The Office of the BDU is located in the Dean’s Office in the Faculty of Social Sciences, located on the north eastern side of the Alma Jordan Main Library and south of the Learning Resource Centre (LRC). 

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Paul Balwant is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the Department of Management Studies at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. He is also a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s Industrial Relations Advisory Committee. Paul lectures in the areas of organizational behavior and leadership. He has also supervised master’s and doctoral students at UWI, UWI-Open Campus, and Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. Paul holds a Ph.D. in Management from The University of Sheffield, is a Certified Management and Business Educator, and has been the recipient of prestigious scholarships as well as research and teaching awards. He has published numerous articles on leadership, engagement, and harassment in top international journals. At the 2014 Academy of Management Meeting, Paul was awarded the MED Best Paper in Management Education Award sponsored by the Organisational Behavior Teaching Society and the Journal of Management Education. Paul not only presents his research at local and international engagements but also applies his research via consultancy projects. 

Dr. Paul Balwant
Deputy Dean – Planning and Programming Unit
P: (868) 662-2002 Ext. 83305


Dr. Cherisse Permell-Hutton is a Marketing Professional who holds a PhD in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing from the University of the West Indies St. Augustine. She also completed her BSc and MSc in Management Studies with First Class Honours and Distinction respectively.

Dr. Permell-Hutton lectures part time at The UWI in the discipline of Marketing and has built a reputation as an engaging and effective Marketing professional. Dr. Permell-Hutton is also a published author in the international top tiered Journal of Global Marketing and Latin American Advances in Consumer Research.

In the past 6 years Dr. Permell-Hutton has been the lead social media strategist at a leading Recruitment Agency where she has executed successful social media marketing campaigns. Dr. Permell-Hutton prides herself as a creative thinker and her passion for marketing has provided a great avenue for her to create out of the box digital marketing campaigns.

Dr. Cherisse Permell-Hutton
Business Development Coordinator
P: (868) 662-2002

Mrs. Vidiya Mahabir-Ramlakhan  - Vidiya supports the unit's outreach initiatives, including customer relationship and sale service activities. Vidiya is a very structured and highly competent person. She is well-organised, process-driven, and has experience in planning, developing, and managing academic programmes.

She has 29 years of experience at the UWI and knows how to get initiatives started. She has devoted considerable attention to improving our service experience and relationships with our summer students.  

Mrs. Vidiya Mahabir-Ramlakhan
Senior Secretary-Planning and Programming Unit
P: (868) 662-2002 Ext. 82675


Miss Dalaiah Guevara –Dalaiah assists in managing the unit's outreach activities, including coordinating seminars, workshops and conducting research. Dalaiah is currently pursuing a master's degree in management studies specialising in marketing at the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus). She has a background in customer service, marketing and business management. 


Ms. Dalaiah Guevara
OJT-Outreach Activities-Planning and Programming Unit
P: (868) 662-2002 Ext. 82675



Contact Us

The Business Development Unit
Faculty of Social Sciences
The University of the West Indies 
St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.
Phone (868) 662-2002 Ext. 82675

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