Avia Maria Lindie - Director
Avia is a Strategic Business Development Specialist, Empowerment | Life Coach and Motivational Speaker who works with goal-oriented, high achievers and organisations to maximise their potential. As a seasoned business executive with over 25 years in leadership, she has successfully created cross-functional teams and mentored and empowered hundreds of individuals to leverage their superpowers to unleash their potential.
She is the founder/C.E.O. of Evolve Business Solutions Inc., focused on maximising talent in human capital by offering Coaching, Mentoring, Training and business development support services. In addition, Avia launched a Collection by AVIA MARIA, an E-commerce lifestyle brand, in 2020.
Avia has also held several leadership roles as Chief Executive Officer and Manager in the retail and travel industries. In addition, she serves on the board of several non-profit organisations as a past president of the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central, PRO Berbice Chamber of Commerce & Development Association, Director of the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute and Mentor with the Centre for Local Business Development, AccelerateHER and ElevateALL Entrepreneurs Mentor programs.
She is a certified Competency-Based Education Trainer (C.B.E.T.) with the Council of T.V.E.T. Guyana and holds an M.B.A. from the Australian Institute of Business. As a graduate of Coach Transformation Academy (C.T.A.) and a member of the International Coaching Federation, Avia integrates Personality Assessment and several models to partner with individuals on their journey to self-mastery. She is on a mission. to empower 5000 leaders on their self-mastery journey. Avia received the G.C.C.I.'s Women In Business Award 2019 for vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive and leadership.
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 Managing Partner at the law firm FACEYLAW where her practice is focused on corporate and commercial law, real estate, wills, probate and succession, 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), a director of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce 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 the Spectrum Management Authority, 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.
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.
Carmel Haynes - Director
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BARBADOS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (BIBA)
Ms. Carmel Haynes is the Executive Director of BIBA, the Association for Global Business, in Barbados. BIBA represents over 140 member firms involved in international financial services, trade and logistics, management and corporate services.
As the Executive Director of BIBA, she supports the President and Board of BIBA in delivering on its mission in the interest of its members and the economic development of Barbados. In this role she also sits on the Board of Directors of the Barbados Private Sector Association, and by extension the full Social Partnership: a tripartite participatory governance body chaired by the Prime Minister, in which the Private Sector, Government and the Trade Union Movement dialogue to arrive at collective solutions for economic and social challenges facing the country.
Before returning to BIBA, where she previously held the role of Senior Executive, Ms. Haynes was the regional representative for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in the Caribbean and the Southeast USA between 2014 and 2020. While in that role, she was responsible for membership growth and development, furthering the recognition and adoption of RICS professional standards by government agencies and private corporations, and negotiating commercial opportunities across the region.
Ms. Haynes started her career in journalism with the Nation Publishing Co. Ltd, before going on to broaden her experience as a communications professional and working with the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, among others.
Ms. Haynes holds a BA in Literature in English from the University of the West Indies and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Management from the University of Surrey. She also holds certificates in General Management; International Trade Policy; Project Management; and Protocol, Diplomacy and Business Etiquette. She is a past Vice President of the Barbados Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators and member of the Project Management Institute of the Southern Caribbean.
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.