Avia Maria Lindie - Director
Avia is an Executive| Life Coach| Mentor, and seasoned business executive with three decades of experience in leadership, strategic management, and business development. She cast the vision for implementing ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System and HSSE Policy and launch of the company’s E-commerce website during the global pandemic, curbside pick up for business continuity and was at the forefront of the start-up and expansion of the Berbice Branch at Metro Office and Computer Supplies in her previous positions as Chief Executive Officer and Manager. In addition, she is a trained travel consultant with over five years of experience as a Manager in the Travel Industry. She holds an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business and a Certified Competency-Based Education Trainer (CBET) with the Council of TVET Guyana. She is the recipient of the GCCI’s Women In Business Award 2019 for vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive and leadership.
Avia believes an investment in human capital will leapfrog the development of Guyana. She founded Evolve Business Solutions Inc. in 2020. A consultancy focused on the operations management and growth of MSMEs. She also launched Collection by Avia Maria, a lifestyle brand that supports women seeking to be beautiful on the inside and confident on the outside. In addition, she is a Board Member of the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute and VP of Alpha and Omega Community Health Associates: a non-profit organisation. A former Director of WeLead Caribbean, an NGO focused on women empowerment. Avia is the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central.
Avia is passionate about empowerment, more so women empowerment, diversity, equity and inclusion, corporate governance and creating ethical leaders for the present and the future. Her humble belief is to hack life; leveraging one's superpower when aligned with purpose makes a winning combination.
Robbie Rambarran - Director
CEO (Ag), GUYANA
Robbie has over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He is passionate about corporate governance and wants to see an improvement in how organizations are led and managed by the Board and top management team. He holds a Master's in Business Administration. His range of skills includes supply chain management, procurement, and healthcare management. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer (ag) of Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, Guyana's national hospital.
Previously, he served as a Procurement Specialist on World Bank and UNICEF Funded Projects for the Ministry of Education.
Robbie is heavily involved in sports administration and, as such, has served as a Member/Director of the Essequibo Cricket Board, Pele Football Club, Guyana Football Federation, and the Guyana Country Co-ordinating Mechanism - Global Fund Board.
He is also a Member of the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs Tender Board and Chairman of the Burns' Memorial Presbyterian Church; he previously served on the Board for many years, holdings specific financial responsibilities.
Ron Sookram - Director
ACADEMIC DIRECTOR, ARTHUR LOK JACK GLOBAL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (UWI - ALJGSB)
Dr Ron Sookram is currently the Academic Director, Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, The University of the West Indies (UWI-ALJGSB), Trinidad and Tobago. Ron also serves as the School’s Resident Expert on Corporate Governance related projects and in this capacity leads governance interventions and designs customised governance training for boards of private and publicly-listed companies, state-owned enterprises, civil society organizations and credit unions.
Over his 12 years at the Business School, Ron also served as Director - Client Solutions (2018-2019), Deputy Academic Director (2017-2018), Acting Academic Director (2013-2016),) Director for the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) programme (2008-2011) and is a senior member of faculty.
Ron is also Team Lead for the recently launched Trinidad & Tobago Annual Corporate Governance Ranking and a former member of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards’ National Mirror Committee for ISO standard on corporate governance.
Before joining the UWI-ALJGSB, Ron held the position of Senior Research Specialist –Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development- at The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago. In this role he was instrumental in completing the National CSR Mapping Project of T&T. This project was the first of its kind in the Caribbean.
Ron has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on corporate governance, corporate responsibility and cultural history. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute (CCGI).
Brendan King - Director
Brendan King is an accomplished global financial services professional with extensive senior executive and board of director experience leading large and complex organizations through strategic transformations to accelerate sustainable growth while reducing risk.
He led the Bank of Nova Scotia’s international operations in over thirty countries in the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Asia. Brendan King transformed the business to accelerate growth through acquisitions, making investments in key international growth markets totaling over $1 billion.
He also divested operations in thirteen countries while significantly investing in digital banking capabilities, fundamentally transforming the customer experience while reducing annual operating costs by over $300 million. He is ideally positioned to lead organizations or business lines and contribute at the board level in organizations seeking to undergo transformations to accelerate and drive sustainable growth.
Camille Facey - Director
PARTNER AT FACEYLAW; CHAIR GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE, PSOJ
Camille Facey is a Partner at the law firm FACEYLAW where her practice is focused on corporate law, real estate, wills, trusts and estates, banking, telecommunications and corporate governance.
Prior to FACEYLAW she was Regional Vice President at Cable & Wireless with responsibility for Legal, Regulatory & Public Policy in the Northern Caribbean. Before C&W she spent eighteen years in publicly traded companies in the financial sector, including what is today Sagicor Bank, holding positions such as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary.
Camille currently serves as the chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and Deputy Chair of the Spectrum Management Authority. She is also a director of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Youth Reaching Youth and the National Solid Waste Management Authority where she chairs the Corporate Governance Committee.
Camille is a Past President of the International Women’s Forum (Jamaica Chapter) and a former Deputy Chair of CANTO (Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations). In addition to her legal practice, she also delivers corporate law and governance training including for the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Suzanne Ffolkes-Goldson - Director
ATTORNEY AT LAW, SENIOR LECTURER, CERTIFIED CORPORATE GOVERNANCE TRAINER
Suzanne Ffolkes-Goldson is an Attorney at Law, Senior Lecturer and former Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law at the UWI, Mona Campus. She specializes in Corporate Governance, Economic Crime, Company/Corporate Law, and Corporate Management, and is the course director for the LLB courses Company Law and Corporate Management, and the LL.M. course on Corporate Governance. She has been a recipient of the Principal’s Research Award for the Most Outstanding Researcher and the Best Research Publication, Faculty of Law.
Mrs. Goldson has a degree in Economics from York University, Canada, an LLB from the University of the West Indies, and a BCL (Graduate Studies) from Oxford University, UK. She is called to the Bar in Jamaica and Barbados. Mrs. Ffolkes-Goldson has been an advisor to the CARICOM Committee on The Reform of Company Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean and The Joint Select Committee of Parliament on the Jamaica Companies Act 2004.
Mrs. Goldson was a member of the Corporate Governance Committee, PSOJ, for over 15 years, responsible for the drafting and dissemination of corporate governance principles for Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean, and chaired the committee for the revised PSOJ Corporate Governance Code 2016. She was also a member of the Implementation Oversight Committee for the Corporate Governance Framework for Public Bodies, Ministry of Finance.
She is certified under the Global Corporate Governance Forum/World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Caribbean Training of Trainers Programme in Corporate Governance Board Leadership. She is a Commissioner at the Fair-Trading Commission and the Consumer Affairs Commission and an independent director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Oliver Jordan - Director
DIRECTOR / FINANCE EXPERT, BARBADOS
Oliver Jordan is an experienced Corporate Director & Advisor who serves as a Director on a number of Boards in the private and public sectors including the CCGI.
He is currently the Chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC) of Barbados with responsibility for regulating the non-bank financial institutions on the island (insurance companies, credit unions, pension plans, mutual funds, and securities). He also serves as Chairman of the Corporate Governance & Strategy Committee of the FSC.
In May 2022, Oliver was also appointed as Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance in Barbados for the Reform and Restructuring of State-Owned Entities
Some of his previous roles included Managing Director, Barbados & Eastern Caribbean at CIBC FirstCaribbean, Partner for Advisory Services with PwC Eastern Caribbean and Chief Operating Officer for ICBL the largest general insurance company in Barbados
Oliver has recently completed the Director Education Program (DEP) at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.
Kamla Rampersad de Silva - Chief Executive Officer, CCGI
LECTURER, ATTORNEY AT LAW
Kamla brings a wealth of experience and a passion for Corporate Governance as she has been lecturing in this field at the MBA level in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana for several years. She is a board member of the Project Management Institute Southern Caribbean Chapter and CTS College
She has several unique skills coming together as her career included being a journalist at the Express Newspapers and the Guardian Newspaper. She has also worked in television and radio. She is trained in change management and is a qualified attorney at law.
After gaining her MBA qualification at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, she took her new found skills and competencies to bring ground breaking change in the public sector by leading the initiative for same day service for delivery of computer-generated Birth certificates in the Registrar General’s Department of the Ministry of Legal Affairs.