Legal Services / Corporate Secretary
Republic Bank (EC) Limited
LLB (Hons.), MBA, CAMS, IRMCert
Dip. (Business Admin.), ACIB, BSc (Hons.) (Econ.), MBA, CIA
Karen Yip Chuck, General Manager, Commercial and Retail Banking, has been a banker for 28 years and has served in a number of senior management positions within the Bank. She currently serves on the Boards of Stonehaven Villas Limited, Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited, Trintrust Limited, London Street Project Company Limited and the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Heriot Watt University of Edinburgh, is a Certified Internal Auditor, and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Banking (ACIB).
B.Comm., FICB, ICD.d
Pasquale Minicucci was appointed to the Board of Directors of Republic Bank (EC) Limited and the Supervisory Board of Republic Bank (St. Maarten N.V) in November 2019. Mr. Minicucci has more than 3 decades of experience in the financial and banking sectors spanning Canada, the Caribbean, and parts of Central America.
Currently, he leads Minicucci Coaching & Consulting, providing executive coaching and advisory services to senior executives, emerging leaders, and businesses.
Prior to his coaching and consulting practice, he has held a variety of senior executive positions with major Canadian Banks including the National Bank of Canada where he served as Senior Vice President & Regional Head for Personal & Commercial Banking for the Central, Western & Atlantic regions.
At Scotiabank, he served as Senior Vice-President, International Banking for the Caribbean & Central America; Senior Vice-President – Greater Toronto Region, Personal and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Banking; Senior Vice President & Regional Head, Quebec & Eastern Ontario; and Vice President, Toronto East.
Mr. Minicucci holds a B.Comm with a major in Marketing from McGill University, Montreal Canada, is a Fellow of the Institute of the Canadian Bankers Association, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard Business School, Harvard University. He is also a certified corporate director obtaining his ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.
He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the communities of Greater Montreal and Greater Toronto over the years.
Mr. Minicucci is currently on the board of Villa Charities in Toronto, Canada and chairs the Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of several other committees of the board. His past board service includes National Bank Securities, Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago Ltd., Scotiabank Bahamas Ltd, The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Ltd., and Maduro & Curiel’s Bank, NV, Dutch Antilles. He was also a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of Caribbean & Central American Action (CCAA) based in Washington DC.
MSc (Dist.) (Fin.), MBA, BSc (Hons.) (Mgmt.)
Baldath Ramkissoon, General Manager, Group Treasury, a member of the Republic Group for more than two decades, has significant industry expertise in Treasury Management (liquidity, foreign exchange, interest rate and electronic payment systems), Portfolio Management, Credit and Investment Risk Determination. Mr. Ramkissoon has served as Manager, Latin American Investments; Manager, Trust and Asset Management Division; Investment Manager, Republic Wealth Management Limited; and Senior Manager, Treasury. He has represented the Bank at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Caribbean Roundtable Discussions on Correspondent Banking Withdrawal in 2018 and has served as Deputy Chairman and Vice- President of the Mutual Fund Association of Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Ramkissoon holds a Master of Science in Finance with Distinction from the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business (UWI); a Master of Business Administration from Heriot Watt University; and a Bachelor of Science in Management with Honours from the University of London. He has completed several courses and seminars on credit, risk management and investments, including Euromoney’s Financial Market Products; Pension Management at UBS, Puerto Rico; International Portfolio Management at Allianz, Germany; and McKinsey’s Asset Management CEO Summit in the UK. In 2015, Mr. Ramkissoon was awarded the Programme Director’s Award (Master of Science in International Finance) by the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business (UWI).
Mr. Ramkissoon serves on the boards of Republic Bank (Cayman) Limited, Republic Insurance Company (Cayman) Limited, Republic Securities Limited, Republic Investments Limited, Republic Bank (EC) Limited and Trintrust. He is also the current Chairman of the Bankers’ Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) Foreign Trade and Treasury Committee.
Roland van dem Berg
Roland van dem Berg was appointed to the Board of Directors Republic Bank (EC) Limited on November 2019. Mr. van dem Bergh is the Chairman of the Fair Trade Authority Curaçao and is an economist, researcher, and management consultant at Curconsult, an organisation dedicated to stimulating the sustainable economic development of the Dutch Caribbean. Mr. van dem Bergh has considerable expertise in a wide range of fields, including corporate governance, institutional strengthening, public finance, economic and social development, and education. He brings to bear significant experience in the development of smaller islands, including those of the Dutch Caribbean i.e. Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Saba.
Originally from the Netherlands but living in Curaçao for the last 30 years, Mr. van dem Bergh worked as an economist for the central government in the field of urban economics and regional economy before moving to Curaçao in 1985. There, he worked for the central government at the Department of Economic Affairs, later on as an economist and then Deputy Secretary at the Chamber of Commerce before establishing his own company, Curconsult. During his extensive career, he has taken part in more than 500 projects on the islands of the Dutch Caribbean. Mr. van dem Bergh holds a BA/BSc. in Economics from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Mr. van dem Bergh is the founder, former past president, and a current board director of the Association of Dutch Caribbean Economists. He is also a board member of the Fair Trade Authority Curaçao.
B.Comm., BC (Bus. Mgmt)
Vaughn Bahadur was appointed to the Board of Directors of Republic Bank (St. Maarten) Limited in 2020. He is the Managing Director/Owner of Modern Homes B.V. and possesses considerable corporate banking and risk management experience built up over the course of 16 years as a member of RBTT/RBC Royal Bank. Prior to his board appointment, Mr. Bahadur served as the Owner of O2 N.V. (a Health and Wellness Company) based in St Maarten. During his tenure at RBC Royal Bank (St. Maarten), Mr. Bahadur served as Vice President, Sales and Service; Senior Manager, Risk Management; and Manager, Credit Administration. He also served as Country Manager, RBTT Bonaire Branch. Mr. Bahadur holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management with a major in Accounting and Finance and a minor in Economics from Ryerson University in Toronto Canada.External Appointments
Mr. Bahadur currently serves as a Director on the Boards of MSO Osborne Limited and Osborne Hotels Limited.
LLB (Hons.), MBA, CAMS, IRMCert
Janelle Bernard, General Manager, Legal Services & Corporate Secretary, Republic Bank (EC) Limited is an experienced Attorney-at-Law and member of the Bar in Trinidad and Tobago (2002) and Barbados (2013). Ms. Bernard brings to bear considerable expertise in a wide range of fields including: Corporate Governance, Anti Money Laundering (AML) Advisory, Risk Management and Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate and Commercial Law. Prior to her most recent appointment, Ms. Bernard served as Group Chief Compliance Officer/Senior Manager, Republic Bank Limited with responsibility for all aspects of the Group’s Anti-Money Laundering/Countering Terrorist Financing (AML–CTF) Sanctions and Tax Information Exchange programmes and systems. She is currently regarded among the Financial Action Task Force’s primary private sector AML–CTF experts in Trinidad and Tobago, and has represented the Republic Group at various international and regional panels on global trends and standards in AML–CTF. Ms. Bernard has also served as in-house attorney at Republic Bank Limited and as Corporate Secretary to several subsidiaries of Republic Financial Holdings Limited. She holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business (UWI); a Bachelor of Laws (Upper Second Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine; and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School. Ms. Bernard has international certifications in AML, Enterprise Risk Management, Corporate Governance, and Regulatory Compliance.