Professor Luke Williams
Leading consultant, educator and author | Feature Speaker at DLIC 2018
At some time, someone somewhere is going to disrupt your entire industry. Shouldn’t it be you? Luke Williams, author and globally recognised authority on disruptive innovation, reveals a way of thinking that has the power to transform your business and stay ahead of the game.
LUKE WILLIAMS is one of the world’s leading business thinkers on innovation strategy. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker, having lectured in 21 countries and addressed the United Nations General Assembly and the World Innovation Forum.
Williams is Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business; Founder and Executive Director of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs; and a Fellow at Frog Design—one of the world’s most influential product strategy and design firms. He is the inventor of 30+ U.S. patents and has designed more than 100 products in industries ranging from transportation to finance, and healthcare to consumer electronics.
His views are regularly featured in media ranging from Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Fast Company to The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. He is the author of the international bestseller, Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business.
Jesus R. Pazos
“A leader can’t allow personal feelings to affect what he knows is right to do and what he feels should be done for the organisation.” – Jesus Pazos, interview with Guardian Newspaper in 1999
Born in February 1942, Jesus R. Pazos is one of the most influential (yet unsung) business executives hailing from Trinidad and Tobago. A name synonymous with the Neal and Massy turnaround of the late 1990s, his role in the survival of the conglomerate through one of the longest recessions experienced in the country, is admired to this day. During a time where many high-profile companies were unable to survive, a team of Neal and Massy executives, under the leadership of Pazos, restructured the Group to meet the requirements of ever changing market dynamics, divested 42 of the 85 companies at the time along with many major assets, retaining only those activities which had a viable future for the Group. Under his tenure as CEO from 1995 – 2000, Pazos significantly reduced the debt of the conglomerate from a debt/equity ratio of 129% to 24% in the first 3 years, acquired a 20% interlocking shareholding with Barbados Shipping & Trading (BS&T) in 1998/99, and set Neal and Massy on a path to growth before passing the reigns in the year 2000.
Pazos frequently guest lectures at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business in many of the MBA programmes.
Langston A.H. Roach
Langston A.H. Roach is the owner and founder of Langston Roach Industries Limited. His risk-taking demeanour and desire to be his own boss are the gears which put this business into motion. He started production in his home in 1985 with just a few cleaning products that he sold as a door-to-door salesman. Mr. Roach is one of the few local entrepreneurs who started business during very trialling times in the 1980s in Trinidad. Since then he has dedicated much of his life to building the Langston Roach Industries empire and has managed to establish several household brands like Lanher, Soft & Silky and Smart Choice. It can be considered the largest indigenous manufacturer of household and personal care products in Trinidad and Tobago today. The Company now manufactures over 100 different products, employs approximately 150 persons and occupies a 70,000 sq. ft. Warehouse and Office Complex, on Saddle Road, San Juan. The wide array of products is now being sold throughout Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean region. Mr. Roach is a proud graduate of the University of the West Indies earning a Master’s of Business Administration in 1997. Though a very modest man, he has been pivotal in the local manufacturing industry and has earned awards from the Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago and National Entrepreneurship Development Company Limited, and functioned as the Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Roach continues to live his dream today as Executive Chairman of his Company and is continuously developing the next generation to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Derwin M. Howell
BSc (Elec. Eng.) (Hons.),MSc (Tele. Systems), Executive MBA, MIET, MIEEE, C.Eng.
Gillian Matthews is the Director of Finance & Administration at Unicomer (Trinidad) Limited. She holds a B.Sc. Accounting (Hons) from the University of Guyana, attained FCCA – Certified Chartered Accountant Certification, where she graduated top of her class and she holds a Henley MBA from the Henley Business School. Further to this, she is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP). Her professional experience spans more than 25 years in the fields of Finance & Accounting, Banking, Manufacturing, Retail and Insurance.
Eesa K. Mohammed
Eesa is a Director and VP Marketing at S.M. Jaleel & Company Limited. Eesa is an alumnus of the University of the Cambridge, where he graduated with Master of Engineering (MEng) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees, and has a passion for using entrepreneurship and technology to solve everyday problems. Prior to joining S.M. Jaleel, Eesa founded a renewable energy and energy efficiency consultancy, F1RST Media, a digital marketing agency, and most recently ChefMade.Me, an online food delivery service which hopes to make healthy eating an enjoyable and accessible lifestyle for all. Eesa is also involved in Tech Beach, a platform designed to attract global wealth, innovation, leadership and media to connect with the Caribbean business ecosystem on a mission to help elevate the image of the Caribbean as a business destination, driving entrepreneurship, investments, partnerships and innovation in the market.