Roger Roach is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lazuri Apparel Limited, the leading manufacturer and exporter of Polo Shirts, Dress Shirts, Industrial Workwear, Garment Printing and Embroidery Solutions.
Mr. Roach is passionate about the wholistic development of the Manufacturing Sector in Trinidad and Tobago. He was re-elected to the TTMA Board of Directors in April 2023 and currently holds the office of President.
He is the Chairman of Export Centres Company Limited (ECCL) and serves as a Director on the Boards of Evolving Technologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited (eTeck) and Vanguard Hotel Limited.
Mr. Roach has a deep commercial understanding of CARICOM markets having served in executive roles with major exporters in the manufacturing sector and has developed constructive relationships with business leaders across the region.
He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Langston Roach Industries Limited and Managing Director of ANSA Coatings Limited.
Mr. Roach holds a BSc. in Economics & Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of the West Indies, as well as an International Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the UWI Arthur Lok Jack School of Business where he specialised in International Marketing.
Dale Parson is the CEO of KPL Group Ltd, a diversified group in the Manufacturing and Distribution Industry in Paints, Adhesives, and Brewery/Beverage products. Mr. Parson holds a BSc in Engineering and an MSc in Strategic Leadership and Management from the University of the West Indies.
He is currently completing his PhD in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing. Mr. Parson is a member of Board of Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (BOETT) and Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT). As the Chief Executive Officer of a regionally recognized privately held organization. Mr. Parson has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing, competitiveness, international trade, management, international business operations and strategic planning. His background provides the TTMA board with a broad scope of expertise in the manufacturing industry particularly in strategic planning, trade agreement negotiations and competitiveness.
Mr. Parson is currently is the Chair of the TTMA’s Infrastructure Committee (formerly Transport and Logistics) and current Vice President at TTMA.
Emil Ramkissoon is an Executive Director at New Wave Marketing Ltd. Apart from his directorship portfolio, he heads the company’s Export and Import department responsible for international procurement and distribution. Mr Ramkissoon previously served as the Chairman of TTMA’s Covid-19 Vaccination Site and Corporate Secretary to the board of directors. He is currently the Char of TTMA's HR Committee, Vice-Chair of the Marketing Committee and the Vice-Chair of Finance and Audit Committee.
Mr Ramkissoon is an Attorney-at-Law, with experience in the areas of Corporate and Commercial transactions and the Conveyance of Properties. He completed his Bachelors of Law LL.B (Hons.) at BPP University Law School and subsequently attained his Legal Practice at the University of Westminster, London. He returned to the twin isle and commenced his conversion attachment at the firm of Pollonais, Blanc, de la Bastide and Jacelon where he was admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago. Upon joining the family entrepreneurship of over 35 years, he furthered his studies by completing a Masters of Business Administration MBA at Nova Southeastern University, Florida.
Mr Ramkissoon also sits as a Director on the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association and the National Insurance Board of Trinidad and Tobago (NIBTT).
Josiane Khan is the Anti-Illicit Trade Manager at West Indian Tobacco with over 20 years of experience in Government & Corporate Affairs and Media & Communications.
Josiane sits on the leadership team with responsibility for both the local market and the Group’s Caribbean subsidiary which spans the English, French & Dutch speaking islands where she oversees illicit trade prevention.
She is the Vice Chair of TTMA’s Legislative Committee, a member of the Marketing Committee, and sits on the Illicit Trade desk and has served on the NOVA Committee at the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce for several years.
In 2018, Josiane was appointed as Technical Secretary at the Bahamas Bureau of Quality Standards to support the development of a national standard related to tobacco products in her capacity as Government & External Affairs Manager for the Caribbean.
Prior to her tenure at the BAT Group, she worked at an advertising agency as Client Service Director, leading several public relations and advocacy initiatives for both the private and public sector, locally and regionally.
Josiane holds a master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom and a certificate in Protocol & Diplomatic Law from the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean.
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. Mr. Farah is currently a Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) and the Chair of TTMA’s Membership Committee and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee.
Mr. Clint Villafana is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ experience in Export, Sales and Marketing combined within the Manufacturing sector. He is the Vice President Export Sales (Caribbean, Latin America, Europe & USA) at S.M. Jaleel & Company Limited.
Mr. Villafana has spearheaded the introduction and expansion of subsidiaries and the S.M. Jaleel & Company brand in various markets throughout the region, resulting in the overall growth for the company both in volume and revenue over the past ten years. Through his oversight of the Export department, he led the company in winning the 2019 / 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) Award for Exporter of the Year and New Market Entrant.
Mr. Villafana holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Mr. Villafana is also the Vice-Chair of the Export Marketing committee as well as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA).
Sana is currently the General Manager, Retail and Commercial at First Citizens. She formerly held positions of Group Chief Risk Officer and General Manager of First Citizens Investment Services. She has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking including more than 3 years’ experience with a large international investment banker. During her career, she has accumulated extensive experience in the international and regional banking and securities markets.
Sana has served on the Board of TTMA since 2020 and is a prior Board member of American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago from 2016 to 2020, and a prior member of the Board of Directors of the Securities Dealers Association of Trinidad and Tobago from 2011 to 2015. She is a current member of the CFA Society of Trinidad and Tobago and the international CFA Institute.
Sana obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School in New York and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. She earned her Bachelors in Science from the University of the West Indies in Chemistry/Management where she graduated with First Class Honours. Ms. Ragbir is the current Chair of TTMA’s Finance and Audit Committee .
Rudy Rampersad is Head of Regional Initiatives at Ramps Logistics Ltd. Ramps Logistics is a supply chain technology company that provides end-to-end integrated logistics solutions globally. Rudy transitioned into the organization years ago after successfully pursuing a BSc in Business Management from the University of the West Indies. This progression was natural based on Ramps being a family-owned company established 36 years ago. Being the youngest of his siblings, Rudy took up the challenge to apply his technical knowledge with his passion for operations to charter an even brighter future for Ramps.
As a visionary and champion for change, Rudy has an affinity for providing new opportunities for growth and development. He uses his position on the Guyana Oil and Gas Chamber board to encourage and motivate new talents. Rudy has also played an integral part in Ramps; expansion internationally, now with offices in Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, Houston, Miami, Mexico, and Colombia. Rudy's ability to get things, no matter the circumstances, led to the successful execution of many projects within the oil and gas, distribution, and manufacturing sectors. These projects have inevitably led to Ramps Logistics being awarded the Supplier of Services award (2019) by the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers' Association.
Mr. Rampersad sits on TTMA's Standing and Infrastructure Committees.
Born into a family whose Business started in 1928 (93 years ago) and the holder of a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Ryerson University in Canada, majoring in Business Management/Minor in Marketing, supported with a Diploma from Seneca College in Canada in Business Administration. Barry Fakoory has become an Authority in the Food Packaging Industry but has gained tremendous experience working in manufacturing, distribution, and offshore services for the petrochemical industry. When it comes to making decisions Barry’s passion for truth overrides the possibility that the decision may not work in his favour. He is thorough and his appetite to learn and explore in limitless.
He is currently the Chair of Standing Committee and is also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards Committee currently developing a National Standard for Biodegradable Materials for Food Contact Products and Packaging. He also sits on the TTBS National Mirror Committee overseeing the development of the Regional Standard for Biodegradable Materials for Food Contact Products and Packaging. He has a certificate in the Principles of Waste Reduction, Recycling and Solid Waste Management from the SBCS and a certificate in Creating a Circular Economy in Trinidad and Tobago from the University of the West Indies. Barry is a Director at Floors WD Limited and Fakoory and Company Limited, but his day-to-day responsibilities lie primarily in the Research and Development of Sustainable Packaging for VF Packaging Ltd where he is the Sales Director. He has overseen the company’s process in attaining internationally recognised certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute to manufacture Certified Compostable/Biodegradable Products for the region.
Ms. Gabrielle Agostini is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CGA Ltd and currently sits on the TTMA’s Membership and Marketing committees. She joined CGA as Product Development Manager and in that portfolio, focused her attention on the re-branding of existing products and the development of new product lines in the Food and Beauty segments.
With a strong background in Strategy and Operations consulting, Ms Agostini was instrumental in the development of the Company’s Strategic Plan 2020-2022, a new Performance Management System and an investment in a strong Leadership Team.
Ms Agostini holds a BSc in Human Physiology and a minor in Management from McGill University in Canada and a MSc in International Business Management from King’s College London in the UK. She is also PMP Certfied and has received Startegy and Operations training in Canada and Uruguay. In addition, Ms Agostini has extensive experience working with international teams in the areas of Data Analytics, Process Improvement, Risk Management, Organzational Change and Talent Management.
Mr. Dookeran is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Export-Import Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (EXIMBANK). He is also a member of the Legislative committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA).
Prior to this, he was a Lecturer and Programme Director – Executive MBA & Chief Operating Officer - Practicums at the UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business. He obtained his MBA in Finance from the McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and received Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics (BA) and Life Sciences (BSc.) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
His early career began at the Development Finance Limited and he later moved to the RBC Financial Group in Toronto, Canada, where he held the portfolio of Commercial Relationship Manager. His experience in finance continued at Manulife Bank and Trust (Canada) as Director in Lending Services and then as the AVP/Head of Credit Risk Management, where he continued to deepen his experience in banking strategy, operations, service delivery and credit risk management.
Andre Jacelon is a seasoned business professional with over 25 years’ experience in Business Operations and Manufacturing.
Mr. Jacelon is presently the Commercial General Manager at Bermudez Biscuit Company. Prior to this, he held various portfolios which included; Tobago Country Head of Ansa McAL Tobago Operating companies (Ansa Automotive, Carib, AMCO, ABEL, Standards Distributors); Manager of ANSA Automotive Tobago; Managing Director at Tony Roma’s; and Sales Manager and General Manager at Elite Limited.
Mr. Jacelon has also served on the Board of Directors of Standard Distributors Limited; Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC); Tobago Chamber of Commerce; Carib Management Committee and Elite Limited.
Josué has developed a solid international career of over 25 years at Nestlé. He entered the Group in Mexico in Marketing and a few years later he was invited to the Global Headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, where he worked in the Dairy Strategic Business Unit.
In 2002 he went back to Mexico to lead the Dairy Business Unit, where he managed iconic brands like NIDO and LA LECHERA. In 2005 he was transferred to Argentina to head the Marketing and Corporate Communication Division. After almost 3 years he went on to Panama as Commercial Director for Central America.
In 2009 he went back to Mexico as Vice President of Corporate Sales, where he remained for almost 4 years. This experience took him back to the Global Headquarters, this time as Head of Global Sales and E-commerce.
After this experience, he was invited to take over as Country Manager for the Infant Nutrition Division in Brazil, fourth global market for the Group. Three years later, in 2018, he became Vice President of Corporate Sales for Nestlé Brazil, where he led important transformations to improve efficiency and productivity.
He has taken the role of Market Head for the Anglo Dutch Caribbean Region from September 1, 2021.
Mr. Pradeep Subrian is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Blue Waters Products Limited since January 2nd 2020. Pradeep has been with the company for the past 15 years, initially joining as Commercial Director and moving up the ranks to the post of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and then CEO. During his tenure, Pradeep has been an integral part of driving the company’s vision, ensuring that the company’s core values are
permeated through the company and implementing processes, structures, systems and corporate governance framework that have been instrumental in earning Blue Waters the recognitions as TTMA’s Manufacturer of the Year twice, Deloitte’s Best Managed company twice and Supermarkets Association’s Distributor of the Year for several years.
Pradeep has a wealth of regional and international industry experience, having held various strategic and operation portfolios at companies such as; Coca Cola, Neal & Massy, Carib Brewery, Heineken Brewery and Grell & Company Limited. His outstanding performance and leadership competence earned him the title of Employee of the Year at two of his previous employers. Pradeep also serves as a Director of Blue Waters, St. Lucia and has served as a Director at the National Insurance Board (NIB) for 2 years. Pradeep is a graduate of the University of West Indies, St. Augustine (UWI). In the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) programme through UWI attended by students from more than 80 countries around the globe, Pradeep was awarded the
gold medal for 1st place winner.
Mr. Johnny Ramjeawan is the Group Chief Operating Officer of the Associated Brands (Investments) Limited Group of Companies. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Sunshine Snacks Division and Executive Group Director. His tenure at ABIL started in
2000 and previous to his current portfolio he was the Group Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to moving to the ABIL Group, Mr. Ramjeawan began his career at
ricewaterhouseCoopers where he spent 10 years and attained Manager of Financial Services. Mr. Ramjeawan holds an MBA from Harriot Watt University and is also a Fellow of the Associated of Chartered Certified Accountants.