About us

Our Philosophy

Human development is about creating an environment in which people are provided the opportunity to develop their full potential and lead productive, creative lives in accordance with their needs and interests. It also has to do with providing the space and opportunity for people to enlarge their choices.

Since 2000, this understanding has driven the Foundation to network with likeminded individuals and organizations to influence development policy and practice locally, regionally and globally so that issues like socio-economic development, equity, concern for the environment, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are addressed not as disconnected activities, but in a holistic manner within the framework of sustainable development.

As our co-founder Angela Cropper says “Our idea was to create a space, a mechanism, that could facilitate others as well to “give something back”. When we see ourselves just as individuals, we feel a little impotent or unequal to the scale of the challenges that are presented to us. But working together creates confidence. There is mutual support, energizing and synergizing. Citizen groups often feel hesitant about commenting on the nature and content of development, and governments may feel it is presumptuous for them to do so.

We come from a society that is still trying to evolve constructive mechanisms for ongoing citizen opinion and input not predicated on partisan politics or political cycles. That’s the role and the road The Cropper Foundation has chosen in seeking to influence the course of our development.”

We are pro-development, but, moreso, we are for responsible development. The core of our activities has to do with the application of research and analysis to provide the evidence for informed decision and action. We are also committed to advocacy and action in helping to remove barriers that inhibit dialogue and partnership across people and institutions: the several agencies of the state; the central and local government authorities; and between the public and private sectors and civil society.

We know that coordination, cooperation, collaboration and not compartmentalization are the keys to unlock the potential of small island developing states, like those in the Caribbean.

How we work

Our Themes

Human Well-Being is impacted by a multitude of drivers which inform themes that the work of the Foundation explores through its work. Individual themes may form the basis of projects as the need arises, or a theme(s) can be addressed within the design and implementation of projects under the core programme areas.

Natural Capital

Data for Development

Education for Sustainable Development

Civil Society Leadership

Sustainability Financing

We’ve got an amazing team

Our Staff

Omar Mohammed

Chief Executive Officer

Omar recently re-joined the Foundation as its Chief Executive Officer in October 2018, after being the Foundation’s Programme Officer in Education for Sustainable Development from 2009 – 2014. During his original tenure at the Foundation, he also coordinated the first Latin American/Caribbean Hub of the Sub-Global Assessment Network, the follow up global programme of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

He brings significant experience in the field of development and sustainability education and management, having served as the National Coordinator of the UNESCO Schools Network, leading national and regional efforts at sustainability and diversity in education. As an education programme consultant, facilitator and invited expert, he has contributed to key initiatives such as UNESCO’s global programme on bullying and school violence and UNESCO’s Caribbean climate change education agenda; Curriculum development for countering extremism in the Americas; and national whole school approaches on mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals.

Omar is deeply interested on how and why people work together and communicate, especially towards common goals and particularly in civil society. Chasing these interests, he has worked on development communication and development management projects as a consultant with the University of the West Indies, various United Nations Agencies and other National Civil Society Organisations. In addition, he has sought to enrich his own experience and others through his tenure as a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Education and Communication; Advisory Board member of the Youth of the UN Group of Trinidad and Tobago; Fellow of the International Professors Project; and a Director of CAISO: Sex & Gender Justice.

Omar believes strongly in continuous self-improvement and, as such, is currently a member of the 10th cohort of the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge, UK. In addition, he has a BSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Management (U.W.I.) and a Masters - Business Administration (U.W.I.) with professional certification in Project Management, Environmental Human Rights and Climate Change Communication.

Caterina Affonso

Project Coordinator

Alyssa Black

Project Officer

Abbeygail De Sousa

Administrative Officer

Marcus Waldron

Associate

Neala L.

Associate

Board of Trustees

The Cropper Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, appointed at Annual General Meetings. The Trustees are responsible for oversight of the policy, programmatic and management operations of The Foundation. The Board of Trustees comprise persons selected due to their reputation, expertise and commitment to the ideals of TCF.

Kelvin Mootoo

Chairman

Kelvin Mootoo is Chairman of The Cropper Foundation and is a Member of both the Chartered Institute of Cost and Management Accountants UK (ACMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago (CA). He has worked as a management consultant to a range of companies in several industry groupings and in both the public and private sectors in Trinidad and Tobago and the Eastern Caribbean. His areas of expertise include project development and evaluation; financial analysis and planning; organizational restructuring; operational audits; and design and implementation of cost and financial-management information systems. With over thirty years of line experience in the manufacturing, construction and oil production industries, he was Executive Chairman of the Industrial Gases Group and Executive Director of the Neal and Massy conglomerate until retirement in December 2008. Since retirement, Mr. Mootoo has been a management consultant, and continues to serve as Non-Executive Director of several private sector organizations.

Ingrid White-Wilson

Corporate Secretary

Ingrid White-Wilson is Secretary of The Cropper Foundation, formerly the Corporate Secretary of the Deposit Insurance Company (DIC) of Trinidad and Tobago. She has been an Attorney-at-Law for over two decades. Mrs. White-Wilson was a Senior State Attorney in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for ten years before entering the corporate sector—where she was a Manager of the Chaguaramas Development Authority, a Legal Advisor to several corporations (including the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission), and Senior Facilities and Services Consultant with the British Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago. She is an Associate of Concordis MCCG (an international management group, headquartered in New York, that offers project facilities management and property development consulting services), was a Board Member of the Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago, and is a certified yoga instructor (and a Director of the Sangha yoga studio in Port of Spain).

Ashton Brereton

Director

Ashton Brereton is a Human Resource Management Specialist with over thirty years’ experience as a Consultant in Trinidad and Tobago and the Eastern Caribbean. His activities are focused on Institutional Strengthening through strategic interventions in all areas of Human Resource Management. His first degree is from The University of the West Indies (Jamaica), and his MA is from the University of Toronto. He has worked as a Consultant with multinational Professional Firms and was a Director of four companies in Trinidad before establishing his own business. He published his first book of photographs, “Introducing the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago”, in June 2012.

Roberta Clarke

Director

Roberta Clarke is a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of International Relations of The University of the West Indies (St. Augustine), and has management and leadership experience at a senior level within the United Nations system, including being Director of UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Programme Director of UN Women’s Caribbean Office, and Social Affairs Officer (Gender and Development Work Programme) of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Sub-regional Headquarters. Ms. Clarke holds a Distinction-level Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford, a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) degree from The University of the West Indies (Cave Hill), and a Master of Arts in Sociology from York University (Canada).

Dr. Danielle Lyndersay

Director

Danielle Lyndersay was born in Australia but lives in Trinidad, where she is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Theatre Arts in the Department of Creative and Festival Arts at The University of the West Indies. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Arts-in-Action, a public education programme that extends the work of The UWI into communities across Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Lyndersay heads The Cropper Foundation’s Support of Caribbean Writers programme, and is a puppeteer, mask-maker, actress and poet who has worked in many parts of the world (including Israel, Nigeria and Europe).

Professor Kenneth Ramchand

Director

Professor Kenneth Ramchand was awarded a Trinidad and Tobago Chaconia Medal Gold (1996) for his work in Literature, Education and Culture, and is widely respected as the most prominent living critic of Caribbean fiction, having written extensively on many West Indian authors, including V. S. Naipaul, Earl Lovelace and Sam Selvon. His seminal text, The West Indian Novel and Its Background (1970), had a transformational effect on the internationalization of West Indian literature as an academic discipline. Ramchand is Professor Emeritus of English at the St. Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI). Until he resigned in June 2009, he was Associate Provost at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). He was for some years an independent Senator in the Senate of Trinidad and Tobago. Ramchand is also an Emeritus Professor at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

Lorraine Rostant

Director

Lorraine Rostant is Chairman and co-founder of Rostant DDB and Tribal Caribbean, which was, respectively, among the region’s leading advertising and digital marketing agencies. With a BA (Hons.) in English Literature, and with Certification in Journalism and Creative Writing,, and over 30 years leading brand development within the Caribbean, her proficiencies include strategic marketing and media planning, as well as the conceptualisation and production of creative and promotional material. She was the Director of the Advertising Agencies Association of Trinidad and Tobago, a Former Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute, and a Member of the Dyslexia Association of Trinidad and Tobago Fundraising Committee.

Winston Rudder

Director

Winston Rudder is currently the Chairman of the Cocoa Research Advisory Board (of The University of the West Indies’ Cocoa Research Unit), and the Chairman of the Agricultural Development Bank. He has approximately forty years’ experience in development policy, programming and operations at national, regional and international levels. At the local, regional and international levels, his responsibilities and assignments over that period include developing and directing agricultural planning systems, and advising on agricultural development policy. His work also involves providing strategic leadership, guidance and management to selected government ministries, and negotiating with and undertaking international development-oriented assignments for multilateral institutions. He has served as Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in South Asia and the Caribbean.

Cletus Springer

Director

Cletus Springer is a national of Saint Lucia, and is the Director of Sustainable Development at the Organization of American States (OAS)—where he oversees the design and implementation of sustainable development cooperation programmes in Caribbean OAS Member States. Mr. Springer is a graduate of The University of the West Indies, Oxford Brooks University, and the Centre for Environmental Management and Planning of Aberdeen University. He holds degrees in public administration, mass communications, urban planning, and environmental management. He has served the Government of St. Lucia as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Tourism, Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and National Mobilization (1992-94), and Planning, Development, Environment and Housing (1994-97). He was an Adviser in Policy and Strategy Development at the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States’ Secretariat (1998-2001), and has represented St. Lucia as Alternate Governor of both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Alexander Girvan

Associate Director

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