The Honourable Emma Hippolyte is a native of Soufriere who has kept close ties with her community.  She is a Certified General Accountant (CGA), as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).  Such skill sets have led her to be the Director of the Audit Department within the Government of Saint Lucia, the Senior Auditor of the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO of the UN in Rome, Italy and as a member of the External Board of Auditors of the Organization of American State, OAS.  As a public servant both within mainstream government and its parastatals Ms Hipployte has for over twenty five years served in the areas of Public and Private Sector Auditing, Governance, Management, Finance, Social Security and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Dr. Alison Gajadhar holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (First Class Honours) in Pure Chemistry and Food Chemistry from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Given her exceptional performance in this field of study, she was the proud recipient of the University Dean’s Prize for best performance in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences in all three campuses. Subsequently, she was awarded a University Scholarship by UWI where she continued to pursue her lifelong passion and attained the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry with High Commendation from UWI, Jamaica in 1999.  

 

Dr. Gajadhar also holds a Certificate in Chemical Metrology from Jamaica, an Advanced Certificate in Quality Management and Productivity from the Productivity Standards Board Academy of Singapore and a Certificate in Project Management from the Project Management Institute of Pennsylvania. In addition to public and private sector administration, her areas of expertise include standardization, conformity assessment, quality management systems and technical barriers to trade (TBT).

 

A familiar face to many, Dr. Gajadhar has worn many hats having served in various capacities in both the public and private sector. From 2001-2007 she served as Executive Director of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) with responsibility for defining the strategic direction of the Bureau. Following which, she lectured on Quality Management for the Advanced Certificate Level Program for Project Management Professionals. Up until 2014 she served as Special Adviser on Technical Barriers to Trade for the CARICOM-Canada Trade Negotiations. From 2007-2012 she operated as Managing Director of Ecosun Inc. and AMK Inc., while undertaking some major consultancy work funded by the European Union and US-Aid which included among others, implementation of ISO9000 Quality Management System within the Ministry of Commerce. During the period 2007-2011, she also served as an Independent Senator in the Parliament of Saint Lucia.  

 

In 2012 Dr. Gajadhar had a shift in career and joined the Government Service. Since then she has served as Permanent Secretary with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport.

 

On March 28th 2015 she was appointed as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs. With the Ministry’s core mandate being private sector development, she brings to the Ministry her wealth of knowledge and experience from the private sector as well as an understanding of the challenges impacting the development of the business sector.  Since joining the Ministry Dr. Gajadhar has commissioned a diagnostic review of the Ministry to help improve its strategic operations to better serve its clients.

 

In addition, Dr. Gajadhar has served and continues to serve on many Boards of Directors in the public and private sector, both at the national and regional level, and she is a proud mother of 3 beautiful girls.

Ronald-Ramjattan

Ronald Ramjattan is the CEO/Founder of Baron Foods Ltd., one of the region’s leading agro-processor. Born in August, on the planet of the majestic Leo, Ramjattan grew up in Georgetown, Guyana with his five sisters. With the attainment of a Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Guyana, coupled with a vast knowledge and experience in the food manufacturing industry, the ever impassioned Ramjattan took the voyage upstream, leaving his home in Guyana to devote his energies in founding his very own food processing plant in November of 1991. Guided by his drive for quality and excellence in his every endeavour, he began with a staff of 23 personnel producing a range of 12 products. Today Baron Foods Ltd., Ramjattan’s very brainchild of 1991, manufactures over 150 products inclusive of sauces, condiments, salad dressings, flavors, spices and exotic fruit beverages, all of which are internationally acclaimed and certified against the most stringent food safety standard globally; the FSSC 22000 V3 standard. Ramjattan’s stellar leadership has foreseen Baron Foods Ltd’s perpetual mission of providing innovative Caribbean-style foods products of the highest quality and superior presentation. This leadership has, over the years, earned this aspiring businessman several coveted awards, both regionally and internationally. Ronald Ramjattan, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in October, 2014 at Buckingham Palace. He is also President of the St. Lucia Manufacturer’s Association, as well as a member of various civic and charitable organizations and is a generous philanthropist.

Jacqueline-Emmanuel-FloodMrs Jacqueline Emmanuel-Flood’s contribution towards the development of the business and trade landscape in Saint Lucia over the last twenty years is without question.  She has a wealth of practical experience in working with both public and private sectors and in forging public private sector partnerships for advancing national development objectives. Her specialisms include Development Planning and Project Development, Investment Analysis and Finance, and Trade Promotion.  

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the UWI, and a Masters Degree in Project Analysis, Finance and Investment from the University of York, UK.

She was the former director of the Office of Private Sector Relations, the main implementation agency for the Government of Saint Lucia’s Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP), recently renamed the Trade Export Promotion Agency with the responsibility for implementing Saint Lucia’s National Export Development Strategy.  She is currently its first Chief Executive Officer.  

 

Mrs Emmanuel-Flood was the Managing Director of Emmanuel Financial Consultants Ltd and within the CARICOM countries, she served as an independent Consultant with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to assist Belize in initiating the preparation of its National Export Strategy in 2002 and a year later, she worked with the ITC to assist Grenada in undertaking preparation of a National Export Strategy.

 

She served as Executive Director (St Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture); General Manager (National Development Corporation - now Invest St Lucia); Trade Policy Facilitator (OECS Secretariat); Senior Economist (Ministry of Planning, Establishment and Training) and Part-time Lecturer in Business Administration for UWI Distant Learning Programme.

 

Her tenure as OECS Trade Facilitator (1999-2000) enabled her to assist OECS Member states to meet WTO legislative and policy commitments/requirements of Uruguay Round Agreements.  She assisted Ministries of External Trade in the OECS Member states to respond to WTO requirements, and helped formulate the negotiating positions for primary and regional and multilateral negotiations. 

 

She is currently on the Board of Directors of East Caribbean Financial Holdings, the St Lucia Bureau of Standards and the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council.  She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Caribbean Regional Communication Infrastructure Program, and the Executive Management Committee of the Saint Lucia Youth Business Trust which was established by the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce.

 

During her career, she served on the Board of Directors of the Development Control Authority, the Soufriere Development Agency, The National Utilities Commission, Saint Lucia National Development Corporation and Jalousie Plantation Resort.

Nigel-Edwin

Nigel Edwin is currently the Director of International Trade at the Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation in Saint Lucia having served at the Customs and Excise department for over 25 years up to July 2013 when he left in the Capacity of Deputy Comptroller of Customs. He served in various management capacities ranging from Project to Corporate Management in the Public sector over a period of ten years and acquired various professional and Technical skills. Apart from his customs experience, he completed many trade related, professional, technical and academic programs and represented Saint Lucia and the OECS at the WTO on various occasions on matters relating to Trade Facilitation. He is a certified Project Manager and hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Dr-WalcottPrior to her appointment, Dr. Walcott was the Managing Director of the consulting firm QSM Consulting from June 2011 to November 30th, 2012. Prior to that Dr. Mkabi Walcott served as the Head of the Compliance Department for the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards from 2004 to May 2011 having joined the Bureau in 2002.

 

With over 13 years working in the areas of veterinary medicine, food safety, quality and project management, Dr. Walcott brings to the position of Director of the organization a strong understanding and knowledge of the importance standardization, quality and systems management both in the private and public sectors.

 

She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree as well as professional qualifications in Project management and Governance as a Chartered Director. Dr. Walcott is also a QMS Lead Auditor another example of her pursuit for excellence for both herself and the organizations with which she has worked.

 

Dr. Walcott main goal is to continue the work she started in assisting with the development of the National Quality Infrastructure within the private and public sectors to enable the sustainable development of the economy of Saint Lucia.

 

 

Dr. Walcott also participates actively in regional and international standardization as she serves as a Member on the Council of the Regional Organization for Standards and Quality and was recently appointed to serve as the representative for the Caribbean and Central America on the International Standards Organization Advisory Group for Developing Countries.

Yvonne Agard has over 15 years experience in the field of Private Sector Development.   She is currently the Executive Director of the Saint Lucia Coalition of Services, and Project Coordinator CSME Standby Facility. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Trade Export Promotion Unit and two committees of the SLBS. Ms. Agard has undertaken several competency and capacity building initiatives including Market expansion and export programmes, proposal writing, cluster development, Trade Mission planning and monitoring and evaluation of programmes for private sector development.

 

Ms Agard work includes coordination of multiple donor funded projects aimed at developing Saint Lucia’s services sector including services exports and managing the operations of the SLCSI including regular interface with the private sector services associations.  She is presently the Chair of the Caribbean Network of Services Coalition.

 

Ms Agard holds an MBA (Project Management) from University of Readings (Henley), a Bsc in Management Studies and a Certificate in International Trade Policy from the University of the West Indies.   She also holds a diploma in the French Language from the Alliance Francaise de Paris. She is fluent in French.

Michael-SpeakmanMichael Speakman is currently the the Sales & Marketing Director at Saint Lucia Distillers. He has held this position for the last eight years, and concentrates on the building of the company’s brands in the regional and international markets. Prior to his current position, Michael built up the imported wines and spirits portfolio at Saint Lucia Distiller’s distribution company, Barbay Limited. With twenty five years service in the alcoholic beverage industry, Michael brings a wealth of experience in brand building, marketing and gaining presence in the global alcohol markets. He is a graduate of London and Oxford Universities holding a masters in philosophy in economic history. He also has a diploma in Wines and Spirits at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

Mr. Daniel Belizaire grew up in a household of hoteliers where his father and mother worked throughout the Caribbean in the various senior management positions. At an early age of 14 years, Daniel had already known what he wanted to become and it was only natural that on leaving school he pursued what he considered his dream.

 

That dream started in Trinidad at the Trinidad Hilton at age 18 and from there moved onto the Chaconia Inn, Calypso Beach Resort and finally the Holiday Inn as assistant manager. In 1988 newly married, he decided to leave Trinidad because of the increasing crime and violence and settled in Saint Lucia and became the youngest Saint Lucian to manage a resort on island. Over the years he managed two properties namely; East Winds Inn where he was instrumental in also providing guidance in design and construction and then was headhunted to work at Marigot Bay Resort in 1991.

 

In 1992 Daniel opened his own company DmB Holdings Limited and Hospitality Management Services as one of his Trading names. Hospitality Management Services is a consultancy company that supplies services at all levels of the service chain within the Hospitality Industry. He has owned and operated offices in Grenada, Trinidad, Antigua and St. Kitts. Today he just concentrates on Saint Lucia and St. Kitts after selling his interest in the other islands.

 

Daniel, while being the Deputy Mayor of Gros Islet is also the 1st Vice President of the Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association. He has served on the SLHTA Board for over eleven years and prides himself as being one of the longest serving members on that board. He is the Chairman of the Product Development Committee on the Saint Lucia Tourist Board as well as a director on the National Export Commission and the Events Company of St. Lucia Inc.

 

Daniel is the proud father of four children, one which works with him in Saint Lucia and the other runs his operation in St. Kitts. The last two children attend school in Saint Lucia. His lovely wife of fifteen years is a director of his company.

Mr. Jn Baptiste has served in the Agricultural Sector for over 20 years. The major focus of his contributions has been on providing Advisory Services to farmers on a wide spectrum of issues related to farm management, food production and marketing and associated environmental considerations.

 

Over the years he has coordinated several Agricultural Development projects including

 

Mr. Jn Baptiste currently functions as the Chief Extension Officer within the Department of Agriculture with overall responsibility for leading and managing the Advisory Services. He also provides Administrative leadership to the Praedial Larceny Unit; a Division set up to enforce associated agricultural larceny laws.

 

Mr. Jn Baptiste is a trained Agriculturist with a Master’s Degree in Agricultural and Rural Development from Imperial College London.

 

An avid learner and strong advocate for effective leadership he constantly promotes the necessity of personal growth plans and the pursuit of excellence.

Tracy-PoliusMs.Tracy Polius is currently the Permanent Secretary within the Department of Planning and National Development in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Social Security in Saint Lucia. Ms. Polius has published regionally and internationally in the areas, reserve pooling, price formation, financial sector development, and financial stability. Prior to her current engagement at the Ministry of Finance Ms. Polius worked as the Group Economist for CIBC FirstCaribbean. She has also worked as a Research Fellow at the University of the West Indies Saint Augustine and as an economist at Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. Ms. Polius is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Saint Augustine (M.Sc. Economics). She is married with one daughter.

Ms. Sunita Daniel is a graduate of the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School. With the zeal to further her education she attended the Vieux Fort A’ Level Division for where she was awarded overall Most Outstanding A’ Level Student and Most Outstanding Student in Economics and Sociology.

 

Her work life began as a Student Auditor at Price Waterhouse Coopers, an experience she says shaped her attitude to work. Ms. Daniel was then employed by the Ministry of the Public Service as an Executive Cadet for 2 years. Wanting to give back to her community she then moved on to teach senior level students at the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School.

 

Her passion being Economics took her to study at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Trinidad, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Management Studies (Double major).

 

Ms. Daniel returned to St. Lucia eager to share her knowledge and continued to contribute to the education sector as a Lecturer of Economics at the Vieux Fort Comprehensive A’ Level Department. Wanting to work more directly in the Economics field, she left teaching to pursue a career as an Economist at the Ministry of Agriculture. During her tenure she also lectured as an E-Tutor in Managerial Economics at the University of the West Indies Open Campus.

 

In 2007 Ms. Daniel was the proud recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management. At a tender age she has had a love of writing, which led to her publication on “The Food Security Profile of St. Lucia” in the Voice Newspaper in 2006.

 

Presently, she is the Chief Agricultural Planning Officer and Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) National Focal Correspondent for St. Lucia. Her educational pursuit drove her to obtain a professional level diploma in Project Management from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

 

Her passion for agriculture led her to pursue a Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics at the University of London, which she is currently pursuing.

 

She remains dedicated to serving her country through the Agricultural Sector and improving Food and Nutrition Security for all.

Ms. Sunita Daniel is a graduate of the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School. With the zeal to further her education she attended the Vieux Fort A’ Level Division for where she was awarded overall Most Outstanding A’ Level Student and Most Outstanding Student in Economics and Sociology.

 

Her work life began as a Student Auditor at Price Waterhouse Coopers, an experience she says shaped her attitude to work. Ms. Daniel was then employed by the Ministry of the Public Service as an Executive Cadet for 2 years. Wanting to give back to her community she then moved on to teach senior level students at the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School.

 

Her passion being Economics took her to study at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Trinidad, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Management Studies (Double major).

 

Ms. Daniel returned to St. Lucia eager to share her knowledge and continued to contribute to the education sector as a Lecturer of Economics at the Vieux Fort Comprehensive A’ Level Department. Wanting to work more directly in the Economics field, she left teaching to pursue a career as an Economist at the Ministry of Agriculture. During her tenure she also lectured as an E-Tutor in Managerial Economics at the University of the West Indies Open Campus.

 

In 2007 Ms. Daniel was the proud recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management. At a tender age she has had a love of writing, which led to her publication on “The Food Security Profile of St. Lucia” in the Voice Newspaper in 2006.

 

Presently, she is the Chief Agricultural Planning Officer and Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) National Focal Correspondent for St. Lucia. Her educational pursuit drove her to obtain a professional level diploma in Project Management from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

 

Her passion for agriculture led her to pursue a Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics at the University of London, which she is currently pursuing.

 

She remains dedicated to serving her country through the Agricultural Sector and improving Food and Nutrition Security for all.