UNC National Executive (NATEX)
Deputy Political Leader
Jearlean John has a track record of entrepreneurial and management excellence for over twenty-five (25) years. She has served as the Managing Director of HDC, Chairman of UDECOTT, CEO of the Pizza Boys Group, Minister of Transport, Tourism and Tobago Affairs, Director of VMSTT (VMCOTT), CEO of PTSC and the Business Development Manager of the UWI St. Augustine along with Board Memberships of T&TEC and YTEPP.
Jearlean John is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Professional Accountant, and Certified Management, Accountant. She holds an MBA from the Edinburgh Graduate School of Business and a Chief Executive Training Certificate from the National University of Singapore.
A woman with a lifetime of service to the people of Trinidad and Tobago, Jearlean or JJ as she is fondly called has been on the ground with the people of La Horquetta Talparo for many years. She previously served as the UNC caretaker for the constituency spearheading numerous charitable and social projects over the years.
Most recently Project Hope has been a major initiative launched and guided by JJ as she works towards enriching and uplifting the community of La Horquetta Talparo. Born in Tobago, JJ has walked many paths, but all have pointed to one direction, the direction of development and service to the people.
Throughout her many years, one thing has always remained certain, her respect and belief in the UNC and its capability to transform Trinidad and Tobago into the first world nation we are destined to become.
Under the leadership of Kamla Persad Bissessar, JJ has seen a leader who is not only capable of making the tough decisions but a woman who has compassion, care, and love for the people, traits that Jerlean believes are necessary for taking T&T forward.
In the coming weeks, JJ is expected to ramp up her campaign to educate and inform the people of La Horquetta Talparo on the plans and policies that she and the UNC has for transforming the constituency. The plans to bring jobs, investment, and education to the people are all on the table and JJ is expecting to win the support of the people with these innovative plans.
Ms. Khadijah Ameen Deputy Political Leader
A young powerful and highly competent woman, Khadijah has proven herself a force to be reckoned with in the political arena. Serving as the current deputy political leader of the UNC since 2015, she continues to serve the people of Trinidad and Tobago in the Senate as a led speaker on several pieces of legislation over the years.
By age 17, Khadijah was running a homework centre and a sports and youth group from her home through her village council in Carapo. She was engaged in squatter regularization, neighbourhood watch, fighting for roads, water and lights for her community.
In the UNC she worked as a street captain, polling agent, area manager, campaign manager, served as a youth officer and chairman for numerous elections at the constituency executive level.
At age 21 she was nominated by the party to contest local government election for St. Augustine South where she served as councillor for 10 years. In 2010 she became the youngest person in history of T&T to become a Chairman of a Regional Corporation.
She later served as advisor to Minister of Local Government. At the national executive level she served as Deputy Chairman, acted as chairman and is currently Deputy Political Leader.
She completed her undergraduate studies in Public Administration at UWI and holds a Master’s in Business Administration.
Deputy Political Leader
David Lee has offered dynamic and resilient representation to the people of Pointe a Pierre for the last five years having been elected in 2015. In the last five years, he has fought inside and outside of the Parliament for better roads, community development and standard of living for the people of Pointe a Pierre.
In the last five years besides fighting for the people of Pointe a Pierre, David Lee has offered yeoman service to the United National Congress serving as its Chairman from 2015 to 2017 and then its Deputy Political Leader from 2017 to present. Qualified in Finance and Accounting, the St. Mary’s Old boy spent over 15 years at the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and subsequently served as the CEO of a large shipping Conglomerate.
In the last five years, MP Lee has truly given a voice to his constituents of Pointe a Pierre within the Parliament as he has served as the Opposition Chief Whip, served as a member of the Joint Select Committees on Insurance, Energy Affairs, Private Security and the House Committee. In these five years he has consistently fought for improvements to schools, roads, drains and community infrastructure to better the lives of the people of Pointe a Pierre.
Dr. Lee’s service to Trinidad and Tobago exceeds his tenure as a Member of Parliament as between the period 2010 to 2015 he served as the Chairman of the MIC Institute of Technology, playing a key role in expanding the technical and vocational skills training across Trinidad and Tobago. With a vision and passion for making a difference in the lives of young people Dr. Lee ensured that MIC programmes were accessible to all and under his guidance the MIC has opened four new centres in Tobago, O’Meara, Penal and Diego Martin.
As the Member of Parliament for Pointe a Pierre, he kept to this same level of innovation and people-centred development as his signature programs such as the “Backpack for Hope” has outfitted hundreds of children with the tools necessary to obtain an education.
Other programs such as his “Annual Mothers Appreciation” and support for various religious festival has gone a long way to develop the cultural and social development of the constituency.
David Lee is returning for a second term to ensure the true potential of the people of Pointe a Pierre is released.
Clifton De Coteau Vice Chairman
Mr. Clifton De Coteau was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Moruga/Tableland on Monday May 24, 2010, following General Elections for the 10th Republican Parliament. Mr. De Coteau attended secondary school at St. Stephen’s College in Princes Town and continued to Mausica Teachers’ Training College, following which he rejoined his alma
mater on the teaching staff. As a teacher, he held the positions of Games Master and Folk Choir Master. He attended the University of the West Indies and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics. He returned to St. Stephen’s College as a Teacher II. Mr. De Coteau then went on to serve at Barrackpore Senior Comprehensive School as Dean of Discipline, Senior Teacher, and Games Master. He ascended the promotional ladder and attained the position of Vice-Principal of Princes
Town Senior Comprehensive School and then the position of Principal at his Alma Mater, St. Stephen’s College, the first past student to be so appointed. The years which followed saw Mr. De Coteau as School Supervisor at the Head Office of the Ministry of Education, School Supervisor III in charge of South Eastern District, and School Supervisor III in charge of Port of Spain and Environs Education District. In 1997, Mr. De Coteau, in addition to his supervisory duties, served as Area Superintendent for Continuation Classes with the Ministry of Education for Moruga Secondary, Princes Town West Secondary and Rio Claro West Secondary. Mr. De Coteau joined the political arena in 2003 and served as the Local Government Representative for the Electoral District of Inverness/Princes Town until 2010. Mr. De Coteau has served his community of Princes Town and environs as chairman of various committees for development, cultural interests, national celebrations, and activities such as: Carnival, Emancipation Day, Independence Day, Christmas and Easter, Indian Arrival Day, Boxing Tournaments, Best Village presentations, Lion Clubs, the National Kick Boxing Council of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Scout Association. He was a sportsman and athlete, participating in marathons, track and field, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling. He is a professional photographer.
A name everyone is familiar with in the UNC and the wider nation as the General Secretary of the party and a foundation member within the party. Davendranath or “Dave” has served in a multitude of different roles advising both Government Ministers and Opposition Leaders.
A highly educated individual holding a bachelor’s in economics as well as being a qualified attorney at law, Dave continues to educate and equip himself to be the best person he could be.
Not limiting himself to the public sector, Dave has also worked in the private sector for a number of years where he worked as a project manager as well as an executive director for a number of years as well.
Being a key figure within the party where he has been serving as the General Secretary since 2010, Dave has been instrumental in the victorious 2010 election as well as the rebuilding of the party after 2015. He has been working tirelessly in formulating and building the plans and policies to transform the nation through good governance and proper representation.
Dave continues to be a strong supporter of the party and believes in the UNC.
Dr. Karlene Sookoo Research Officer
Dr. Rai Ragbir Treasurer
Dr. Rai Ragbir is 54 years of age. In the year 1990, he graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University of the West Indies and completed his post graduate studies in Family Medicine in the UK.
He returned to Trinidad in the year 1997 and began working at the then North Central Regional Health Authority as a Primary Care Manager for 8 years, managing over (20) twenty health centres and also commissioned the Couva District Health Facility. Dr.Ragbir was also trained in Mass Casualty Management by PAHO. In addition, he served as EMA director and Post Chairman of the Board of CISL (Community Improvement Services Limited).
Additionally, he also served as Deputy Political Leader for the UNC and is also pursuing his Diploma in law from the University of London.
His goal is to continue helping people, not only in the medical field but in any possible way he is able to facilitate. Consequently, he renders his services in free medical clinics across the country.
A familiar name not just in the political arena but also in the entertainment industry, Ravi has proven himself to be an all rounded, dynamic individual. Being involved in the party for many years, Ravi currently serves as the party organiser on the National Executive.
A highly educated man, Ravi holds a degree in electrical and computer engineering from the UWI and successfully completed an MBA in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Angela Ruskin University.
A former Deputy General Manager of PTSC, Ravi dedicated himself to the proper running of the main public transport service provider for many citizens today. A former candidate in both the 2007 and 2015 general elections, Ravi has distinguished himself in the political arena by representing the UNC in opposition strongholds.
A man with a long and accomplished career, Ravi also served as a Government Senator where he debated several bills in the Parliament.
A long standing believe ad defender of the UNC Ravi continues to stand by and support Kamla Persad Bissessar as she goes into the 2020 General Elections.
International Relations Officer
This gentleman is a former member of the UNC National Executive who has represented this country in youth for a throughout the world. He was recently elected as the Youth Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
Woman’s Arm Chairman
A daughter of Maracas Valley St. Joseph, Kenya attended St. Xavier’s Private school and after sitting the Secondary Entrance Examination she went on to El Dorado Secondary school. While there she represented the school in football, cricket and Junior panorama.
Subsequently, she went on to St. Augustine Comprehensive and won the first Intercol girls title.
Kenya, an avid sportswoman, with a passion to represent Trinidad and Tobago played football with the national Under 20 and senior level women’s football team and through her dedication and skill, she was able to obtain a scholarship to Mars Hill University, North Carolina.
Not stopping there she transferred to Bethel University, Tennessee, where she became captain of the school’s varsity soccer team. After two years at Bethel, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.
On her return to Trinidad she started working at the Ministry of Justice. While there she did a research paper on Restorative and Youth Justice, which focused on the needs of the youths in the country. Also, in her community she was a part of St. Michael’s RC Youth group, took part in the annual Easter sports and was an assistant / mentor for the Real Maracas boys Under 18 team.
Kenya is a dedicated servant of the people and remains committed to developing her nation as a young person.
Policy and Strategy Officer
Arnold Ram is a highly qualified young man with a thirst for knowledge. He possesses an LLB from the University of London, an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, a Legal Practice Certificate at the University of Staffordshire and BSc. Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.
A member of the UNC National Executive where he serves as the Policy and Strategy Officer, Arnold has been a strong supporter and defender of the party since its inception.
He currently works as a partner at the Oriens Law Chamber and has worked as a Senior Manager at TSTT, an Operations Engineer at T&TEC, an Engineer-in-Training at PLIPDECO and a Site Superintendent at Franklyn & Errol Electrical Services. He has also worked entry-level roles at the UWI St. Augustine, CARIB Glass Works and Ramdass Transport Ltd.
He also served as a Member of the Board of Directors for Petrotrin between 2010 to 2015
Mr. Ram has served as the UWI Guild President and received a number of awards recognizing his efforts in student governance, cricket and football.
Maria Rodriguez Education Officer
Imam Rasheed Karim
Regional Representative For Central
Imam Karim is a successful businessman and well know community activist and social
worker. He is also a religious leader and prolific writer, a radio talk show host, and head of Umah T & T.
Regional Representative For NorthWest
Mr. Eli Zakour has been part of the fabric of Diego Martin North-East for decades. His ties to the community are deep-rooted and far-reaching. His passion for this constituency is matched only by his love for country.
Having obtained his MBA from Anglia Ruskin University (UK), Eli has spent the past few years analyzing the woes that have affected the people of Diego Martin North-East, and the poor representation that has caused same.
Also a commercial pilot and successful businessman in his own right, Eli’s unfettered determination to chart a better course for ALL the constituents of Diego Martin North-East is without compare.
And that is exactly why he is the RIGHT PERSON for Diego Martin North-East.
Now is the time for strength and resolve!
Now is the time for proper representation for the people of Diego Martin North-East for the first time in over 25 years!
Now is the time for Eli Zakour for Diego Martin North-East!
Kamla Persad-Bissessar has served as Political Leader of the United National Congress since January 24, 2010. She is a former Prime Minister and current Leader of the Opposition of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar has dedicated her life to service; to helping people and improving their lives. She holds the distinction of having been elected as Trinidad and Tobago’s first female Prime Minister, and prior to this historic win, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar was also this country’s first female Opposition Leader and was appointed T&T’s first female Attorney General. An Attorney-at-Law and Senior Counsel, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar is currently serving her 24th year of consecutive service as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Constituency of Siparia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons.), a Diploma in Education from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados and a Legal Education Certificate (LEC) from Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad. She later earned an Executive Masters in Business Administration with distinction from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.
Mrs. Persad-Bissessar has had, and continues to have a distinguished career in politics, having served as an Alderman in what was then the St Patrick’s County Council, now the Siparia Regional Corporation, for the years 1987 through 1991. In 1994, she became an Opposition Senator for the UNC and in the 1995 General Election
she was elected as the MP for Siparia for the UNC who formed the then Government. In 2002, the UNC went into Opposition and Mrs. Persad-Bissessar was re-elected and served as the MP for Siparia. In April 2006, she became the first woman to serve as the Leader of the Opposition, a position she held until November 2007. After becoming the Political Leader for the UNC in January 2010, just one month later, on February, 24, 2010 she became the Leader of the Opposition.In the General Election on May 24, 2010 she was re-elected MP for Siparia and became the country’s seventh, and first female, Prime Minister, leading a coalition of five parties - the People’s Partnership, to victory. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar served as the seventh Commonwealth Chair-in-Office of the
Commonwealth of Nations from May 26, 2010 through October 28, 2011. She further served as Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM from July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. She served as Prime Minister until September 7, 2015 after which date, she became the Leader of the Opposition. Kamla has held true to her vision of people-centred development, and is focused on developing plans, policies and programmes that will move Trinidad and Tobago towards
growth and prosperity once again, and create opportunities for everyone.Mrs. Persad-Bissessar is married to Dr. Gregory Bissessar and has one son and two grandchildren.