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Our special guest and Caribbean Mentor is a lawyer and an award winning social entrepreneur who has created several initiatives geared toward empowering citizens to become more effective in their engagement in public governance and as guardians of the public interest. As an attorney who is qualified to practice throughout the Commonwealth Caribbean she has amassed extensive litigation and jury trial experience over the past 20 years by working on various high profile cases. She makes her impact mainly through four organisations which she founded or co-founded; The Procurement Innovation & Leadership Lab which provides government procurement and public contracting research, education and consulting services. Disclosure Today – A social accountability platform digitizing freedom of information requests and connecting citizens to pro bono lawyers. Disclosure Today won the 2014 Global Social Entrepreneurship Initiative Award from Transparency International at the International Anti-Corruption Conference . Rose Law Caribbean – The first virtual law firm in the Caribbean. Which specialises in public interest matters and The Solution Is You Inc., a social entrepreneurship incubator. She is the former Vice Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute, a former executive member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Criminal Bar Association of Trinidad and Tobago. Ladies and gentlemen…Caribbean Nation…let’s meet Ms. Margaret Rose.
CMP032 - BONUS Episode!!! - Steps to take during a Recession with Jason Julien - Chartered Financial Analyst
Those of us, who are familiar with the show, know that we normally go through the career life of our Mentor and extract some principles as they recap their journey. Today; seeing that it’s the day that makes this year a Leap Year. I decided that we would deviate from our normal program and have a Bonus Episode where we would be discussing a specific topic. And that topic is Recession. A lot of countries in the world are facing some really difficult economic times. And the conversation surrounding a recession is abuzz in my country Trinidad and Tobago seeing that the prices of energy products globally have plummeted. So today we are going to add our voice to the conversation and get some practical advice that we can implement whether you are home here in the Caribbean region or tuning in from an international location. And to join me for this Bonus episode is none other than Mr. Jason Julien.
Our special guest and Caribbean Mentor has built an extensive career which spans over thirty one years. He has held various positions in operations management, project management, construction management and business development, both in Trinidad and the United States. Some of his previous positions include; • President of PPGPL • Director of Special Projects for Natural Gas Liquid • Marketing and System Manager at Conoco in Houston, Texas. He has also used his experience to serve on various boards like • The American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AmCham TT) as the former President • Vice Chairman of the Board of the Energy Chamber • Director on the board of the Arthur Lok Jack School of Business • Safe to Work Implementation Board (STOW) • Advisory Board for Habitat for Humanity and • A member of the Board of the Engineering Institute. He now serves as the Executive Chairman of the Energy & Industrial Gases Business Unit; Massy Energy. Ladies and gentlemen…Caribbean Nation...Let’s meet Mr. Eugene Tiah
CMP030 - Carve your Niche; Distinguish Yourself with Dr. Marlene Attzs - Lecturer and Socio-Economic Consultant
Our special guest and Caribbean Mentor has built an exceptional career researching the area of economics and sustainable development. She has worked on various pioneering research projects in the region like; • The Impact of Climate Change for CARICOM countries • The Economic Feasibility of Solar Lighting in Trinidad and Tobago • The Disaster Risk assessment Profile of Barbados • Sustainable Tourism Development in Tobago Her work has also produced numerous academic reports and other publications which she authored and co-authored like; • The implications of the Global financial Crisis for Gender Mainstreaming in Climate Change Adaptation. • The Economics of an Integrated Approach to Environmental Management in Small Island Developing States. She was selected to make two presentations at the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Malta. Ladies and Gentlemen…Caribbean Nation…let’s meet Dr. Marlene Attzs.
Our special guest and Caribbean Mentor became qualified to practice law in 1992. He went on to open a solo practice in 1995 and later founded his firm in 2005. He is qualified to practice in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and the British Virgin Islands. He is also qualified for admission to the Law Society of England and Wales. He is passionate about people’s causes and is not hesitant to represent difficult causes, such as undocumented immigrants. He is guided by his belief in Islam; the religion he converted to about 40 years ago and is considered to be one of the learned elders of the Trinidad and Tobago Muslim Community. He is a devout husband and father of nine. Ladies and Gentlemen…Caribbean Nation…let’s meet Mr. Farid Scoon
CMP028 - The three elements that leads to a Fulfilled Life with Dr. Chelston Brathwaite - Plant Pathologist and Barbados Ambassador to China
Our special guest and Caribbean Mentor is a guru in the area of Agriculture ... he has an extensive career of over 50 years in the field as proof. Just like the plants he studied, he too started off his journey as a little seed in a humble community on the island of a Barbados. Today, that seed has grown into a towering saman tree, armed with degrees in Agricultural Science, Plant Pathology and Management. He was a lecturer, then Senior lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine from 1971 to 1981. After which, he joined the InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) as a Regional Agricultural specialist for the Caribbean rising to the post of Director General for the Institute in 2001 and serving in that capacity for ten years. He is the first and only person from the English speaking-Caribbean to serve as Director General of the IICA. He also served as IICA’s Representative in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and Executive Secretary of CARILAC, a program aimed at fostering cooperation in agriculture among Caribbean and Latin American Countries. He is recognized for his administrative, technical and institutional leadership in international agricultural development, having worked in the U.S.A, Italy, Kenya, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico. He thrives on challenges and tough assignments and believes that work should be fulfilling and rewarding. Currently living in Beijing as Barbados' Ambassador to China, he is an author, a husband and a father of five. Ladies and Gentlemen…Caribbean Nation…Let’s meet Dr. Chelston W.D Brathwaite.
CMP027 - How to Manage your Valley experiences with Sharon Christopher - Deputy CEO - Operations and Administration at First Citizens Bank
Our special guest and Caribbean Mentor is a trail blazer. And she has blazed a trail in the male dominated world of Corporate Finance. Her career began as a lawyer but throughout her journey she has acquired numerous skills and expertise. Today she is the Deputy CEO of Operations and Administration at First Citizens Bank. Her experience and training is wide-ranging covering areas such as banking and finance, corporate governance, banking operations, information technology, marketing, corporate security, corporate communications and human resource management. She is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of the West Indies and the holder of a Master of Laws Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also holds a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School from which she graduated as the most outstanding student. She has been serving at the executive management levels since 1986. She has chaired two Boards, one in the Energy sector and one in the Arts and Entertainment Industry. Throughout her career she has been a Director on 25 Boards and currently sits on the Boards of publicly listed companies in St Lucia and Barbados and on various Boards with in Trinidad and Tobago. She has delivered several presentations at local and regional conferences and has also published articles within her areas of expertise. She is a mother, an author and an advocate for women. Ladies and gentlemen…Caribbean Nation…let’s meet Ms. Sharon Christopher.
Our special guest and Caribbean Mentor is a self-confessed “Caribbean Woman” who is committed to making a positive impact wherever her life’s journey takes her. After leaving high school she pursued law and became a practicing attorney. However her undying love and passion for creativity and the creative industry caused her to specialize in Copyright and Entertainment Law and to also pursue a Masters in Intellectual Property, Commerce and IT. In 2003 she became CEO of the Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT), a position she held for seven years during which she made her mark as a capable and focused leader with COTT’s achievement of recording breaking royalty collections and distributions in 2007 and 2008. She also pioneered the introduction of digital tracking of music on radio which greatly enhanced the operations of the company. Her next challenge where she was also determined to make a positive impact came when she was appointed as the Chairman of the National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago. During her two-year term the NCC’s expenditure decreased by 30%. Today she is the Founder and CEO of Media InSite, a company which she started in 2011. Ladies and gentlemen…Caribbean Nation…let’s meet Ms. Allison Demas.
Our special guest and Caribbean Mentor has a very distinctive voice. Over the past 25 years, his voice has informed us of the news and current events locally, regionally and internationally. Being the co-host of the leading morning radio talk show his voice has and continues to inspire national conversation and guide public opinion. His professionalism and straightforwardness has led him to represent various charitable organizations, sit on various company boards and even in the recent past become the President of his profession’s association…the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago. He loves journalism and getting the real backstory of an incident. Ladies and gentlemen…Caribbean Nation…let’s meet Mr. Dale Enoch
CMP024 - Learn the steps to becoming an Achiever with Wendell Mottley - Former Minister of Finance in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Our special guest and Caribbean Mentor is a high achiever and he has proven this time and time again throughout his life and career. His appetite for success and desire to win was evident when he decided to become a world-class athlete and entered the competitive world of track and field. By the time his athletic career concluded he stood as a record holder and held four medals; two at the 1964 Summer Olympics and two at the 1966 Commonwealth Games. His next challenge would be in the area of academics and career building. Again his desire to win would see him graduate with honors from Yale University with a Masters in Economics. Throughout his career he became an economist, investment banker and entrepreneur. A third aspect of his life where he saw success was in the competitive area of politics which for him spanned fifteen years, from 1981 to 1996, ten of which was spent in Government. Throughout his tenure he held portfolios like Minister of Housing, Minister of Industry and Commerce and culminating as Minister of Finance where he oversaw the flotation of the Trinidad and Tobago dollar. He is a husband, father and has a great love for the environment. Ladies and Gentlemen…Caribbean Nation…Let’s meet Mr. Wendell Mottley