Meet our Associates

Andrew Agard

Andrew Agard
BSc – IT and Web/ User Research/ Project Writing
Trinidad & Tobago

Andrew Agard is a dual-citizen of Trinidad & Tobago and Ghana who is determined to become a truly global citizen. He holds a B.A. in Engineering Science from Trinity College, Hartford. He is driven towards contributing to the global effort to find and implement solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time including climate change, health, and poverty. Andrew believes in the effectiveness of social entrepreneurship, data-informed decision making, and human ingenuity. He is committed to working with NGOs and assuming his niche in society as an ambitious young adult. Andrew’s hobbies include art, writing, hiking, and reading. His newer interests include martial arts and woodwork. Andrew aspires to develop as a well-rounded and holistic individual.

Colene Hoyt

Colene Hoyte
BSc Biology & Environmental and Natural Resource Management
MBA with a Concentration in International Finance and a health-based practicum
Trinidad & Tobago

Colene Hoyte is a versatile professional committed to creating a positive impact. Currently, she serves as a Digital Marketing Coordinator at Tweak Digital Strategy Limited and Head of Corporate Services at EarthMedic and EarthNurse Foundation for Planetary Health.

Colene holds an MBA with a specialization in International Finance from the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business. She is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hope for Stroke TT, a social enterprise focused on enhancing the quality of life for stroke survivors and their caregivers through improved access to rehabilitation and support services. With a background in Biology and Environmental and Natural Resource Management (BSc) from The University of the West Indies, Colene adopts an interdisciplinary approach to addressing climate change and non-communicable diseases. She has contributed to journal articles on stroke-related services, food safety in aquaculture products, and The University of the West Indies’ Online Guide to the Animals of Trinidad and Tobago. Colene’s interests encompass global public health, health systems strengthening, and reducing health inequalities.

Jihana Mottley

Jihana Mottley
Florida, USA

Jihana Mottley is a passionate Ph.D. graduate and public health professional with demonstrated success working cross-culturally and conducting negotiations with a diverse range of stakeholders. She spent her childhood between Toronto, Canada, and Port of Spain, Trinidad before completing her tertiary education and early career in the United States. She is skilled in research methods, survey design, epidemiological analysis, project management, health policy interpretation, and client management. Jihana has been consistently recognized for her creativity and ability to innovate in challenging and novel situations. Jihana is an ardent advocate for programmes that improve access to healthcare, particularly for vulnerable populations.

Mary Hospedales

Mary Hospedales
BA English & French Language/ Writer & Editor
USA/ Trinidad & Tobago

Mary Hospedales graduated from Loyola University, New Orleans with a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing, and minors in both Biology and French. Since graduating, she has worked with the Editorial Board of the Caribbean Medical Journal, for the Communications Department of the Caribbean Public Health Agency, and most recently for the French Ministry of National Education. She is proficient in French and continues to study other languages. Mary is passionate about issues of environment, human rights, sustainable development, and culture, and currently works with two nongovernmental organizations – EarthMedic and the Institute for Small Islands – to help some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Ari Heffes Doon

Ari Heffes-Doon
MSc Economics, MD Pediatric Resident/ Asthma & Air Pollution
Trinidad & Tobago/ USA

Ari Heffes-Doon is a medical doctor currently completing his pediatric residency at NYU Langone Health, NYU Winthrop in Long Island, New York. He obtained his bachelor’s in Economics at York University, where he developed an interest in health economics, studying the social determinants of health and the economic impact of non-communicable diseases. He completed a health management internship at the Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago and later received his M.D. from St. George’s University. He believes that access to high-quality healthcare should be experienced by every human being regardless of their socioeconomic status and is passionate about mitigating health disparities. Ari hopes to strike a balance between fellowship training and his passion for advocacy for underserved populations as he continues his medical training. He is the husband of Nicola Heffes-Doon and the father of Luca.

Associate F Nicholas

Fayola Nicholas
BSc, MBA. Associate for Marketing and Communications. Brand
Trinidad & Tobago

Richard Ramsawak

Richard Ramsawak
PhD, Economics & Environment/ Research & Strategy
Trinidad & Tobago

Dr. Richard Ramsawak is 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 the Caribbean Growth Forum 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. Additionally, he has 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.

Gary Parker

Gary Parker
BSc MSc, Associate for User Research. Research Manager (UX Research & Design, Global Collaborations)
at Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases London, UK

Gary is a research psychologist, who has worked in a variety of public health research and intervention projects since 2008. He is particularly adept at managing relationships among stakeholders at all levels. Having led projects, managed teams, designed clinic flows, data collection tools and other processes positions him to offer a unique set of skills in a UX role. Projects of which he is proud include: jointly conceptualizing and developing a platform for indexing global research project metadata to promote collaborative research; leading on standardizing core outcome metrics for 33 mental health projects across 45 countries; leading on the development of the GACD Hypertension Programme Report – a report detailing the efforts, outcomes and impact of a global, 15-project research programme over 5 years, and more.

Sharon Lindo

Sharon Lindo
Writer/ Researcher/ Outreach

Sharon Lindo has been working in the development space for twenty years.  She has worked across national, regional and international spaces in foreign affairs, foreign trade, climate change and sustainable development.  Sharon has championed the rights and well-being of SIDS persons as the Policy Advisor at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and most recently as Lead Negotiator for Sustainable Development with the Alliance of Small Island States.  Sharon has a Masters of Science in Development Economics and Policy and Master of Laws in International Law.  Sharon has special interest in climate change, hunger, conflict and population displacement/migration.

DrLoren DeFreitas

Dr. Loren De Freitas
MBBS, PhD/Health Services
Trinidad and Tobago

Loren De Freitas is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. She is a medical doctor working in emergency medicine and primary care in Trinidad. She has a keen interest in research which led to her completing a PhD in Health and Related Research (Health Services Research) from the University of Sheffield. Her broad research interests include the organisation and delivery of health services and patient and public involvement in health and research. She currently has editorial roles with the Caribbean Medical Journal and Emergency Medicine Journal. She is also a research advisor to undergraduate medical students at Oceania University of Medicine and the module leader for Health Systems Science at the All-American Institute of Medical Sciences, Jamaica. She is keen to continue conducting research, blending research activities with clinical practice to strengthen health systems.

DrNyoni Winchester

Dr. Nyoni Winchester
Veterinary Scientist/ Veterinary Researcher/ Veterinary Consultant/ Adjunct Professor/ Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI), Tobago.
Trinidad & Tobago

Nyoni Winchester originates from Tobago and holds the position Veterinary Scientist in the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) since July 2017. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of the West Indies in July 2015. Nyoni’s participation in the New Zealand/Caribbean Regional Small Ruminant Capacity Building Activity, in Jamaica 2016, prompted her interest in Livestock Reproduction, which inspired further academic training and the completion of a Masters in Veterinary Studies (MVS) from Massey University, New Zealand in July 2019.

Nyoni serves diligently as a veterinary consultant for farmers and other groups. She is passionate about Agricultural development and Regional food security and hopes to address this through the improvement of livestock production throughout the region.

Nyoni enjoys the diverse cultural experiences when travelling and she is also an avid hiker, which has led her to better appreciate the environment and recognise the need for its protection. This keen interest encouraged her to complete an online course, ‘The Health Effects in Climate Change’ offered by HarvardX, which has increased her awareness and willingness to advocate for a healthier planet.

As an animal health professional and nature enthusiast, Nyoni believes in EarthMedic’s goals. She is eager to highlight the applications of veterinary medicine to combat the impact of climate change and the environmental degradation which affects our health and the wellbeing of future generations.

Dr Paula Henry

Dr Paula Henry

Dr Paula Henry, an associate of EM&EN is a Family Physician, who graduated from the University of the West Indies Jamaica in 1980. She practiced as a GP until 2018. After completing a Climate Change and Health Certification course, Yale University in 2018, she entered the MPH program at UWI St Augustine where she graduated with distinction. Her primary research measured ambient air quality in different geographical locations in Trinidad, comparing values to the 2021 WHO guidelines. Her most recent research is mapping trends in incidence, mortality and distribution of cancers in Trinidad and Tobago looking for associations with environmental factors. A member of the Caribbean College of Family Physicians, World College of Family Doctors (WONCA), American Academy of Family Physicians and the Caribbean Planetary Health Regional Hub, she has an MBA and a diploma in Politics. She is passionate about collaborating, networking and finding solutions to the climate crisis.

DrKerriann Peart

Dr Kerriann Peart

ingrid cox

Ingrid Cox-Pierre
MD, MPH. Senior Associate for Planning. PhD candidate at Menzies Inst for Medical Research and President of the ISPOR Student Chapter for Victoria and Tasmania
St. Lucia

A committed and caring public health physician, who has served her country St. Lucia, and the Caribbean region. Dr Cox has years of experience in planning/coordinating, multi-country, multi-partner, public health and development projects, including HIV/AIDS at the Pan Caribbean AIDS Partnership, and, while at CARPHA, a CARICOM 6-point policy package for healthier food environments to promote healthy weight and prevent childhood obesity, which brought regional health and economic sector institutions together. Her passion for continued self-development has led her to be a Ph.D. candidate in Health Economics at Menzies.

Nicola Hospedales

Nicola is a professional dancer and dance teacher. She trained at London Studio Centre in London, England. Her performance career has taken her to the UK, Trinidad, Grenada, Brazil and the USA. She freelanced with many different dance companies and while living in Grenada, she founded her own dance company, NHD Dance. She currently lives in Long Island where she performs with Moving On and regularly teaches ballet and modern to students of all ages. Nicola taught the Earth Medic pledge dance at the launch event on zoom in 2020.