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Vashti G. Guyadeen

Chief Executive Officer, Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries

Vashti has more than twenty years’ experience in research and development, policy design, SME development, global and institutional competitiveness and international relations. Prior to joining the TTCSI, Vashti worked in academia, public and private sector, including the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Economic Development Board, Trinidad and Tobago International Financial Centre and Ministries of Energy and Public Administration. She was the lead researcher for the development of the dataset for Trinidad and Tobago’s entry into the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competitiveness Report” in 2006 and conceptualized and produced this country’s first centennial statistical digest on the Energy sector in 2010.

She spearheaded several projects with international development agencies such as the Inter-American Development Bank, UNECLAC and the World Bank and has a proven track record of developing research products that enable the business community to make well informed decisions. Vashti holds a first degree in History, Master’s in international Relations, History and a Post Graduate diploma in Promotion of Financial Markets. Vashti has been charged with the responsibility of repositioning and rebranding the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries into the foremost authority on trade in services in the region. Over the past three years she has spearheaded the acceleration of T&T’s first national exporters services registry and portal as well as the compilation and analysis of data on the services sector. She is an advocate for the development of the services economy in the Caribbean region with an emphasis on building an export mindset.