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Jennifer Raffoul

About me:

Independent Senator, Development Economist, Social Entrepreneur.

Strengths include project management for national and regional development projects, with emphasis on macroeconomic management, sustainable monetization of cultural/creative industries, impact assessment, statistical indicators of economic and social progress, and innovative financial instruments for development.

Independent Senator to the Parliament of T&T; Appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic of T&T. Member of the Oversight Committee on Human Rights and Diversity.

Member, Advisory Panel, UNDP Human Development Report Caribbean. Founder,, an e-commerce website to promote products made in the Caribbean, winner of the Public Choice Award in the World Bank InfoDev competition; website to be launched in September 2016.

Founding Curator, Port-of-Spain Hub of the Global Shapers Community. Coordinator, PoS Hub Project supporting students and teachers in high-violence communities with yoga and meditation. Board member, Horses Helping Humans NGO, provides services to autistic and special-needs children with hippotherapy, and is building the first healing, health and wellness centre in Trinidad.

Formerly, at the Inter-American Development Bank, assisting in developing the Trinidad and Tobago Country Strategy lending envelope of over US$ 1 billion, and working on projects in private sector development, education, social safety net reform, and procurement reform. Formerly, Bond Trader, RBC Merchant Bank (Caribbean). Formerly, Tax Analyst, E&Y Caribbean. Formerly, Board member, University of Trinidad and Tobago.

Education: MSc Economics for Development, Oxford University, UK; BAH Applied Econometrics and Politics, Queen's University, Canada; Hatha yoga/ yoga therapy practitioner in the Sivananda/Satyananda tradition; Integrative Nutrition, Institute of Integrative Nutrition with focus on Ayurveda and autoimmune healing.

Business and Innovation | Entrepreneurship | Social Enterprise | Education | Finance and Economy | Arts and Culture | Sustainability and Environment | Health and Medicine