EVERALD GABRE CUMMINGS, B.E., M.E. (Chem E) - Managing Director of GFFS.
Gabre Cummings was a standout athlete at St. Mary’s College (CIC) where he attended high school from 1985 until 1993. He graduated from the 5th form with "O" Levels in all the Sciences and from the upper 6th form with "A" levels (GCE) in Mathematics and Chemistry in 1993. He was selected to the CIC 1st Eleven Intercol team directly from the under 14 team and within 2 years he helped St. Mary’s win the National Secondary Schools Football League title in 1991. He attained his Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from The City College of New York (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY) in June 1998 and immediately went on to further his studies acquiring his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering in June 2000; graduating with Cum Laude honours on both occasions. While attending City College of New York he was named to the US National Dean’s List during his graduating year (1997 – 1998), inducted into Omega Chi Epsilon (Chemical Engineering Honour Society, established 1931), Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honour Society, established 1885) and the Order of the Engineer (Professional Engineering Society, established 1970). He was also named to the Athletic / Academic Honour Roll in 1998 for his MVP role with the CCNY Men's Varsity Soccer Team along with being a chemical engineering honour student.
While completing his Master’s degree at the City University of New York, Cummings worked with the United Nations in Manhattan, managing Global Sustainable Energy projects for the Energy and Atmosphere Program (EAP) of the UNDP; dealing with regionally determined, innovative types of renewable energy. He then moved back to Trinidad in November 2002 to accept a job offer as a Drilling & Completions Engineer with BPTT where he worked for 13 years. In his tenure at BP he served in full capacity across various roles within Base (asset) Management, Reservoir Development & Wells, Well Integrity and Well Intervention functions and made significant contributions to the organization working on various gas and oil flow-rate adding projects. He was the first BPTT engineer selected to attend a Well Intervention (Well Site Leader) field rotation on the largest Oil field of North America on the North Slope of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska (2006). Had the benefit of working with some of the most experienced well intervention, well integrity, D&C and petroleum engineers in the discipline. On returning to Trinidad from his foreign assignment in Alaska, he was appointed BPTTs 1st Well Integrity Engineer (October 2007) and played a leading role in BPTTs agenda to implement the elements of well integrity and WIMS (Well Integrity Management Strategy) across all operating business assets. His contribution had a significant impact on the upgrading of BPTTs overall standard of operational safety and effectively provided a higher level of well integrity assurance that had a positive impact on well productivity and oil & gas deliverability and also improved the operating efficiency of several platforms while they were under his management.
As an Oil/Gas Asset Petroleum Engineer, a role that he facilitated during his last 6 years @ BPTT, Cummings was instrumental in the safe and stable operation and production of hydrocarbons from the Mahogany A, Mahogany B, Amherstia and Cashima platforms and their wells delivery programs. Cummings has developed a valuable multi-disciplinary engineering skill-set with more than 15 years of experience while working on exploration and development projects to access oil and gas reserves in the upstream sector of the Petrochemical Industry. Also understanding how to utilize innovative types of Renewable & Sustainable Energy regionally, based on their naturally occurring energy sources effectively compliments the specialized petroleum engineering training and experience he acquired during his tenure at BPTT. He now offers energy services as an Upstream Energy Consultant providing support and guidance within the Trinidad and Tobago energy sector and Petrochemical Industries and he also serves as the Managing Director of the GFFS.
GLENN A. KHAN, B.Sc. M.Sc. (Econ., UWI) - Member of GFFS Board of Directors.
Glenn A. Khan has built up a varied business and professional experience through his employment in both the public and private sectors as well as at the University of the West Indies. Areas of specialization include Financial, Portfolio and Credit Management, Policy Analysis, Credit Union Management, Utility Regulation and Financial Sector Research.
Apart from his professional pursuits he had been actively engaged in the “People’s Sector”. In previous incarnations, he served on the Board and the Credit Committee of one of the country’s leading Credit Unions, and was a Consultant Director to the Central Finance Facility for seven years. He hasgiven the Feature Address at the Annual General Meetings of several Credit Unions. In his community (Chaguanas) he has shown commitment to the development of young persons by his involvement in organising sporting and cultural activities. He is currently the President of Leeds Football Club, which he co-founded in 1973. He firmly believes in mobilizing and organizing community groups to generate incomes for social purposes without having to rely on the State.
Mr. Khan has an advanced degree in Economics from The University of the West Indies. He is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Regulated Industries Commission, a statutory body established to regulate public utilities.
LAUREN RENEE CUMMINGS, B.A., M.A., M.S., M.S. Ed, CRC - Director Of Marketing & Communications / Member of GFFS Board of Directors.
Renee Cummings is a Crisis Communications Specialist, Criminologist, criminal psychologist, vocational rehabilitation specialist, substance abuse therapist and journalist - Uniquely qualified with a broad knowledge base, her training and experience can be cross referenced with the vast responsibilities of international criminal justice. She holds an MA in Criminal Justice, MA in Terrorism Studies, and an MS in Education/MSEd in Rehabilitation Counselling. She also holds a triple Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Politics, Philosophy and Media Studies with a minor in Creative Writing.
She has a broad depth of expertise and experience in proactive crime control, crime prevention and violence reduction. Possessing a hybrid knowledge base, she offers a strategic and systematic approach to best practice criminal justice interventions; evidence-based crime control and crime prevention; designing, developing, and implementing policies that work simultaneously across multiple environments and contexts. She specializes in audit, planning and delivery of coordinated criminal justice interventions and responses. She understands and promotes the importance of cross-wiring for criminal justice solutions and knows how to successfully mobilise inter-agency and cross-jurisdiction cooperation. Criminal justice intelligence is what she delivers; assisting governments and organisations in building worldwide links to strengthen crime prevention; incorporating new technologies in existing crime prevention strategies; developing behaviour and hardware strategies that interlink to reduce vulnerabilities; tailoring more proactive approaches to crime control and crime prevention.
She's also a lecturer and celebrated as a master media communicator and trainer. An award winning international journalist, she's revered as a Caribbean media icon. A television and radio personality, she has spent the last 24 years in public life and facilitates best practice media and professional communication skills training. For her work as a community activist and community leader among West Indians in the United States, she has been awarded a Proclamation by the City of New York, honoured by Bergen Community College as an extraordinary Caribbean woman making a difference and recognized for her commitment to Caribbean culture with a Community Service Award from Islanders Cultural Organization of New Jersey.
ROSLYN KHAN-CUMMINGS B.A., M.A., Dip International Studies - GFFS Secretary Treasurer
Mrs. Roslyn Khan-Cummings has had a long and distinguished career, joining the Public Service in 1967 at the Ministry of Legal Affairs and serving in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1971 for over 34 years. During that time she served as vice-consul at our consulate in Toronto, First Secretary and Counsellor at our Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. As a delegate to the UN she was the country’s spokesperson on the Political, Social, Environmental, Economic, Financial, Budgetary and Administrative matters in the relevant committees of the UN General Assembly. She has also held key roles as Director of Africa, Asia, Middle East and Pacific and European Affairs Units and Director of CARICOM in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mrs. Khan-Cummings was promoted to the post of Deputy Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs in 2005 where she lead our culture contingent to the FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany in June 2006 after which she was assigned to the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 2007 served as DPS and PS in that Ministry.
In January 2009, Mrs. Khan-Cummings took up the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development with oversight for Labour administration, the development of small and micro sector, such as the cooperative sector and agencies which fall under the purview of the Ministry such as OSH Agency, Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies and the National Entrepreneurship Development Corporation (NEDCO).
Served as PS (2009-2010) Ministry of labour, Small and Micro Enterprise Development. She was the Executive Manager of the Coordinating Secretariat for 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago's Independence Celebrations (2012-2013) and Head of Secretariat for the inaugural and historic International Conference and Panorama (2014-2015).
Mrs. Roslyn Khan-Cummings received her undergraduate training at the University of Toronto and post graduate training in Political Science/International Studies from Long Island University in New York. She also holds a post graduate diploma in International Relations from Escuela Diplomatica in Madrid Spain and completed her Executive Training at Colombia and Harvard Universities in the United States.