Dr. Wendell Samuel
Mr. Borys Cotto-Cobar
Borys Cotto Cobar, a national of Guatemala, was appointed as CARTAC’s external sector statistics advisor in January 2016. Prior to joining CARTAC, he spent over three years working for the IMF’s Statistics Department as long term expert in external sector statistics for the Pacific Region. Based in Fiji, Borys assisted IMF’s member countries in improving their institutional capacity and statistical infrastructure to compile and disseminate external sector statistics following the international standards. He has also served over ten years in his country’s central bank (Banco de Guatemala), where he occupied different senior staff positions –the last one as Deputy Manager…
Mr. Bruce Stacey
Bruce joined CARTAC in October 2016 after a 26-year career in the Canadian Government. He began working on results-based management in 2001 with the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) and was a key contributor to Canada’s Program Alignment Architecture. At TBS he gained extensive experience in public financial management (PFM) and as Executive Director he was responsible for leading 2 years of Canada’s Strategic Review Process. In April 2013 Bruce launched his career as an International PFM consultant spending 3 years in the Philippines as the Sr. Budget Advisor to the Department of Budget and Management.
Mr. Norris A. Miller
Norris A. Miller joined CARTAC in January 2015 as the second Tax Administration Adviser on the Tax and Revenue Administration team. Norris, a Jamaican national, has 27 years of experience in tax administration and tax policy design and of the years spent in taxation, 23 were VAT related. Prior to joining CARTAC, he was the Chief Technical Specialist in Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ). As the CTS, he was the chief advisor to the Commissioner General, TAJ. While still in Jamaica, Mr. Miller also served on a separate occasion as the Deputy Financial Secretary responsible for tax policy within the Ministry…
Mr. R. Brian Langrin
Brian Langrin joined CARTAC in February 2017. He brings over fifteen years of technical experience to the position having established the first Financial Stability Department among Caribbean central banks at Bank of Jamaica and led the process to formally establish the Bank’s macroprudential framework. At the Bank, Brian also provided financial stability TA to several Caribbean countries. Brian served for six years as Regional Director for Global Association of Risk Professionals, Caribbean Chapter. Brian Langrin is a graduate of Penn State University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Economics in 2001.
Mr. Ralph C. Lewars
Ralph joined CARTAC in April 2017 after over 16 years at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) Canada. Before joining the OSFI, Ralph was a Director at the Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation responsible for Research and Risk Assessment, and an Assistant Director at the Bank of Jamaica (Central Bank). Between 2010 and 2012, Ralph worked as an Advisor to the Superintendent of Banks in the Dominican Republic. He has BSc. and MSc degrees in Economics from the University of the West Indies, and an MBA in International Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Mr. Stephen Mendes
Stephen Mendes was a customs officer in the UK before working on customs reform and modernization programs. He has been a long-term adviser in Latvia, Mozambique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Ukraine. Prior to joining CARTAC he was customs adviser at AFRITAC South. His previous role was as Director of the Customs Department in Mauritius. He has an MSc in Development Management and a Master in International Revenue Administration.
Mr. Zia Ahmad Abbasi
Zia Abbasi is the Real Sector Statistics Adviser at CARTAC, with over 30 years of management and technical experience in statistics. He has worked as a Multisector Statistics Advisor for the IMF for over 12 years in East Africa, the Pacific, Cambodia and Lao, assisting 24 countries in improving their statistical infrastructure; legislation; planning and management; and macroeconomic statistics. Prior to that, Mr. Abbasi worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics in various technical, management and senior executive positions. He was a member of the IMF BoP Committee and UN Delhi Group on Informal Sector Statistics.
Ms. Celeste Kubasta
Celeste Kubasta joined CARTAC as a Public Financial Management (PFM) Adviser in June 2013. With over thirty years of experience, she has worked on implementation of public finance management reforms in policy formulation and implementation, budget preparation and execution, and financial reporting processes. She also has experience in auditing, IT system implementation, and teaching courses in accounting and public policy. Since 2006, Celeste has been providing PFM technical assistance internationally, working in Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Celeste is a CPA with a BS Accounting and MS Management.
Ms. Elizabeth Cunningham
Elizabeth Cunningham joined CARTAC from the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development, where she established and managed a number of the IMF’s first trust funds (Tax Policy and Administration, Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment, and Capacity Building for South Sudan). Liz has been a member of the IMF’s Results Based Management Working Group since its establishment, and co-authored the first report on RBM in the IMF. Before joining the IMF, Liz worked for over fifteen years in evaluation and has an M. Litt. in Political Science, an M.A. in Public Administration, and an LLB in Law.
Ms. Vinette Keene
Vinette has had a successful career in tax administration spanning more than 25 years. In 2007, her Fund career began in the Fiscal Affairs Department’s Revenue Administration Division where she delivered diagnostic and follow-up missions in countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. She also managed components of large-scale technical assistance projects under SEMCAR, the Tax Policy and Administration Topical Trust Fund (TPA-TTF) and the Fiscal Management in the Caribbean (FMC) projects. Effective June 2016, she is on a 2-year assignment serving as a Tax Administration Advisor at CARTAC.
Mrs. Lisa Squires
Lisa joined the CARTAC staff in June 2007 as an Administrative Assistant - Information Technology. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Barbados and Nova Southeastern University, Florida. She also brings to CARTAC several years of experience in the area of Information Technology and Business Administration. Lisa currently holds the position of Office Manager, having worked for several years prior to that as the Executive Assistant to the Programme Coordinator with responsibility for I.T. In her current role as Office Manager, Lisa continues to be responsible for the website and production of the quarterly Newsletter.
Mrs. Sally-Ann Barrow
Trinidadian born Sally-Ann joined CARTAC on October 26, 2008 and is currently employed as Senior Administrative Assistant, providing administrative support in the area of Statistics with the responsibility also for coordinating HR matters for the International staff. Sally-Ann also serves as the Security Focal Point for the UN and IMF Headquarters. Her work experiences involve several years in the public service of Trinidad and Tobago, managing the Arrivals Duty Free Store for sixteen years and Executive Assistant to the head of DFID Caribbean. She is the proud mother of two children, a Statistician and a Medical student.
Ms. Aysha Springer
Aysha joined CARTAC in October 2009 and is currently responsible for providing administrative support in the area of Monetary and Capital Markets. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University in Toronto and went on to work at the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (UK) for over four years. After spending more than ten years living and working abroad in various countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada and England, Aysha is now happy to be back in Barbados where she can be closer to her family.
Ms. Bonnie Savannah-Rose
Bonnie Savannah-Rose, Senior Accounting Assistant, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She possess private and public sector experience in agriculture, insurance and the service industry. Outside of CARTAC Bonnie is actively involved in the performing arts, event planning, cultural exploration, culinary arts and sports.
Mr. Hal Jordan
Hal Jordan joined CARTAC on May 4, 2015 as Administrative Assistant – Accounts, providing valuable support to the Finance Assistant, Ms. Bonnie Savannah-Rose. Hal is a graduate of Barbados Community College and The University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus, graduating with honours. Mr. Jordan brings a wealth of knowledge to CARTAC as he worked in the offshore sector in proofreading, the insurance industry for four (4) years and accounting for over ten (10) years. In his spare time, he enjoys proofreading, playing road tennis and baking.
Mrs. Shirley-Ann Lovell
Shirley-Ann joined CARTAC on January 5, 2009 as an Administrative Assistant. She currently provides support to the technical advisers in the area of Tax and Customs. Prior to joining CARTAC she spent a number of years with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and also had a short stint in the banking industry. The busy mother and wife still finds time to go walking, play road tennis,look after her kitchen garden, orchids and other plants.
Ms. Renée Springer
Renée officially joined CARTAC in February 2009, after working on a temporary basis in 2008. Her courteous voice and bright smile greets callers and welcomes visitors to the office. In addition to her Receptionist duties, she provides administrative support to the Financial Services Sector. Renée brings with her a wealth of experience having worked in an administrative capacity in a wide cross section of industries including insurance, financial services, tourism, engineering and banking sectors.
Mr. Everton Blackett
In 2001 when the CARTAC office opened its doors in Barbados, Everton Blackett was employed as the Chauffeur to the Programme Coordinator. While he continues to perform this as his main function, his role has greatly expanded as he has acquired various skills which have enabled him to assist with many of the administrative-related office procedures. Everton provides support to the current Programme Coordinator as he has had the privilege of doing with all of CARTAC's previous Programme Coordinators, having been on board from CARTAC's inception. Everton has enjoyed working with each and every one of them and has high…