Ahmad A. Khan, PhD

Dr. Ahmad Khan is a career environmental management professional with over 26 years of experience in the field. Dr. Khan joined the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean region as its Director in September 2011 after a period of more than 17 years in the local environmental consultancy private sector where he specialized in waste management, environmental and social impact assessment and environmental monitoring.

Dr. Khan has worked on the design and construction of engineered sanitary landfills for the islands of Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, and also designed bioremediation facilities for commercial use in Trinidad and in Nevis. His research interests continue to be on pollutant pathways in the marine environment with further interest in the modelling of the dispersion and dilution of effluent plumes in the receiving marine environment.

Dr. Khan has a first degree in Analytical Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and post-doctoral training in oceanography and marine sciences. He is an avid boater and scuba diver and spends most of his free time either chasing the big one that got away or exploring the warm Caribbean waters.

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Jonelle R. Jones
Jonelle René Jones joined the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the Caribbean Region as its Research Analyst in August 2011. Ms. Jones graduated from the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus) in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Management and Entrepreneurship. Ms. Jones then went on to complete the Joint European Masters programme in Water and Coastal Management at the Universities of Plymouth, Cádiz and Algarve in 2010.
Ms. Jones has previous work experiences and professional training in various areas of environmental management including waste and waste water management, water resources management, environmental monitoring and environmental impact assessment, and quality management. She also has a range of experience in research and field work and environmental education.

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Karen P. Persad
Ms. Karen Pauline Persad was appointed as the Executive Administrative Assistant at the Basel Convention Regional Centre since June 2011. Ms. Persad has 20 years’ experience in the medical arena as both a medical administrator and an office manager at a laboratory and medical clinic in Trinidad & Tobago and Ontario, Canada respectively. She has training in the areas of medical administration and computer programming as well as experience in the development of quality management systems for ISO 9002 accreditation for laboratories.

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BCRC-Caribbean Alumni

Camille N. Branford - Ms. Branford was a Research Assistant at the BCRC-Caribbean from June to September 2012. She joined the Centre under the On-the-Job Training Programme of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Presently, Ms. Branford is pursuing her Bachelor of Medicine at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

Kimberly S. HewittMs. Hewitt worked at the Centre as an Associate Professional from June 2012 to January 2013 in fulfilment of obligatory service for having been the recipient of a scholarship from the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Ms. Hewitt has since gone on to pursue other opportunities.

Keima Gardiner - Ms. Gardiner worked at the Centre as a graduate project intern from May to July 2013 as a part of the technical team executing the Centre's project 'Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Data Assessment and Management for Trinidad and Tobago'. Ms. Gardiner has since joined the Environmental Policy and Planning Division (EPPD) of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in Trinidad and Tobago as its Environmental Engineering Specialist.

Khaliqa Mohammed - Ms. Mohammed worked at the Centre as a Research Assistant under the Associate Professional Programme of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago from August 2013 until September 2014. Ms. Mohammed formed part of the Centre's technical team working on matters relating to the ESM of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE/e-Waste).

David T. Mootie - Mr. Mootie worked at the BCRC-Caribbean as the Centre's Driver/Handyman for just over three years from 2011 until 2014.

Kamilah Burke - Ms. Burke was a Research Assistant under the AP Programme of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago from January to October 2014. Ms. Burke has since left to pursue an M.Phil in Engineering.