Co-founder of The Cropper Foundation with her late husband John, Angela considers the Foundation one way of contributing to her society and beyond. There is also continuity between her work at the international and regional levels and the efforts here. She has always expressed deep appreciation to the University of the West Indies for her academic development, and, more significantly, her intellectual and civic growth as it brought her into contact with some of the people who would be most influential to her life: her husband; her mentor, Lloyd Best; and various others who would become lifelong colleagues and friends.
Angela’s academic background is in economics and law. Angela has received the Zayed Prize for Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society as well as a Green Leaf Award from the Environmental Management Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. She has also been recognized by her secondary education school on the celebration of its centennial. She has served on advisory boards and as a trustee of a number of international organizations.
In 1997 she retired early from institutional employment, but continued to be actively involved globally, in volunteer
positions, in sustainable development policy analysis and synthesis, governance and institutional reforms through
a variety of international organizations and through the Foundation. In 2005, she was appointed by the President of Trinidad and Tobago as an Independent Senator in the Parliament. In 2005 Angela was named United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She continues to work in this capacity.
Winston Rudder - President (2005 - 2010)
Winston is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago who has approximately forty years experience in development policy, programming and operations at national, regional and international levels. At the local, regional and international levels, his responsibilities and assignments over that period include managing agricultural and integrated rural development projects; developing and directing agricultural planning systems; and advising on agricultural development policy.
His work also involves providing strategic leadership, guidance and management to selected government ministries; building constituencies of interest across the public-private sector divide; and negotiating with and undertaking international development-oriented assignments for multilateral institutions.
He has served as representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in South Asia and the Caribbean, reorienting FAO’s programmatic interventions to more fully accommodate gender and sustainability considerations. He also managed FAO’s post-tsunami agricultural, fisheries and related relief and recovery support activities in the Maldives. Winston’s interest is to remain active in development – nationally and internationally– retaining a focus on people-related issues and challenges an ensuring that equity and social justice inform choices and responses.
He is Professorial Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. In 2010 he was appointed as the United Nations Secretary General’s Personal Representative on the Guyana-Venezuela Border Controversy.
He is vice
chairman of the board of the South
Centre and member of the United
Nations Committee on Development
Policy. He has been Secretary General
of the Association of Caribbean States, professor of Development Studies and director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, and head of the National Planning Agency of the Government of Jamaica.
He received his Bachelor’s
degree in Economics of the
University College of the West Indies
and his PhD in Economics from the
London School of Economics. He has published extensively on the political
economy of development in the Caribbean and the Global South. He is the recipient of several honours
John is Professor in the Department of Life Sciences of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He is a past Chairman of the Environmental Management Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. Many of his publications and much of his active research have been in the areas of pollution impacts on marine benthic and plankton biodiversity and ecosystem function; environmental physiology and ecotoxicology of tropical marine species; the role of biodiversity in marine ecosystem function and assessment of the vulnerability of the natural environment in Trinidad & Tobago
As one of the lead authors with the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC), he and the IPCC share
with Al Gore the 2007 Nobel Peace
Prize. He is also a recipient of the Zayed
Prize as part of the team authors of
the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
Locally, John played a leading role in
the formulation of Trinidad and Tobago’s
National Environmental Policy
and new environmental and natural
resource management laws such
as the Certificate of Environmental
Clearance Rules 2001, the Noise
Pollution Rules 2001, and the Water
Pollution Rules 2001.
He lives and works in Trinidad and
Justice Ulric Cross
Ulric had a distinguished and much decorated career in the British Royal Air Force as Bomber Command Navigator where he attained the rank of Squadron Leader during World War II. He has served in several senior posts in the legal and judicial profession within his native Trinidad and Tobago, in Ghana, Tanzania and in the East African regional entities.
He was Attorney General in the Cameroon from 1960 to 1967. He has also served in the Trinidad and Tobago public service, as BBC radio talk show host, in academia in various countries and as High Commissioner to the UK for Trinidad and Tobago and Ambassador to several European countries. Ulric is now retired but continues to carry out judicial functions in private arbitrations and through various public entities such as Media Complaints Council of Trinidad and Tobago. He is also a Member of the Board of the Cotton Tree Foundation, a charitable organization offering education support and opportunity to children within a disadvantaged community.
He is a recipient of the Chaconia Medal Gold, a national award of Trinidad and Tobago. Justice Cross was honoured in 2006 at an annual Icon Recognition Ceremony for his contribution to the development of Trinidad and Tobago and betterment of the people. He has been a member of the board of The Cropper Foundation since its inception.
Kelvin R Mootoo
Kelvin is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Cost and Management Accountants U.K (ACMA) as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago (CA).
He has worked as a management consultant to a range of companies in most industry groupings in both the public and private sectors of the economy in Trinidad and Tobago and the Eastern Caribbean. His areas of expertise include project development and evaluation; financial analysis and planning; organisational restructuring; operational audits; and design and implementation of cost and financial management information systems.
With over thirty years line experience in the manufacturing, construction and oil production industries, he was executive chairman of the Industrial Gases Group and executive director of a leading Caribbean conglomerate until retirement in December 2008. Since retirement, Kelvin has been operating as a part time management consultant and continues to serve as a non-executive director on a number of private sector organizations
A national of Saint Lucia, Cletus has a broad range of interests and skills. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Oxford Brooks University and the Centre for Environmental Management and Planning of Aberdeen University.
He holds degrees in public administration and mass communications respectively, urban planning and environmental impact assessment. In 2001 he completed a 20 year tour of national and regional public service which included stints in Saint Lucia’s public service as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and National Mobilization (1992-94); in the Ministry of Planning, Development, Environment and Housing (1994-97); and as Advisor in Policy and Strategy Development with the OECS Secretariat, based in Saint Lucia (1998-2001).
Cletus represented St Lucia as Alternate Governor of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. From March 2008, he assumed the duties of Director of Sustainable Development at the Organisation of American States. In his new capacity, Cletus oversees the design and implementation of sustainable development cooperation programmes in OAS Member States in the Caribbean.
Dani was born in Australia of Dutch, Swiss, Irish and Canadian heritage and is a puppeteer, mask maker, actress and poet who has lived, traveled and worked in many parts of the world including Israel, Nigeria and Europe.
Trinidad is now her home where she is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Theatre Arts at the Department of Creative & Festival Arts at the University of the West Indies. She is also the founder and artistic director of Arts-in-Action, a public education programme that extends the work of the University into communities across the country. She heads the Foundation’s programme in Support of Caribbean Writers.
Gary was born in Trinidad and received his early schooling there and in Barbados. He holds a BSc (Hons.) in chemical engineering from Birmingham University, England, On his return to Trinidad, Gary spent four years at Texaco Trinidad Inc before joining the newly established Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI), where he went on to head the engineering division.
He has also held senior positions at the Iron & Steel Company of Trinidad and Tobago (ISCOTT) and later moved to Unilever as Technical Director of Lever Brothers West Indies Ltd in Trinidad. In 1987 he was appointed their Chairman and Managing Director, positions he held until his retirement at the end of 2001. He retains the position of non-executive Chairman. Gary is a director of RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited [Angela: This is how the company presents its name] as well as a number of the subsidiaries of this company. He is a past president of both the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association and the Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce.
Neera Shanti Lakhan
Neera has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation from its inception. An attorney-at-law, she specializes in the areas of company law and corporate secretarial practice and has worked extensively in the banking, financial services and insurance sectors.
Neera was a member of the government appointed committee to review and recommend amendments to the Companies Act 1995. She has lectured on specific areas of company law. She continues to work as a legal consultant in Trinidad and Tobago where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
Sheilah had her formal education at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and Oxford University, UK. She was an early ambassador for the Caribbean, having served among the first cohort of diplomats of the West Indies Federal Government in postings in Washington D.C. and New York. Sheilah has also had a long tenure as Secretary-General of the National Commission for UNESCO for T&T and then at UNESCO Headquarters as Director of its Bureau for Field Offices.
Since retirement she has continued to be active in pursuing a dream of a unified Caribbean. In 1993 she founded T&T CAN! (Citizens’ Agenda Network) a not-for- profit volunteer organization as a vehicle for analyzing, advocating and mobilizing towards more meaningful involvement of people in the affairs of the region. She functions as the coordinator of T&T CAN! Sheilah is of Jamaican origin and is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago where she currently lives.
Austin was born in Barbados, where he first met the Cropper family and became a close personal friend of Dev Cropper. After graduating from the London School of Economics in 2000, Austin moved to the United States, where he now lives. He works for PharmaDesign Inc, a company that designs and manufactures educational materials and patient compliance aids for the healthcare industry.
Kevin is an account manager at SOJE /Lonsdale Communications, an advertising agency based in Barbados with regional scope and international connections. He manages a diverse portfolio of regional and international brands. He has worked in advertising for over a decade – a career which began after he completed his MBA in the United States with joint specializations in management and marketing.
Prior to that, he gained hands-on experience in market research and successfully pursued a BSc. in Management at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. While studying abroad, Kevin was a volunteer tutor in South Florida where he helped promote childhood literacy. He also cherishes his long friendship with Dev Cropper and the fact that he had the opportunity to serve on the first board of The Cropper Foundation until the end of his term.
He is currently the chairman of the Board of Stewards at the church which he attends.
Ernest, a national of Trinidad and Tobago, started his career at the CARICOM Secretariat working on regional health and education policy. He was involved in the first Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) in the Caribbean in the late 1980s. He is currently the UNAIDS Caribbean Director.
He has served as head of the health section at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, leading a health programme that covered 53 countries in 4 sub regions: Caribbean, Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific. Another significant phase of his work covers ten years with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in Washington where he was the lead adviser on HIV/AIDS and Disability.
In 2006, he served as the special adviser to the Pancaribbean Partnership on HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) to help coordinate its regional AIDS programmes and has worked for five years as a health specialist at the World Bank on the design and supervision of HIV/ AIDS and population projects in West Africa where he was involved in the development of some of the Bank’s first regional AIDS strategies.
Ernest studied at the Johns Hopkins University, The London School of Economics, and the University of Waterloo in Canada. He holds a doctorate in public health.