As a child, Asiya S. Mohammed was always passionate about helping others less fortunate than her. This led her to work with UNICEF, USAID and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she represented Trinidad and Tobago at the United Nations General Assembly on issues related to gender, human rights, and peace and security. In 2014, she founded Conflict Women, Ltd., a social business which provides free training and a monthly income to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in exchange for their hand crafted jewelry. To date Conflict Women has won the Idea2Innovation competition and the 1776 Challenge Cup Caribbean, and was selected as a grant recipient by PSI Caribbean.
What is behind the personality which selects shot put as a sport? Here are some other facts to add to the paradox; Female shot putter; from a rural village; from a national population of 1.3 million persons. What makes this person imagine their success and go on to achieve it? Cleopatra Borel is a female shot putter from Mayaro, Trinidad & Tobago. She is a 4 time Olympian and five time winner of the First Citizens Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year. She is Trinidad & Tobago’s first female Pan American Games gold medalist, and regularly features on the IAAF Diamond League Circuit. She has also achieved medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games.
In our increasingly globalised and transient world, Felicia Chang explores how a better understanding of our past can help us build more compassionate and connected global communities. Felicia studied Biology, Chemistry and Anthropology at the University of Toronto and holds a MSc in International Health with tropED certification from various institutes in Europe. It was while researching female sexual health in Ethiopia, that she realised how important it was to examine our behaviour within the context of culture and history. She also noticed how the sharing of stories allowed people to connect in ways no other social device could.
Ingrid Lashley is the former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance Company Limited (TTMF). Prior to joining TTMF, Ingrid spent eighteen (18) years at Scotiabank in various senior positions in financial control, private banking, trusteeships and merchant banking, exiting as the General Manager of Scotiatrust and Merchant Bank Trinidad and Tobago Limited. Ms. Lashley is the holder of a Masters in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and also carries the designations of Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Accountant. Ingrid is currently the Chairman of the Bourse Group and National Enterprises Limited, in which capacity she sits on the Boards of the Investee Companies.
Visual artist and graphic designer
Nadia Huggins is a self-taught visual artist and self-employed graphic designer. She was born in Trinidad & Tobago, grew up in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and has lived and worked in Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad. While she has been a practicing artist for over a decade, the loss of a parent deepened her connection with visual arts where she found creative potency in the catharsis of making images. Nadia’s practice is dedicated to challenging perceptions about what the Caribbean and Caribbean photography look like. Her main preoccupation has been with the sea which she feels presents an opportunity to explore new ways of imagining ourselves.
Rahanna Juman wants the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to appreciate their natural resources and to understand how these ecosystems support their very existence, especially with the uncertainty being faced with impending climate change. She is currently the acting Deputy Director at the Institute of Marine Affairs, a government funded research institution in Trinidad and Tobago. Rahanna holds a PhD in Zoology from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. She has been conducting applied research on coastal ecosystems in Trinidad and Tobago for the past 20 years and has published a book on Wetlands of Trinidad and Tobago as well as contributed to international journal articles.
Rudylynn De Four Roberts
Rudylynn De Four Roberts attended Howard University in Washington DC., where she obtained a Bachelor of Architecture in 1974. She is a Past President and Fellow of the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects and is a registered Architect in Trinidad and Tobago. Her first love is for Historic Restoration and she has devoted much of her life to restoring historic buildings and lobbying for the preservation of the built Heritage in Trinidad and Tobago. Rudylynn established and served as the Head of the Trinidad and Tobago’s Government Historic Restoration Unit for twelve years, before starting her own private architectural practice, De Four, Farmer and Associates Ltd and now Rudylynn Roberts Architects Ltd.
“There is a difference between living and simply being alive”. This simple lesson helped her through her husband’s short terminal illness. She attended Bishop Anstey High School for seven years from the age of 11 years. This she regards as the first step in her becoming socially and environmentally aware, and conscious of a need to contribute to a better society. Vanessa Stewart completed her basic medical training at UWI in Jamaica and her specialist paediatric training in the United Kingdom and returned home to work in public medicine until she eventually became Head of Department at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Port of Spain General Hospital where she remained until retirement in 2015.