Joanne Salazar - Director
DIRECTOR/OWNER, QED CONSULTING LTD
Ms. Salazar is currently Director/owner of QED Consulting Ltd. Prior to starting her company, which is based in Trinidad & Tobago, she acquired a range of experience in the energy and health sectors, locally and in the United Kingdom. Ms. Salazar enjoyed a highly successful career in finance and strategic management before transitioning into governance and organisational development. In addition to being a qualified accountant, with master’s degrees in Business Administration and Strategic Planning, she is also a member of the Chartered Governance Institute (UK), holds certifications in Organisational Development, Change Management and Process Mapping, and is an Accredited Director (Chartered Governance Institute, Canada). Ms. Salazar is a founder member of the Trinidad & Tobago Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, she currently holds the position of Vice President, and is a non-executive director with National Flour Mills Ltd.
Avia Maria Lindie - Director
CEO, METRO OFFICE & COMPUTER SUPPLIES, GUYANA
Avia is the Chief Executive Officer of a 24 year old retail office supplies and document reproduction company. She is a seasoned business professional with over 25 years in leadership and business start-up, with prior experience in the travel and tourism industry and is the holder of an M.B.A from the Australian Institute of Business. She currently serves as Vice President of Alpha and Omega Community Health Associate: a non-profit organization, a Board Member of the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute, a member of the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central and an OSHA trained personnel. She is the recipient of the Dolphin Award of Excellence from the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry's(GCCI's) Women in Business Award, 2019.
Avia is passionate about empowerment more so women empowerment, corporate governance and creating ethical leaders for the present and the future.
Robbie Rambarran - DirectorPROCUREMENT SPECIALIST - WORLD BANK FUNDED PROJECT, MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, GUYANA
Mr. Rambarran has almost 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. He is quite passionate about corporate governance and wants to see an improvement in how organisations are led and managed by the board and top management team. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration.
His range of skills include procurement and so he currently functions as a Procurement Specialist on a World Bank Funded Project for the Ministry of Education in Guyana. Previously, he served at the country’s national hospital in several capacities including acting as the Chief Executive Officer on several occasions. Mr. Rambarran is heavily involved in promoting improvement in the management of sporting bodies and as such has also served as a Member/Director of the Essequibo Cricket Board, Pele Foot Club, Guyana Football Federation, and Guyana Country Co-Ordinating Mechanism - Global Fund Board.
He is a member of the Burns Memorial Presbyterian Church and has served on the board for many years, holding specific responsibility for finance. At present, he also serves as a non- Executive Director of Biomed Energy Enterprise.
Ron Sookram - Director
ACADEMIC DIRECTOR, ARTHOR 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.
Kamla Rampersad de Silva - Chief Executive Officer, CCGI
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 past board member of the Project Management Institute Southern Caribbean Chapter and so has experience in membership organisations like ours. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of 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.