CHAMBER’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019/2020
Mr. Reyaz Ahamad is the Executive Director of Southern Sales and Service Co Limited -. Automotive Sales division for Mazda, Kia, Isuzu and Audi and the Vehicle Rentals division. Southern Sales is a 3rdgeneration family business, in operation for 65 years.
He is also the Chairman of Caribbean Finance Co Ltd, an auto financing company, in operation for 40 years. He is a Non-Executive Director of Agostini Limited, one if the largest distribution and pharmaceutical group in the country.
Mr. Ahamad is a member of United Way.
He attended Presentation College, San Fernando and York University, Toronto, Canada.
He is married and the father of 2 children.
Mr. Hinds is the Immediate Past President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Teleios Systems, a Trinidad and Tobago based technology company which provides software-based services to clients throughout the Caribbean.
He also represents the Chamber on the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago’s Payments Council. Mr. Hinds also serves as Head of the Strategic Leadership Team of Congress Corporate, a global Christian Business Network.
Mr. Charles Pashley has over 25 years of management experience. He has worked with a major International accounting and auditing firm and has held various senior positions across the food, retail, manufacturing and distribution industries. He most recently held the position of Chief Executive Officer / Director at Prestige Holdings Limited.
Mr. Pashley holds an MBA in Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom (FCCA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago (CA).
Mr. Ian Chinapoo is currently the Executive Vice President & Group Chief Financial Officer at Massy Group Limited. His career spans over twenty-two years of experience in banking and finance, within the Caribbean and Central American region. Mr Chinapoo is responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the financial statements of the Massy Group and is a strategic advisor to the Group CEO and the Board, on all financial matters since June 2018. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Massy Holdings Limited.
Prior to his current position at Massy Group Limited, he simultaneously held positions of Executive Director of Trinidad & Tobago Unit Trust Corporation; Managing Director, Regional Corporate and Investment Banking, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank; and Managing Director of FirstCaribbean Trinidad and Tobago Limited.
Mr Chinapoo also worked as Vice-President, Business Head at Citigroup Bahamas, where he was responsible for the operations of Citigroup’s Global Corporate and Investment Bank and was part of the bank’s regional Capital Markets and Advisory Team based in Miami. He previously held the position of Vice President, Structured Finance at Citibank T&T Limited.
Mr Chinapoo is also Adjunct Faculty at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business since 1995 and has lectured in International finance, corporate finance, management accounting and securities and International loans finance. He held the position of Deputy Chairman of the National ICT Company of Trinidad and Tobago (“iGovTT”) from its inception in 2011 to January 2013.
He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of The National Commercial Bank of Anguilla and the Malliouhana-Anico Insurance Company Limited.
Mr. David Hadeed has been a part of Carib Glassworks Limited for the past 4 years and has held the position of Managing Director since 2013. Carib Glassworks Limited is a subsidiary of the ANSA McAL Group and is the only glass container manufacturer in the Caribbean.
He joined the ANSA McAL Group in 1997 and since then has served as a Director on the Boards of Carib Brewery (St Kitts & Nevis) Ltd., ANSA McAL Trading Ltd. (Guyana), Stokes & Bynoe (Barbados), DCI Miami Inc, ANSA McAL (US) Inc. and Carib Glassworks Ltd.
In addition to serving as a board member for several ANSA McAL subsidiaries, Mr. Hadeed’s extensive experience spans across the manufacturing, beverage, financial services and distribution sectors, having held several positions within the group.
Mr. Hadeed is the holder of a B.Sc. in Business Administration with specializations in Marketing and Finance from Boston University, as well as an MBA from the University of Miami. In 2014, he completed the Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Program which has further enhanced his leadership skills.
Mr. Jason Julien is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Business Generation at First Citizens Bank.
Mr. Julien is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is the holder of a B.Sc. in Management Studies with Honours from the University of the West Indies; an MBA from Edinburgh Business School as well top honours in IABF’s 2018 Professional Certificate for Financial Advisors Programme (Cert. FA) in Banking Specialization. He is currently enrolled in the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. His career has covered consultancy with PricewaterhouseCoopers and management positions at an International bank. He was also employed with one of the largest financial services conglomerates in the Caribbean, where he managed over $8 billion in assets.
He is a member of the Finance Faculty at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, and is a commentator on economic, investment and financial matters. Mr. Julien was also honoured as one of the Distinguished Alumni of UWI, St Augustine. Mr. Julien is a Past President of the CFA Society of Trinidad and Tobago and has served on the boards of the Mutual Fund Association of Trinidad and Tobago, the Securities Dealers Association of Trinidad and Tobago, as the Vice-Chairman of the Capital Markets Development Committee of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, and as Chairman of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Mr. Julien is also a Director on the boards of several subsidiaries within the First Citizens Group.
Mr. Mark Laquis is the Managing Partner at Pollonais & Blanc. He is primarily a conveyancing and real property attorney but has gained experience in many areas of commercial practice such as large mergers and acquisitions and tax related matters.
He joined the firm of Pollonais & Blanc in 1994 and in his over 22 years with the firm, has gained a wide range of experience in real estate transactions including care and control of property transactions, drawing and completing transactions such as conveyances, assignments, leases, mortgages, chattel mortgages, bills of sales, debentures and matters incidental thereto.
Mr. Laquis is also involved in probate matters including the applications for grants of representation and letters of administration and advising on estate planning. He has a great deal of experience with commercial matters and is a great asset to any transaction due to his extensive knowledge of the legal aspects of tax matters and deal structures.
Ms. Kiran Maharaj was recently elected (Sept. 2017) to the post of President of the Media Institute of the Caribbean (MIC), headquartered in Jamaica. She was one of the founding members of MIC which started in 2015. She is the Managing Director of Caribbean Lifestyle Communications Media Network and Caribbean Lifestyle Productions, which comprises of Music Radio 97.1FM, The People’s Station Radio 90.5FM, Heartbeat Radio 104.1FM.
Her many positions have included Media Relations Director and Associate Producer for the Plymouth Jazz Festival, Bollywood Movie Awards, and Bollywood Music Awards.
She is currently Vice President of the Trinidad & Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) and is a former President. She sits on the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce; and is a Debates Commissioner with the Trinidad & Tobago Debates Commission.
Ms. Maharaj began her career in media as a freelance journalist with some of the local newspapers and magazines and her passion for journalism eventually led her to become a Freelance Correspondent for CNN World Report for two years. Ms, Maharaj is a member of Alliance for Women in Media based in Washington DC and in 2008 she was featured in the organisation’s magazine, “Waves”, as a “Woman To Watch”, and calling her “an island of one”.
With over 20 years of experience in media and entertainment, Kiran is also the founder of the world’s first radio station for women, Heartbeat Radio. This is the milestone in her career that she says means the most to her. Due to her philanthropic work in communities she became aware of the plight of women who were caught in instances of domestic violence with many of them unable to move forward due to a lack of education. This is what prompted her to develop Heartbeat Radio 104.1FM – Radio for Women, which launched on the eve of International Women’s Day in 2005. The station was formed as a blueprint for a radio brand that could become global with the distinct aim of enhancing the quality of life for women through empowerment via the airwaves. Kiran believes that nurturing the human spirit via education and empowerment is key to a better global village. In 2011 she was nominated by the Central Florida Community for their Women of Distinction Award.
Ms. Maharaj is also a Past President of the Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry and Commerce, T&T. In 2006, she was awarded a Fellowship in Broadcast Leadership and Management from the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington DC and remains the only non-U.S. Citizen selected to be part of their programme. Ms. Maharaj was also the Co-Chair and Project Lead of the Local Organizing Committee for the International Press Institute’s (IPI) in 2012 World Congress Meeting which was held in Trinidad, hosting more than 300 journalists from 70 countries. She was also the Project Lead and Co-Chair of the LOC for the IFEX Annual General Meeting, Trinidad in 2015 and currently sits as the TTPBA representative for IPI and IFEX.
Her formal education includes degrees in Literature, Political Science, Business Administration; Diploma in Journalism. She holds executive education certificates in Effective Media Management and Strategy and The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports from Harvard Business School. A Master’s certificate in Internet Strategy and Guerrilla Marketing and several certifications in Digital Media and Marketing are among Ms. Maharaj’s other certifications.
Within recent years Kiran has continued in her father’s footsteps, in the realm of feature film production. She has just completed her first venture in reality television as the Executive Producer and Line Producer of CBS Television’s franchised Caribbean’s Next Top Model, which was shot on location in Jamaica (June 2017).
She is currently working as producer and writer on a documentary entitled, “Paradise in Peril – Rebuilding Homes and Hope,” which seeks to bring global awareness to the plight of Caribbean islands following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria. The documentary will focus on Dominica, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands and the rebuild efforts that are urgently needed. The production is earmarked for broadcast in the U.s. and other major countries as part of on-going crowd-funding efforts.
Ms. Maharaj believes in connecting with people and touching their lives by creating positive vibrations in as many ways as she can which is why she said she loves being in media. She gets her passion and drive from being able to bring about positive change and by learning from others and imparting what she knows in order to empower and enrich those around her.
Beginning with his initial exposure during his undergrad business degree at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, Mr. Marc Persaud has developed an unwavering passion for the theory of business, its foundation principles, core tenants and architecture.
He also found a natural alignment with his own notions about building a strong and scalable business–understanding your employees, charismatic leadership, honesty and transparency, financial discipline and innovation.
This is strongly reflected in his unconventional career trajectory in which he has successfully worked and gained experience and knowledge in a wide cross-section of business types.
Upon returning from Canada, Marc worked in general management in both the marine and retail spaces. After three years in the local arena, he was then invited to join the prestigious BP Global Challenge Programme where he was able to gain world-class experience and hone his skills in economic analysis and modeling, long-term business planning, International negotiation and value optimization.
He was then recruited to create IBM’s oil and gas consultancy practice for the region. Upon leaving IBM, he chose to enter the entrepreneurial space and founded two regional start-ups.
At the end of 2011, he moved to the U.K. with his family where he became deeply involved with the London start-up scene and joined tech behemoth eBay in its European operation. During this time, he gained increasing exposure to the advanced financial markets of London, and his interests exponentially grew into the areas of capital markets, deal structuring and International strategy and finance. As a result, Mr. Persaud shifted trajectory on his return to Trinidad when he joined the transaction advisory group at EY and focused on corporate finance.
Most recently, he joined the leadership team of a regional financial services group as the head of its strategy and business development functions. In this role, he is able to bring to bear much of his previous experience as he is spearheading the Group’s transformation to a strategic, performance driven and innovative organisation.
Marc Persaud’s career mobility has been synonymous with a continuously steep and challenging learning curve. He has led teams through the numerous challenges of starting, rebuilding or turning around companies and just as effectively, he has performed economic risk evaluations for globally scaled projects and helped analyze the strategy for large International blue-chip companies. He has worked, negotiated and most importantly learnt, across the full spectrum of business and in a myriad of industries, geographies and commercial models. His journey has been one of discovery and breadth, upon which he has developed a strong competitive advantage.
Marc Persaud continues to be an ardent supporter of the start-up and SME space in the region and demonstrated this passion through his activism as a member of the NOVA Committee of the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce, as a curator of Google Start-up Grind and in an individual capacity as a mentor and advocate for the community.
Sonji Pierre Chase is a Senior Partner at Johnson Camacho & Singh, Attorneys at Law and the Team Leader in the firm’s Conveyancing, Property & Estates Department. Sonji attended the University of London and the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad from where she graduated in 1998 and 2000 respectively.
She holds a Masters in Law, majoring in Conveyancing and Contracts of International Trade Law from the University of Wolverhampton. She has been called to The Bar in Trinidad and Tobago and is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ms. Pierre Chase is a former director of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company.
She was a former partner of Lex Caribbean prior to the establishment of Johnson, Camacho & Singh and practices in the areas of Property Development, Conveyancing, Competition Law, International Trade Law, Probate Law and Intellectual Property Law.
Mr. Joseph Rahael is a 1995 graduate of the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. He attained a double major degree in Finance and Real Estate and was the recipient of the 1995 Boyd T. Bernard Real Estate Award in recognition of academic excellence.
Upon graduation Joseph worked with Trinity Construction Services, a shell building contractor in South Florida in their operations and procurement department. In 1997, he joined the Amera Corporation in their Coral Springs head office as a Property Portfolio Manager where he gained invaluable experience in tenant relations, administrative, leasing and real estate development.
He returned to Trinidad in 1999 as the Managing Director of Broadway Properties Limited, a property management company with close to 1,000,000 square feet of commercial and residential real estate under management.
Being passionate about real estate development however led Joseph to rejoin the Amera Corporation in 2002, this time as the Managing Director of its Caribbean based subsidiary, Amera Caribbean Development. He has completed and planned a number of development projects to date that include, Price Plaza Chaguanas, South Park, Renaissance at Shorelands, Price Plaza North, Sangre Grande Town Center, Vistana Mayaro, and Briar Place.
Dr. Christian Stone obtained his PhD in Management with a specialization in entrepreneurship and strategy from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada (2016). He also holds a Masters in Education, Framingham (2010), an Executive Masters in Business Administration, UWI (2010) and a Honours degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business (2003).
He was awarded the EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015, is a recipient of a National Open Scholarship with a focus on Development Needs and Entrepreneurial Education.
He is a serial entrepreneur with interests in consulting, the food and beverage industry, education, manufacturing and crypto currencies.
Dr. Stone has had several written works published in peer reviewed academic journals and serves as a Director on a number of private and non-profit boards.
Ms. Karen Yip Chuck is the General Manager of Republic Bank’s Corporate & Investment Banking Division, effective February 2016. She is an experienced banker with over 25 years of experience in Trinidad and Tobago. Ms. Yip Chuck was formerly General Manager, Wealth Management (2015); General Manager, Trust and Asset Management Division (effective January 2011); and General Manager, Internal Audit (2007). She previously held the position of Senior Manager, Business Systems and Process Improvement. Ms. Yip Chuck is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB). She holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, England and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Economics from the University of the West Indies.
Gabriel Faria became the Chief Executive Officer of the T&T Chamber, with effect from October 1, 2016. With over 35 years’ leadership and management experience gained both locally and abroad, Mr. Faria brings broad multi-industry expertise to the T&T Chamber. He worked in the services, durables, FMCG, CSD, spirits, brewing and media industries in the Caribbean, Central and North America and Europe. Mr. Faria has held senior executive positions at Carib Brewery Limited, Guardian Media Limited, Angostura Holdings Limited, S.M. Jaleel & Co. Limited, Neal and Massy Trinidad Limited and T. Geddes Grant Limited. As a senior executive, Mr. Faria is passionate about building cohesive teams with the singular purpose of taking companies to higher levels of performance and profitability. His cross-functional competence has led to successes in new product development, brand equity management, business process improvement while driving operational excellence. He focuses on understanding the future of the industry, and satisfying consumer insights, while creating new trails rather than following old ones. Mr. Gabriel Faria holds a Master’s in Business Administration in International Business from Barry University, and is a member of Delta Mu Delta International Honour Society for Business Administration.