Our Team

BCRC-Caribbean Staff

The BCRC-Caribbean team is made up of a dynamic group of environmental, science and research practitioners, project management specialists and core administrative staff. The team members combine their global, regional and national experiences to ensure the successful execution of projects throughout the region and the provision of feasible recommendations for environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste in the member countries.

Our team members include the following:

Jewel Batchasingh

Director (Ag.)

Ms. Batchasingh joined the BCRC-Caribbean in March 2016 as the organization’s policy, research and planning specialist. Ms. Batchasingh is a career environmental management practitioner and has over fifteen years of diverse experience in environmental assessment, policy and planning in both the private and public sectors within the Caribbean region. Ms. Batchasingh’s past experiences range from global climate change negotiations to marine resource conservation.

Karen P. Persad

Executive Administrative Assistant

Ms. Persad has been appointed to the BCRC-Caribbean since June 2011. Ms. Persad had 20 years of experience in the medical arena as both a medical administrator and an office manager at a laboratory and medical clinic in Trinidad and Tobago and Ontario, Canada respectively. She has training in the areas of medical administration and computer programming as well as experience in the development of quality management systems for ISO 9002 accreditation for laboratories.

Kerwyn Fletcher

Logistics Coordinator

Mr. Fletcher began working at the BCRC-Caribbean as the Logistics Coordinator in December 2014. Mr. Fletcher is dedicated to fulfilling his roles and responsibilities within the organization in order to ensure efficient operations.

Janine Boodram

Research Analyst

Ms. Boodram joined the Project Management Unit of the BCRC-Caribbean in July 2020. She graduated from Kings College, London, U.K. with an Integrated BSc. and Master of Science in Chemistry with Biomedicine. Ms. Boodram has published research on breast cancer and has attained over three years of experience in the field of environmental management and regulation.

Rachel Ramsey

Project Coordinator

Mrs. Ramsey joined the BCRC-Caribbean in April 2016 as a part of the Project Management Unit. Mrs. Ramsey is an environmental and sustainable development professional with over eight years’ experience in environmental management and project management throughout the Caribbean region.  Mrs. Ramsey’s project experience includes environmental impact assessments for onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration, infrastructure development and coastal protection works. Mrs. Ramsey is driven by the desire to contribute to sustainable living and biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean.

Maurissa Charles

Project Execution Officer II

Ms. Charles joined the Project Management Unit of the BCRC-Caribbean in April 2016. She has over 5 years’ experience in research and laboratory settings and is a published researcher. Ms. Charles has an MSc.E in Civil, Sustainable and Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University, as well as a MSc. in Biotechnology from Claflin University, USA.

Asif Khan

Project Execution Officer II
Mr. Khan is a natural resource management professional with over 14 years of experience in the fields of natural resource, land and coastal zone management, conservation planning and development programming for the environmental and agricultural sectors. Mr. Khan’s professional goals are for the integration of sustainable development principles and improving the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable in our region. He is an avid naturalist and photographer. Mr. Khan joined the BCRC-Caribbean team in November 2020.

Laura Teixeira

Project Execution Officer I

Ms. Teixeira joined the BCRC-Caribbean in September 2017 under the Associate Professional Programme of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Ms. Teixeira graduated from the Loyola University New Orleans, USA with a BSc. Environmental Sciences in 2016. She is passionate about environmental and biodiversity conservation as well as raising awareness and promoting sustainability in the Caribbean.

Ferisha Mohammed

Project Execution Officer I

Ms. Mohammed is an advocate of Sustainable Development and has joined the BCRC- Caribbean in October 2021. Her passion is reflected within her fields of study and professional experience. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Energy Management from the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business and a BSc. Chemistry with minors in Analytical Chemistry and Communication & Extension from the University of the West Indies. Her experience ranges from Quality Assurance, Marine Chemistry and Project Financing. She has played an integral role in Energy Financing Projects, including International Bond Financing and Financial Proposal Evaluations.

Adeose Celestin

Project Execution Officer I

Mr. Celestin joined the BCRC-Caribbean in October 2021. Mr. Celestin has completed an MSc in Environmental Economics at the University of Glasgow and a BSc in Environmental Management at Glasgow Caledonian University. While in the UK, he gained experience as an environmental sustainability officer and served as convener of the United Nations Association of Glasgow. His areas of specialism include project management, environmental policy, and waste management.

Amara Prevatt

Research Officer

Ms. Prevatt joined the BCRC-Caribbean in October 2020. After completing an undergraduate degree at Duke University in the US, Ms. Prevatt’s interest in protecting the environment continued to grow. In September 2019, she completed an MSc in Environmental Technology with a focus on Pollution Management at Imperial College London, UK. Ms. Prevatt is passionate about waste management, the circular economy and seeing recycling becoming more widespread in the Caribbean.

Arielle Mootra

Associate Professional

Ms. Mootra joined the BCRC-Caribbean in October of 2020 under the Associate Professional Programme of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She studied at the University of the West Indies and attained a BSc in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology, graduating with honours. She is passionate about sustainable development and the environment and intends to further her studies in the area of Environmental Policy and Management.

Shalina Rooplal

Associate Professional

Ms. Rooplal joined the BCRC-Caribbean in September of 2021, under the Associate Professional Programme of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. She studied at the University of the West Indies and attained a BSc. Chemistry and Management (Special), graduating with honours. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration with specialization in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and is passionate about promoting sustainability within the Caribbean.