CHAMBER’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017/2018
Mr. Ronald Hinds is the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, a position he has held since March 2017. In that role, he oversees the strategic, fiscal and programmatic goals for the T&T Chamber and serves as its chief spokesperson for economic development and business in Trinidad and Tobago. Before becoming president, Mr. Hinds served as Vice President and Senior Vice-President. He joined the T&T Chamber in 2011 with an objective to advance the country’s business sector, particularly by promoting integrity in businesses and strengthening opportunities for entrepreneurs. An economist by training, Mr. Hinds’ goal reflects his moral code and his longstanding interest in innovation and economic diversification. Mr. Hinds is the founder and Executive Chairman of Teleios Systems Limited, a Port of Spain based software company. Under his leadership, Teleios has grown into one of the largest dedicated software firms in the English-speaking Caribbean. It has won numerous awards for its solution innovations, including the prestigious Microsoft Application Development Partner of the Year for Latin America in 2016. Its technology solutions have been successfully deployed in multiple countries and across various sectors, including telecommunications, financial services, government and energy and extractive industries. Mr. Hinds has had a distinguished career in the local business sector, having served as the chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago stock exchange and as chief executive at a local brokerage services firm and a major life insurance company. He devotes considerable time to various civic and public-good causes, serving on the board of several, charitable, private sector and government organizations. He is a global director of Congress Corporate, a global network of business leaders and businesses with chapters in over 20 countries, promoting ethical business practices and values-based leadership. He also served as Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago e-Business Roundtable, a public-private sector partnership mandated to develop strategy for Trinidad and Tobago’s economic growth using Information and Communication Technologies in business and governement. He has a bachelor’s in economics from the University of the West Indies and in 2011, received the UWI Distinguished Alumni award for his role in fostering entrepreneurship, leadership development and corporate social responsibility the realm of business.
Mr. Robert Trestrail joined the Senior Management Team of Sagicor Life Inc. in May 2001, as an Assistant Vice President of the Trinidad Operations. In August 2003, he was appointed to the post of Vice President (Administration) of the Trinidad Operations. Effective January 1, 2007 Mr. Trestrail ascended to the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sagicor Life Inc’s Trinidad Operations and in 2008, was assigned responsibilities for Life Administration across the 19 territories of the Sagicor Life Inc. group. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he brings several years of Commercial Banking and executive management experience. In addition to serving on the Board of the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Commerce as Vice President, he currently holds the post of Vice Chairman for Trinidad & Tobago Insurance Institute (TTII). Mr. Trestrail has previously served on the Board of the Association of Trinidad & Tobago Insurance Companies (ATTIC), holding the position of Vice President Life Insurance. Mr. Trestrail currently holds the position of Company Director at a number of private companies in Trinidad & Tobago.
Education : Presentation College, San Fernando York University, Toronto Bachelor in Administrative Studies Experience : Executive Director of Southern Sales & Service Co. Ltd. since 1991. A Family owned and operated Auto Car Dealership representing Mazda, Kia, Isuzu and Audi. SSS has been in existence for sixty-two (62) years. Chairman of Caribbean Finance Co. Ltd. since 2006Non-Executive Director of Agostini Limited.>Member of United Way Donations Committee.
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Mr. Pashley has over 25 years management experience. He has worked with a major international accounting and auditing firm and has held various senior positions in food retail, manufacturing and distribution. He currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer / Director – Prestige Holdings Limited. Mr. Pashley holds an MBA in Business Administration and 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).
Mark is now 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 almost 20 years with the firm, he has 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. He also is involved in probate matters including the applications for grants of representation and letters of administration and advising on estate planning. Mark also 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.
Paula Rajkumarsingh is an Executive Director of Massy Holdings Ltd. and Group Chief Financial Officer of the Massy Group. She is a Corporate Financial Executive, with over 12 years of experience at a senior management level. She currently serves as a Director on the Parent Board of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. She is a Director of the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce and serves as a Director for the St. Joseph Convent Cluny Board of Management. She previously served on the Boards of the Sugar Manufacturing Company and a private equity fund.
Jacqueline Francois is the current Executive Chair of the distribution and marketing company Oscar Francois Limited having served as the Chief Executive Officer for 17 years. She is also the Managing Director of the Personal Care Products Manufacturing Company, Intersol Limited since 2000. These organizations were founded in 1958 and 1961 by young entrepreneur Oscar Francois.
Jacqueline is first of Oscar’s four girls. After achieving a B.A. in Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 1982, she began her career with Oscar Francois Limited where she carefully studied all aspects of the family business working in payables, accounts receivables, customs and the computer departments. Later she mastered various portfolios within the company which included Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, & Director of Research & Development.
In 1990 Ms. Francois further pursued her passion for excellence in business and completed her Master’s in Business Administration (Executive) at the University of the West Indies and that same year was promoted to the position of Director of the Pharmaceutical Division. In 2000 Francois was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Oscar Francois Limited, she has lived the example set by her mentors of volunteering her time and expertise to National service as a member of the National Aids Coordinating Committee (8 Years), the National Mental Health Committee (12 Years), the Drug Advisory Committee (9 Years), and Chairman of the Health and Wellness Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (2 years).
Ms. Francois served on the Board of the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce (TTCIC) from 2000 to 2005. She has also served the Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) as a member of the Infrastructure & Logistics Committee between 2008 to 2012. In 2013, Jacqueline returned to the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
JP du Coudray (JP), is currently the Managing Director for West Indian Tobacco, which is a member of the British American Tobacco (BAT) group. He has been with West Indian Tobacco for 15 years, first as an Area Manager in West Indian Tobacco where he was instrumental in implementing the Marketing Structure in Trinidad that remains in place today. In 2003, he was promoted to the post of Trade Marketing & Distribution Manager and spent 2 years in that position before he was transferred to British American Tobacco Caribbean (Carisma) as Territory Manager for the English Caribbean Markets. In October 2006, JP was promoted to Managing Director of West Indian Tobacco and currently occupies this position. Before joining West Indian Tobacco, JP worked for, amongst others, 3M InterAmerica for 7 Years in a variety of Marketing Positions leaving in 2001 as Export Manager to join West Indian Tobacco JP enjoys working with people and really embraces the West Indian Tobacco Culture that encourages the principles of Freedom through Responsibility and Strength from Diversity. JP is a member of the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce and sits on the Board of several companies in the First Citizens Group. Mr du Coudray holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Mr David Hadeed has been a part of Carib Glassworks Ltd for the past 4 years and has held the position of Managing Director since 2013. Carib Glassworks Ltd, a subsidiary of the ANSA McAL Group, is the only glass container manufacturer in the Caribbean. Mr Hadeed 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 being a Board member for several ANSA McAL subsidiaries, Mr Hadeed’s experience is extensive, having held positions in the Group’s Manufacturing, Beverage, Financial Services and Distribution Sectors. 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 further enhanced his leadership skills.
Deputy CEO – Business Generation – First Citizens: A past student of Queen’s Royal College, Mr. Julien’s credentials include a B.Sc. with Honours in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, where he graduated as the Valedictorian. He was also recently honoured as one of the “50 Distinguished UWI Alumni” of the St Augustine Campus by the UWI Alumni Association Trinidad and Tobago Chapter’s inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards as part of the St Augustine Campus’ 50th Anniversary celebrations. Jason is also the holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has attained the degree of Masters in Business Administration graduating with Distinction from the Edinburgh Business School. Jason currently holds the position of Deputy CEO – Business Generation at First Citizens. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Julien was the General Manager of First Citizens Investment Services Limited, one of the leading investment banking houses in the Caribbean. Mr. Julien also previously held the positions of Assistant Vice-President of Investments at Guardian Asset Management with responsibility for the investment management of over $8 Billion in assets under management in assets including fixed income and equity mutual funds. Guardian Asset Management is the investment division of the Guardian Holdings Group, which is one of the largest financial services conglomerates in the Caribbean. Mr. Julien previously worked for Citigroup in their Global Corporate & Investment Banking Division as the Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions and head of Asset Based Finance. Prior to this, he was employed as a Senior Consultant in the Corporate Finance Advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jason is a Past President and a current Director of the CFA Society of Trinidad and Tobago (the local Chapter of the CFA Institute). He was also Chairman of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and a former Director of the Securities Dealers Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Mutual Fund Association of Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the Capital Market Development Initiative Committee under the sponsorship of the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago. He is also a Lecturer in the Finance Faculty of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business of the University of the West Indies, where he delivers finance courses in the Msc. International Finance program. Finally, Mr. Julien is also a frequent commentator and writer on economic, investment and financial matters in both the press and electronic media and has been a panelist and featured speaker at various seminars and conferences on related topics.
Kiran Maharaj is currently the Vice-President of the Trinidad & Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA), having served three consecutive terms formerly as President. She is Managing Director of Caribbean Lifestyle Communications Media Network which comprises of Music Radio 97, Ebony 104, Radio 90.5, Heartbeat 103.5, I.E.TV Channel 1, and VA Films & Production Company. She is also a Debates Commissioner with the Trinidad and Tobago Debates Commissioner; and she currently sits on the Trinidad and Tobago Board of Film Censors (2015 to 2016). Her many posts have included that of Media Relations Director and Associate Producer for the Plymouth Jazz Festival, Bollywood Movie Awards, and Bollywood Music Awards. Kiran 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. She has also worked in the world of film as a Line Producer for the Feature Film “Shells” and has experience with film production and script writing. Her degrees are in Literature, Journalism, Business Administration and Marketing, including Events Marketing and Management. She also has a Masters Certificate in Internet Marketing from the University of San Francisco; a Certificate from Harvard Business School in Effective Media Strategy; and an Advanced Certificate in Guerilla Marketing. She also has several certificates from the Radio Advertising Bureau of Dallas, Texas. She served two terms as President of the Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry and Commerce and was elected for the post at the age of 26. In 2006, Kiran 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. Kiran is a member of Alliance for Women in Media also based in Washington DC and in 2008 they featured her in their magazine “Waves” as a woman to watch, calling her “an island of one”. With over 22 years of experience in Media and Entertainment, Kiran is also the Founder of the world’s first radio station for women, Heartbeat Radio. She was Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the International Press Institute 2012 World Congress Meeting (held in Trinidad in June 2012) where over 300 journalists from 70 countries came together. She also served as Co-Chair for the Local Organizing Committee of the IFEX (International Freedom of Expression organization) 2015 General Assembly in Trinidad. However, she says her favourite job is being a mom to her teenaged son. She spends her spare time giving back to her industry via the TTPBA.
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. Completed and planned development projects to date include: Price Plaza Chaguanas, South Park, Renaissance at Shorelands, Price Plaza North, Sangre Grande Town Center, Vistana Mayaro, and Briar Place.
Karen Yip Chuck, General Manager, Corporate and Investment Banking, Republic Bank Limited has been a banker for over 20 years and has been part of the Executive Team for nine years. She previously held positions as General Manager Wealth Management and General Manager Internal Audit. She sits on the board of Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited. She is a graduate of The University of the West Indies (UWI), The Herriot Watt University of Edinburgh, a Certified Internal Auditor and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Banking (ACIB).
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Mr. 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.