Biography of Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan
Minister of Public Administration
An Engineer by profession, Mrs. Seepersad-Bachan holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. She is a former Lecturer in Engineering at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and Member of the UWI Board of Engineering Institute. She has also served as Chairman of the National Petroleum Marketing Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NPMC) and has done consulting in the field of quality assurance.
Mrs. Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan was appointed Trinidad and Tobago’s first female Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs following the general elections of 24 May 2011, where she emerged victorious in her campaign to become Parliamentary Representative for the constituency of San Fernando West.
Mrs. Seepersad-Bachan was later appointed Minister of Public Administration in June 2011. In that short space of time, she has achieved a firm grasp of the challenges facing the public sector and the required impetus needed to spur modernisation.
Her engineering background and her experience with quality assurance have enabled her to inspire the staff of the Ministry of Public Administration to a heightened level of focus in their key transformation initiatives around business process engineering, but also bringing to bear her expertise in Energy on strategic initiatives in human resource management, human resource development and project management in helping state agencies to design an holistic approach to continuous improvement.
Mrs. Seepersad-Bachan has also served on the Boards of several companies. She has also been appointed Chairman of several Cabinet-appointed Committees most notably the Committee for the Retail Marketing of Petroleum Fuels and more recently the Inter-Ministerial Committee appointed to Oversee the Administration of Scholarships.
She was also the Deputy Chairman of a committee that did ground breaking work for this country in the area of telecommunications policy which set the stage for liberalization of that sector. Again her skills sets derived from her experiences both in energy and telecommunications make her well placed to drive Trinidad and Tobago’s national telecommunications agenda which is focused on improving competition and ensuring universal access.