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  • 2 Apr 2021 4:07 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    PANELIST - "Choose To Challenge"

    Vyana Sharma is the Head of the Anti-Terrorism Unit, Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs providing lead support to implementation of the powers of the Attorney General under the Anti-Terrorism Act, Chap 12:07 including obtaining Orders of the High Court declaring individuals and entities as listed entities and freezing their funds, forfeiture of terrorist property and legal action in respect of suspected international terrorists found in Trinidad and Tobago and negotiate Anti-Terrorism matters and international co-operation agreements and treaties in Anti-Terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism.

    Ms. Sharma is the Chair of the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee (NAMLC) responsible for national coordination and cooperation for AML/CFT in Trinidad and Tobago and serves as the principal liaison between Trinidad and Tobago and both the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) regarding the country’s ongoing work to ensure compliance with the FATF Standards.

    Ms. Sharma was called to the Bar in 2003 and is a Solicitor of England & Wales and Scotland, and holds a LLM (Merit) in International and Comparative Commercial Law.

  • 2 Apr 2021 3:57 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)

    PANELIST - "Choose To Challenge"

    Lt. Col. Jozette McLean is a passionate leader and the most senior woman in the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force. She is a ground-breaking pioneer and passionate advocate for military women, women’s equality, education, fitness, and public procurement reform.

    Lt Col McLean enlisted in the TTDF on 6th December 1996 and in 1998, attended the prestigious Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. She was commissioned as a 2Lt in the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment on 5th June 1998 and her military career spans twenty-four years of total service. She has attended several military schools locally, regionally and internationally. She attended junior staff school at the Caribbean Junior Staff College in Jamaica and logistics staff school at the US Army Logistics University and the UK Defence Logistics Staff School at Cranwell. She later attended senior staff college at the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth Kansas.

    During her career, she has held several logistics and command appointments. Her experience includes Regiment Messing Officer, with the responsibility for feeding, procurement, storage and distribution of all rations throughout the Regiment, Logistics Officer, Logistics Branch Chief, J4, G4 and Regimental Quartermaster with responsibility to coordinate, supervise and manage the expenditure of recurrent funds allocated to the Regiment. The budget that she managed for 2007/2008 was just under TT$100,000,000.00. She was the Logistics Operations Officer in 2008 for the Fifth Summit of the Americas and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2009.

    She has also held several command appointments such as Officer Commanding a company and Commanding Officer of the Logistics Battalion for the last six years from 2014, with responsibility for training, employing and deploying six hundred men and women as well as capital equipment. She has chaired several committees and planned several major events for the Defence Force. She is currently the Chairman of the CDS Military Women’s Initiative whose aim is to develop policies and other interventions to achieve gender equity in national security. Lt Col Mclean also coordinated a Regiment fitness initiative in concert with Dexter Simon IFBB, in order to improve wholistic fitness and knowledge for improved TTR wellness and fitness in 2020 and beyond. She is also an instructor at the Army Learning Center, Officers and Warrant Officers Training Division, for the subjects of Military History and Logistics.


    She has the privilege and honor to be the first woman to break many barriers in the TTDF. She is currently the most senior female officer in TTDF and the only female from Trinidad and Tobago to attend the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where she was awarded the Sandhurst Portraits for writing skills. She was the first female Commanding Officer in the Regiment and the first female from Trinidad and Tobago to attend Fort Leavenworth where she won the first female international Iron Major Award for fitness.

  • 2 Apr 2021 3:54 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)


    Angélique Parisot-Potter is the Executive Vice President, Business Integrity & Group General Counsel at Massy Group of Companies

    Angélique has created, driven and implemented business integrity programmes for over 10 years to protect companies and their brands. As the General Counsel of Massy Group, Angélique oversees the legal affairs globally, including commercial, litigation, industrial relations, regulatory and compliance matters, investigations and corporate transactions.

    She leads Massy’s Business Integrity programme, working with the Board, Executives and senior management to create a safe Speak Up and Listen Up culture where open secrets cannot thrive so that issues are raised and dealt with, sooner, rather than later.

    Over the last 30 years, Angélique has lived and worked in the Middle East, UK, Latin America and the Caribbean, gaining a breadth of multicultural and transdisciplinary experience. She spent 15 years in the oil & gas sector in senior roles such as Vice President, HR, Business Administration & Compliance in Egypt; Senior Counsel, Ethical, Compliance & Governance in Trinidad & Tobago; Regional Commercial Counsel in Brazil and Commercial Counsel in the UK, where she is also qualified as a solicitor. She has experience in the financial, construction and environmental sectors.

    She is a member of Trinidad & Tobago Transparency Institute’s National Advisory Group for the Business Integrity Country Agenda, a director of the NGO Let’s Read, a member of an education initiative project and a director on AMCHAM T&T.

    In 2008 she took a break from being a lawyer and moved to the Dominican Republic for eight months where she taught in English and learned in Spanish. In 2012 she won the Energy Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Governance award for her Ethical Conduct submission.

    Angélique studied at the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School. She is married with two teenage daughters and currently resides in Trinidad.

  • 2 Apr 2021 3:51 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)


    Karrian Hepburn Malcolm’s leadership spent 14 years at an international financial institution which includes her role as General Manager/Investments to which she had oversight of the institution’s Private Client Group and Branch Manager. Her leadership role spans between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

    Karrian’s career experience spans over 19 years and includes Strategic and Financial Planning, Marketing and Sales, Designing and Implementing Policies and Procedures to maintain best practices in sales and service, Customer Relationship Management, Business Compliance as it relates to Anti Money Laundering and Know Your Customer-related matters and people leadership.

    Karrian is a Licensed Broker with the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission (TTSEC), was a Licensed Trader with the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange (TTSE) and a holder of a Mutual Funds License from the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

    She holds an MBA in General Management and a B.Sc. in Management Studies and Public Administration from The University of the West Indies. In addition, she has completed international professional training in the areas of Investments, Asset Management, Retail Banking, Business Support Services, Audit, Credit Risk Management and Operations Shared Services. She is certified in Change Management process with Prosci Canada and is currently pursuing her Doctorate with the University of Phoenix in Management of Organizational Leadership

    She is currently in the role of Vice President, Sales and Service, at the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation, the region’s largest indigenous mutual fund company. She has been with the corporation for over 3 years. She has executive responsibility for managing all customer relationships and service touchpoints across the corporation which includes the Investments Centers, Advisory Services, Agent Administration, Contact Centre and Card Services. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of The American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago (AMCHAM T&T) and is a Director of Unit Trust Corporation (Cayman) SPC Ltd.

  • 2 Apr 2021 3:48 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)


    Toni Sirju-Ramnarine holds the position of Vice President, Corporate Operations at LNG producer Atlantic. As Vice President of Atlantic’s Corporate Operations Department, Toni has senior strategic leadership oversight of four functions: Digital Strategy; Information and Technology Systems; Sustainability and Corporate Communications; and Administration and Property Services. With over 25 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry, Toni has held senior leadership responsibilities within the fields of Engineering, Business Development, Project Development and Management, Corporate Communications, Planning and Information Technology.

    Toni holds an MSc in International Management from King’s College, London and is a qualified Chemical Engineer from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, where she was named one of the university’s 50 Distinguished Alumni. She is a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce, the Loan for Enterprise and Network Development (LEND) and of Structural Engineering firm, KS&P Ltd. She is also a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago.

    Toni is married and has three children. She enjoys cooking, listening to good music, watching sports and vacationing with her family.

  • 2 Apr 2021 3:44 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)


    Giselle Thompson is the Head of communications and advocacy & vice president - corporate operations for bp Trinidad and Tobago. In this role she holds accountability for the corporate functions of Communications and advocacy and Facilities and management services. In addition to this portfolio, she is also our low carbon sponsor for the bpTT leadership team.

    Giselle is responsible for the management of the company’s external facing strategy and reputation. This includes the management of the company’s internal and external communications and overseeing all interactions between bpTT and external stakeholders including the government, business partners and the community. Giselle first joined bpTT in 2005 as Corporate Brand Manager and was promoted to VP Communications and External Affairs in 2007 and then to VP Corporate Operations in 2013.

    Prior to joining bpTT, Giselle spent eight years in the pharmaceutical industry working with GlaxoSmithKline where she held senior marketing positions in their Caribbean and Central American operations.

    Giselle was awarded a distinction from the University of Cumbria for her Masters in Business Administration in 2019. She also holds an honours degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and was awarded their distinguished alumni award in 2014.

  • 2 Apr 2021 3:39 PM | Kennedy Maraj (Administrator)


    Nirad Tewarie is the CEO of AMCHAM T&T. He has over twenty years’ experience in media, communications, management, education and international relations.

    Nirad is a member of the Wilton Park Caribbean 2030 Leaders Network and was appointed to the National Tripartite Advisory Council (NTAC) by Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

    Nirad was formerly the CEO of the T&T Coalition of Services Industries (TTCSI), Chairman of the Caribbean Network of Services Coalitions, a member of the Communications and Public Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, UK and a columnist for the Trinidad Guardian. His work has been featured by local and international media houses including The Miami Herald. A keen supporter of the arts, Nirad is an Associate Producer of Bazodee the Movie and the former Chairman of the Cabinet Appointed Fashion Industry Development Committee. He has served on the Board of the Telecommunications Authority of T&T, the Indian Caribbean Museum and Vision on Mission Prisoner Rehabilitation Programme among others.

    Nirad holds a BSc. in Mass Communications from Florida International University and an MSc in International Relations from the Institute of International Relations, UWI.

    Most of all, Nirad is a devoted husband and father and hopes to leave the world a little better than he found it.

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