Meet our judges
Trinidad & Tobago's Best Managed Companies
Jan Sookram, PhD.
Dr. Jan Sookram has been a full-time Faculty Member with the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago since January 2016. She holds a PhD in Human Resource Management from Coventry University, United Kingdom, with a focus on Entrepreneurship Training for small firms. Jan also holds a Masters in Human Resource Management (specialisation in Training and Development) and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sociology (minor in Psychology and HRM).
Jan joined the UWI-ALJGSB in January 2008 as an Associate in the Consulting Unit where she specialised in Training Design. In 2011 she joined the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Academic Unit as a Research Fellow where her research focused and still is focused primarily on Entrepreneurship Training for private enterprises. Jan has worked on several consulting initiatives focused on the private sector and recently managed and led the Social Innovation Lab funded by the IADB.
Dr Sookram has presented papers in several international conferences such as the IRISH Academy of Management and the Manchester Business School Conference.
Mrs. Stephanie Lezama-Rogers
Mrs. Stephanie Lezama-Rogers has over 8 years’ experience in field of Social Science Research. She is currently a Lead Researcher and Lecturer at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, the University of the West Indies. She supports in the development and coordination of research in the areas of family business, clusters and competitiveness. Mrs. Lezama-Rogers holds an MSc. in Development Statistics and a BSc degree in Sociology (Major) and Economics (Minor) Social Policy (Minor) from the University of the West Indies. Mrs. Lezama-Rogers is a member of the “Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network” – Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School, Harvard University.
Currently, she is a doctoral candidate (Business Administration) at the Grenoble Ecole de Management, France where she is focusing on the sustainability and growth of family business with an emphasis on effective business relationships.
Dr. Miguel Dindial
Dr. Miguel Dindial is an active researcher, academic and consultant in the field of International Business and Strategy. His current research agenda focuses on the developmental implications of International Business and Multinational Enterprise (MNE) activity - from an emerging and developing country perspective.
Dr. Dindial is a three time national scholarship winner and completed his PhD at the Leeds University Business School (LUBS), United Kingdom. His research has received many accolades, including the LUBS faculty nomination for University-wide PhD researcher of the year 2017. This nomination was based on his contribution towards the field of international business and strategy, as well as its potential for societal impact. Dr. Dindial has also taught on the LUBS MSc International Business, consistently ranked as the United Kingdom’s No. 1 International Business Master’s Programme.
Prior to this, Dr. Dindial was responsible for coordinating The Caribbean Pacific Island Mobility Scheme (CARPIMS), the largest South-South Mobility Project funded by the European Union. With a combined funding allocation of over six million euros, the program facilitated the movement of students and staff across the Caribbean and Pacific Region as a means of facilitating Institutional Capacity Building and Socioeconomic Development.
Patricia Ghany is the Chief Financial Officer at Esau Oilfield Supplies Co. Ltd., a leading supplier of pipes, valves, pipe fittings and gaskets to the petrochemical and oil and gas sectors in Trinidad & Tobago. Ms. Ghany has over 20 years’ experience in various aspects of the Oil & Gas sector with an emphasis on Procurement, Business Development and Project Management. She is also he present president of the AMCHAM T&T.
Ms. Ghany graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and her Masters of Business Administration. She has also completed graduate courses in International Management and Cross-cultural Counseling at Harvard University. Before returning to Trinidad in 1995, she was an International Trainer and Consultant in the areas of Cross-Cultural Management, Diversity and Team Building in Austria and Germany. Ms. Ghany is a member of the Family Firm Institute , in Boston and has earned her Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising, and Certificate in Family Wealth Advising. She is currently working on establishing a practice to increase public awareness and broaden the understanding of trends and developments in the fields of family business and family wealth in Trinidad & Tobago.
Ms. Ghany has serves three terms as a member of the Board of Directors of AMCHAM T&T. She has been Chairperson and a member of AMCHAM T&T’s Programs and Events Committee, and is presently a member of the Chamber and Experience and Imaging Committee. She has served on diverse boards such as The International School of Port of Spain, The South Cancer Society and Cedar Grove Private School and Women in Family Business Network.