Top creatives and influencers of the TT Carnival and Tech ecosystem joining the CTL challenge.
A shortlist of 20 creatives selected by Cariri, IDB and Banj that consists of highest- level influencers that represent the current carnival, creative and tech ecosystem in Trinidad and Tobago that committed to being available and to contribute to the challenge and support the results that will come out of it. These creatives are champions that will be piloting the creation of the first series of Virtual TT Carnival products to the world by serving as speakers, judges, trainers and mentors to help guide the work of the developers during the Creative Tech Lab.
I am the Managing Director and Principal Publicist of Chambers Media Solutions - a respected, full-service Public Relations consultancy that works alongside various events, organizations & personalities to handle high-profile Public Relations & Communications portfolios.
I am an Entertainment and Sports Lawyer with a Master’s Degree in Entertainment Law, TED X 2018 Speaker, Film Producer/Host & CEO of an online educational services company Parris Productions Ltd which produces the You Tube/TV series The Business Of Carnival ® .
It is the first series of its kind which through its talk show format with celebrity guests and renowned entrepreneurs, educates viewers on the legal and business aspects of the carnival and entertainment industries within the Caribbean. Several episodes of the web series were aired on Caribbean Airlines (CAL) in 2019 via its inflight app ‘Caribbean View’. Parris Productions Ltd has recently launched in June 2020 online Master Classes teaching Entertainment & Intellectual Property (IP) Law to students across the globe.
I operate the first boutique law practice in Trinidad & Tobago whose focus is in the area of Entertainment, Intellectual Property (IP)& Sports Law where I provide specialist legal advice to persons in the music, sports, film, fashion, events and broadcast sector. Some of the organizations that I have consulted for have been the government of Trinidad & Tobago, the OECS Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.
I am an entrepreneur, motivated by new challenges and inspiring people to go beyond themselves. I'm passionate about building tech startups and catalysing their growth through digital sales and marketing.
A budding athlete turned project management professional and passionate event production boss, I got a double major in Sports Management and Management Studies and gained a Masters in Sports Management at The University of the West Indies.
My name is Anya Ayoung-Chee. I am a Fashion Designer, Social Entrepreneur and Activist for Women’s Rights. I wear several hats that each fall within three pillars that represent my core interests and purpose - Women’s Empowerment, Social Entrepreneurship and Creative Sovereignty. I am in a continuous state of evolution professionally to fulfill each of these areas of focus, currently under these titles - Co-Founder/Director of NUDGE Caribbean, Creative Director of WYLD FLWR and Anya Ayoung Chee Limited, Director of the Together WI Foundation, Co-creator of the Leave Me/She Alone Campaign against Gender Based Violence, Director of spöol and most recently, Co-founder of WHO SHE FEEL SHE IS.
"My name is Nadya Shah and I am a Culture Specialist, Creative Producer and Artist who has been involved in various endeavours ranging from public sector consultations, program implementation and management, visual arts, exhibition planning and curation, art direction for film, costume design and set/stage/ scenic design.
I’m am a graduate of King's College London and the University of the West Indies with a Master's in Creative & Cultural Industries (KCL), a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts & Cultural Enterprise Management and a B.A in Visual Arts with a minor in Cultural Studies (UWI). My main focus is the development of the creative sector and I have a strong desire to contribute both from the perspective of a creative practitioner and in an administrative and managerial capacity.
Some of my past experiences include work with the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, the National Museum and Art Gallery, Decibel Entertainment Festival, New Fire Festival, the Lost Tribe carnival band, various film productions, NGOs and other private entities within the creative sector. I am currently based at the Culture Division, Ministry of Tourism, Culture & the Arts managing the Artist Registry while being involved in various external creative activities and productions.
I am the Co-founder and CEO of Dingole LTD - an award winning “small axe” digital studio that is pioneering the potential of immersive technologies to tell stories! One of Dingole’s flagship projects is Panjam - a music learning app that supports healthy aging and wellbeing for seniors by marrying the intuitive interface of the steelpan with the immersivity of virtual reality.
I am responsible for setting the creative vision and driving strategy for business development and product development. I have over 15 years of experience working in the digital media industry working with clients such as AARP, BskyB, PortAventura, Nokia, France telecom, University of Brighton, Orange, Central Bank TT, Atlantic Lng, and the US Embassy to name a few.
I have a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit operating at the intersection of art, technology, and business. I am proud to be part of an award winning team who has won multiple awards for entrepreneurship and innovation while also winning grants and raising significant amounts of capital. I also have a strong academic background earning a BSc (double major) in Economics & Management Studies at the University of the West Indies and an MSc (Dist) in Interactive Technologies at the University of Brighton.
I consider myself an Event Architect/Producer/Specialist with over a decade worth of experience in the field . I’ve coordinated weddings, & birthday parties , conceptualized and created events for corporate clients, and some of the biggest party brands locally just to name a few . I am a lover of carnival , culture and people , I love to travel particularly to observe different people and how they do things I love sports ,I love outdoors , I love to socialize and last but not least I am an advocate for helping others and the building a great network of people.
"I am a multi-media artist from Trinidad & Tobago working in 8 mediums (painting, theatre, music, film, photography, carnival arts, writing & publishing, design & curation, and lecturing). I am founder of the Artists’ Coalition of Trinidad & Tobago- T&T’s primary artist representative body. Many current State policies and programmes for the Creative Industries were authored or leveraged by my group. My multi-media work and multiple apprenticeships with Elder Master Artists informs my art and activism, and has led me to become a scholar with new critical takes on contemporary cultural theory. I am one of UWI's 75 Distinguished Alumni.
I am author of ‘Meditation on the Traditions’- a photo-essay on Trinidad Carnival's traditional masquerade- and publisher of ‘Generation Lion Magazine’.- the largest glossy mag in the Caribbean.
I am also founder and Artistic Director of the Wire Bend Folklore Theatre. The troupe combines costumes and sets created by traditional Master Artisans with interactive digital animation and new media onstage to depict ancestral and contemporary folklore.
My books ANANSI & THE 10 DRAGONS and ANANSI & THE BOOK OF NIGHT are the 1st and 2nd parts of a 7-part ‘New Adventures of Anansi’ series depicting the adventures of Anansi's grandmother as a young Spider."
"Acquiring a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations at The UWI Mona Campus, Jamaica allowed me to fully embrace Caribbean culture as I partnered with other Trinbagonians to bring aspects of Trinbagonian culture to Jamaica. I began event management while living in Kingston, Jamaica and it was there my love of culture and event production blossomed.
In 2016, I formally registered two companies specializing in both Events and Travels and delved completely into experience management. The driving force is to provide curated and personal experiences that resonated strongly with persons in Trinidad and Tobago, and across the regional and international Caribbean Diaspora.
I am the full-time Creative Director of an evolved brand and company called Candy Coated Experiences Limited. Candy Coated annually hosts events and travel experiences locally, across the region, in New York, Toronto and Miami and has taken groups of travellers to India, Indonesia, Israel, South Africa and Tanzania.
"My name is Jules Sobion aka Julius CZAR.
I am the founder, CEO and Commander-In-Chief of Caesar's Army Limited - an experiential event production company that is powered by a global Caribbean community.
I have extensive experience in the entertainment arena (over 20 years) but I am most renowned for my creativity, my branding and marketing skills and last but not least, for my consistency in disrupting the status quo.
Additionally, I am the Creative Director of the Carnival Mas Band - ROGUE and I have also just recently launched a new company called CZAR which is a company with a vision of industry development through moulding young and talented Caribbean entrepreneurs.
I hope to create a one of a kind cornucopia of talent representation, management, brand development and collaboration through this company.
I am also a Director on the Boards of the NAPA (National Academy of the Performing Arts) and TTT (Trinidad & Tobago Television) which has further inspired my passions in theatre and film."
"I am a professional in the area of marketing, advertising and event production. I lead creative project teams to deliver enhanced results, through the use of creative process mapping and targeted development.
I am a lecturer at the UWI Arthur Lok Jack School of Business in the area of marketing, and have spoken at innovation and youth forums in the creative sector.
As co-founder of CarniCon – the first of its kind global B2B carnival convention – I have applied my experience in the area of festivals and carnival to create a platform that brings together the best strategic minds in carnival throughout the world.
As Creative Director of Eventology TT – a creative agency – I lead a team that brings advertising campaigns to life on behalf of corporate T&T.
I have created and produced large scale carnival events as founder of the brand ‘Island People’ that is credited with having pioneered the genre of events commonly referred to as ‘breakfast or jouvert parties’.
From these experiences, I'm conscious of the gaps that exist in the creative sector and I understand its potential value proposition to carnival. I look forward to bridging these gaps between the traditional and the modern, to ensure each has an opportunity to gain tangible benefits in the digital age."
"Hi! I'm Lamar and I've been involved in the creative industries professionally since 2003. Over that time, I've built experience as a music producer, studio owner, clothing company owner, bassist with T&T's leading reggae band, music band manager, small Carnival band manager, Stage Manager, Event Production Manager and Technical Consultant to the National Carnival Commission. The last 10 years of my career has involved working closely with government on creative industry projects. My focus shifted to research, lecturing and policy in 2015. I love teaching, particularly event management-related courses as well as Carnival-related and political science-related subjects.
I come from a line of Caribbean Renaissance men. My father was a part of the management of mas band Rabs Immortelle, he did Carnival commentary for many years and was a past CEO of COTT. My grandfather was a principal sponsor of Sunland, the famed steelband, and also played sailor mas. Belmont is the cultural capital of Carnival, and I am a 3rd generation descendant of the community.
I have a vision for Carnival: that the industrial and economic components be interwoven with the heritage and educational ones seamlessly, becoming a viable pillar of T&T’s economic portfolio. I want to take Carnival into the future."
"After having obtained a BSc in Hospitality/Travel & Tourism Mngt at FIU, I returned to my place of birth in 1998, to contribute to nation-building/giving back to my country. I joined TIDCO in 1999, where I held positions in Tourism Information, Tourism Technology, and Tourism Marketing, heading-up int'l mktg initiatives for 5 of the country’s Tourism niches.
4 years later in 2003, I moved on to take up a senior post at McCann Erickson, where I held the position of Group Account Director, leading multiple corporate and FMCG brands. In 2012, I was called to serve on the BoD of TDC, where I was appointed Chair of the Mktg Comm of the Board. In 2013, I was re-appointed to the Board, and retained that post until October, 2015. My passion for Tourism, based on my past studies and throughout my career to-date, has been unwavering. In 2014, I commenced a Masters programme online with the University of Florida, majoring in Mass Communications with a specialization in Social Media. I graduated with distinction in 2017. In 2018, I returned “home” to a full-time post at Tourism Trinidad, now leading the destination’s marketing efforts to position Trinidad globally as the Business/Sport/Events Tourism capital of the region.
I am a communications professional with over ten years of experience across the public and private sectors. I joined Loop TT in 2014 as one of the first two employees. I eventually assumed the role of Content Manager in 2015, and lead a team that grew Loop TT to achieve record-breaking numbers of over 1 million monthly users in 2020. That same year, I moved into the role of Head of Content with responsibility for all Loop sites across the region in mid-2020.
I am a Trinidadian songwriter and producer, heavily involved in a lot of the content from some of the Caribbean’s top soca artistes. I’ve written for the likes of Kes the band, Patrice Roberts, Dev, Shal Marshal, Alison Hinds, Rae, 5 Star Akil, College Boy Jesse, Tian Winter and many many more.
"I am the Chief Operations Officer and Co-owner of Caesar’s Army, and have grown a brand that has successfully penetrated Caribbean and North American Diaspora markets. I am also a project management and business consultant with an eye for the big picture buoyed by strategic details. In my previous profession as an engineer, which spanned a ten-year career in manufacturing and the oil and gas sector, I worked on projects in Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, and Guyana, among other countries before finally leaving in 2014 to solely concentrate on building Caesar’s Army Limited. Over the past 15 years in “the army”, I also became a shareholder and the Senior Manager for Rogue Mas Band responsible for operations and logistics. I also manage fashion designer Rhion Rhomany, a highly sought designer regionally.
I am a registered engineer with the Trinidad and Tobago Board of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering). Additionally, I am a certified Project Manager (PMP) with the Project Management Institute, and also hold a Diploma in Financial Management from ACCA.
I am an avid sports fan, in particular athletics and football. Also I enjoy travelling to new countries, reading and a good lime. "
I'm a writer and producer interested in the intersections between the arts and social justice movements in the Caribbean and how these manifest in our festivals. I describe myself as a jouvayist as I'm deeply connected to the idea that Jouvay is a moment of reflection on freedom in the past, how we experience it now and how we want to imagine this freedom in the future. I'm excited about the ways we communicate feeling and meaning in our daily lives. I'm passionate about storytelling and the transference of Caribbean culture and memory to digital platforms.
"I am a passionate creative strategist, publicist, talent consultant, IP advocate and entrepreneur. I am the Founding Director of Power Media Hub and the NPO, Poetic Vibes Arts Foundation.
For the past thirteen (13) years I have coordinated and facilitated workshops and events in the Creative Industries. Such initiatives include: The Young Artists for Change Apprenticeship programme, The Artisans for Change TT Festival (part of the 100TPC global movement for change), YTC Pilot Project and Synergia: a fusion of Art, Jazz & Poetry to name a few.
I am also a writer of poetry and Board Secretary of the Circle of Poets. My poetry has been published in a few anthologies, such as, 'World of Change', 'She Sex' and '360 degrees'. I have also written for CPC Women in Business, Arc Magazine and other publications.
My goal is to contribute to the creative landscape and innovate systems of operation. A core part of this is to shine light on the area of intellectual property rights and Blockchain technologies, as it relates to the creative industries/orange economy for the sustainability of the sector.
Her desire is to see artists use their talent for social good and to see a viable and sustainable creative industry."