His Excellency The President, David Arthur Granger, MSM, MSS
David Granger’s life is grounded in traditional Guyanese values. He was born into a large family with strong roots in the public service and grew up in the three counties – Essequibo, Berbice and Demerara.
He was educated at Queens College and graduated from the University of Guyana, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He also attended the University of the West Indies, the University of Maryland and the National Defence University in the USA.
David Granger’s years of military service are based on his belief in Guyana’s independence and territorial integrity. He received his military training at the Mons Officer Cadet School and the School of Infantry in the United Kingdom, the Jungle Warfare Instruction Centre in Brazil, and the Army Command and Staff College in Nigeria. After serving as Commander of the Guyana Defence Force and National Security Adviser to the President, he retired with the rank of Brigadier.
Brigadier Granger made a significant contribution to national defence and public security as a member of several defence and security agencies. These include holding the chairmanship of the Central Intelligence Committee, co-chairmanship of the Border and National Security Committee and membership of the Guyana Defence Board, National Drug Law Enforcement Committee and the Disciplined Forces Commission.
He served in several public organisations and was elected to the presidencies of the History Society, Guyana Heritage Society, University of Guyana Guild of Graduates and the Guyana Chess Federation. He was also formerly a member of the University of Guyana Council and the Guyana Press Association. At present, he is chairman of the Guyana Book Foundation and a member of the Guyana Legion and the Board of Trustees of the Guyana Veterans Foundation.
Brigadier Granger has written extensively on national defence and public security issues. He received various academic awards which include the President’s Medal. His military awards include the Military Service Star for distinguished service.
Brigadier (ret’d) David Arthur Granger is a family man and is married to Sandra Chan-A-Sue Granger with two daughters, Han and Afuwa.
Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon
Mr. Joseph Harmon. was born and raised in the West Demerara village of Pouderoyen and completed his schooling on the West Demerara before qualifying to do his ‘A’ Levels at Queen’s College. However, because of his circumstances he was unable to take up the opportunity and instead was forced to find employment. He worked for about a year in the Geddes Grant motor sales department before enlisting for the Officer Cadet course in the Guyana Defence Force, where he rose from the rank of Second Lieutenant following his graduation, to Lieutenant Colonel at the time of his retirement.
He applied for early retirement from the army as he wanted to do something else. During his years in the army Harmon took advantage of all the training it provided, including travelling widely in and out of Guyana, and in his later years he also made use of the opportunity afforded to officers to further their studies while still serving.
He completed his law degree at Cave Hill in Barbados before attending the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad. On completion of his law studies he served for some time in the army’s legal services department, where he was the Commanding Officer and where he did some prosecution work.
After twenty-three years in the Guyana Defence Force and another 15 years as a lawyer in private practice, Mr. Joseph Harmon still remains an “active politician” and was a new face in the Tenth Sitting of the National Assembly.
In his early days, Mr. Harmon was a member of the Young Socialist Movement (YSM), the youth arm of the PNC, and at one time he was the Chairman of the Pouderoyen YSM group, later on becoming a Member of the Regional Executive of the movement.
During his army days, Mr. Harmon ‘eased up’ in his involvement in politics, but by 2010, he resumed ‘full scale politics and was the Returning Officer for the elections at the Party’s Biennial Congresses.
Mr. Harmon is married with six children. He served in the Tenth Parliament of Guyana as APNU’s Shadow Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure.
1st Vice President & Prime Minister, Moses Verasammy Nagamootoo
Justice of the Peace & Commissioner of Oaths to Affidavits
2nd Vice President & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Barrington Greenidge
Mr. Carl Barrington Greenidge was born in New Amsterdam, Berbice, and attended New Amsterdam Congregational School, first spending a few months at the Malteenoes Branch of Tutorial. He then attended Berbice High School, until he left for the United Kingdom to further his education.
Mr. Greenidge is a former Minister of Finance, Planning and Trade of Guyana. He has extensive experience at the policy, management and technical levels and has worked on public sector economics and agricultural policies as well as international trade and finance. He has provided distinguished service to his country, the Caribbean and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. That service has been in the design and management of Guyana’s Economic Recovery Programme (1988-1992) and the negotiation of the unique north-south cooperation pact, the Lomé Convention, inter alia. This latter pact aimed to alleviate the burden of poverty in the ACP regions which include the most trade dependent countries in the world and countries for which agriculture is dominant. He has successfully headed two joint ACP-EU funded institutions devoted to development and cooperation, and has, in the process, sat on both ‘sides’ of the Donor-Recipient interface.
Mr. Greenidge has also published four monographs, numerous academic articles on economics, and contributed to books on a variety of issues, including the political economy of agricultural modernisation, international agricultural trade negotiations and marine fisheries. He has been Co-President of the Joint Council of Ministers of the European Union and the ACP States.
Mr. Greenidge is a member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) and served in the Tenth Parliament of Guyana as APNU’s Shadow Minister of Finance and International Economic Co-operation.
3rd Vice President & Minister of Public Security, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan
Khemraj Ramjattan LLB (Cave Hill UWI) and LEC (Hugh Wooding Law School) was born on October 12, 1960 at No. 48 Village, Corentyne, Berbice. He is an eminent Attorney-at-Law, a fearless and objective politician, and volunteer youth organizer. His profession as an Attorney-at-Law and as a politician brings him in contact with people from all over Guyana. He is married to Sita Ramjattan and is the father of two sons, Divesh and Vikash.
“Prakash” or “Prak” as he is fondly known was born into and grew up in a grassroots, humble political family on the Corentyne, Berbice. His formal introduction to politics was through the People’s Progressive Party where he ascended through the ranks, from being leader of its youth section (PYO) to the position of member of that party’s Central Committee.
However, his futuristic way of thinking, probing mind and true commitment to democracy at all levels including at the level of internal party arrangements, brought him into conflict with the old dogmatists of the PPP/C. It was his vision for a new and progressive political dispensation in Guyana that led him to the formation of the Alliance For Change in 2005, the party he founded with Raphael Trotman and Sheila Holder.
This former State Counsel in the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions 1984 – 1988, and former President of the Guyana Bar Association 2003 –2005, has been a Member of Parliament since October 1992, serving as a Member of the Public Accounts Committee in 2001 – 2004, and in a number of other Parliamentary Committees. He has fearlessly and objectively represented his views on numerous issues, some highly politically sensitive, all in his quest for a better Guyana. His advocacy in many high profile human rights cases has given him prominence and stature in Guyana’s legal fraternity.
Mr. Ramjattan has participated in many national and international workshops and seminars; and contributed to numerous discussions and public debates on issues of mal-administration, good governance, undue political interference by the state, unprofessional and unethical behaviour at the Bar, among other topics.
He successfully participated in the British Council’s Young Lawyers Commonwealth Scholarship Programme in 1992 at the University of London. He is a former Editor of the Guyana Bar Review.
4th Vice President & Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Mr. Sydney Allicock
Mr. Sydney Allicock, 55, is from the North Rupununi, Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo, Region No.9 and is widely accepted as a pioneer of community-based tourism in Guyana. He was Public & Civic Contributions 2010 Laureate. Mr. Allicock is a representative of the Guyana Action Party (GAP) in A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).
Mr. Allicock has articulated and promoted a vision of indigenous rural community development based on communal effort, wise use of natural resources, traditional knowledge and social systems, and equitable partnership with outside agencies. He has been a key figure in the development over the past two decades of the village of Surama, the North Rupununi region more widely, and Guyana’s indigenous communities, which account for nearly a tenth of the country’s population.
As a former Toshao of Annai, Mr. Allicock pioneered celebrations for Amerindian Heritage Day which was later adopted as a national event by the Guyana Government. Now Amerindian Heritage Day is celebrated in a different village each year, bringing both investment and national attention to indigenous communities around Guyana.
Mr. Allicock is one of the Iwokrama Centre’s key tutors for its Training Services Centre, where he has helped train hundreds of young Guyanese, mostly from indigenous communities, in leadership, survival skills, and eco-tourism development. His writing has been published in the distinguished literary journal Kyk-Over-Al and he has performed his poems at Guyana’s National Cultural Centre.
Mr. Allicock served in the Tenth Parliament of Guyana, with responsibilities for Local Government and Hinterland Development.
Minister of Communities, Mr. Ronald Azam Bulkan
Mr. Ronald Bulkan. is the fifth of seven children of Rehannah Bulkan and the late George Bulkan, both of whom were school teachers.
Ronald, who was born in Supenaam on the Essequibo Coast, is a product of rural Guyana, though not exclusively so. He attended St. Philips Nursery, Bush Lot Primary, Yakusari Govt., Massiah Govt., Dolphin Govt. and Queen’s College. He has spent his entire life in Guyana, except for a nine-month period in 1979/80, when he lived in the USA while attending the University of Houston.
Mr.Bulkan is a co–founder (1983) of Precision Woodworking Limited, a pioneering company in value added processing in the wood–sector in Guyana. Mr. Bulkan and Precision were awarded the coveted Ernst and Young Caribbean Entrepreneur of the Year title in 2001, to date, the only Guyanese company to earn this accolade. He subsequently was inducted to the World Entrepreneur of the Year Academy in Monte Carlo in June 2002.
Although a businessman, Mr. Bulkan is no stranger to social and political activism. He belonged to the Guyana Human Rights Association (and was a member of the Elections Monitoring Committee in the pre-1992 period). An extension of this saw his being a part of the GUARD movement and he spoke on the platform, both in Georgetown and on the Corentyne.
He proudly recalls organizing a picketing exercise (together with Ian Lye) in 1992 against S.S Ramphal outside the Hotel Tower, when Ramphal was here spearheading hearings of the West Indian Commission. The exercise was meant to highlight the call for regional and international pressure to restore democratic elections and it was joined by the PPP, whose members that day included the late Dr. Jagan & Mr. Harripersaud Nokta. He was a candidate at the 1997 General Elections for the WPA.
The only organizations to which he has ever belonged to are the Queens College Cadet Corps, GHRA, WPA & now a proud member of the PNC. He counts among his heroes Nehru, Gandhi, Norman Manley, Martin Luther King, Mandela, EusiKwayana, Desmond Hoyte and Muhammed Ali.
Mr. Bulkan prays at the Redeemer Lutheran Church but is comfortable in any place of worship. He is married to Sattie and together they have two children, George & Nadia.
Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Ms. Valerie Patterson
Name: Valerie Sharpe Patterson nee Adams
D.O.B: 16th August 1961
Address: 582 Baruda Oval, Retrieve, Mackenzie, Linden
Marital Status: Widow
Children: Two Boys ages (32) years and (30) years, four grand children
Wismar Hill Primary School – Gained pass at Common Entrance Exams
Christianburg Wismar Multilateral School – Passes in (6) subjects GEO O’level Exams
IDCE – Certificate in Supervisory Management
University of Guyana – Diploma in Banking and Finance
University of American Peace Studies – Diploma in Strategic Management
Certificate in Action Centered Management
Certificate in Total Quality Management
Certificate in Marketing
Certificate in Public Speaking
(3) years as a Pupil Teacher at the One Mile Primary School…1977-1980
(14) years worked from the level of a Teller to Senior Supervisor at the Guyana National
Co-operative Bank……1980 – 1994
(11) years worked as 1st Branch Manager of the Linden Branch of Courts Guyana
Inc……..1994 – 2005
(4) years as 1st female Fund Manager of the Linden Economic Advancement Fund
(LEAF)……2005 – 2009 end of project.
(5) years Chief Executive Officer Linden Enterprise Network (LEN)…….2010 – 2015
1st female Chairman of the Linden Utilities Services Co-op Society Ltd. (LUSCSL) Committee of Management 2007- 2014.
Treasurer of the Linden Chamber of Industry. Commerce & Development for 5 years
Chairman Linden Forum for Education & Business (LINFEB) for 3 years
PTA Chairman for several years
Member of the Peoples National Congress for over 20 years
Regional Democratic Councilor from 2001 – 2011 served as Chair of the Regional Women’s Affairs Committee & Regional Welfare Committee for the same period
Chair of Regional Rights of the Child Committee for approx 5 years
Member of the Regional Tender Board of the RDC for 3 years
Member of the Regional Finance Committee for 10 years
Regional Member of Parliament from 2015 to date
President of the Sectional Women’s Ministry of the Assembly of God in Guyana and National Treasurer. Ordained Pastor of The Flourishing Place Ministry in 2008 Ordained an Apostle in 2012
Meeting people, Counseling Youths and Women, Reading & Preaching the word of God. Travelling, Socializing and Advocating for the Poor.
Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda, Canada, United States of America, Ecuador, Suriname, Brazil, India and England.
1st female student in Linden to earn a distinction at GCE o’level at the level of form 4
Woman of the year award – Year of International Volunteers
National Award for Region #10 – Year of Peoples of African Descent
Award – Manager of the year by Courts Guyana Inc (twice)
Award – Supervisor of the Year (Courts Linden most outstanding Agency) Western Union Money Transfer
Born in the small community of One Mile, Wismar, Linden to Berthyle and Emily Adams. Both of my parents were Leaders in many Community Organizations, churches and Lodges.
The fourth child of eight children.
My heart desire is to see Guyana develop as a country where all Guyanese would want to come back home, be comfortable and happy and once again, proud to be a Guyanese.
Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine
Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine was born on 31st January 1943 in Kitty, Georgetown and is the father of Dr. Terry Roopnaraine and Alicia Roopnaraine.
He is a world class professor and instructor of liberal arts who has lectured at some of the most prestigious universities and learning institutions around the world, and is no stranger to Guyana’s politics and the struggles of the working class people of this country.
He has been in the front line of the national political movement since 1977 as one of the elite leaders of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA). He served as a Member of the Faculty of the University of Guyana from 1976 to 1990 and as a Member of Parliament for a number of years. He brought to the leadership of A Partnership for National Unity (A.P.N.U) his vast political experience and the WPA’s unwavering commitment to the building of a Guyana of social justice and racial harmony.
He was educated at Queen’s College (Guyana), Cambridge University (UK), and Cornell University (New York, USA), and holds a Doctorate in Comparative Literature.
Dr. Roopnaraine was part of APNU’s Shadow Cabinet in the Tenth Parliament, holding the portfolio of Agriculture and Environment.
Minister of Finance, Mr. Winston Jordan
HONOURS AND FELLOWSHIPS
|198119901992||University of Guyana Vice Chancellor’s Special Award: Best graduating student in the Faculty of Social Science.Commonwealth Scholarship: To pursue postgraduate studies in Economics at University of Warwick, UK.UNDP Fellowship: To pursue postgraduate studies in public sector budgeting at the Harvard Institute for International Development, Harvard University, USA.Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship: To pursue postgraduate studies at the Graduate School of Public Policy, Penn State University, USA; professional affiliations and attachments to various Federal and State bodies in the USA; and internship at the International Monetary Fund.|
Over thirty (30) years working experience in a number of areas including macroeconomic management; economic policy reform, programming and governance; resource mobilization; public finance; public sector budgeting; policy design and analysis; and design of poverty programmes and safety nets.
Served on several technical committees and state boards, including:
OTHER WORK EXPERENCE
Spring Semester, 2011: Senior Lecturer, University of Guyana. Taught the course EM22EP2: Development Planning and Administration, in the Executive Master’s of Business/Public Administration Programme, a joint collaboration between the University of Guyana and the Commonwealth of Learning.
Fall Semesters, 2002, 2003 and 2010: Lecturer, University of Guyana. Taught the course DSC 514: Public Finance in the Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Studies Programme, on a part-time basis.
1984 (October) – 1989 (June):Lecturer (1984-87) and Senior Research Associate (1988-89), Institute of Development Studies, University of Guyana. Taught the course, IDS 502: Development Planning in the Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Studies Programme.
1993 (March) – 1993 (June):Internship, International Monetary Fund.
Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Jaipaul Sharma, MP
Jaipaul Sharma became Minister within the Ministry of Finance when the APNU+AFC Coalition won Guyana’s National and Regional Elections on May 11, 2015. He has long been a Government Accountant with an excellent knowledge of accounting concepts and strategies that yield best financial outcomes. He also has extensive experience in Auditing which includes reviews, compilations as well as government organization audits. Minister Sharma worked at the Office of the Auditor General from 1993 to 2001 where he did valuable work in testing the design and effectiveness of internal controls of Government transaction processes, verified compliance of Government entities with established policies and procedures relevant to Current, Capital and Project Expenditures. From 2001 to 2005, he entered the Public Service Ministry as Chief Accountant with responsibility for managing the accounting operations of the Central Accounting Unit of the Ministry. He also prepared Annual Budgets Proposals on behalf of the Ministry for submission and review by the Ministry of Finance and conducted expense forecasts. His exemplary work at PSM saw him moving to the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security as in 2005. He had a brief stint as Principal Assistant Finance Secretary for the Regional Democratic Council of Region 6 after which he joined the Guyana Elections Commission as Chief Accountant from 2006 to 2010. During this time, his political career began to take shape and he became a Member of Parliament in January 2012 where he served as a Member of the Public Accounts Committee during the 10th Parliament. Mr. Sharma received his education at Christ Church Secondary School and other professional training institutions like the Institute of Government Accounts and Finance in India. He is married and has two children.
Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman
Minister Raphael Gregory Conwright Trotman spent much of his youthful years pursuing studies in Law, International Relations, Security, and Development Economics and has dedicated much of his adult life to serving his country.
His academic achievements include a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Barbados; Legal Education Certificate (LEC) from Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago; a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations (Security & Development Economics) from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA; a Post Graduate Certificate in
Mediation from the Harvard Law School, USA and a Post Graduate Certificate in Defence Planning & Resource Management from the National Defense University, USA.
Minister Trotman began his professional life as an Attorney–at–law and member of the Guyana Bar Association. His love for service and desire to make a difference led to his active participation in Politics. Minister Trotman served with the Georgetown Mayor and City Council from 1994-1998; as a Member of Parliament from 1998 to present day and during that period as Speaker of the National Assembly from 2012-2015. Hon. Raphael G.C Trotman has had a prolific political career with continued demonstration of commitment to the service of his country. In May 2o15 he became Minister of Governance, a position he held briefly before being reassigned as Minister of Natural Resources; a portfolio which allows him to not only serve but protect Guyana’s Natural patrimony.
Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ms. Simona Broomes
Minister of Business and Toursim, Mr. Dominic Gaskin
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Mr. Basil Williams
Mr. Basil Williams was privileged to begin his Public Service career as a young lawyer and as one of the Legal Advisors of the late Founder Leader of the PNC. Later, he was to become Legal Assistant to then President Hoyte, from 1985-1988.
While in the Office of the President, he became intimately familiar with the politics of the PNC and the machinery of the Party. He went on to become a Vice-Chairman of the Party and a member of the Central Executive Committee (CEC).
Mr. Williams is also Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Party and a member of the Joint Task Force on Local Government Reform. He holds an LLB (Hons.) Degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and a Legal Education Certificate from the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago.
He has served in different capacities in the public domain, including representing Guyana at the 6th Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in 1985; City Councillor from 1986-1988 and Secretary of the Review Committee of the Companies Act, 1986-1988.
Mr. Williams entered Parliament in 2003 and served in the Tenth Parliament of Guyana as APNU’s Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs and Justice.
Minister of Public Health, Ms. Volda Lawrence
Ms. Lawrence is an accountant by profession. She has a Degree in Accounting from the University of Guyana and a Master’s Degree from Gloucester University, England and is a Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA Level II). Ms. Lawrence is currently employed by the American School in this capacity.
Ms. Lawrence is a member of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR). She also heads the Human Services and Welfare Department of the Party. She has done and continues to do sterling work among the elderly and with families who have encountered misfortune. She served in the Tenth Parliament of Guyana as APNU’s Shadow Minister of Human Services and Social Protection.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, Mr. David Patterson
Date of Birth: 4th May, 1967
Place of Birth: Georgetown
Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Real Estate Appraiser and Project Manager
Over twenty – five years’ experience of providing quantity surveying, project management and appraisal services to both public and private sector clients in the UK, Guyana and the Caribbean.
Royal Institutions of Chartered Surveyors – Member
Member of Architecture and Surveying Institute
Off-road camping, sports, reading
– Political affiliations: AFC – 2005 to present
Member of parliament (2006-2014); General Secretary (2012 – present)
Past president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation
Past President of the Georgetown Dominoes Association
Past President of the Rotary Club of Demerara
Honours and Awards:
Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary Foundation)
Minister of Public Telecommunications, Ms. Catherine Hughes
Catherine Andrea Hughes is a Media Specialist with extensive knowledge of the Caribbean media and advertising environment. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Mass Communications.