Board of Directors
Mr. Robert Lazzari started his insurance career in 1973 and has been with Agostini Insurance Brokers Limited for the last thirty-five (35) years. The organization has benefited significantly from the extensive experience he acquired as an account executive, having previously worked with two other major insurance broking firms.
Robert specializes in the management of major private sector and multinational accounts and is also deeply involved in the development of new business. He was appointed to the Board on October 01, 1989 and to the position of Managing Director on August 20, 2003.
Robert is a former president and a current executive member of the Insurance Brokers Association of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Edison Raphael
Mr. Edison Raphael is the holder of the Fellow Life Management Institute (F.L.M.I.) accreditation and has over thirty-five (35) years of working experience with Agostini Insurance Brokers Limited.
Edison is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Agostini and is also the Managing Director of Cardea Benefits Limited, a subsidiary of Agostini Insurance Brokers Limited.
Edison has been responsible for the design and implementation of innovative Employee Benefits programmes, particularly for clients in the financial services sector.
Mr. Shabir Khan
Mr. Shabir Khan has over forty-six (46) years experience in the insurance industry, having previously worked with other insurance broking and underwriting offices. He has been with AIB for the past thirty-four (34) years. Mr. Khan was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1995.
Shabir holds the Diploma in Insurance from the Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute and has attended numerous Property and Non Property courses. For the last ten (10) years he has been responsible for the energy related business of the Company.
Mr. H. Alan Alcazar
Mr. Alan Alcazar’s career in the Insurance Industry spans a 55-year period, commencing at the Bain Hogg Group in London. He has had extensive International working experience in the areas of Insurance broking and risk management during his tenure of employment at Bain Hogg’s offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Uganda.
Alan joined AIB on his return from the United Kingdom and was appointed our Executive Chairman in September 2003. His expertise focuses mainly on the areas of Property and Business Interruption Insurance and Claims Management.
Mr. Peter Clarke
Mr. Peter Clarke is a Financial Consultant.
Peter enjoyed a twenty-two (22) year career in the Stock broking Industry. From June 1984 to January 2000, he was the Managing Director of Money Managers Limited, one of the leading Stock broking Firms in Trinidad and Tobago. On the acquisition of Money Managers by West Indies Stockbrokers Limited (WISE), he became Managing Director of WISE in January 2000 and was appointed Chief Executive of WISE in May 2001, a position he held until his retirement in December 2005.
Peter obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yale University in 1976. In 1978, he gained a Law Degree from Downing College, Cambridge University and the following year was called to the Bar as a member of Grays Inn, London. He was admitted to practice law in Trinidad and Tobago in January, 1980 and was a Barrister-At-Law in private practice until June 1984.
Peter is a director of a number of companies including Sagicor, the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation, Allied Hotels Limited, and Agostini Insurance Brokers Limited and until recently the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange where he served as Chairman from 1995 to 1999. He is also a member of the UWI Development and Endowment Fund and the Finance Council of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain. From 2002 to 2005, he was a director of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce and from 1992 to 1995 was a member of the Betting Levy Board and Deputy Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Free Zones Company.
Mr. Brent Mitchell
Brent started his insurance career at AIB in November 2003 as an Insurance Clerk and exceled to the position of Risk Manager in 2006 with responsibility for undertaking risk surveys for AIB’s major clients, as well as managing a corporate portfolio.
In 2008, he left AIB to join a major international insurance brokerage company to develop and manage a portfolio of complex corporate clients in the CARICOM region. In May 2015, he rejoined AIB as its Business Development Manager focusing on developing and managing corporate clients as well strengthening our international partnerships. He later took up a position as Commercial Manager in the Corporate Division.
Mr. Mitchell was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2020 and brings to the board a wealth of experience in specialty insurance and manages AIB’s financial services portfolio.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (BBA) from the University of New Brunswick and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) from the Insurance Institute of America (IIA).
Mr. Eduardo J. Gierbolini
Eduardo J. Gierbolini brings to the board experience with a demonstrated history of over thirty (30) years of working in the insurance industry. Strong business development professional, skilled in Negotiation, Asset Protection, Life Insurance, Property & Casualty Insurance, Health & Benefits, Banking and Credit Analysis.
Ms. Frances Stevenson
Ms. Frances Stevenson joined the Company in March 2013. During her tenure she has developed an in-depth knowledge of the company’s internal processes and financial systems which has led to her elevation to the position of Financial Accountant, and then to her most recent appointment as Finance Manager. She has over fifteen (15) years’ experience in admin, audit and accounting.
Frances holds a Master of Science Degree in Financial Management from the Heriot Watt University in the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago (ICATT). Frances serves as a member of the company’s Business Continuity Management Team and is an Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) with the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI International).
Frances is also an avid supporter of community development, and in 2019 worked with the Office of the Member of Parliament for La Horquetta/ Talparo to conduct a Business Entrepreneurship workshop where she lectured Small-Business owners from the East/West corridor on ‘Managing your Business
Mr. Anthony Charles
Mr. Anthony Charles joined AIB on September 21, 1999. Prior to joining the Company, Anthony was employed in the capacity of Senior Account Executive, and as the Technical Assistant to the Executive Director of Marketing/Broking of a major brokerage firm. Anthony has worked in the insurance industry for twenty-four (24) years and is versed in all classes of insurance business, namely, Property, Pecuniary, Energy, Marine, Aviation, Transport, Liability, Personal Accident, Ordinary Long Term.
During his tenure in the insurance industry, Anthony has attained the Scholarship Training Programme Certificate (STPC), Certificate in Risk Management from the London School of Insurance, Trinidad & Tobago Insurance Institute Diploma in Insurance (Dip Ins), Associateship (ACII) and Fellowship (FCII) status of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) of England. Anthony’s thesis “Trade Liberalisation and its impact on the Insurance Industry in Trinidad and Tobago” has enabled him to become the only broker in the industry with the Fellowship status.
Anthony is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner, lectures at the Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute and is a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute Council.
Mrs. Malika Sandy
Malika joined the Company in October 2019 with over five (5) years’ experience in insurance industry and five (5) years in the legal field.
She is the holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus where she was exposed to a colossal of different law theories, specialising in Business Law, Tort Law, Contract Law and Public International Law. Malika thereafter continued to pursue her law career by obtaining her Legal Education Certificate (LEC) from the Hugh Wooding Law School where she focused on Commercial and Corporate Law. In 2014, she gained her professional title, Attorney-at-Law, when she was called to the bar of Trinidad and Tobago. Malika attained her Certificate in Insurance, from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and continues her studies with the institution.
Malika’s areas of expertise include, policy contract interpretation, public liability, workmen’s compensation/ employer’s liability and injuries or fatalities stemming from motor vehicular accidents.
Mr. Navin Dookeran
Navin Dookeran joined Agostini on June 1st 2015. Having worked in the insurance industry for over 15 years, Navin has developed his underwriting skill in all classes of business viz. Property, Motor, Pecuniary, Energy, Marine, Liability, Travel and Personal Accident. He attained the Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII) from the Chartered Insurance Institute London and the Associate in Risk Management from the American Insurance Institute. Navin also attended the prestigious Alois Alzheimer Scholarship at Munich Re in Germany where he learned further insurance, reinsurance and business principles over the 6 month period. He then completed his Masters of Business Administration from the Heriot Watt University in 2010. He has conducted numerous in-house training on all classes of insurance, he is currently a part-time lecturer at the University of the West Indies for the Insurance and Risk Management Degree and he was formerly the Chairman of the Attic Underwriting Committee.
Mr. Keith Wyke
Mr. Keith Wyke started his insurance career in 1981 when he joined Agostini Insurance Brokers Limited. During his tenure at AIB, Keith worked his way to the position of an Account Executive in Trinidad and in 1994, he moved to Tobago as manager of the branch office.
The Tobago branch presently employs six (6) staff members. Keith has attended many insurance courses related to property, liability and motor.
Mr. Anthony Maingot
Mr. Anthony Maingot joined Agostini on February 01, 2005, having worked in the industry for over twenty-eight (28) years. Prior to joining the Company, Anthony was employed with one of the largest local insurance companies where his last position was that of Claims Manager overseeing all Non-Life claims, including property, casualty and liability classes.
Prior to this, Anthony headed the Agencies Department and was in charge of that insurer’s Customer Service, Branch Offices and General Agents force throughout Trinidad & Tobago.
During his tenure in the insurance industry, Anthony attained the Scholarship Training Programme Certificate (T.T.I.I.) and has attended various insurance and management training programmes both locally and in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Edward Amow
Mr. Edward Amow has over thirty (30) years’ experience in insurance having first joined Agostini in 1977.
Edward is presently the Manager of the Personal Lines Division and is responsible for the servicing of the individual customer with respect to their personal insurances.
Edward is also responsible for the management of all Group Insurance Plans/Binders which includes the homes, commercial properties and motor vehicles.
Ms. Pamela Baptiste
Ms. Pamela Baptiste joined the Company in 2001 and currently holds the position of Manager, Employee Benefits.
Pamela possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree, holds a fellowship with the Life Management Institute (FLMI) as well as the health designation given by the Health Institute Association of America (HIAA). Pamela graduated from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business with an Executive MBA.
Ms. Pamela Baptiste has been involved in the Life Insurance Industry for over twenty-five years (25) years and has amassed considerable experience in various aspects of the business industry, including Life, Health and Pension with a leading underwriter.
Ms. Sarah Arneaud
Ms. Sarah Arneaud joined the Company in July 2018 in the position of Human Resource Manager.
Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in the HR field and has worked at several major insurance companies in Trinidad & Tobago where she held both local and regional responsibilities in the management of Human Resources.
She holds a post graduate diploma in Human Resources from the Heriot Watt University, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (BBA) from the University of New Brunswick, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management, and Associate Life Management Institute (ALMI) from the Life Office Management Association (LOMA). She is certified in Industrial Relations and Health & Safety.
Sarah is currently a Board Member of the LOMA Society of Trinidad and Tobago and also past Secretary of the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT).
Ms. Ingrid Bowrin
Ms. Ingrid Bowrin is the Manager of the Information Technology Department and holds a BSc. in Information Systems with First Class Honours. She is a certified Oracle Database Administrator as well as an associate member of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems and Disaster Recovery Institute International.
Ingrid joined the company twenty-five (25) years ago, three of which were spent in Marine Cargo Underwriting and Claims Administration. In 1998, Ingrid was appointed Systems Administrator with key responsibility in administering the core broking application. In 2007 she was promoted to the role of Information Technology Manager.
During her tenure, Ingrid has developed an in-depth understanding of the Company’s core business processes, which enabled her to champion critical IT projects to maintain growth, sustainability and profitability of the organization.
AIB St. Lucia
Mr. Hollis Bristol
Mr. Bristol’s career in the Insurance Industry spans a 47-year period, commencing with Royal Guardian of London.
He joined Barclays Bank on January 1, 1953 and left in August 1959 as Accountant for St. Ann Bay Branch, Jamaica. He returned to St. Lucia and on September 1, 1959 he became a partner in J.E. Bergasse & Co Ltd in which he presently holds the position of Chairman.
He has had extensive working experience in the areas of motor, property and liability insurance and claims management.
He was the Secretary and Acting President of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, President of the Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce, Mayor of Castries,
Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, and Deputy Chairman, St. Lucia Development Bank.
He played lawn tennis for St. Lucia and was the Captain for the St. Lucia and Windward Islands Cricket and Football side.
Mrs. Mairi Low
Mrs. Mairi Low joined AIB in December 1996. Her responsibilities include all areas of financial and corporate secretarial activities.
She has a wealth of experience in the field of finance, with a background in auditing and accounting having worked both locally and in the U.K. with the firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Mairi is a Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA), a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean and a graduate of The University of Liverpool B.A. (Hon) Accounting.
Mr. Armstrong Philogene Leon
Mr. Armstrong Leon holds an Associateship (ACII) from the Chartered Insurance Institute of London and is a Chartered Insurance Broker. He holds an International Diploma in Management Studies from Cambridge University with distinction and he is a member of the Chartered Management Institute of London, Faculty of Insurance Broking, and the Faculty of Claims.
Armstrong’s career in the insurance industry spans over sixteen (16) years in which he has considerable experience in handling all classes of general insurance and the placement of risk in the international market place. Armstrong’s expertise concentrates in the areas of Property, Motor, Liability, Accident and Claims Management. He specializes in the management of major private sector and multinational accounts, and is also heavily involved in the development of new business.
Mr. Leon is the executive designated and assigned to coordinate and administer all operational issues arising from the management of portfolio of risk for key accounts.
Mrs. Anya Chow Chung
Mrs. Chow Chung holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honours from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate in Legal Education from the Hugh Wooding Law School, St. Augustine Trinidad. In 2008, she completed the Directors Accreditation Programme from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and has achieved certification from the Caribbean Institute of Forensic Accounting in Conducting Internal Investigations.
During the past seventeen years, Mrs. Chow Chung performed several Managerial roles at Geo. F. Huggins including Manager, Corporate Marketing and Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. Her responsibilities included overseeing the Company’s legal matters as well as its Money Services Business Operations. In 2010, Mrs. Chow Chung was appointed to the Board of Directors of our subsidiary company, Agostini Insurance Brokers (G’da) Ltd., and presently holds the position of Company Secretary.
Mrs. Anya Chow Chung was appointed to the Board of Directors of Geo. F. Huggins in 2012 and has served on several committees including the Strategic Planning and Budget Planning Committees. Effective January 1st 2017, Anya was promoted to the position, Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Charles A.R. George
Ms. Desnor Paul
Desnor joined Agostini Insurance Brokers Grenada Ltd in 2007 and served up to 2011, as the Accounts Officer/Customer service Representative. In 2011 she moved to the parent company, Geo. F. Huggins & Co (G’da) Ltd to fill the post of Assistant Chief Accountant/Supervisor. In 2015 she was promoted to the position of Company Accountant wherein she ably managed the company’s accounting department while maintaining oversight of AIB’s accounts.
In February 2018 she returned to AIB Grenada in the position of Manager. Her responsibilities include managing the day to day operations of the office and overseeing both Corporate and Individual client’s risk management.
Desnor currently holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and has also obtained academic qualifications from ACCA and the University of the West Indies (UWI). She will be pursuing the Advanced CII Qualification.