Dr. Nippin Anand
I believe in embracing differences. As uncomfortable as it may sound, it is in my opinion the most effective way of learning when we begin to appreciate viewpoints that don’t necessarily coincide with ours. I help organisations and leaders understand the power of diversity for personal and organisational growth. I originally come from India. I have worked as a merchant navy officer for over a decade. I then took up a master’s degree in economics and later a PhD in Social Sciences at Cardiff University.
After a short-lived career as a full-time researcher at Nottingham University Business School, I decided to return to the industry as a safety inspector working in the North Sea area for seven years to put my academic curiosity to testing. In 2019, I decided to quit a full-time job and set up my own company. Based in the North East of Scotland (Aberdeen), I travel extensively and set up learning events across the world.
My work is highly recognised both in the scientific community and across safety critical industries – maritime, oil and gas, aviation, retail, health, insurance and renewable sector. My key interest lies in cultural anthropology, organisational learning, safety management and human factors. There is a beautiful expression in anthropology – ‘making the familiar strange and the strange familiar’. I find it extremely helpful in making sense of the world around me.
Second stories matter
During my career at sea, I experienced a near collision which was traumatic as a start but later became a turning point in my life. A decade later when I took up a PhD in Social Sciences it became obvious to me through this journey how the same story can be narrated in so many different ways.
Since then, I have taken up a passion for creating human stories. Something goes wrong and we plunge deep into collecting evidence, establishing fact and investigating the ‘case’. We get so busy creating the first story that we miss the opportunity to engage with second stories.Some peculiarities of first stories. They emerge fairly quickly, focus excessively on people at the sharp end, promise to provide accurate explanations of some very complicated issues, conveniently and authoritatively direct what people should have done (or not) to avoid those silly outcomes, and become seen as the truth.
Second stories are messy, time consuming, incomplete, inaccurate, dubious, rich in detail, hard to explain, uncomfortable, and leave us vacant and wondering when there are no obvious conclusions and solutions. But often second stories hold the power to make us think, reflect and shift perspectives.
I learnt about the transformative power of second stories through my own experience and then went on to creating many more. From Costa Concordia to Hoegh Osaka, extraordinary to typical, unimagined to mundane, I have spent many years working in oil and gas, maritime, aviation, renewables, health sector, insurance and utilities helping leaders create and understand the power of second stories of accidents and everyday experiences.
I invite you to encourage and entertain second (and possibly more) stories within your organisations. Second stories may not fit your world view but that does not make them inaccurate or unreliable. They are simply told from different angles, experiences, understandings, values, viewpoints and priorities. Understanding and unpacking those differences is an immense source of learning and growth for leaders both at personal level but also for their organizations.
Sidney Dekker (PhD Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is Professor and Director of the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and Professor at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University in the Netherlands.
Sidney has lived and worked in seven countries across four continents and won worldwide acclaim for his ground-breaking work in human factors and safety. He coined the term ‘Safety Differently’ in 2012, which has since turned into a global movement for change. It encourages organizations to de-clutter their bureaucracy and set people free to make things go well, and to offer compassion, restoration and learning when they don’t.
An avid pilot of planes large and small, he has been flying the Boeing 737 as airline pilot on the side. Sidney is bestselling author of, most recently: Foundations of Safety Science; The Safety Anarchist; The End of Heaven; Just Culture; Safety Differently; The Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’; Second Victim; Drift into Failure; and Patient Safety. He has directed the documentaries ‘Safety Differently,’ 2017; ‘Just Culture,’ 2018, ’The Complexity of Failure,’ 2018, and ‘Doing Safety Differently,' 2019. His work has over 12,200 citations and an h-index of 47.
His expertise covers the commercial and operational management of Formula 1 teams, and includes the sport’s regulatory, business and technology landscape. Since 1994 he has introduced some of the world’s leading technology companies to the sport, playing a key role in the digital transformation of Formula 1. During his career he has worked with renowned World Champions including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
Mark’s career in Formula One commenced in 1983, working in media and communications before joining Eddie Jordan’s new Formula 1 team in 1990. The giant killing Jordan team became race winners in Formula 1 during their first decade, Mark overseeing marketing operations and joining the management board in 1998.
In 2004 he was invited to join the Jaguar Racing organisation as it transitioned into becoming Red Bull Racing, and during this time Mark reconnected with David Coulthard who became the team’s lead driver and remains a close business associate today.
Mark later founded Status Grand Prix which successfully competed in lower formulae, winning a World Championship in 2009 and tackling the daunting Le Mans 24 Hours sports car race on new fewer than four occasions. In 2010 Mark was invited to run the world-famous Cosworth Formula 1 engine company, supplying up to one-third of the teams in the sport with power units and associated technologies.
During his career Mark has been a member of the technical working groups established by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, tasked with tackle challenges including environmental sustainability and safety. This included two years spent working on the energy efficiency regulations central to Formula 1 since 2014.
Since 2012 Mark has focused on his Formula 1 consulting business, Performance Insights, working with a range of clients across the sport. He is the business columnist for Grand Prix Racing Magazine, presents the Inside Formula 1 podcast with World Champion Mika Hakkinen and co-presents the At The Controls podcast with the BBC’s Jonathan Legard.
Mark has written two books, The Business of Winning (Kogan Page, 2014) and Grand Prix - The Last 25 Years (WH Smith, 1999), and collaborated with Coulthard on his Sunday Times Best Seller The Winning Formula (Blink Publishing, 2018). Between 2004-2010 Mark worked as a consultant for Pixar on CARS and CARS 2, coordinating the European launch of the successful franchise at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2006.
Patricia Ghany is the Chief Financial Officer at Esau Oilfield Supplies Co. Ltd., a leading supplier of pipes, valves, pipe fittings and gaskets to the petrochemical and oil and gas sectors in Trinidad & Tobago. Ms. Ghany has over 20 years’ experience in various aspects of the Oil & Gas sector with an emphasis on Procurement, Business Development and Project Management.
Ms. Ghany graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and her Masters of Business Administration. She has also completed graduate courses in International Management and Cross-cultural Counseling at Harvard University. Before returning to Trinidad in 1995, she was an International Trainer and Consultant in the areas of Cross-Cultural Management, Diversity and Team Building in Austria and Germany. Ms. Ghany is a member of the Family Firm Institute , in Boston and has earned her Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising, and Certificate in Family Wealth Advising. She is currently working on establishing a practice to increase public awareness and broaden the understanding of trends and developments in the fields of family business and family wealth in Trinidad & Tobago.
Ms. Ghany has serves three terms as a member of the Board of Directors of AMCHAM T&T. She has been Chairperson and a member of AMCHAM T&T’s Programs and Events Committee, and is presently a member of the Chamber and Experience and Imaging Committee. She has served on diverse boards such as The International School of Port of Spain, The South Cancer Society and Cedar Grove Private School and Women in Family Business Network.
Dr. Philip Mshelbila
Chief Executive Officer
Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad & Tobago
Dr. Mshelbila is a global business leader with over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in board-level governance, stakeholder management, commercial operations, project management and performance delivery in both operated and non-operated joint ventures.
He was formerly General Manager – Gas at Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria. He has also held a number of senior leadership positions in over 36 countries including Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Gas Ltd.
Dr. Mshelbila holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, a Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine from the University of Aberdeen Medical School, Scotland as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the IESE Business School, the University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain.
On 1 September 2016, Mr. Mark Loquan assumed office as President of The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC). A Chemical Engineer by profession, Mr. Loquan acquired an MBA in 1990 from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and received training in Executive Leadership and Management from Cornell University and IESE Business School(University of Navarra).
Mr. Loquan has over 30 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry. In 1982, he began his career in the energy sector as a Process Engineer at Trinidad Nitrogen Co. Ltd. He moved through various leadership positions before being appointed as the first local President of Hydro Agri Trinidad (now Yara Trinidad Ltd.) in 2002. In 2009, he was appointed President, Upstream Business Development for Angola/Sub-Saharan Africa at Yara International. Mr. Loquan moved to Australia three years later, where he served as CEO of Yara Pilbara.
One of 50 Distinguished UWI Alumni Awardees, Mr. Loquan is a former Director of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and the Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT), former Vice Chairman of the Point Lisas Energy Association (PLEA), and former Advisory Council Member for Arts, Letters, Culture and Public Affairs at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).
A passionate pannist, he is also an Honorary Founding Director of the nonprofit organisation the Music Literacy Trust, and served as the Musical Director of the first resident steelband in Perth, Western Australia – Perth Pandemix.
Catherine joined M. Hamel-Smith & Co. in September 2006. One of the primary focuses of her current practice is labour and employment law. She has significant knowledge and practical experience in this area including industrial relations disputes, termination, discrimination and employee injury claims. She also maintains a significant practice in personal injury litigation, insurance disputes, civil and commercial litigation, debt collection, enforcement of foreign judgments and construction disputes.
Her current involvement surrounds helping clients to manage labour and employment issues, including issues relating to:
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Anthony P. Narine
Anthony P. Narine is a global Human Resource (HR) leader, with over twenty (20) years cumulative experience. He has held roles across various functions - Finance, Planning and Performance, Procurement, Human Resources and Manufacturing teams within the financial and energy (upstream and downstream) sectors, in several prominent multi-national organizations. He is the founder of Human-Fluent, a coaching practice focusing on emerging leaders in career transitions and supporting executives in navigating organizational complexity. He is acknowledged as a leader, coach, trusted advisor and business partner. He possesses a B.Sc. in Sociology and Management (UWI, St. Augustine), and an MBA – specializing in Human Resource Management (UWI-Institute of Business). He is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute, a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Point Lisas Estate Association (PLEA) Human Resources committee, the Project Management Institute (PMI) – Southern Caribbean Chapter and the Employers Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ECATT) Industrial Relations sub-committee. He is passionate about talent and the sub-disciplines of learning, leadership development, diversity and inclusion. He has lectured at the UWI School of Business and Applied Studies, is a researcher and contributor to the Centre for Creative Leadership and has served on the Human Capital Executive Research Boards in 2013 and 2014, contributing to emerging work on Diversity and Inclusion and Talent Management fields.
Tony has led the development and successfully delivered several enterprise-wide initiatives. These included implementations of an enterprise resource planning solution; a global leadership development program targeting, executives, managers and emerging leaders; a global coaching program; major organizational re-designs and transformation. He believes in living a life in service of others and is an advocate for social justice (particularly causes of children, the elderly, migrants and refugees) and humanitarian aid efforts. He enjoys spending time with his family, close friends and dogs. He is a self- professed beach-bum, enjoys hiking, running, lawn-tennis and spin exercise; he is always up for a good reading recommendation and is a movie and music aficionado.
Head of Market, Anglo-Dutch Caribbean
Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Limited
Patricio Torres was appointed the Head of Market for the Anglo-Dutch Caribbean Region at Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Limited in September 2017. Patricio joined Nestlé in 1995 and worked in several sales areas for Confectionery, Coffee, Ambient Dairy and Culinary. In 2003, he started his international career in Brazil as part of the Global Business Excellence team in generating demand, implementing best practices and commercial processes across Zone Americas. He returned to Nestlé Chile in 2005 joining the Ice Cream Business in Marketing, after which he joined the Ice Cream Strategic Business Unit in 2008, taking responsibility for sales and distribution for Zone Americas, Europe and Africa, Oceania and Asia. He later became Country Manager at Nestlé Paraguay in 2010 before assuming his role as Business Executive Officer, Savoury Ice Cream in Nestlé Chile in 2012. Patricio holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University Diego Portales in Chile, an MBA from Pontificie Catholic University in Chile as well as a PED Executive IMD from Switzerland.
Executive Director, IT Security
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
Paul Grieggs is the Executive Director of IT Security at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He is responsible for IT Security, Networking, and Systems Architecture. Paul has 30 years of IT experience. He was the founding director of IUP’s IT Security Office in 2015. Prior to his current position, he served as Technical Services manager at IUP and was responsible for Networks, Central Systems, Telecommunications and IT Security. Before joining IUP, he served as a Technical Consultant specializing in Communication Systems in the Banking and Health Insurance industries. Paul has presented at numerous events, including the Internet2 Technology Exchange, on issues related to cyber security, network administration and identity management. He was also nominated as the Pittsburgh Cyber Information Security Officer of the Year for Education.
Paul Holds a BBA degree from St. Bonaventure University.Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar
MBBS(UWI), FFOM (Ireland), MSc.OccMed (Aberdeen), DMAC 2d Dive Med (US), Cert. OH Law (UK)
Chief Medical Advisor
Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar is the Chief Medical Advisor to Atlantic. He also holds the portfolios of Medical Advisor to the BPTT Region and the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago.
A medical professional with over seventeen years’ experience in occupational medicine, Dr. Ramcharitar was the first physician from the Caribbean to attain specialist qualifications in occupational medicine when he achieved Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (MFOM). In 2016, he was recognized for his distinguished contribution to the field of occupational medicine when he was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FFOM) by the Board of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of Ireland.
Dr. Ramcharitar, a past national scholar, is the holder of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master Degree in Occupational Medicine from Kings College, University of Aberdeen. His training extends to Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society in Seattle and he is a Diving Medical Advisory Committee Level 2D certified physician. He also possesses a Certificate in Occupational Health Law from the Glasgow Caledonian University in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Ramcharitar is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is an Oil and Gas UK certified physician.
He has a special interest in the areas of fitness for work, fatigue, toxicology, substance misuse in the workplace and occupational wellness. His pioneering work in the field of fatigue risk management has received international recognition. He has served as the head of the Occupational Medicine and Executive Medical Clinics at the Medical Associates Hospital and Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.
Dr. Ramcharitar has held the positions of Associate Lecturer with the University of the West Indies and Member of the Board of Directors of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority of Trinidad and Tobago on which he served as the Medical Board’s representative.Dr. Dirk Nuber
Dirk is heading Climeworks Deutschland GmbH, the German subsidiary of Climeworks AG out of Zürich (Switzerland). By taking CO 2 out of the air Climeworks Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology can reverse Climate Change. The team in Germany is focusing on renewable fuels and materials (PtX) applications for DAC plants. Dirk is a process engineer with a PhD (RWTH Aachen) in fluidized bed technologies and an executive MBA (IE Business School) with focus on Entrepreneurship. He has over 20 years of experience in Engineering Management, Project Management, Business Development and the establishment and growth of teams internationally.Bill Balint
Bill has 29 years of information technology experience in a variety of leadership and software engineering roles. He currently serves as both the Chief Information Officer at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and as the Technical Executive of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Strategic Information Management System. Bill was named the 2016 Pittsburgh CIO of the Year for Education. He has presented at more than 35 events on many topics, including project management, security, leadership, organizational management, federated identity management and talent management. Bill has appeared in more than 10 IT publications, including authoring articles for Education Technology Insights and The Enterprisers Project blog.Alan W. Bell
Alan Bell is the president of Globe Risk International (GRI) and an expert in international counter-terrorism and security planning. He oversees all Threat Risk Assessment (TRA) and Security Planning deliverables for joint projects, and also works closely with GRI’s engineering and security design clients. His distinguished career includes more than 23 years of specialized military experience related to global security issues.
Alan has trained close protection (bodyguard) teams for many global VIPs, and has been involved in counter-terrorist operations throughout the world. By 1978, Alan was recruited to be a member of Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS), the world’s most elite armed forces unit where he protected the British Royal Family and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
As president of Globe Risk International Inc., Alan is responsible for developing and directing the firms consulting practice. Globe Risk International Inc. specializes in integrating crisis management and security programs, which are designed to prevent, minimize, and proactively prepare individuals and companies for crisis/security related risks. Additionally, Alan counsels clients in Threat, Risk, Vulnerability Assessments, and kidnap and ransom support and training, commercial, residential and personal risk assessments, VIP/executive protection, industrial dispute management, counter-terrorism programs, and specialized training.
Globe Risk International Inc. has supplied security support to business operations in such diverse areas as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, State of Qatar, Afghanistan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Sudan, The Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, South Africa, Kenya, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Guyana, Jamaica, Panama, Thailand, Philippines, Greece, Luxembourg, Germany, Australia, Russia, China, U.S. and Canada.
Manager – Health, Safety, Environment, Crisis Management, and Emergency Response
Balchan Jadoonanan is the Manager of Health, Safety, Environment, Crisis Management and Emergency Response at LNG production company Atlantic. He is an HSE and CMER professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry.
Initially a Process Plant Operations Technician in the company’s Production Department in 2004, Balchan transferred to the Health, Safety, Security and the Environment (HSSE) Department in 2007, where he helped to establish the framework for the company’s Control of Work policy and accompanying procedures. As a key member of the Atlantic Safety Team, he was later promoted to its leadership in 2012. For the period of 2016-2018, Balchan was seconded to BPTT as an H&S Advisor where he offered his expertise acquired from years of experience and study in the field. Upon returning to Atlantic, he was promoted to Manager where he continues to play a key role in the development and implementation of several of Atlantic’s industry-leading HSE initiatives. He is also at the forefront of several initiatives that aim to leverage cutting-edge technology to enhance corporate HSE performance.
Balchan is a Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the Vice Chair of the AmCham TT HSSE Committee and a member of the PLEA HSSE Committee.
He is a certified ISO 45001 and 14001 Lead Auditor, holds a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from the University of Greenwich; several additional certifications including the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, NEBOSH Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety; and has attended numerous training programmes in Occupational Health and Safety.
Vice President- Integrated Security Solutions
As Vice President of Integrated Security Solutions at G4S Americas, Rachelle Loyear leads the G4S Enterprise Security Risk Management program and the G4S Innovation Team.
Rachelle has spent her career managing programs in corporate security organizations. Focusing strongly on security risk management, she has been responsible for ensuring enterprise resilience in the face of many different types of risks, both physical and cyber.
In 2017, she released the book The Manager’s Guide to Simple, Strategic, Service-Oriented Business Continuity, and is a co-author of the 2018 book, Enterprise Security Risk Management: Concepts and Applications.
serves on the Cybersecurity Advisory board for SIA, is a Certified
Information Security Manager (CISM) through ISACA, a Master Business
Continuity Professional (MBCP) through DRI International, an Associate
Fellow of Business Continuity International (AFBCI) and a certified
Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management
Institute (PMI)Todd Conklin
Todd Conklin spent 25 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Senior Advisor for Organizational and Safety Culture. Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the world’s foremost research and development laboratories; Dr. Conklin has been working on the Human Performance program for the last 15 years of his 25-year career. It is in this fortunate position where he enjoys the best of both the academic world and the world of safety in practice.
Claire was announced as Regional President BP Trinidad and Tobago in February 2018. Prior to this role, she was appointed Managing Director for BP’s Exploration and Production interests in Australia in September 2014. In this role, she was accountable for all BP Upstream activity in Australia, including the North-West Shelf Venture. Claire served as a Director of the Board of North West Shelf Gas Pty Ltd, the gas marketing agency for the venture. In addition, she was a Board Director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and Chairperson of the APPEA Executive Committee.
Claire joined BP in 2002 as Chief Accountant/Head of Accounting Policy for Upstream. Following this, she was Head of Performance Management for Upstream and in 2007 moved to BP Alaska, initially as Commercial Director then as the Chief Financial Officer. In 2012 Claire was appointed Head of the Executive Office for Upstream in BP’s London office.
Prior to BP, Claire worked for Ernst & Young in London and Houston across a variety of service lines focused on the oil and gas sector. Claire has a BSc in Biological Sciences and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
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