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Miss Sheryl Whitehall

Chief Financial Officer Finance & Administration

A Trinidadian national, Ms. Whitehall has risen through the ranks of financial management and enjoyed a varied and fulfilling career as certified accountant. Ms. Whitehall is joining the Open Campus after a distinguished career with the international firm, Aureos Advisers Ltd in London since 2001. This company is the subsidiary of a global private equity fund manager in emerging markets and a joint venture between CDC Group PLC and Norfud, As the Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary of Aureos Advisors Ltd., Ms. Whitehall was responsible for a group of just over 20 subsidiaries, and managed just as many private equity funds in Africa, Central America, South-East Asia, South Asia, the Pacific and China.

Throughout her career, she has worked with many other international and regional accounting firms and agencies. She received her start at Coopers and Lybrand in Trinidad & Tobago as a trainee accountant, before earning her ACCA.As Finance and Administration Manager at the Trinidad and Tobago Export Development Corporation in 1984, she designed and implemented all the accounting and internal control procedures and the computerisation of the accounting system of the corporation. She also worked at Ernst & Young in Barbados, where she honed her post-ACCA skills and in 1992 was seconded for a year to one of the firm‟s clients in the manufacturing sector as Corporate Services Manager and Corporate Secretary. She returned to Trinidad & Tobago for a while to work as the Finance Officer on a $82m regional project for the UWI, which was funded by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Caribbean Development Bank. She then decided to gain experience in the growing area of private equity, by joining the CDC Group PLC as the Finance Manager of its Caribbean operations. Ms. Whitehall has now come full circle back to the UWI Open Campus, where we welcome her international experience within our international university.