DR. WENDELL SAMUEL
Position: Programme Coordinator
Wendell Samuel, a national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was Deputy Division Chief in the IMF’s African Department prior to assuming the position of CARTAC Program Coordinator. He also served as the IMF’s Regional Resident Representative for the ECCU during 2010-2012. Mr. Samuel holds Bachelor and Master in Economics degrees from the University of the West Indies, and a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University. Before joining the IMF, Mr. Samuel was Senior Director of Research and Information at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, and a lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of the West Indies.
LandLine: (246) 537-2841
Mobile: (246) 234-5700
Sector: Programme Coordinator
MR. BORYS COTTO-COBAR
Position: External Sector Statistics Adviser
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. ZIA AHMAD ABBASI
Position: Real Sector Statistics Adviser
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.
MR. BRUCE STACEY
Position: Public Finance Management Adviser
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.
Position: Public Finance Management Adviser
Arnold Joined CARTAC in August 2019 after over 30 years of private and public sector experience. He has worked in corporate finance, public finance management reforms, budget preparation and execution, and financial reporting processes. Arnold has served as the Budget Director and Accountant General in the Turks and Caicos Islands and has participated in IMF technical assistant missions in the Caribbean and Africa. Before joining CARTAC Arnold served as a Resident PFM Consultant in the British Virgin Islands, covering a range of financial reporting and capacity development issues.
Arnold holds a BSc Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and an MBA Finance from the Manchester Business School. He is also an experienced CPA, FCCA and CIA.
MR. NORRIS A. MILLER
Position: Tax Administration Adviser
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
Merete Rosenberg joined CARTAC in December 2019, having worked previously for 20 years with the Danish Customs and Tax Administration//Danish Ministry of Taxation, and internationally on revenue administration reform projects.
In the Danish Customs and Tax, Merete worked at the central and regional office levels, as both a manager and a specialist. Her particular strength is working with senior managers to create high performing public organizations by building governance structures which support the technical input. Merete holds a BA and MA in Business Administration from the Copenhagen Business School. In addition, she has been a university lecturer and a Visiting Fellow at universities in Denmark and in the UK.
MR. STEPHEN MENDES
Position: Customs Administration Adviser
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. R. BRIAN LANGRIN
Position: Financial Stability Adviser
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
Position: Financial Sector Supervision Adviser
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. EMBERT ST. JUSTE
Position: Macroeconomics Adviser
Mr. Embert S. St. Juste is a national of Saint Lucia and the Macroeconomics Adviser at CARTAC. He brings over 28 years of experience, including working as the Director of Research and Policy in the Ministry of Finance, Saint Lucia from January 2009 until retirement in October 2017; and as a Senior Economist in the Research Department at the ECCB in St. Kitts between 2004 - 2008. He has considerable experience in macroeconomic analysis and in interfacing with several regional and international institutions. He also has a keen interest in analyzing the developmental challenges of small states and to be
Azziza Trotter, a national from the Commonwealth of Dominica joined CARTAC in December 2018. Prior to joining the team, she worked at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank for 7 years providing advice to eastern Caribbean governments on implementing best debt management practices, assessing debt sustainability and developing medium term debt management strategies. Azziza is responsible for preparing and monitoring the implementation of the work program and supports the development of the results-based management (RBM) framework at the Center.
She has a BSc. in Economics and Finance from the University of the West Indies and an MBA from EDHEC Business School in Nice France
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