Ms. Sade Lazzar

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Sade Lazzar is a Researcher for the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business (ALJGSB) with over 6 years’ experience in the education sector. She has considerable experience in executing and managing communication with the public: including embassies, government officials, ambassadors, university personnel and the media to name a few.

One of Sade’s strength include branding, she interned at the Jamaica Tourist Board where she was responsible for creating, designing and editing newsletters and press releases. Sade also has experience in creating social media content, international relations and marketing initiatives for events. Sade has worked with the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on competitiveness research for Trinidad and Tobago. She has also conducted research locally for the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago to assess the business outlook for the country.

Sade earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications specializing in Public Relations at the University of the West Indies, Mona and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Communication Studies at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.

Ms. Rochelle Anisa Stafford

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Rochelle Anisa Stafford is a researcher and a project coordination assistant at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business.
Rochelle has always been passionate about research and its potential to facilitate progress for all. She is particularly interested in the development of human resources, strategic organizational advancement and also the impact of transforming industries – specifically education- for societal and economic expansion.

Rochelle has been involved in a wide range of research projects dealing in cognitive psychology, Implicit, Association Testing, Motivation and Achievement and Cluster Mapping, among many others.
Rochelle is a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists, is certified in 16pf Personality Assessment, Human Resources and Project Management and holds an MSc in Sociology from the University of the West Indies.

Ms. Stephanie Lezama- Rogers

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Mrs. Stephanie Lezama-Rogers is the Lead Researcher at the Center of Strategy and Competitiveness. Stephanie has over 8 years’ experience in field of Social Science Research and 6 years’ experience in Business Consultancy. She lead the development and coordination of research in the following areas: Base of the Pyramid, informal economy, entrepreneurship, cluster development and innovation, and cluster mapping.

Her other lead roles included Monitoring Officer of the online survey site, which generates the Global Competitiveness Report; Lead Researcher for Competitiveness Analysis of South Western Peninsula Growth Pole Community and Survey Lead for the Assessment of the Base of the Pyramid Expenditure patterns using a Household Expenditure Survey, Baseline Survey for Micro and Small Enterprises.

Mrs. Lezama-Rogers holds an MSc. In Development Statistics (specialized in the areas of Policy Development and Survey Research) and a BSc degree in Sociology (Major) and Economics (Minor) Social Policy (Minor) from the University of the West Indies. Mrs. Lezama-Rogers is a member of the “Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network” – Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School, Harvard University. Mrs. Lezama-Rogers is also a doctoral candidate (Business Administration) at the Grenoble Ecole de Management, France where she is focusing on the growth and sustainability of family business in stakeholder relationships.

Dr. Richard Ramsawak

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Dr. Richard Ramsawak – Dr. Richard Ramsawak is the current Head of the Center of Strategy and Competitiveness – Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, UWI. He has significant experience coordinating the development and implementation of national level strategic plans and competitiveness initiatives domestically and internationally.


He has participated as a Facilitator for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) sponsored Caribbean Growth and acted as lead consultant for the Competitive Analysis of the South West and 4C Growth Poles of Trinidad and Tobago, a project commissioned by the Economic Development Board of the Ministry of Planning and Development.


Dr. Ramsawak is a Fulbright Scholar and completed his PhD in Economics at Clark University, Worcester MA, USA. He also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), as well as a Master of Sciences in Economics (Distinction) from the University of the West Indies. He has also completed various specialized private development programs in areas such as export diversification, sustainable enterprise development, and cluster development offered by the World Bank, ITC/ILO Summer Academy on Enterprise Development, UNIDO and the Harvard Business School. He has contributed at expert meetings at the United Nations and at various international business and trade promotion events.

Dr. Ramsawak is an Affiliate Member of the “Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network” of the Institute of Competitiveness, Harvard Business School, the American Economic Association (AEA), and past member of The Competitiveness Institute (TCI), as well as past Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Economics Association.