Dr Noveck Gowandan

IT Officer III - eLearning Team Lead

St. Augustine

Trinidad and Tobago

Telephone: 868-662-2002

Email: noveck.gowandan@sta.uwi.edu


Dr Noveck J. Gowandan has over 18 years of ICT experience in both public and private-sector domains. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a consistent ability to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions to complex business challenges. Notably, he has fostered global collaborations, including an ICANN Fellowship, an alumnus of the EDUCAUSE Senior Director Institute, pioneering work with the Certiverse examination platform, and a longstanding strategic partnership with the Linux Foundation, resulting in the creation of several industry-relevant accredited certifications.

His academic background includes a PhD in Governance, focusing on the intricate relationships between IT governance, organizational politics, organizational culture, and their broader implications for corporate governance. Additionally, he holds a Master's degree in Strategic Leadership and Management, complemented by a Bachelor's in Information Systems. Beyond academia, he possesses a diverse training portfolio spanning Open Source, Cybersecurity, Leadership, Management, Business Continuity, Business Analysis, Project Management, Artificial Intelligence, and more.

Dr Gowandan has been a member of the University since 2009. He currently serves primarily as the eLearning Team Lead at the St. Augustine Campus, but also has a diverse portfolio of supplemental roles, including  Project Manager for the Cross-Campus eLearning Committee, Consultant for various revenue generating projects (EDULINK) and prospects (TTMoE, TTDF, Petrotrin and ALJGSB), as well as serving as a Technical Advisor to various campus committees.

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  • Ph.D. Governance [IT Governance, Organizational Politics, Organizational Culture] - The University of the West Indies (2023)
  • M.Sc. Strategic Leadership and Management - The University of the West Indies (2013)
  • B.Sc. Information Systems - The University of Hertfordshire (2007)
  • Dip. Tech Computer Technology - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology / University of Trinidad and Tobago (2004)

Fellowships and Training

  • IBM - Artificial Intelligence Fundamentals (December 2023)
  • IBM - Cybersecurity Fundamentals (December 2023)
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - The ICANN78 Fellowship Curriculum (November 2022 - August 2023)
  • EC-Council / CODERED - CyberSecurity (8 course curriculum) (2021-2022)
  • Learning Tree International - Cyber Security Training for Managers and the Boardroom (October 2021)
  • Harvard Professional Development - Innovation and Strategy (September 2021)
  • Learning Tree International - Preparing for Digital Transformation (September 2021)
  • EDUCAUSE - Senior Directors Institute (April-July 2021)
  • Harvard Professional Development – Leading the Way back from a Crisis (May 2021)
  • The University of the West Indies - The Future Leaders Programme (May 2014- June 2019).

Research Interests

  • IT Governance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Organizational Politics
  • Organizational Culture
  • Change Management
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • IT Leadership and Management
  • IT Strategy and Operations

Professional Experience

  • IT Officer III - eLearning Team Lead The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus (2013 - Present)
  • Project Manager – University eLearning Committee The University of the West Indies, UWI Centre (2015 - Present)
  • Director/Consultant Tucuche Consulting Ltd California, Trinidad and Tobago (2019-2022)
  • Lecturer (Adjunct) Faculty of Social Sciences The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus (2016-2017)
  • IT Officer - eLearning Systems Administrator The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus (2009 – 2013)
  • Information Technology Analyst Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, The University of the West Indies. (2007 - 2009)
  • Network/Systems Administrator Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (2005 - 2007)

UWI Service

  • CITS Representative, Administrative Support ICT Advisory Group (July 2023-present)
  • Member - Campus Evaluation and Promotion Committee (CEPC) (March 2023-present)
  • Member - STA Campus ICT Steering Committee Risk Management Working Group (March 2023- present)
  • Member - STA Enterprise Architecture Community of Practice Working Group (January 2023- present)
  • Member – Educational Technology Committee, ROYTEC – (October 2019 - present)
  • CITS Representative, Faculty of Social Sciences ICT Advisory Group (2013 - 2023)
  • Subject Matter Expert [Digital Access Needs Assessment]- The University of the West Indies, School of Education, Research and Outreach Unit - (October-November 2021)
  • Subject Matter Expert [National Literacy and Numeracy Initiative] - The University of the West Indies, School of Education, Research and Outreach Unit - (August-September 2021)
  • Chair – Support Services and Technology Committee, Academic Advising and Mentorship Symposium – (October 2019 - 2021)
  • Senior Administrative and Professional Representative on Campus Council 2014-2015

Public Service

  • TWDI (Transforming Data With Intelligence) - Data and Analytics Research Panellist (August 2023-Ongoing)
  • The Linux Foundation - Subject Matter Expert ViM (April 2022 - Ongoing)
  • The Linux Foundation - Subject Matter Expert/Founding Committee Member LFCx (February 2022 - Ongoing)
  • The Linux Foundation – Subject Matter Expert/Examination Developer/Item Author LFCA (August 2020 - Ongoing)
  • CyberSafeTT - Technical Writer/Copywriter (January 2023 - Ongoing)
  • The Cropper Foundation / Ministry of Social Development - Expert External Reviewer (December 2021)
  • Career Development Institute (CDI) Barbados – Technical consultant (May 2018)
  • Commonwealth of Learning - Architect/Consultant (November 2017 – May 2018)
  • The Linux Foundation – Member of the Standard Setting Committee LFCS/LFCE (2018-2021)
  • The Linux Foundation – Member and Chair of the Item Writing Committee LFCS/LFCE (2014-2018)

Professional Memberships

  • DRI International
  • The Linux Foundation
  • Internet Society
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • The Linux Foundation
  • Association of Commonwealth Professionals

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