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Advisors

Jacquie Burgess, Convenor, Working Women for Social Progress (Working Women)

Jacquie describes herself as a feminist activist. She has been involved in the Womenís Movement for over 30 years. She is a founding member of Women Working for Social Progress (Workingwomen) where she is the current Convenor. She does her activism work in organizations such as the Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Millennium Sistahs T&T; The Network of NGOs and the Emancipation Support Committee. She was recently elected to the Civil Society Board as the representative for Family Affairs. Among her qualifications she holds a B.Sc in Sociology (with Honours); an Advanced Diploma in International Relations; a Diploma in Human Resource Management; and an MSc in Gender & Development Studies. At present she works at the Ministry of the People and Social Development in the National Poverty Reduction Programme. She is a wife and mother of two grown children.

 

Sheila Stuart, Social Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) Subregional Headquarters

Sheila Stuart is a Sociologist with over twenty years experience in the areas of gender and development, social development, and human rights. She works in the Social Development Unit at the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean, located in Port of Spain, Trinidad with responsibility for the planning, implementation and administration of social development programmes, including gender and development, population and social development issues such as poverty, disability, reproductive health, ageing and statistical development covering 13 member and 13 Associate Member countries.

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Education and Qualifications:
1995 - MA in  Caribbean Studies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
1978  - BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Reading, United Kingdom

Membership on Boards/Organisations
Member of the 2012 Specialized Board of the Young Professionals Programme in Social Affairs,
Office of Human and Resource Management, New York.
Member, Editorial Committee, Working Paper Series, Institute of Gender and Development  Studies, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus Barbados.
Member, Ecumenical Advocacy Committee of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance/World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland 2000 – 2004.
Board Member, Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation,  Barbados. 1994 – 1998.
Member, Women's Forum of Barbados. 1992 - present.
Member, Caribbean Studies Association. 1994 - 1997.

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Jennifer Jones-Morales, PhD Candidate, Human Resources Management

Jennifer Jones-Morales is a PhD candidate in Business Administration with specialisation in Human Resources Management. Her dissertation is entitled, ďThe Impact of Gender on Authentic Leadership in Caribbean Business.Ē She worked on her thesis under the supervision of the esteemed Professor Alison M. Konrad, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She has a BSc Management Studies (Upper Second Class Honours), from the UWI. She received a CANADA/CARICOM Scholarship to pursue her Masters in Business Administration also at the Richard Ivey School of Business.

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Ms Jones-Morales has a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors. In the Public Service, she worked as an Organization and Management Officer; a Research Officer in the Ministry of the Economy; and a Business Analyst in the Ministry of Finance (Investments Division). She also worked as an Account Executive and later as an Assistant Branch Manager at Royal Bank. She is currently employed with the International Labour Organization (ILO), Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean for the last 16 years, as a National Officer, Finance, Personnel and Administration, with responsibility for security matters. Ms Jones-Morales has a deep interest in gender, women and leadership.

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Folade Mutota, Executive Director, Womenís Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD)

Folade Mutota is the founder and Executive Director of the Womenís Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD) which was formed in 1999. She is responsible for resource mobilization; talent recruitment and management; and networking. She is WINADís voice in public affairs and leads WINADís stakeholder relationship management team. Ms Mutota has managed the organizationís growth strategy ensuring that WINAD maintains its competitive advantage as the only womenís organization in Trinidad and Tobago providing expert services, research, and programming specific to arms control and citizen security.

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Ms Mutota is an action oriented strategic thinker whose personal goal is to work for the development of a society that reflects the creative genius of all its peoples. Her public policy profile includes membership on the Cabinet appointed committee to develop a National Policy and Regulations on Biosafety for Trinidad and Tobago; directorship on the Board of Directors of the East Port of Spain Development Company which was mandated to re-develop the East Port of Spain area; membership on the national Technical Coordinating Committee on Trade which is tasked with policy development and strategy; and membership on the Occupational Safety and Health Authority.

Regionally Folade serves as the Coordinator of the twelve nation civil society organization the Caribbean Coalition for Development and the Reduction of Armed Violence (CDRAV). CDRAV successfully lobbied CARICOM governments to provide global leadership in pursuit of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which now regulates the international trade in conventional arms.

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Shingo Miyake, Labour Law and International Labour Standards Specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO), Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean

Mr Shingo Miyake, a national of Japan, joined the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean in July 2015, as a Labour Law and International Labour Standards Specialist. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Law from the International Christian University, Japan and a Master of Laws degree in International Law from the University of Tokyo. Mr. Miyake joined the ILO in 2001 and has been working in the field of international labour standards since then. He has worked as a Legal Officer at ILO Headquarters in Geneva for over 11 years as well as in the field.

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He served for three and a half years at the ILO Sub-Regional Office for South-East Asia and the Pacific in Manila, the Philippines, and at the ILO Office in Jakarta, Indonesia.

In his new capacity, Mr Miyake will assist governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations of ILO Caribbean member States and territories to strengthen the application of international labour standards by working with countries to improve their labour legislation.    Prior to joining the ILO, Mr. Miyake also worked as a Management Consultant with Accenture.

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Diane Hector, Human Resource Specialist

Ms Diane Hector is an Human Resource Professional with over twenty (20) years of experience in the field of Human Resource Management and is currently employed as an Human Resource Specialist at the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies (CCLCS). Ms Hectorís expertise is in recruitment and selection, training facilitation and HR talent management. She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Herriot Watt University; a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) Industrial Management, UWI and a Diploma Industrial Relations Practice from the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies. Ms Hector has been serving as a member of the adjunct faculty in the Human Resource Management programme at CCLCS since 2011.

 

Joan Rawlins, PhD, Medical Sociologist and Social Gerontologist

Dr Joan Rawlins is a Medical Sociologist and former Senior Lecturer and Head of the Public Health and Primary Care Unit of the Department of Paraclinical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, during the period 1996-2012. Until August 2012, she was a member of the academic staff of The University of the West Indies, Trinidad, for 17 years, and prior to this she worked at The UWI, Mona (1981-1989) as a Researcher and Health Sociologist. She has also worked as an Independent Development Consultant for regional and international organisations. She received her PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Administration and Sociology and a Master of Science Degree in Sociology from The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

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The author of five books, Dr Rawlins has researched and published on issues such as widowhood, the health service, domestic violence, women's health and teenage pregnancy. More recently, she has been most concerned with issues relating to ageing and older persons in the Caribbean. In 1999 Dr Rawlins was the initiator and coordinator of a successful conference on the Older Person, the theme of which was "Maturing at a Health Pace: Appreciating the Older Years". She also assisted in the coordination of the UWI/ECLAC Caribbean Symposium on Population Ageing which was held in Trinidad in November 2004. Dr Rawlins also was a key member of the Trinidad and Tobago government-appointed Inter-Ministerial Committee on Ageing, which developed the National Policy on Ageing which came into being in 2007. She is currently the president of the Alzheimerís Association of St Kitts and Nevis, a non-governmental organisation which seeks to improve the populationís awareness of the condition and provide support to persons with the disease and their caregivers. She has also served as a director of the Alzheimerís Association of Trinidad and Tobago (AzATT) and has participated in the annual events which celebrated the International Alzheimer's Disease month since 2007.

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Coreen Jones-Robinson, Executive Board Member, Trinidad and Tobago Association of Retired Persons (TTARP)

Ms Coreen M. Jones Robinson has been an integral contributor to all facets of the human resource function for over 35 years.  In her last position of Divisional Manager, Human Resource Services at the Trinidad & Tobago National Petroleum Marketing Company Limited, she was selected to act as Chief Executive Officer in the absence of the substantive job holder on several occasions. Summarily, Ms. Jones Robinson can be described as a visionary, very experienced human resource professional, solution provider, educator and negotiator. Her areas of specialization include inter alia: Strategic Human Resource Planning; Talent Attraction, Development and Retention; Change Management; Compensation and Benefits Planning; Industrial Ergonomics; Negotiating; Job Evaluation. 

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As educator, she lectured and facilitated part-time at the UWI Institute of Business in Organisational Development and Human Resource Development at the post graduate level. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma, OK, USA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, WI, USA.  She is a member of both the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the USA. She serves as a member of the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Association for Retired Persons (TTARP) and has received various professional awards and accolades.   She has been a member of several Boards of Directors, Cabinet appointed committees and Task forces.

Ms. Coreen Jones Robinson is to be defined by her professionalism and expertise, her advocacy for what is right for the profession and her insistence on fairness, equality and evidence based practices.

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Cerita Buchanan, Programme Officer/Lecturer, Social Welfare Training Centre, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Cerita Buchanan is currently Programme Officer/Lecturer at the Social Welfare Training Centre, UWI, Open Campus where she serves as academic co-ordinator, lecturer and student advisor for the Certificate, Diploma and Associate of Science Degree in Social Work. Ms. Buchanan was also acting head for the Social Welfare Training Centre, The UWI, for a short period in 2015.  Ms Buchanan has worked as a professional social worker and Clinical Specialist at the University Hospital of the West Indies from 2004-2007 at the Sickle Cell Unit, TMRI and the Department of Psychiatry and was for a short period Acting Head of the Medical Social Work Department. She also worked in the Social Work Unit of the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work as part-time tutor/lecturer from 2005-2008 and in 2014; and is an associate lecturer at the Heart Trust NTA.

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She is a graduate of The University of the West Indies with a BSc (Hons) in Social Work and Masters in Social Work (MSW) clinical specialization.  Currently, she is pursuing an MPhil/PhD (Sociology) at The University of the West Indies (UWI). She has received a number of awards throughout her student and academic career inclusive of the Jamaica Association of Social Workers award in 2003 and the Council of Voluntary Social Service award in 2004. She was also nominated and selected to represent Jamaica on the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) in 2015, sponsored by the United States of America State Department. Ms Buchanan currently has two publications: a book chapter on the history of social work education in the Caribbean and a journal article on expectations and educated women and other scholarly articles pending publication. Her research interest focuses on girls, women and empowerment, work life balance, expectations, wellness and therapeutic interventions. She is a young, charismatic individual with a genuine love for people and a passion for student advancement, with extensive experience in curriculum development and training design, co-ordination and delivery and is a dynamic presenter. She is also project lead for the Life Skills and Mentorship Programme components of the UWI/USAID Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care 2014- 2017.

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