Mr. Sterling Chadee
Director of Statistics
Mr. Chadee is a career statistician who joined the public service in 1984. He holds a first degree in Economics and is completing a master’s degree in Development Statistics. He joined the CSO in 1986 and moved up through the ranks. He was promoted to the position of Director of Statistics in September 2013. Mr. Chadee has extensive experience working in official statistics in such areas as National Accounts, Labour Force, Population, Social and Vital Statistics, Survey Sampling, Agriculture, Household Income and Expenditure, International Trade, Prices, Production and Tourism and censuses. He held many senior management positions within the CSO including Assistant Director of Statistics, Senior Statistician in charge of the Economic Statistics Division, Head of the Agricultural Census Division and Senior Statistical Analyst In charge of the Household Budget Survey Unit. He is a proactive leader who understands the need to build good working relationships and team work among staff.
Mr. Andre Blanchard
Mr. Blanchard has worked at the Central Statistical Office for approximately 22 years. His qualifications include: BSc Economics (University of the West Indies) and a BSc Mathematics and Statistics (University of London).
He first worked in the National Income Section of the National Accounts Division (1991-1997) as an industry or sector specialist re: Petroleum and Finance, Insurance and Real Estate and Business Services. He was transferred to the Business Surveys Section of the National Accounts Division (1997-1998) as the officer charged with the responsibility of maintaining a business register of establishments and conducting the annual survey of establishments. For the period 1999 to 2009, Mr. Blanchard became the officer in charge of the Economic Indicators Section where he supervised the preparation of all economic indices including the Index of Retail Prices and the inflation rates.
Mr. Blanchard was appointed Senior Statistician in 2009 and became the Divisional Head for the Population, Vital and Social Statistics Division. His responsibilities included the supervision of all output related to mid-year population estimates, vital statistics, crime statistics, education statistics and the Continuous Sample Survey of Population including unemployment estimates. In February of 2014, Mr. Blanchard was transferred to the National Accounts Division as Divisional Head where he continues to function with responsibility for supervising the preparation of National Accounting estimates including the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimates.
Ms. Marva Williams
Ms Marva Williams, current head of the Population, Vital and Social Statistics Division, is a career statistician with over 24 years working experience at the CSO. A graduate of the University of the West Indies, Ms Williams is the holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.
Prior to attending UWI and joining the CSO, Ms Williams worked in the field of auditing and accounting, which provided her with a good foundation in financial records and record keeping as well as other aspects of the financial side of business. This background, coupled with her studies in Economics, prepared her for the world of statistics and, moreso, made her well- suited to the type of work performed by the National Income Section of the CSO, in the production of national accounts statistics.
While most of her years have been spent in the National Accounts Division, having worked her way up from Statistical Assistant to Senior Statistician, and having had to interface closely with a number of other divisions, Ms Williams has had the benefit of exposure to almost all aspects of work at the CSO. As a Technical Area Supervisor in the 2000 Population and Housing Census, she was actively involved in the training of census personnel and the overall management of fieldwork and field personnel assigned to her. In 2010, she was again involved in the training of census personnel for the Population and Housing Census, which was eventually conducted in 2011.
From August 2008 to February 2010, as Senior Statistician, Economic Statistics Division, Ms. Williams headed the work of this division and had responsibility for economic indicators such as the retail price index and the domestic production index, as well as for trade, travel and tourism statistics. At the end of this period, upon the approaching retirement of her predecessor, Senior Statistician Mr. Clifford Lewis, Ms. Williams returned to the National Accounts Division and headed the work of this division until February 2014, when she assumed her current position of Senior Statistician, Population, Vital and Social Statistics Division.
Ms. Ava Mahabir Dass
Mrs Mahabir-Dass is a career public servant with almost two decades of service.
She commenced her tenure with the Central Statistical Office (CSO) in 1995 and after 7 years was reassigned to the Ministry of Trade and Industry. She returned to the Central Statistical Office in 2013.
Mrs Mahabir-Dass is the holder of a BSc in Economics from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. She has also had advanced training in several aspects of trade including Trade Remedies, Competition Policy, Investment and Agriculture as well as Price Statistics. She has represented the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at trade negotiations on Trade Remedies and has also participated in the preparations for Market Access and Agriculture trade negotiations at various fora.
Mrs Mahabir-Dass has extensive Survey experience at the CSO and has been instrumental in the revision of several indices including the Domestic Production Index and related indices and Building Material Index. She has also worked on Agriculture and Trade statistics and was a Technical Area Supervisor in the last two Housing and Population Censuses.
Ms. Satee Boodoo
Chief Census and Survey Officer
Satee Boodoo joined the Central Statistical Office in February 1993 after completion of a B Sc. Economics degree at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in the Agriculture Division. Most of her working career has been in the National Income Division where she worked as a Statistician I and a Statistician II. As a Statistician I her duties included the calculation and computation of the Value Added in several industries – Agriculture, Textiles, Garments and Footwear, Printing, Publishing Paper Converters, Chemical and Non-Metallic Minerals, Assembly and Related Industries, Distribution Services, Electricity and Water.
As a Statistician II she had the responsibility for the supervision of the compilation of the following industries – Textiles, Garments and Footwear, Printing, Publishing and Paper Converters, Food, Drink and Tobacco, Agriculture, Construction and Quarrying, Transportation, Storage and Communication. In other additional special assignments, she was co-ordinator of the First Compendium of Environmental Statistics as well as assignments in Supply and Use Tables, Re-basing of the GDP and Deflation of the GDP.
While being attached to different Divisions, she has gained Census experience working on the Population and Housing Census 2000, 2011 and Agriculture Census 2004 as a Technical Area Supervisor during field operations. During this time she also engaged in training of supervisors and enumerators prior to fieldwork. At the management level she has participated in CSO’s Internal Working Committees contributing to the planning of the Censuses.
During the course of working at CSO she has acted as Statistician II in the CSSP Division, Senior Statistician in the National Accounts Division and the Agriculture Division. Ms. Boodoo is currently the Chief Census and Surveys Officer.
Mr. Kenneth Bissoon
Senior Statistical Analyst - Tobago
Kenneth Bissoon started his career at the Central Statistical Office – Tobago Division in 2007 as a Statistical Analyst II and became a Senior Statistical Analyst in 2013. Kenneth attended the UWI, St. Augustine obtaining a BSc. Economics (Major) with a Minor in Human Resource Management (2003). At the CSO he has been involved in several surveys and projects, namely the 2008-2009 Household Budgetary survey, the 2011 census and recently the 2014 survey of living conditions to name a few. Kenneth has been trained on the Retail Prices Index, the System of National 2008, and Applied Micro Economics for Statisticians and Demographic Studies.
He would like to see the Tobago Division be totally self sufficient and produce Tobago specific data in the fields of demography, economics, social, vital and environmental statistics and by extension playing a significant role in the development of the island. He is currently leading the team to produce Gross Domestic Product, inflation amount and other pertinent data sets for Tobago that would aid the CSO Tobago Division in meeting the needs of its main stakeholder, the Tobago House of Assembly.
Mr. Bruce Spencer
Mr. Bruce Spencer entered the public service in July 1999 and was assigned to Central Statistical Office as a Statistician I. During the past fourteen years at the CSO he has worked in all levels and subject matter areas. He worked as a Statistician in the National Income, Agriculture Divisions as well as Continuous Sample Survey of Population.
Mr. Bruce Spencer possesses considerable training in survey sample design, Econometric Modeling and Forecasting, and Demographic Analysis. Presently, he is responsible for overseeing CSO’s Public Sector Investment Programme, external institutional relations, operations activities and the Tobago Division.
Mr. Bruce Spencer possesses a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies. Currently he is pursuing a Doctorate in Economics and is committed to transforming the CSO to a modern, state of the art, high performing statistical institute.