Mr. Ronald F. deC. Harford, Chairman of Republic Financial Holdings Limited, is a career banker, who has celebrated over 52 years of service with Republic Bank Limited. He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Bankers, the Institute of Banking of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Association of Banking and Finance. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, University of the West Indies (UWI), and a former Director of the Grenada Industrial Corporation. He is a past President of the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Trinidad & Tobago Red Cross Society, and the former Chairman of The UWI Development and Endowment Fund. Mr. Harford was awarded the Chaconia Medal Gold by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago in 2010 for his meritorious contribution to banking and the business community.


Mr. Milverton Reynolds’ professional life spans the banking and insurance industries in both the private and public sectors where he has held senior management positions in both international and local organisations that include Peat Marwick & Partners, the Jamaica Citizens Bank, Workers Savings and Loan Bank, National Housing Trust, Life of Jamaica, and the Jamaica Mortgage Bank. Since 2007, he has been the Managing Director of the Development Bank of Jamaica which he has piloted into a vibrant entity that has evolved with the rapid growth and development of communication and technology, while honing his vision of how public-private partnerships can catapult Jamaica into financial prosperity. Mr. Reynolds holds positions on several boards in the private and public sectors including Allied Insurance Brokers, NCB Insurance Company, Harmonisation Ltd., and Harmony Cove Limited and is involved in several charities, including the St. Andrew Care Centre that assists street boys to become productive members of society. In October 2015, he received a national award, the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for outstanding leadership in housing development.

In August 2018, Mr. Reynolds was conferred as an Honorary Doctor by the Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica, for his contribution to nation building in both the private and public sectors, and for his sterling work done in the field of public-private partnerships and privatization. Mr. Reynolds holds a B.Sc. Degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and an MBA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, as well as additional post-graduate qualifications in housing development and finance from the University of London, England.


Ms. Julia A. Weekes, CFA is Director of Banking, Currency and Investments at the Central Bank of Barbados, a position she has held since January 1, 2006. Ms Weekes is Chairperson of the Central Bank’s Investment Committee, a member of the Committee of Management, Central Bank of Barbados Staff Pension Scheme and sits on the Bank’s Payments, Tenders and Budget Committees. In her current role, she manages the Bank’s investment portfolios, holds responsibility for payments and banking operations and for the administration of the domestic debt of the Government of Barbados. She serves as a member of the Investment Committee of the Board of Directors of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) of Barbados, and sits on the Investment/Pension Committees of several government agencies.

Ms. Weekes, a CFA charterholder, is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Barbados where she served as president for a number of years. Ms. Weekes holds a BSc in Economics & Accounting (Honours) from the University of the West Indies.


Dr. Sandra Sookram is Deputy Governor (Monetary Operations and Policy) of Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. She is responsible for the Banking Operations, Reserves and Domestic Market Management, Research and Information Services Departments at the Central Bank.

Prior to joining the Central Bank, Dr. Sookram was a fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies. Her Scientific achievements lie in her research on various areas in economics and her work has been published in refereed journals and books. A key component of her work as a Fellow involved the supervision of students at the M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels. Dr. Sookram holds a Ph.D. in Economics (2005) from the University of the West Indies.


Prof (Dr.) Venkataraman Sankaranarayanan is currently part of the faculty in the Strategic Management group of the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, one of the premier management schools in India. His specialization includes Corporate Sustainability and International Business. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Dr. Sankaranarayanan has also been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, USA. Dr. Sankaranarayanan was formerly a Senior Director at CRISIL Ltd, the largest rating agency in India and a subsidiary of the globally-recognized rating agency Standard & Poor’s. He was part of the core management team which decides and oversees implementation of all group-wide strategies covering business and key stakeholder relations and a member of CRISIL’s Rating/ Grading Committee. Over a span of 20 years, Dr. Sankaranarayanan led various businesses within CRISIL and garnered extensive experience in credit ratings, advisory services, equity grading’s, risk management, credit risk models, business restructuring, valuation, infrastructure privatization, securitization and corporate governance evaluation. He has been closely involved with CariCRIS, having served as its founding Chief Executive Officer and Chief Rating Officer of CariCRIS from 2004-2007.


Ms Vashtie Dookiesingh is the Senior Specialist at the Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. Ms Dookiesingh’s career experience spans over 26 years in professional service delivery to a range of organisations in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean, comprised of 13 years in the private sector and 13 with the Inter-American Development Bank. In her role at the IDB, she is responsible for the design and supervision/oversight of investments, loans and technical co-operation (grants) financed by the Multilateral Investment Fund to support private sector development in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, and she also supports identification and design of projects in Guyana and Suriname. Ms Dookiesingh has a BA in Economics (Distinction) from McGill University, Canada and an Executive Masters in Business Administration (Distinction) from UWI,IOB.


Mr. Pawan Agrawal is the Chief Analytical Officer - Ratings, at CRISIL Limited, the largest rating agency in India. In his current role, Mr Agrawal is responsible for maintaining analytical quality in the ratings business and for enhancing CRISIL’s franchise through thought leadership and outreach. He also chairs CRISIL’s rating committee. In his previous role, Mr Agrawal led analytical teams assigning ratings to large Indian companies in the manufacturing, infrastructure, financial, and structured finance sectors. He also led the operations at CRISIL’s Global Analytical Center (GAC), which provides support to Standard & Poor’s global analytical and data teams in enhancing workflow efficiencies, undertaking high-end analytical research, and executing complex modelling assignments. Mr Agrawal holds a post graduate diploma in management from the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar and an engineering degree from the Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur.


Mr. Glenn H. Gersie was appointed to the position of Governor of the Central Bank of Suriname on 01 February 2016. Mr. Gersie is an experienced central banker and well known within the financial sector in Suriname. Having joined the Central Bank in the mid-eighties, he served the Bank in several positions before his appointment as Governor, including as Director of Monetary and Economic Affairs for approximately 16 years. Mr. Gersie has also served on several committees on behalf of the Government of Suriname, including as Chairperson of the Board of the Credit Guarantee Fund in Suriname and as a board member of the National Planning Office. Mr Gersie holds a Master Degree in Economics and was a lecturer at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname in the early nineties.


Mr. Peter Blackman is currently the Manager of private sector operations at the Caribbean Development Bank. In this role he has direct responsibility for activities related to the provision of credit and technical assistance programmes aimed at facilitating the development of SMEs, as well as contributing to interventions such as low income housing finance and student loan programmes that contribute to social and economic development. Mr. Blackman’s career experience includes commercial and development banking as well as investment promotion. Mr. Blackman is a graduate of the University of the West Indies in Management Studies (Honours) and Warwick Business School in the UK, where he attained a Masters in Business Administration. He also received post graduate training from John F. Kennedy’s School of Management, Harvard Business School, in Managing Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development.