We have carefully selected our facilitators to ensure the best quality of training is delivered through our Shell LiveWIRE programme. They are well versed in SME development and entrepreneurship and are here to support our participants throughout their journey of growth.

Below, you will find more information on each of the facilitators and their previous experience.

Melissa Pascal

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Melissa Pascal

Seasoned Caribbean Entrepreneur & SME Consultant with a global established network, and extensive experience in project management, sales, enhancing motivation, and team leadership and mentoring. Proven track record of increasing revenue and profitability in banking and retail sector, dealing with single-digit million-dollar budgets, and increasing them by 15%.

Sajjad Hammid

Sajjad Hammid

Sajjad Hammid

SME Management Consultant & Lecturer. Mr Hammid has completed trainings for many companies in Trinidad & Tobago and is a specialist in entrepreneurship. He has developed business plans for numerous entrepreneurs and conducts the YBTT business plan training components.

Pearl Gonzales

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Pearl Gonzales

For over 30 years, Ms Gonzales has successfully held full responsibility for the management, coordination and delivery of Training to clerical, supervisory and management staff within the financial and manufacturing sectors locally and internationally. The required training and support were sourced or developed to meet the business needs. She has created/developed workshops on a wide range of people skills and personal development techniques and when required also facilitated same.

Anthonio Baptiste

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Anthonio Baptiste

Anthonio Baptiste, founder of A Baptiste Coaching Ltd., is passionate about people development. A passion that led him to establish ABC in 2015 with the single vision of offering quality coaching and leadership development services to corporate, non-governmental, faith based and community based organisations. As this passion “stretches his faith” so does his mission to continue to extend the scope of ABC as the team grows.

Surren Maharaj

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Surren Maharaj

Management professional with over twenty (20) years of solid background in Relationship Building, Training, Marketing & Sales and Operational Management Highly Experienced in Customer Relationship Building. Demonstrates sales and sales force management.

Gerard Thomas

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Gerard Thomas

Gerard is the Trinidad & Tobago Country Advisor for LINK-Caribbean, a Caribbean Export Development Agency and World Bank angel investor project. He works with a team to develop an angel investor ecosystem for entrepreneurs, investors and entrepreneurship development agencies across the Caribbean.

Michael Lalla

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Michael Lalla

Michael A. A. Lalla is presently focused on assisting organizations in their business process management strategy, drawing from his practical experience, in international marketing and trade.

He was the owner of MIARLA INTERNATIONAL LTD. which comprised 4 companies:

  • Miarla Company Ltd. (CANADA 1987 to 2015) - a Bloomberg listed, private company
  • Miarla International Ltd. (BARBADOS 1995 to 2017)
  • Miarla International Ltd. (CUBA 1995 to 2009)
  • Miarla International Ltd. (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1997 to 2008)

For the past 30 plus years, his focus had been on the development of Public-Private Partnerships in the areas of food, beverage and commodities. The focus of these relationships had been the identification, establishment, financing, logistics and nurturing marketing strategies to ensure the success of products in the Far East, Cuban and Caribbean markets.