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Dr. Bibi Areefa Alladin
Lecturer, University of Guyana
About Dr. Bibi Areefa Alladin
Bibi Areefa Alladin was born to a family of rice farmers in 1983. She is the third of four siblings and was raised on the West Coast of Berbice in a small village called Number Three Village. Her primary education was obtained at the Cotton Tree Primary School. Dr. Alladin then attended the New Amsterdam Multilateral School.
Having had no television or internet access, Dr. Alladin spent most of her childhood outdoors. She went fishing and played War-Break and cricket in the yard. Her holidays and weekends were spent in the rice fields where she played in mud and straw with her siblings and friends. They ate black sage bearings and other weird stuff that failed to kill them.
A memorable feature of her time at high school was the boat ride across the Berbice River. This created a lot of spare time which she spent getting her homework done while her friends socialized. She stood out as nerd in their view, but Dr. Alladin just saw it as her using her time wisely.
She met her future husband while preparing for the CSEC examinations. He happened to be in her science stream. It came as a surprise to her family (and to her) that she excelled at CSEC. She was the best graduating science student who earned a distinction in Chemistry; a first for her School. She had no idea then what she wanted to do in the future, but she knew that she had to attend the University of Guyana. Her brother was a student there and this set the precedent that she knew she had to follow. In addition to this, she was told that she would do Pharmacy and so she did.
At the University of Guyana, Dr. Alladin lived in the dormitory and learned what life was like after being sheltered by her mother. She graduated with distinction in Pharmacy at the age of 19; the youngest graduate up to that time and went on to practice as a Pharmacist. However, she got bored in that year and started studying Spanish. She then quit her job in 2004 and started medical school after she was encouraged by Dr. Emanuel Cummings to apply to the University of Guyana.
For Dr. Alladin, medical school had its challenges. She felt like quitting several times. That notwithstanding, she graduated with distinction from the programme and won many awards including the Prime Minister’s Medal for the best graduating student in the School of Medicine.
Dr. Alladin got married during her internship and moved back to Berbice where she worked at the New Amsterdam Hospital. She decided to have a baby and become a housewife. Dr. Alladin describes this as the best year of her life. However, after that year, she started a Paediatric residency program and moved back to Georgetown with her child. She received training in several areas including allergy testing, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and clinical teaching. Dr. Alladin graduated from the University of Guyana for the third time in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Pediatrics shortly after the death of her husband.
Dr. Alladin became a lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Guyana in 2013 under the guidance of Dr. Madan Rambaran. At the university, she taught several courses including Pediatrics and Pharmacology and Clinical pharmacy. She is now the Principal Tutor for Pediatrics and a lecturer in the Post Graduate Pediatrics Program.
Dr. Alladin has done several research pieces and has published a few times. Her work was presented at local and international conferences. She is also a member of the editorial and organizing committee for the Annual Guyana Medical Scientific Conference. Apart from this, Dr. Alladin is actively involved in volunteer work and is an executive member of the Kidney Foundation of Guyana and the Guyana Help the kids Charity among others.
Dr. Bibi Areefa Alladin is a mother, a lecturer, a researcher, a practicing pediatrician and a mentor.
Prof. Norman D.H. Munroe, Eng.Sc.D.
Director, Office of Student Access and Success & Director of the Centre for Diversity in Engineering and Computing at Florida International University
About Prof. Norman D.H. Munroe, Eng.Sc.D.
Dr. Munroe is a full Professor in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering department, College of Engineering & Computing (CEC) at Florida International University.
He received his BS in Chemistry & Physics from Dar-es-Salaam University; M.Phil. in Mineral Engineering, Leeds University, UK; MS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada; and Eng.Sc.D. in Chemical Metallurgy from Columbia University, New York.
Dr. Munroe’s research focuses on the design and deployment of renewable energy systems, extractive metallurgical systems and biomedical devices. As Principal Investigator of the Western Hemisphere Information Exchange program (WHIX-2008) at FIU-Applied Research Center (ARC), he developed a Mobil Medical Clinic powered by a hybrid wind/solar energy system for deployment to the Dominican Republic in partnership with the US Southern Command.
He also managed the production of biodiesel and its usage in engines of land, sea and air vehicles at the Panama Institute of Technology in partnership with the US Military Group. His work on the corrosion and biocompatibility of implant materials has led to 2 US patents on the mitigation of Thrombosis associated with cardiovascular devices.
He has served as Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs, Associate Director and Director of ARC, and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Academic Affairs, in the College of Engineering & Computing at FIU.
He also served as the Director of the Office of Student Access and Success and Director of the Center for Diversity in Engineering and Computing. He has been the major Advisor of 26 doctoral and master’s students and a member of 120 graduate dissertation committees.
Dr. Munroe has published over two hundred (210) Journal articles/Proceedings/Presentations/Book Chapters. He is the recipient of several awards including the FIU Excellence in Teaching award, the Florida State Teaching Incentive Program award and the "Top Black Educator" 2016 award from Legacy Magazine.
This year at the 20th Award Assembly of the International Association of Advanced Materials, Stockholm, Sweden, Dr. Munroe received the IAAM Medal for notable and outstanding research in Advanced Materials Science & Technology.
Prof. David Phoenix
Vice Chancellor, London South Bank University
About Prof. David Phoenix
Professor David Andrew Phoenix, OBE, DL, DUniv, FAcSS, DSc is the Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University, he sits on a number of national bodies overseeing UK higher education such as Universities UK, National Centre for Universities and Business as well as MillionPlus. He is also a member of the Minister for Universities and Science Brexit advisory forum. He was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) for his contribution to medical research and education and recognised as an Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences for his work in areas linked to educational policy. In 2015 the Prime Minister appointed him as a trustee of the Science Museum Group.
With over 250 publications, Professor Phoenix is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, The Society of Biology, The Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications and the Royal Society of Medicine. Through these latter bodies he has engaged in a range of discussions regarding the skills agenda, especially related to employer requirements. In 2010 he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to Science and Higher Education and appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 2015.
He has worked extensively overseas developing and leading on an overseas campus in Cyprus and a research institute in China. He was awarded an individual Excellence award by China’s Vice Premier in 2014 and was given the Friendship award (China) in 2016 by the Premier for his outstanding contribution to the country’s economic and social development.
Mr. Kamal Ramkarran
Attorney-at-Law and a Partner, Cameron & Shepherd
About Mr. Kamal Ramkarran
Kamal Ramkarran is an Attorney-at-Law and a Partner at Cameron & Shepherd, Guyana’s oldest law firm, which was established in 1901 and has continuously operated as a partnership since then.
Kamal was admitted to practice law in Guyana in October, 2002, having obtained a Legal Education Certificate from Hugh Wooding Law School in September, 2002 and a Bachelor of Laws degree with honours from the University of the West Indies in September, 2000.
In addition, Kamal is the holder of a Diploma in Public Management, awarded by the University of Guyana in 1997, a Master of Laws degree in Commercial and Corporate Law awarded by the University of London in 2006, a Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Services Law with Merit awarded by the University of London in 2015 and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Law with Merit awarded by the University of London in 2017. In October, 2018 he completed his final exams for a Master of Laws degree in Banking and Finance Law with the University of London.
During the sixteen years he has practiced law, Kamal has represented the State, public authorities, banks, companies and individuals in areas such as civil law, constitutional law, administrative law and criminal law in the Magistrates’ Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Caribbean Court of Justice. He has also provided legal advice and opinions to a wide variety of companies and statutory bodies, both locally and from outside of Guyana.
A number of the judgments in cases in which he has appeared have been reported in the West Indian Law Reports and one has been reported in the Law Reports of the Commonwealth.
Between 2006 and 2016, Kamal was appointed by each Minister of Health (now Minister of Public Health) as a member of the Medical Council of Guyana every two years on the expiration of the life of each Council.
He is the President of the Bar Association of Guyana, having been elected to that position in May, 2017 and re-elected in May, 2018.
Kamal is married to Nafeeza and they have two cats, Sexy and Bobby.
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