DR. ROLPH BALGOBIN, FRSA
Dr. Rolph Balgobin is Chairman of Quicksilver Convenience Ltd. a group of companies focused on property and human development as well as a director of a number of other companies and charities.
Hi is Chairman of CL Financial, Angostura, Home Construciton Limited and several other companies within the CLF Group.
He is a former Director of the Massy Group, the NGC Distinguished Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of the West Indies (UWI), a former Director and Research Fellow of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and President of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA). He serves on the ratings committee of the Caribbean rating agency CARICRIS.
He is a Member of the Economic Development Board. He is also member of a Cabinet-appointed Committee for the review and assessment of all Special Purpose/Wholly Owned State Enterprises.
He was an Independent Senator in the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and is an occasional columnist for the Trinidad Express newspaper. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Dr. Balgobin has previously served as chairman of the Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Company (PLIPDECO), and as a director of the Telecommunications Company of Trinidad and Tobago, the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago. He led the technical team which pulled together the Vision 2020 National Strategic Plan for Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr. Balgobin holds degrees from the UWI, the University of Cambridge as well as Manchester University, and holds a postgraduate diploma in Corporate Governance from the ACCA.
Anthony G. Farah is the General Manager of MDC-UM, the largest manufacturer of office furniture in the region. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade Community College, Mr. Farah gained 17 years of experience from a host of industries in the United States. Anthony returned to Trinidad to help develop MDC-UM’s strategic alliances with large furniture manufacturers in North America, China, Europe and India. As a consultant and project manager he has helped ensure that local content is maximized on projects in the Caribbean.
Roger Roach is the Managing Director of ANSA Coatings Limited a member of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies. Born out of the integration of Penta Paints Caribbean Limited and Sissons Paints Limited, ANSA Coatings manufacturers and distributes a wide range of Decorative, Automotive, Industrial and Marine Paints, making it the largest supplier of coatings in the Region. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Langston Roach Industries Limited, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of cleaning products, personal care products and janitorial supplies in the Caribbean. He is the holder of the Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Roach is a Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA) where he a member of the Advocacy Committee and the Cabinet Appointed Standing Committee of Trade and Trade Related Matters.
Mr. Mohamed has more than 20 years experience in customs brokerage and international marketing. He is currently the Director and Corporate Secretary of K.C. Confectionery, the Chairman of the Couva Development Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the valuation of Intellectual Property Office and the Director and Secretary of International Products Limited. He is also a member of the Association of Business Executives and Past President of the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce.
Robin Lewis joined First Citizens as the GM Retail and Commercial Banking in April of 2012. He holds a Diploma in Business Management from the University of The West Indies and an MBA from the University of Lincoln in London. Mr. Lewis is a career banker with over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. The majority of his career was spent with a local financial services provider gaining experience in all aspects of banking operations. His prior appointment was at director level with another major regional financial institution with responsibility for Banking Operations for the Retail Wealth and Small Business groups, also including Branch Banking, Electronic Channels and Call Centres. He currently sits on the Board of the Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers’ Association.
Ms. Franka Costelloe is a Director of Lifetime Roofing Limited. She has seven years of experience in various departments including sales and marketing, contracts and human resources. She holds an Associate Degree, MBOS in Project Management, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Building and Construction Management (with distinction). Ms. Costelloe currently sits on the Industrial Estate Tenants Board (IETA) and the Trinidad and Tobago Equestrian Association Board (TTEA).
Upon completion of his undergraduate studies in Business Management at the University of Tampa, Christopher Alcazar returned to Trinidad and Tobago eager to understand its business environment. He quickly embarked upon a career in business development and product marketing within Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, Latin America and key international markets. While much of his previous professional experience has been with Associated Brands Industries Ltd, he currently holds the position of Director, National Brands at Vemco Ltd. His focus is growing the market share of the home grown products of the company locally and internationally. His passion lies in working with all parties along the production process and supply chain to ensure product availability and consistency in order to pioneer and grow the company's share in key markets. This is all part of a long term strategy to position the company's brand and T&T products within Caricom and on the global market.
Travis Ali holds a diploma in Manufacturing/Operations Management from Seneca College and a Bachelors of Commerce from Ryerson University. His wide range of experience in business spans from Manufacturing, Retail, distribution, Insurance and particularly in commercial real estate investment and acquisition gives him a broad perspective. He holds the positions of executive director of Advance Foam Ltd, World bedding & Furniture B’dos Ltd, Furniture plus Ltd, CIC Insurance Brokers/holdings Ltd, Second Plaza (Valpark plaza), Alliance Holdings Ltd and Managing director of Advance Springs Ltd, Hummingbird Investments ltd, First Plaza ltd (Atlantic Plaza), Capital Holdings and Midland Holdings Ltd.
His key position and input at Advance foam Ltd and World bedding & Furniture B’dos Ltd has propelled his family owned business into the largest manufacturer of Mattresses, pillows, foam and spring products throughout Caricom, parts of Central and South America with international brands such as Serta, Restonic and Therapedic.
Mr.Colin Sabga holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Bristol with a specialization in Private Equity, and a Masters of Law (with distinction) from University College London with a specialization in International Banking and Finance. He subsequently completed the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law, London and the Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School.
He is a member of the Honorary Society of the Inner Temple and the Law Society of Trinidad & Tobago.In 2013, Colin joined the BCL Group of Companies full time as Executive Director responsible for new business development.
Dr. Mikaeel Mohammed is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he attained his M.B., B.Ch, B.A.O. credentials. He holds certifications in executive leadership from various Business schools, most recently, Harvard Business School.At present Dr. Mohammed is Chief Executive Officer of Jaleel Distributors Limited, S.M. Jaleel’s Sales and Distribution Company.Dr. Mohammed also functions as a Director and Corporate Secretary of S.M. Jaleel and is the owner of several independent successful business enterprises.
Michel Beneventi assumed the position of Managing Director at Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Limited and Nestlé Caribbean Inc. in January 2015. In this role, he is responsible for driving the local business while supporting regional objectives, as the leader of the local commercial office. He is also responsible for insights of consumers, customers and external relationships as head of Nestlé in Trinidad and Tobago.Before moving to Trinidad, Michel prepared and managed the acquisition of Sources Minérales Henniez SA in 2007 at Nestlé Waters Switzerland. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Waters Switzerland in 2008, where his first mission was to merge Sources Minérales Henniez SA with Nestlé Waters Switzerland focusing on people, culture and systems.
Ryan Lewis is the Executive Director of Label House Group Limited. Mr. Lewis has extensive experience in marketing and finance having worked both locally and abroad. Mr. Lewis holds an MBA Marketing and Finance from University of Miami and a B.Sc. Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology.