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Afra Raymond: Three myths about corruption

Afra Raymond: Three myths about corruption

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Trinidad and Tobago amassed great wealth in the 1970s thanks to oil. But in 1982, a shocking fact was revealed — that 2 out of every 3 dollars earmarked for development had been wasted or stolen. This has haunted Afra Raymond for 30 years. Shining a flashlight on a continued history of government corruption, Raymond gives us a reframing of financial crime.

A leading expert in the fields of property valuation and project management, Afra Raymond is battling the government corruption rampant in his country, Trinidad and Tobago.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?

Afra Raymond calls out government corruption, demanding more transparency and accountability from the leaders of Trinidad and Tobago. His work in recent years has focused on the CL Financial collapse of 2009 and subsequent government bailout, which Raymond says operated “with different laws of physics” than bailouts of financial institutions in other countries. Writing on topics like white-collar crime, good governance and national development, Raymond shows that corruption shouldn’t be a given. He wrote the column “Property Matters” in The Business Guardian from 2004 through 2012. Now, he writes on his own website, AfraRaymond.com.

Raymond looks at corruption through his lens as an expert in the fields of property valuation, project appraisal, development planning and management. He is a Chartered Surveyor and Managing Director of Raymond & Pierre Limited and  was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in January 2011. He has served on a number of Boards in various positions including Executive Member of the Federation of Black Housing Organizations (FBHO) in London, Board member of the Trinidad Building & Loan Association (TBLA), Director of EPL Properties Limited (EPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eastern Credit Union (ECU) and Immediate Past-President of the Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad & Tobago (ISTT).

“Afra Raymond is a Trinidad and Tobago journalist whose effective work on the CL Financial scandal has continually exposed the unethical and illegal actions of many of the main players in the financial debacle. ”  Barbados Free Press

 

Collaborations and Networks

Collaborations and Networks

Philanthropic Leadership Forum — Breakout Session on Philanthropic Innovation
USC USC’s Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy featuring Nicole Esparza, June Holley, Gwen Walden and Patricia Bowie

 

Imagining the Power of Philanthropy

Imagining the Power of Philanthropy

The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy 2013 Philanthropic Leadership Forum Closing Plenary with Fred Ali, Ken Brecher, Kafi Blumenfield, Samuel Hoi, and Lisa Stevens

Strengthening Nonprofits and their Leadership

Strengthening Nonprofits and their Leadership

The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy 2013 Philanthropic Leadership Forum Breakout Session on Philanthropic Impact featuring Kathleen Enright, Heather McLeod Grant, Rick Moyers, and Linda Woods

 

Leon Panetta – Security and Leadership

Leon Panetta – Security and Leadership

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta delivers speech on sequestration, national security and the challenges of leadership. Q&A follows the speech. Delivered 6 February 2013 at Georgetown University.

 

Freedom is fragile – Ronald Reagan

Freedom is fragile – Ronald Reagan

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How people treat other people is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves

How people treat other people is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves

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Victoria Grant explains our debt economy and banking

Victoria Grant explains our debt economy and banking

12-year old Victoria Grant explains why her homeland, Canada, and most of the world, is in debt. April 27, 2012 at the Public Banking in America Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Self-respect leads to self-discipline -Clint Eastwood

Self-respect leads to self-discipline – Clint Eastwood

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What has America reaped from the bailout of Wall Street?

What has America reaped from the bailout of Wall Street?