Port of Spain, February 26, 2020 – The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) congratulates Zakiya Uzoma-Wadada, Chair of CANARI’s Partnership, on her appointment as Executive Chair of the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago (ESCTT).

Announced five weeks ago, Zakiya’s appointment becomes effective today – February 26, 2020 – a significant date in Trinidad and Tobago’s history. On this day 50 years ago, a tertiary student-led protest through the streets of Port of Spain, grew into what became known as the Black Power Revolution. Now, with Zakiya being the first female chair of ESCTT, there is yet another reason to reflect on the significance of February 26 in Trinidad and Tobago.

Zakiya, 65, has a MSc in Agriculture and Rural Development. Having volunteered consistently with the ESCTT over the years, she became its Executive Director in 2005. In 2015, she was elected Chair of CANARI’s Partnership which is a unique and innovative governance structure that reflects its participatory culture. Elected Board members ‘Elected Partners’, work with the Executive Director (who is Managing Partner) and one or two senior staff who are appointed as Staff Partners. In the five years as Chair, she has excelled at providing sound leadership and governance to the institute while fulfilling her ESCTT duties.

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