional and business interests of corporate and in-house counsel in the Caribbean. In this role, she was instrumental in leveraging institutional knowledge to help in-house counsel reduce risk for the companies in which they work.

  • 2 Apr 2021 4:25 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2021
    PANELIST - "COVID-19 IMPACT ON WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE LABOR FORCE"

    Stacy Homer is currently the Director of Human Capital at Unicomer (Trinidad) Ltd – a leading, multi-national retail company.

    Her seventeen years of HR and Leadership expertise spans across financial services, public service, the retail industry, regional consultancy and lecturing. She is also a speaking authority for HR matters on CNC3's Morning Brew and is a fierce advocate of progression of women, especially, in the workplace.

    When Stacy isn’t hard at work conquering the Corporate world, she is hard at play, with her other full-time passion of motherhood. Every day, she takes joy in witnessing and moulding our next generation of soon-to-be accomplished leaders.

  • 2 Apr 2021 4:21 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2021
    PANELIST - "COVID-19 IMPACT ON WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE LABOR FORCE"

    Shola Agoro is the Diversity & Inclusion Leader, IBM Canada

    Shola Agoro was born and raised in Ottawa. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours BSc in Human Biology and French Linguistics.

    She began her career working at KPMG in the Controller's office. While there a colleague referred her to IBM where she started her journey with the company in Pre-sales, and moved to Hiring and Education which lead to Client Advocacy where she has spent most of her career.

    Throughout her 18 years with the company, Ms Agoro has been active in various Business Resource Groups. For the past 6 years, she has been the co-chair of the African-Caribbean networking group whose mission is to bring together professionals of African and Caribbean descent to network, mentor and support each other as a community. This is what opened the door to her working on Diversity and Inclusion which has led to her current role as the Diversity and Inclusion Leader for Canada at IBM.

    Throughout Shola’s 18 years with IBM she has been active in various Business Resource Groups and is the co-chair of the African-Caribbean networking group that brings together professionals of African and Caribbean descent to network, mentor and support each other as a community. She is currently the Diversity and Inclusion Leader for Canada at IBM.

  • 2 Apr 2021 4:13 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2021
    PANELIST - "CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE"

    Stephen Bagnarol is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Limited Head, Caribbean South and East, Scotiabank.

    Stephen Bagnarol was appointed to Senior Vice President & Head of the Caribbean South & East, on November 1, 2017 and is responsible for developing and implementing local business strategy for the region.

    Stephen joined Scotiabank in 1998 as part of the International Associate Development Program, working both in Commercial Banking and Global Risk Management. Upon graduation from the program, he accepted his first international assignment in Mexico, where he held progressively senior roles in Corporate Banking, including Head of Real Estate Banking. In 2005, Stephen relocated to New York, USA as Managing Director, Derivatives, Capital Markets. He was appointed Vice-President in 2008 when he accepted the role as VP & Country Head in Panama. In 2011, Stephen was appointed to the role Senior Vice President, Wholesale Banking in Peru.

    Stephen holds a Master’s of Business Administration in Finance from Schulich School of Business in Toronto and is a CFA Charter holder.

  • 2 Apr 2021 4:10 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2021
    PANELIST - "CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE"

    Isabel Quiroz is director of the Americas Department at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Quiroz provides strategic guidance and support to the senior vice president of the department. She is actively engaged in developing and executing the department’s policy agenda and advocates on behalf of the U.S. business community on a wide range of hemispheric trade and investment issues before the U.S. Congress and foreign government officials.

    Quiroz also serves as executive director of the U.S.-Argentina Business Council (USCBC), where she leads the growth of this institution in a dynamic and quickly evolving space to maximize the potential of the U.S.-Argentina bilateral economic and trade relationship.

    In addition, Quiroz leads the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America & the Caribbean (AACCLA), where she supports the network of 23 American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) in the region. This includes growing the organization’s Leadership Circle and providing strategic direction to the work of the Association and the network of AmChams throughout the Americas.

    Prior to joining the Chamber, Quiroz served as a Fellow for the Atlas Service Corps in Bogota, where she developed organizational fundraising and communications strategies and secured, strategic partnerships. Before joining Atlas Service Corps, Quiroz dedicated six years advocating for health-related matters while at the American Health Assistance Foundation.

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