Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
The Hon. Sandra Husbands is woman with a passion for human development and enterprise success. She is passionate about governance and being able to build strong economic and social platforms which enable people to live their best life. Her life is dedicated to positioning the nations and peoples of the Caribbean to build properly functioning societies and economies that uplift their people and provide them with the opportunities to achieve their dreams.
Sandra Husbands is the Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade with responsibility for trade agreements. The portfolio includes advancing the trade opportunities in Caricom where possible for the CSME and wider across the globe. The Division of Foreign Trade has responsibility for protecting the interests of domestic enterprises and the broader economy in regional and multilateral fora.
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Law and a Masters in International Trade Policy which prepares her to be able to lead and guide government trade policy to position and enable enterprises to secure trade in regional and international markets.
H. E. Ambassador Dr. Clyde Mascoll
Clyde Mascoll is a Barbadian economist, politician, and former parliamentarian.
He worked for the Central Bank of Barbados for 15 years from 1979 to 1994. His main area of focus was in direct and indirect taxation polices and he was instrumental in formulating the tax initiatives of the early 90’s. He has published papers in the area of Taxation, Government Expenditure and Labour Productivity.
Clyde Mascoll was first appointed to the Senate in 1994 and was elected to the House of Assembly in 1996, as representative for the constituency of St. Michael North West where he served until January 1999. He was again appointed to the Senate after the elections of that year and served until April 2003. He was elected as President of the Democratic Labour Party in November 2001, re-elected in August 2002 and led the party into general elections in May 2003. He regained his seat in the House of Assembly as representative for St. Michael North West and became Leader of the Opposition.
On 27 May 2018, Mascoll was appointed Chief Economic Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs, and Investment in the Mia Mottley Administration.
Chief Executive Officer, Goddards Enterprises Ltd.
Mr. Anthony Ali spent most of his working life in Canada where he worked in the areas of Operations, Sales, Marketing, Customer Allegiance and Strategic Planning for a number of Fortune 500 companies in Canada and the United States in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution and technology. Before joining Goddard Enterprises Ltd in 2013 as Managing Director, he worked with SM Jaleel (SMJ) in Trinidad - the largest soft drink manufacturer in the English speaking Caribbean - where he served as General Manager from 2010 – 2013. At SMJ he was responsible for the operations and growing the business as well as the company's market share over the three years in all categories of their business.
Upon graduating from the University of Toronto in 1988 with a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Chemistry, Mr. Ali worked as a Research Chemist at National Silicates - a manufacturer of sodium silicates and silicates derivatives - and subsequently as their Business Development Manager. He also completed a Post Graduate Degree in Executive Marketing from the University of Western Ontario in 1992 and has completed several leadership and management programmes.
In 1993, he was selected from 6,000 employees from Abitibi-Price Inc. - a large manufacturer and seller of newsprint and groundwood specialties products to participate in a fellowship at McKinsey & Co. for two years where he worked on a number of projects - both financial and operational - for a variety of clients. During the fellowship, Mr. Ali focused on leadership and strategic engagement for the McKinsey clients.
After his fellowship, Mr. Ali went to work at Azerty Inc. the largest distributor in the US of IT consumables as Vice President of Logistics and Administration. During the four (4) years at Azerty, he was able to grow the company from $350 million to $1.2 billion before it was sold.
He later joined Thermo Fisher Scientific - the world's largest provider of scientific equipment - in 2005 as Global Director of Operations and Customer Allegiance where he remained for three years working with large pharmaceutical, automotive and manufacturing organisations. He then moved to Enerworks Inc. - a North American manufacturer of Solar Thermal systems - where he served as Global Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Allegiance.
Mr. Ali has served on several Boards in the Energy field, is the co-author of several publications and has four patents pending. He has an interest in all types of sporting activities.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Barbados to the UN and WTO at Geneva; Ambassador to Austria, and The Republic of Serbia
His Excellency Chad Blackman, is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva; Barbados’ Ambassador to the United Nations at Vienna, and Barbados’ Ambassador to Austria; and to the Republic of Serbia.
Ambassador Blackman has worked in the international development sector for over fifteen years, and has engaged as an international trade law specialist and development consultant at the Commonwealth Secretariat respectively. Prior to his tenure in Geneva, he was Legal Consultant and Partner in a Caribbean Law Firm, where he led on issues international trade, shipping and data protection laws.
Ambassador Blackman is the former Chair for the Trade and Environment Committee and former Chair of the Trade and Development Committee, both in the WTO. He chairs the SIDS Group in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), was the Americas Co-ordinator for the Government Group in the ILO, and is a UN International Gender Champion Global Board Member . He is also the Vice-President of the G77 & China Group in Geneva.
Ambassador Blackman, is a British trained international trade law specialist, and has read for both the LLB Law and LLM International Trade Law from the University of Essex in the UK, and is an Associate member of the London based, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators , and speaks English, French and Spanish.
Corporate Services Leader, PwC East Caribbean (Barbados Office)
Ronaele is a partner of the PwC East Caribbean firm based in Barbados. She is the Environmental Social and Governance Leader for the East Caribbean firm and the Tax and Legal Services Leader for the Caribbean Region. She is an Attorney-at-Law, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Canada and holds an LLM Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law with an emphasis on Corporate Governance.
She has extensive experience in the examination and implementation of international Corporate Governance best practice, having led teams in the provision of engagements for Board Assessments and Board training for Barbados and regional conglomerates. This has included in depth evaluation interviews for boards of directors of companies based in Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and the Cayman Islands.
Ronaele has spent 21 years in corporate practice with respect to local companies, international business companies, societies with restricted liability, international financial institutions and exempt insurance companies including the provision of corporate advisory support in the maintenance, structuring and restructuring of multinational corporations.
She has acted for both local and international clients from inception, throughout the start-up period and into the life of the entity. She has a wealth of experience in incorporation, external registration, re-domiciliation and dissolution proceedings as well as in the sale, restructuring and amalgamation of local, regional and international entities. She often advises directors and shareholders on rights, duties, obligations and corporate legislation, practice and procedure.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to TIAA, Dave served as CFO, International Businesses at Prudential Financial, Inc. He was responsible for all financial aspects of Prudential’s non-U.S. businesses.
Previously, he was at American International Group (AIG) and served as interim CEO of International Life and Retirement; Chief Financial Actuary, CFO of AIG Japan and Asia Pacific; and CFO and Chief Financial Actuary of Institutional Markets. He has also held senior roles in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, advising life, non-life and financial guaranty insurance clients. He has reinsurance and structuring experience from Swiss Re and Canada Life Reinsurance and began his career as a pension actuary at one of the predecessor companies of Willis Towers Watson.
Dave is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and Associate of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He is on the board of The Entrepreneurial Network (TEN) Habitat and the Industry Advisory Council of the Business School at Medgar Evers College and previously served on several insurance and non-insurance operating and holding company boards.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science and Applied Statistics from the University of Toronto and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Executive Officer, cloudThing
Stuart has over 20 years’ experience across start-ups, SMEs and FTSE100 corporates, as a technology and business leader. He recently became CEO of Microsoft Gold Partner and advisor to the International Federation of Accountants, cloudThing. Stuart was promoted to CEO after seven years helping to grow cloudThing through his integrity and inspirational leadership as Operations Director.
Stuart's career-long focus has been on helping organisations disrupt markets and ensure the successful delivery of transformational technology through the adoption of new agile delivery methods. Stuart has led multi-year technology programmes for multiple clients, advising on the best way to select, design and deliver the right technology on time and under budget.
This personal emphasis on building Agile businesses and helping customers to do the same enables Stuart to have great insight into how to prepare for unforeseen opportunities; anticipate market movement and adapting to change.
Stuart's experiences, beliefs and interests are manifested in cloudThing's leadership principles. cloudThing work with an awesome group of likeminded clients, in Central Government, Health, Non-Profit, Membership and Ed Tech sectors. For them we build the software upon which they deliver their services, transform their markets and simply make life better for their customers, staff and beneficiaries.
FA Director, Deloitte
Raymond is an FA Director with a focus on clients in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. Raymond brings over 15 years of international experience serving government, corporate and private equity clients on complex financial advisory engagements.
With a wealth of corporate finance and financial advisory experience, Raymond has advised key stakeholders on assignments involving M&A advisory, valuation analyses, corporate restructuring, due diligence, financial analyses and modelling, and capital raising spanning a number of clients and industries including banking and insurance.
Founder, CEO, Crowd Potential Consulting
Rochelle is a published author, global speaker, management consultant, and senior lecturer. She holds a PhD in International Human Resource Management and is the Founder and CEO of Crowd Potential Consulting Inc. Rochelle’s passion lies in applying good people management practices within the growing digital economy and she has travelled across South East Asia including Indonesia and Thailand to explore the world’s top remote-working hotspots, explore co-working spaces and interview globally dispersed workers. She was recently featured in Forbes for her trademarked framework ‘Gig HR™’, a term she coined to describe the discipline of using HRM to help companies enhance their working relationships with contract or ‘gig’ workers, ‘digital nomads’ and other offsite stakeholders, whose physical contact with organisations is limited or non-existent.
Communication Specialist, JILL Media
Tracy Highland is a Communication Specialist with over 20 years experience. Her niche is Social Media Strategy and Management. Through her company JILL Media, she provides support to SMEs, non- profit organisations and large corporations seeking to build their brands and online communities in the social media space.
Her career started in journalism, having worked at both Starcom Network and the Barbados Advocate. She then moved on to Public Relations, working as Assistant Director of Public Relations at a US University, and as a freelance publicist and writer on her move back to Barbados. In 2012 she founded her company JILL Media where she created a niche in Social Media Marketing. She has worked with a number of notable clients over the years including The Massy Group, Roberts Manufacturing, The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and Facey Commodities.
She has participated as a Social Media expert in a number of panels including the Caribbean Development Bank’s Resilience series in 2020 and she currently conducts social media training for Ten Habit, a regional organisation that supports entrepreneurs.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media Communications and has taught in the Associate Degree - Mass Communication Programme at the Barbados Community College.
Managing Director, Blueprint Creative Inc.
Ron Johnson is co-founder and Managing Director of Blueprint Creative, one of Barbados’ leading branding agencies. Blueprint Creative is comprised of more than 20 problem-solvers, idea generators, entrepreneurs, designers and copywriters, who have studied, trained and gained working experience in a range of countries, including Barbados, The Bahamas, Canada, England, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA.
Ron and his team of brand specialists work with CEOs, marketing teams and HR Departments to help solve their brand-related business challenges. As Managing Director, Ron has advised clients in several industries, including energy, banking, insurance, convenience retailing, accounting and security. Blueprint works on a range of brand-related projects, including logo design, advertising campaigns (print and radio), press releases, packaging, design of publications (such as annual reports, newsletters and magazines), articulation and documentation of company core values, enhancement of company cultures, internal communications and other related projects.
While Ron and his team are passionate about all aspects of branding, they are especially passionate about helping clients improve revenues and build company cultures where hard work, fun and profitability can co-exist.
Blueprint Creative has won several “ADDY awards” for their branding work with clients. Under Ron’s leadership, the company has also been recognised as one of Barbados’ best places to work. Blueprint Creative has been presented with two Barbados’ Best Employers Award (BBE), in recognition of the company’s exemplary culture, working environment and HR practices.
When Ron isn’t helping clients with their branding projects, you can find him reading (about branding), writing (about branding), thinking (about branding) or eating lemon sorbet.
Chief Executive Officer, GoFor10
Shane Ram is a former C-Suite Executive turned Strategic Advisor and Coach to CEOs and Entrepreneurs. Shane works with CEOs, Senior Executives, corpora-tions, 6-7 Figure business owners and entrepreneurs to increase revenue, be-come better leaders and live more fulfilling lives. He is the author of Future Ready Leadership, a book that provides the 8 Must Have Strategies for leaders to Thrive in an uncertain and volatile future.
At the age of 31 Shane became a C-Suite Executive and helped organisations with employees from 70 different countries to manage through disruptive change and rapid growth. As head of the corporate university, Shane trained senior leaders in coaching, HRM and leadership which resulted in managers becoming better CEOs and executives with giant leap in leadership capabilities fostering company growth.
From Shane’s years of experience training and coaching senior leaders and entrepreneurs, he found that most people are playing at a level way below their potential and are settling for less than they deserve, Shane created Don’t Settle for 7, Go for 10! The program provides a much-needed blueprint for leaders and entrepreneurs to increase their wealth, and build global businesses, create confidence and reach their highest potential emotionally and financially. His strikingly effective coaching process shows individuals and corporate teams how to create he personal lives they want while becoming a megastar at work.
Shane has travelled extensively training and speaking and is a regular at Gobal Conferences and Podcasts. He has shared the same stage with people like Malcolm Gladwell, Sharon Lechter and Bob Burg. He also pitched to Kevin Harrington (the Original Shark from Shark Tank). He has trained and consulted in the UK, Africa, USA, Middle East, Canada, India, Central America, South Pacific and most Caribbean countries.
Shane holds a Masters Degree in eBusiness from the University of Surrey and a Masters in Strategic Thinking from Edinburgh Business School.
President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean
Barbadian accounting professional and entrepreneur, David Simpson, was appointed as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) in June 2021. Simpson replaced Khalil Alli from Guyana who served for the period 2019 to 2021. The handover occurred on the ICAC's 38th annual conference which was held virtually and successfully, for the first time on June 24th and 25th.
The ICAC consists of some 4,000 professionals across the Caribbean and is committed to upholding and promoting the fundamental values of accountancy profession - Truth and Fairness, Integrity, Justice and prosperity, which are embodied in its motto, Veritas et Virtus (Truth and Virtue).
For the 2021 to 2023 the ICAC will also be served by Andrea St. Rose (Eastern Caribbean) – Vice President; Gowon Bowe (Bahamas) – Treasurer; Sixto Coy (Jamaica) – Secretary and Directors Claude Burrell (Belize), Pramila Persaud (Guyana), Michael Lutchman (Suriname) and Denise Chinpire-O’Reilly (Trinidad and Tobago). The ICAC’s 2021 to 2023 Alternate Directors include Diveane Bowe – Bahamas; Darshani Workman – Barbados; Brett Feinstein – Belize; Erwin Southwell – Eastern Caribbean; Vishwamint Ramnarine – Guyana; Allison Peart – Jamaica; Hans Girjasing – Suriname and Dwayne Rodrigues-Seijas – Trinidad and Tobago.
The Affiliate Members of the ICAC are Shelly-Ann Mohammed – ACCA; Jim Knafo – AICPA; Tommaso Scali – CIPFA and Nancy Foran – CPA Canada.
Darshani Workman is Finance Manager of Deloitte and Touche Barbados and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Darshani was admitted to ICAB in 2008 and elected to Council in May 2017. She has served on the Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) Committee and the 2013 ICAC Conference Planning Committee. Darshani is a former Chairman and current member of the Communications Committee which she has served since 2014 as a writer and interviewer.
Darshani spent her early career in the nascent information technology industry in Guyana and then 11 years in Barbados in the luxury Real Estate & Hospitality related industries. Her focus was on accounting and taxation for International Business Companies, External Companies, Hotels and Property Owners Association.
Cognizant of her civic duties and importance of giving back, Darshani sits on the Audit and Finance Committee of Optimist International, is an Ambassador of ACCA and previously, a founding member of the Students' Services Council in Guyana while an ACCA student.
Director, PwC Trinidad & Tobago
Anthony is a Director with PwC Trinidad with over 16 years professional services experience. Anthony is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified GIAC Penetration Tester, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional and has completed the SANS 560 Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking course where he won the ‘capture the flag’ challenge which simulated a penetration test of a financial institution. He specializes in delivering cyber security services and forensic technology services, and is a subject matter expert in vulnerability assessment, threat modeling and penetration testing. In addition to his cyber security experience Anthony has led several data analytics engagements
Anthony is also a regular conference speaker across the region on cyber security and related topics.