Who We Are?

Our Mission

The Roraima Institute (TRI) is a non-partisan research and policy institute. We develop local-global networks and partnerships that facilitate research, policy analysis, knowledge creation, citizen engagement, acquisition of skills and the promotion of sustainable development in Guyana and abroad.

OBJECTIVES

  • Undertake interdisciplinary research with implementable recommendations that will strengthen   democratic institutions and lead to sustainable development.
  • Convene multi-sectoral stakeholders at all levels of society to engage in policy development, analysis and implementation
  • Develop and implement programs to educate, train and empower citizens to more effectively act as agents of economic and social change.
  • Create and support a network of local and global leaders from civil society, in academia, the non-governmental and private sectors that are equipped to collaborate on achievable actions that strengthen governance within democratic institutions.

Meet Our Team

FLOYD HAYNES

Mr. Haynes is Founder-President of The Roraima Institute (TRI). 

Floyd Haynes is a professional with 30+ years of senior- and executive-level experience. He is a Certified Public Accountant who holds a MSc. in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is an adjunct Professor in Finance, and Accounting at the University of the District of Columbia., and a Public lecturer in leadership and Management. Mr. Haynes is University of Guyana Education Ambassador.In addition, Mr. Haynes is also President of Haynes Incorporated, a Washington DC based Accounting and Management consulting firm.

André Dukhia

André Dukhia is a Tourism Advisor to The Roraima Institute. Andre is a graduate from the University of Guyana, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism Studies and has over 25 years experience working in the Government and Not for Profit sector in Guyana and Ontario Canada. Previously Andre worked with the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), the German Organization for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) and Tourism Northern Ontario (TNO). During the course of his career his area of expertise spanned tourism development, tourism policy development and analysis, tourism planning, marketing and community economic development. Andre has worked on numerous projects both in Guyana and Canada and is the holder of the Project Management Professional accreditation from the Project Management Institute.

Selvon Waldron

Selvon Malcolm Waldron has a long professional background as a leader in social good programs, having sourced and managed over $40 million in federal and local government funds in support of human development and education programs. He currently the Director of Student Services programs at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School where he leads a team focused on student life, employability, case management and exposing thousands of DC immigrants to college and careers in Washington, DC.

Selvon previously led the nationally recognized arts education and mentoring non-profit – Life Pieces To Masterpieces – as their Executive Director. In his time at Life Pieces To Masterpieces he led a 22% increase in their revenue to 1.3 million annually

 In 2015 he was awarded the Honorable Ron H. Brown Distinguished Leadership award. In February 2016, he was the recipient of the Amtrak/Monumental Pioneer Award for community and youth activism and in July 2016 he was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Eleanor Norton in appreciation of outstanding and invaluable service to the community. In December 2016, he was awarded the William Kellibrew Foundation’s Harvey-Davis Founders Award and in 2017 he was a finalist for the Education Award from the D.C. Office on Latino Affairs. 

Waldron has completed graduate course-work in Applied Economics at the University of Maryland-College Park and he completed the Georgetown University Education Policy and Program Evaluation graduate certificate program. Waldron earned both his BBA in Management and his MBA from the University of the District of Columbia. 

Seema Thomas

Seema Thomas has been working on urban challenges for the past two decades as an urban and water specialist with a focus on community engagement. Prior to working at the World Bank, she worked with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide grants to universities focused on efforts to support disaster reduction risk management.  Before her decade of grants management experience, her career focused on research and analytical work in low-income housing, residential transitions, and migration effects. She has a masters of distinction in urban planning from Harvard University, a masters of public affairs from Princeton University, and a bachelor of science in engineering, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania.

CLAUDIA SIMON

Ms. Claudia Simon is a native of Guyana, an Expert in the field of Healthy Aging and a Consultant. Ms. Simon has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, a master’s degree in Health Administration with a specialty in Gerontology from the University of Phoenix, and a Certificate on Aging from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Simon has over 20 years of work experience in Adult and Geriatric Health Services, Public Health Services, Program Development and Management, Grant Management, Case Management, and Budget Management and Formulation. Ms. Simon is known for her excellent leadership abilities and has received numerous awards. 

Ms. Simon is the Founder and President of a non-profit organization called We Helping Other People Excel, Inc. (We HOPE, Inc.). Also, she is the Founder and President of New Beginnings Consultant Services, LLC. Ms. Simon has written, received and administered grants totaling over $10 million dollars. Ms. Simon has appeared on several mass media channels to discuss Healthy Aging and Diaspora Engagement. Ms. Simon is the Secretary for The Roraima Institute (TRI). Ms. Simon serves on the Board of Directors for The United Guyanese Diaspora Global Network (UGDGN). 

She is a former member of the Gerontology and Human Development in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (AGHD-HBCU), Leadership Council on Aging (LCOA) Committee, American Society on Aging, and Prince George’s County Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer.  Ms. Simon is a member of The First Baptist Church of Glenarden.  Ms. Simon has a young scholar and athletic son.  She enjoys cooking, reading, going to the beach, playing tennis, and exploring cultural events.

Joseph D. Ragnauth

Joseph D. Ragnauth is currently a businessman. He is a Broker-Owner of Joe R Realty in New York. He holds a Diploma in Social Studies from Oxford University. He was a Co-Founder of Guyana Human Rights and Student Association (1968-1969) and Acting General Secretary of Guyana Farmers & Workers Union (GFWU) in 1970. He represented GFWU at the International Labor Organization (ILO) Seminar & Conference in Geneva, October 1970. He also was a CLAT delegate to the World Confederation of Labor Milan, Italy Labor Seminar in November 1970. in 1976, he represented Plater College, Oxford, on behalf of Guyanese Students, at the ACP- EU Meeting in Brussels, Belgium. He was a delegate to the WCL Manila, Phillipines Congress. In 1981, he attended a Guyanese Research & Representation Services (GRRS)/CLAT Seminar at the Latin American Workers University, in San Antonio, Venezuela. In 1979, he was the Representative of the GRRS in New York; and the Coordinator for American Committee for Free & Fair Elections 1984- 1992, in New York.

Sulare Telford

Dr. Sulare Telford Rose is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and an assistant professor at the University of the District of Columbia. She received her doctorate from Howard University in Communication Sciences and Disorders with cognate areas in sociolinguistics and psychometrics. Sulare is a child language specialist with research interests bilingualism, Caribbean English Creoles, and cultural anthropology.

Pepey Rahaman

Pepey Rahaman is a Businessman. Currently, he is a Realtor in New York.  He studied at Hollywood Real Estate Institute. He was Organizing Secretary for the Democratic Labor Movement (DLM) in the 1980s. He struggled for free and Fair Elections and assisted in organizing events for the Patriotic Coalition for Democracy (PCD). He hails from Lusignan and attended Annadale Secondary School.

Collin Haynes

Collin Haynes is an International Public Health and Healthcare IT consultant. He is involved in the training, advising and program support to healthcare system for electronic medical record systems. 

Prior to a career in healthcare information technology, he also has been involved in planning, implementing and monitoring & evaluation of public health programs in the areas of HIV/AIDS, migrant health, disaster risk reduction and non communicable diseases in the United States, Guyana and Asia. 

Collin Haynes received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and International Relations from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland and a Masters of Public Health from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. Recently, he has finished his coursework requirements for a Masters of Business Administration in strategic health management. 

TAKISHA WILSON

Takisha Wilson is the CEO and founder of Purposed Life Coaching and Consulting, LLC. She has over 16 years of experience as an International Speaker, Trainer, Clinical Counselor, and in Leadership Development. Ms. Wilson specializes in working with youth, young adults and women. Her experiences spans from working with first-time/generation College students, at-risk youth, juveniles, and youth with disabilities; Ms.Wilson also specializes in women’s issues, and works with small business owners. Ms. Wilson has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the College of Saint Elizabeth. 

Additionally, she has completed course work in the field of International Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology; and she is a certified Gallup Strength’s Finder Coach. Ms. Wilson currently works as a Career and Development Counselor at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), in Washington, D.C.; and she is the coordinator of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute at UDC. 

Moreover, she has done International work as a Trainer; Ms. Wilson co-facilitated training at TANI, a social service agency in Peru, on the topic of “Signs of Domestic Violence Abuse among Children.” Also, she presented her research paper titled “Youth and the Challenges of Sustainable Employment: A Global Concern and a Concern of the Diaspora of Guyana”, at the University of Guyana’s Diaspora Conference in Georgetown, Guyana. Ms. Wilson’s overall goal is to assist youth and women, discover and purse their purpose and mission in life.

PAUL NEHRU TENNASSEE

Paul Nehru Tennassee is the Director of The Roraima Institute. He also is a Bi-lingual Visiting Professor at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Washington DC. 

He authored two peer reviewed books: “Venezuela: The Oil Workers & The Struggle for Democracy 1918-1948″(in Spanish) and The History of The National Alliance of Postal & Federal Employees/Treat US Right Not White” 1913-1945. He has researched and written on Guyana, Caribbean, Venezuela, Canada & USA; including research commissioned by Action Aid International on “Guyana The Causes of Poverty/Recommendations for an AAIA Strategy.” He wrote several booklets including “Guyana A Case for Free and Fair Elections”, “Guyana: A Nation In Ruins/The Puerto Rican Model Failed,” “The Nationalization of The Sugar & Bauxite Industry 1970-1980”, and Co-Authored a book on “Caribbean Workers Struggle for Real Democracy.” 

He was the Director of International Affairs at University of the District of Columbia, Director of International Affairs at the National Alliance of Postal Federal Employees, USA.  He also served as Director of World Confederation of Labor (WCL) Washington Liaison Office; and the WCL Permanent Representative at the United Nations. He is a Host-Producer of CaribNationTV Program and completed over 200 shows aired across the world. Tennassee was the Democratic Labor Movement (DLM) Presidential Candidate in 1985 & 1992. He is the recipient of an Award “Restorer of Democracy” from the Y50 Anniversary Committee, New York.  Recipient of the Pinnacle Award from National Coalition on Caribbean Affairs He is a Life Member of the Oxford Union. In 2019, he received an award “Accomplishment in Service/Advocacy” from the College of Arts & Sciences.  He was a Co-Chair of “Aspirations for Real Change” Conference that was held at UDC/Washington DC in April 2016. 

As Director of The Roraima Institute (TRI), he co-conducted Listening Interviews in five (5) regions of Guyana; and authored “Listening Interview Series #1” which was presented at Cara Lodge, Georgetown, Guyana.