Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries(MALF)
To be a client oriented, performance driven, environmentally responsible organization delivering integrated services aligned to a changing food and agriculture system
To work as an innovative team championing the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development of food and non food systems, supported by sound public policy
Senator the Honorable Clarence Rambharat was born in the agricultural community of Rio Claro. Early in his career as a lawyer, his work covered land tenure and land administration. His interest in agriculture developed through his father’s career as a Forest Officer and his family’s long history in farming.
He is a specialist in corporate governance, in particular state corporations, regulated financial institutions including credit unions and banks, code of conduct issues and business ethics. His work as a lawyer, lecturer and writer on these subjects is well established.
Senator Rambharat has worked for global multinationals in oil and gas and financial services in the areas of corporate governance, regulatory compliance and procurement. In the Caribbean, he has worked in leadership positions in the Trinidad and Tobago sugar industry and health sector. He is a former Chairman of the Employers’ Consultative Association (ECA) of Trinidad and Tobago, a premier voice for employers and a delegate to regional and global conferences on workplace issues. In Canada, Senator Rambharat had been in private practice and worked for in HSBC in regulatory positions.
Over the last 20 years Senator Rambharat has been a University lecturer in Administrative and Constitutional Law, International Law and other areas of law and business, and has also been a presenter and speaker on various areas of law including corporate governance and public sector procurement. He is also what some call a ‘must-read newspaper columnist’, writing on matters of public interest in Trinidad and Tobago.
He is a Graduate of the University of the West Indies in Law. And holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and postgraduate training in Occupational Safety and Health.
Senator Rambharat is happily married to Camille Mc Millan-Rambharat, with three children.
Senator Avinash G Singh has a mission is to succeed in an environment of growth and excellence while undertaking challenging assignments and responsibilities which provides him with job satisfaction and self-development.
Appointed an Opposition Senator in the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. (2013-2015), he was then appointed in September 2015 at Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.
A graduate of the University of the West Indies, with a Major in Agricultural Science and Minor in Environmental & Natural Resource Management, Senator Singh was awarded a Trophy for Excellence in Youth in Agriculture by the Agricultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago.
The innate appeal of agriculture saw him completing the Youth Apprenticeship Certificate Program in Agriculture (Y.A.P.A) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land & Marine Resources’ Certificate in 2007. He worked in the field as an Agricultural Consultant in 2012 and a Customer Service Representative in 2013.
A registered farmer, he has also represented Trinidad and Tobago and the Agricultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago at an international training and workshop on Agricultural Risk Mitigation for farmers in St. Lucia.
A true champion of the people, he serves as a Voluntary Tutor for special students, Sixth Form Association Services at Carapichaima Junior Secondary; as the Trustee at the Heliconia Foundation for Young Professionals, Past Secretary and Past Vice President of the Felicity Farmers Association, Past Public Relations Officer of the Shree Krishen Mandir, and a member of the Felicity North Sports and Cultural Group
He is married to Ria Ragoo.
Mr. Claudelle Mc Kellar is a career public servant. He joined the Public in 1989 and took up his first appointment as a Clerk I at the Ministry of Education. In 1992, he was appointed Training Officer I at the then Central Training Unit (CTU), Personnel Department and commenced his involvement in the area of Training and Human Resource Development. Claudelle left the Public Service in 1999 to take up employment in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, where he worked for the next few years in the Training and Development Field. This was followed by a stint as a Consultant and a year and a half sojourn in the Security Industry.
Claudelle eventually returned to the Public Service in 2006 at the then Ministry Public Administration and Information (MPAI), where, over the next 9 years, he occupied the offices of Senior Project Implementation Officer; Manager, Public Service Academy; and Director, Public Management. In the latter position, he was responsible for Public Service Transformation. He subsequently left the Ministry of Public Administration in 2015 to take up his first assignment in the office of Deputy Permanent Secretary.
Mr. Mc Kellar holds a BSc. in Public Administration and an IMBA in Human Resource Management. He has also obtained training in Project Cycle Management.
He is an avid spectator of most sports and is a ‘die hard’ supporter of the West Indies Cricket Team. He is married and has two children.
Mr. Andre La Veau is a career diplomat and strategic thinker who is bi-lingual. He was appointed Deputy Permanent Secretary (Ag) at the Ministry of Agriculture Land and Fisheries on December 12, 2016.
He commenced his service in 1993 as a Foreign Service Officer, a field that he worked in for some twenty three years, serving as Deputy Chief of Protocol, Chief of Protocol; then being promoted as Deputy Permanent Secretary (Ag), Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries. During this period, he took a three year hiatus to serve as the Communications Manager/Adviser, Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.
Andre holds a Master of International Politics (Hons), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels Belgium; Post-Graduate Diploma in International Relations, Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Law (Law Major), University of the West Indies.
Among his interests, Andre has served in faith-based social outreach in crime-ridden/depressed areas of Trinidad, written songs and performed them; involved as stage manager in theatre productions, led two youth groups in Trinidad and Tobago and Brussels, served as Sports/Games Chairman on UWI (Cave Hill, Barbados) Guild of Undergraduates from 1985 to 1986, served as Assistant Director of the Sports Development League in Kampala, Uganda and coached a team in the Kampala Kids Cricket League in Kampala Uganda.
He plays football, cricket and basketball; and is a mentor to young men.
He is married with three children.