Present Board Members

In creating legislation to "provide for mediation" in this jurisdiction the Mediation Act 2004 established a body comprising persons of various expertise including certified mediators and headed by members of the Judiciary. The function of this body is primarily one of regulating mediation in this jurisdiction.

See below table for a brief Bio

The present members of the Board are:

     CHAIRMAN The Honourable Mr. Justice Vasheist Kokaram
     DEPUTY CHAIRMAN Her Worship Ms. Cheron Raphael
     MEMBER Mr. Allan Noreiga
     MEMBER Professor Derek Chadee
     MEMBER Ms. Elizabeth Solomon
     MEMBER Reverend Daniel Teelucksingh
     MEMBER His Honour Mr. Anthony Gafoor
     MEMBER Mr. Deopersad Ramoutar
     MEMBER Dr. Krishna Maharaj
     MEMBER Mrs. Beverly Harry-Emmanuel
     MEMBER Mr. Shankar Bidaisee
     MEMBER Mrs. Giselle Yearwood-Welch
     SECRETARY Ms. Sherlanne Pierre

Vasheist V. Kokaram

Vasheist V. Kokaram is a Judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago having assumed office on 20th April 2009. He is the Chairman of the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago; has served as a part time mediator and is presently a Settlement Conferencing Officer. He has served as a member of the Project Steering Committee for Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean Project. Justice Kokaram is an associate tutor at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad. He has made several presentations at regional and international conferences on a variety of topics.

Allan Noreiga

Mr Allan Simon Noreiga was appointed a member of the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago in 2014 after a distinguished career in Education spanning almost four decades. He is a visionary and transformational leader with a passion for life-long learning.Mr Noreiga has served as Principal, School Supervisor and Second Vice President of TTUTA. Having taught from Primary to Tertiary education levels he was recognized for his service by being awarded the Teacher of the Year 1998. Happily retired Mr Noreiga is a certified Mediator and serves as Chairman of the Education Subcommittee of the MBTT. He is an avid sports enthusiast and supporter of social justice.

Elizabeth Solomon

Elizabeth spent 15 years as a conflict prevention and peacebuilding expert with the United Nations. Elizabeth’s work in post conflict countries has focused on supporting local efforts to build resilient democratic national institutions in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Somalia. Her work on human rights and development has been in Guyana, Brazil and India. She spent five years in The Netherlands where she worked with academic institutions including The Institute for Social Studies in Den Haag and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights in Utrecht. She spent two years as a Senior Political Affairs officer in the Department of Political Affairs at UN headquarters in New York before taking up her post as Deputy Coordinator of the Good Offices in Cyprus where she was a member of the UN mediation team in the negotiations between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Elizabeth was later posted as the Peace and Development Adviser to Sierra Leone to support the transition from Peace Keeping to the development mandate of the United Nations Country Team. Elizabeth is a certified mediator and a member of the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago. Elizabeth is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies.

Rev. Daniel Teelucksingh

  • 1. Academic: Bachelor of Divinity (London);
  • 2. Master of Sacred Theology(New York),
  • 3. Profession: School teacher for six years;
  • 4. Minister of the Presbyterian Church in Trinidad and Tobago for forty eight(48) years;
  • 5. Served in forty eight(48) congregations across Trinidad and Tobago;
  • 6. Moderator of the Church :(1975-1977); served as an Independent Senator in the Parliament of T&T for two terms(1991-2001).
  • 7. Interests: Sports; Inter- Religious Activities; Scouting; Child Welfare for example Co- founder of Lady Hochoy Home, Penal ; Global Politics.
  • 8. Family: Joycelyn (Teacher ); Children- Jerome ( Lecturer, UWI); Angelica (Attorney- DPP Office); Joel ( Physician)

His Honour Mr. Anthony Gafoor

  • 1. HH Anthony DJ Gafoor, Chair, Tax Appeal Board of Trinidad & Tobago (Superior Court of Record);
  • 2. Certified Mediator, Civil (non-family) and Family matters and Mediation Trainer; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (CIArb);
  • 3. Senior Lecturer, Mediation Studies;
  • 4. Executive Certificate in Conflict Management (University of Windsor, Canada);
  • 5. Diploma, International Commercial Arbitration, CIArb;
  • 6. Member, International Bar Association (IBA);
  • 7. National and Regional Representative, Caribbean and Central America, Mediation Committee, IBA;
  • 8. Member, Civil Mediation Council, UK and Association for Conflict Resolution, USA;
  • 9. Member, Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago

Deopersad Ramoutar

Mr. Deopersad Ramoutar is a holder of BSC in Social Work with minors in Human Resource Management. He possesses an advanced certificate in Sport Psychology from University of Villaclara in Cuba. He also possesses a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of the West Indies in Mediation and Masters in Mediation Studies from the University of the West Indies. Mr. Ramoutar has an Associate Degree as a Boxing Coach from the University of Villaclara and University of Trinidad and Tobago and a certificate of Sports Administration from the Olympic Committee of Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Ramoutar has fifteen (15) years as a trainer in parenting skills, anger management, behaviour modification, counselling and a certified mediator. He is employed twenty seven years in the Prison Service and holds the rank of Superintendant of Prison and his area of specialty in conflict management and dealing with diliquent youth and deviant behaviours.

Dr Krishna Maharaj

  • 1. Sr Clinical Psychologist and Health Administrator Head Department of Psychology St Ann’s Hospital
  • 2. Lecturer: University of the West Indies Faculty of Clinical Medical Sciences Department of Psychiatry  
Dr Krishna Maharaj has been employed in the public health sector for the past thirty-seven years. Currently he heads the department of psychology at the St Ann’s hospital where his team includes a clinical art therapist, a music therapist and two forensic psychologists and three other clinical practitioners of psychology. The site is also a practicum placement centre for students enrolled in the graduate program (MSc) in clinical psychology offered at UWI/Faculty of Medical Sciences/Department of Psychiatry.

His main area of interest is in general psychopathology/neurosciences. He is also a trained mediator and because of his working enviroment, is involved in therapeutic mediation with couples and families. He is a graduate of UTT’s program in Health Administration (MSc) cohort one.His recreation time is spent with family/friends, listening to international classical music and experimenting in the culinary arts. He believes that a fitness/diet program is recommended for health/longevity at any age and lives this belief. His other interests are mysticism, spirituality, astronomy and cultural anthropology. He is a grandfather of one.

Mrs. Giselle Yearwood Welch

Giselle, an attorney-at-law since 1994 in Trinidad and Tobago, has a diverse background, spanning public and private sector experience. Starting as a civil litigation counsel at the Attorney General’s Office, focused on constitutional and public law matters, she transitioned to the private sector, in the commercial and corporate law realm. As former senior in-house attorney, in a leading multi-national energy company, she honed her skills in multi-disciplinary commercial contract negotiations, contract management processes and dispute resolution techniques.

From 2010, Giselle has been leading the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programme as Course Director at the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad. Her passion is distilling the conflict management skills for a new era of problem-solving lawyers, teaching practical skills in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. She is a certified mediator and trainer and sits as a member of the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago.

Sherlanne Pierre-Secretary to the Board

Sherlanne A. Pierre is an attorney-at-law of over 16 years standing, 9 of which were spent as a judicial officer, first as an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court in which she presided over taxation matters and then in her current post as Administrative Secretary to the Chief Justice. Prior to joining the Judiciary, she was an Associate at Guy Hannays and Company and later joined her father in civil private practice. She holds certificates in Project Management Essentials, Mediation, Elements of Family Mediation and Judicial Settlement Conferencing.