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Meet Joanne Salazar

With more than 30 years’ executive managerial experience under her belt, including a stint as vice president of an energy company, Joanne has extensive experience in finance and financial management, corporate strategy, and process design. British by birth, she has worked in a range of sectors throughout the United Kingdom, but particularly enjoyed her time as the executive director of two health authorities, where she was responsible for finance, information and contracting.  

In 1999, Joanne relocated to Trinidad and Tobago to take up a chief executive officer position in the field of public health. By 2015, she had co-founded QED, determined to pursue her passion for training people in corporate governance, which she considers the nexus between risk and strategy. That same year, Joanne was elected as vice president of the board of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) on which she served for three years, playing an integral role in bringing the organisation’s financial accounts up to date and enabling FIFA to resume its funding.

A qualified Fellow Chartered Public Finance Accountant (FCPFA), Joanne is also a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, UK (FCG). She holds an MSc in Strategic Planning, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with distinction, a postgraduate diploma in Operations and Supply Chain Management, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), and certification in Organisational Development, Process Management and Change Management. She also holds the designation of Accredited Director (Acc, Dir), certified by the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada, a well respected qualifying organisation for chartered governance professionals. 

Joanne has also chaired the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, and served as a member of the Caribbean Football Union’s (CFU) Audit Committee. Pre-pandemic, in 2019, she was a presenter at the Barbados Stock Exchange’s annual governance conference. Joanne currently sits on the boards of National Flour Mills Limited, a publicly listed company; the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute, a not-for-profit membership organisation for which she has been both panellist and moderator for its webinars; and the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAAT), a government-funded community college. She is also president of the Trinidad and Tobago chapter of the International Women’s Forum, for which she hosted a breakout session at its 2021 Cornerstone Conference.