John ThompsonGeneral Manager
Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited
John Thompson is a qualified engineer from the U.K. He has made the Caribbean his home for the last 20 years having previously been intermittently in the region since 1986. He holds chartered engineer status in the United Kingdom and fellow status with the U.K. based Institution of Mechanical Engineers and U.K. based Energy Institute. He is also a registered engineer in Europe and Trinidad & Tobago with over thirty years experience of contracts in the process industry including water treatment. His technical skills are supplemented by a postgraduate degree in Business Management from Cranfield University, which was gained through the grant of an engineering fellowship by the Engineering Industry Training Board in the UK. John joined the Desalination Company of Trinidad & Tobago Limited (Desalcott) after nearly twenty years with George Wimpey and successor companies (the latest being Carillion) where as Projects Director he ran their process, energy and industrial sector work in the Caribbean. This included involvement in the water sector through the Severn Trent/Carillion joint venture agreement for the interim operation of the Water and Sewerage Authority in Trinidad & Tobago also through process plant feedwater treatment by ion exchange and reverse osmosis. He previously worked for UK engineering company, John Brown Engineers and Constructors Ltd, having started his career, initially as an undergraduate apprentice, with Rolls-Royce. Following being Project Director for Desalcott during construction of the Point Lisas Desalination Plant, John was confirmed as General Manager in 2002 and continues in this position to date with the Plant currently undergoing a major expansion.
Manuel PereiraE: email@example.com
Manuel Pereira is Co-founder of CaribDA together with Humphrey Gouverneur. He was the first Secretary, Treasurer during the period of 2008-2010. In 2010 he became the President, unanimous re-elected in 2012 for a second period. As President he became a member of the Board of Directors of the IDA. He has represented CaribDA at several Congresses and has been promoting CaribDA in the region and international. He has a degree Mechanical Engineering of the University of Curacao. He is fluent in 5 languages; English, Dutch, Spanish, Papiamento and Portuguese. He has a total of 28 years experience in The Netherlands and the Caribbean. Joined Aqualectra, Curacao Water and Power company, in 1998 where he was involved in several Desalination projects. In 2010 he has been promoted to Manager of Projects Bureau where he was responsible for all projects in the Water and in the Power division of Aqualectra. From 2014 he is Heading a new department, 'Improvement Engineering.'
Paul ChoulesT: 281-687-7651
Pauls love for the Caribbean began early during his childhood years growing up in idyllic Jamaica.. His connection with the Caribbean has strengthened throughout the years by creating and maintaining a wide network of friends and associates in the region. Combining his regional connections with his other passion desalination has been an extra delight for Paul. Prior to joining Water Standard in 2011 as Senior Vice President, Paul served as Vice President with Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies for 6 years, where he led the development and execution of multiple projects in the industrial and municipal markets. Before Veolia acquired Weir Techna, Paul was Technas regional Vice President for the Americas where, under his direction, his team contracted and constructed multiple water treatment projects for offshore oil and gas facilities. Pauls experience also includes 19 years at MECO where he was responsible for providing support to over 250 desalination installations. While at MECO, Paul developed and executed some of the first successful membrane desalination plants in the Middle East. There he also led international business development, developing industrial, predominately Oil & Gas, projects and was responsible for developing MECOs marine business which included expanding their capabilities into the offshore oil & gas market and to providing services to the US Navy. Paul has now formed Water Cycle, combining his 36 years of experience and his extensive contacts to provide the best solutions to the water industry.
David MaingotRegional Manager
David Maingot is the Regional Sales Manager for the Caribbean & Latin America at PWT Chemicals, a leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals for industrial and commercial reverse osmosis processes. David has over ten years of experience in the water and waste water treatment industries, focused in the Latin America and Caribbean markets. Prior to working with PWT, David spent six years with LG Water Solutions where he retrofitted numerous seawater RO plants with the companys thin-film nano-composite membranes and set up distribution in key markets throughout the region. David was born in Venezuela of Trinidadian parents which has allowed him to develop a multicultural/multilingual background that serves him well in his regional endeavors. David holds a BA in Economics from the University of Florida and currently lives with his family in Coral Springs, Florida.
Monica BoodhanSenior Instructor - (Physics)
The University of Trinidad and Tobago
T: 868-642-8888, x21159
Monica Boodhan is a Senior Instructor (Physics) at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and a PhD candidate at the University of the West Indies (UWI). With nine years of experience in Desalination and ten in Renewable Energy, her specialization is Solar Distillation. Monica received her MPhil and BSc in Physics from the UWI. As project manager for the EU-funded DIREKT project, she served as a trainer in Solar Energy at various workshops across the Caribbean and Bangladesh. Monica completed numerous training courses in the fields of Renewable Energy, Desalination, Water Treatment, GIS, Smart Grids and other courses related to Research, Teaching and Data Modelling. Monica is currently a Director of the CaribDA; co-chair of the Young Leaders Programme (YLP) and a member of the Publications and Humanitarian Committees. Additionally, she is the Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean for the International Desalination Associations YLP.
Water Tech Sales and Consulting, Inc.
Jerry Matteo is President of Water Tech Sales and Consulting, Inc., head-quartered in Puerto Rico. Jerry holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, and has lived in Puerto Rico for over 20 years. His personal experience and expertise include start up and development of several successful Caribbean and US water treatment businesses, and numerous applications at water and power authorities, hotel-resorts, international food, beverage, textile, pharmaceutical, and other industries. Water Tech provides RO, potable, process, and waste water equipment, chemicals, membranes, resins, filter media, water reuse, and other products; as well as process trouble-shooting, upgrade, and optimization throughout the Caribbean from base and affiliated locations in Puerto Rico, Trinidad-Tobago, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and USA Water Tech key supply partners include Avista Technologies, Dow Filmtec, LG Chem, IWT, Chem-Aqua, Haliant, and others.
Shawn Meyer-SteeleT: 305-859-2329
Shawn is a principle with H2OPROFESSIONALS, a global consulting group to service providers, equipment manufacturers, municipalities and end-users of water treatment /re-use equipment and services. H2OPRO assists their clients with Business Development, Commercial and Technical aspects of the water business. Shawn was Sr. Vice President - Director of Business Development for Seven Seas Water Corporation, a leading water treatment service provider in the Caribbean and Latin America, From Jan 2003 through May 2007 Shawn was Sr. Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Energy Recovery Incorporated, the worlds leading energy recovery device manufacturer. He was responsible for sales, marketing and service worldwide. He has held numerous positions over a 12 year career at Ionics Incorporated from 1990 to 2002, during which time period was the largest membrane based water treatment company in the world. Roles included Manager of International Operations, General Sales Manager, Product Manager, Process Design and Development Engineer, as well as positions in R&D and Product Development. Shawn is presently VP of board of directors of the CaribDA and the on the IDA board of directors. He has held chairs, served on panels, as well as written and presented numerous papers in industry conferences including the IDA, WME , EDS, Water in Mining, the CWWA,CAWASA, Association of California Water Agencies, Asociación Española de Desalación y Reutilización, as well as published in leading industry publications. Shawn has worked throughout the world and is conversant in Spanish and has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.
Karlene SinghBusiness Development-Project Engineer
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.
T: 345-945-4277, x1932
Mrs. Karlene Singh joined Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.'s engineering team in August 2006, serving as the Company's Operations/Project Engineer. She currently fills a dual-role as the Business Development - Project Engineer for the Engineering and Business Development Departments. Her responsibilities include supporting the design and construction of new Seawater Reverse Osmosis plants, expansions and upgrades of the Company's existing operations, and all aspects of sales and marketing activities. Karlene has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Applied Science, both in Chemical Engineering, from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. is a complete turnkey design, build, own/finance, and operate desalination company headquartered on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, where Karlene has resided for the last ten years.
Swell Marketing Services
Lauren Thomas, with over 20 years of sales and marketing experience, has been working in the Caribbean since 2007. Before founding Swell Marketing Services, she was the Director of Marketing for the largest private water supplier in the region. She has worked and established relationships in 10+ countries in the region, and has planned and executed over 60 events across the Caribbean, to include: corporate/municipal partnership events, exhibitions, workshops and community events. Lauren has been the sole contractor of the Caribbean Water & Wastewater Association for several years, managing their flagship event, the Annual Conference & Exhibition. Her primary responsibilities are branding & event promotion, generating revenue, and managing stakeholder logistics. Lauren has been on the Board of Directors for CaribDA since 2014. She resides in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.