Promoting and Facilitating Agri-Business Investments

Dr. AL Powell

Dr. AL Powell

Chief Executive Officer

Alexander (AL) Powell was appointed Chief Executive Office of the Agro-Investment Corporation, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Al Powell is a results-oriented, consistent and innovative senior management professional with over 25 years of senior management experience. He has worked with both large and small prominent private and public sector companies to develop and execute strong strategic plans and leverage cutting-edge tactics across the core disciplines of business management.

Dr. Powell previously had a leadership role in the Agriculture Sector as Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and has served as Group Vice President of Thermoplastics Limited, General Manager of Industrial Sales at Seprod Limited, Assistant General Manager of Facey Commodity Limited and Marketing Director of Hardware & Lumber Limited. As a result of his experience and expertise, Dr. Powell has held board appointments at the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Wallenford Coffee Company Limited, Jamaica Business Planners Limited, and The Banana Board. Additionally, he has served on Management Committees such as Johnson & Johnson and the RADA St. Andrew Parish Office. He has also offered consultancy services to various companies in the areas of Finance, Human Resources, Marketing and Corporate Governance.

Not limiting himself to business pursuits, Dr. Powell has had the pleasure of educating the next generation through his time teaching Strategic Management and Global Marketing Management to graduate students at the University of Technology, Jamaica.
Dr. Powell pursued Economics at the University of the West Indies and later continued his studies at Barry University, Florida, where he received a Master of Business Administration. His doctoral degree in Global Business and Leadership was earned at California Intercontinental University in Irvine, California.

To the Agro-Investment Corporation, Dr. Powell brings a wealth of knowledge, a proven track record and an enthusiasm for excellence. He is an avid consumer of both local and international news, a lover of history and a keen conversationalist. He enjoys international travel. He is a Justice of the Peace.

Kadiana Ramballi

Kadiana Ramballi

Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Kadiana Ramballi is an accomplished Chief Financial Officer at the Agro Investment Corporation, with over 30 years’ experience in the field of Accounting, Budgeting, Financial and Portfolio Management.

Kadiana’s professional life started at St. Catherine High School where she taught Mathematics and English Literature. She also worked as a Budget Director at the Ministry of Finance & the Public Service, General Manager at the then GSB Cooperative Credit Union Ltd, and Senior Director, Finance and Accounts at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).

Kadiana has won medals and awards for her poems at the JCDC’s annual writing competitions. She has written 3 books, her favorite being, “WHAT A JOURNEY-A Jamaican Experience”. Her educational pursuit began at Shortwood Teachers’ College where she majored in

Mathematics and English Literature at the secondary level. She is also the holder of a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the UWI, Mona. She is an ardent Christian and has participated in several leadership roles at her church. She has one son who is a medical doctor.

Kadiana is a person who influences and persuades top ranking people; whose opinion is highly sought after; and whose judgment is respected and trusted.

Owen Scarlett

Owen Scarlett

Director, Agro-Park Development

Owen D. Scarlett is the Director for Agro Park Development. He is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the overall development of all Agro-parks and agro-economic zones to ensure that they contribute optimally to the pertinent development objectives of the vision 2030 plan. For more than twelve (12) years he has worked in various positions within the government of Jamaica including Farm Manager at Montpelier Citrus Company in St. James and Farm Supervisor at St. Mary Banana Estate. He has worked in various positions within the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries for more than 10 years which fostered his growth and development in Food safety and quality controls.

Mr Scarlett holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Agriculture from the University of the West Indies (UWI). He has also gained an Associate of Science Degree in General Agriculture from the College of Agriculture.

Rickman Edwards

Rickman Edwards

Properties and Fixed Assets Manager

Mr. Rickman Edwards is the Properties and Fixed Assets Manager at Agro-Investment Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Redding (London) where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree (First Class Honors) in Estate Management. He is also a graduate of the University of Technology, where he achieved (Hons.) Diploma in Land Economy and Valuation Surveying.

Mr. Rickman Edwards has over 15 years of experience in property management and valuation. He has managed several property portfolios and has experience in project management, land divestment, land acquisition and construction. He joined the corporation in January 2016 and has lead the process of developing and implementing the Agro Invest Land Lease Policy and Procedures.

He has implemented various standard operating systems to ensure the corporation’s lease management processes are in line with Government of Jamaica land divestment guidelines. He currently works along with other government agencies and departments to acquire a target of 10,000 acres of suitable agriculture land for agro-parks.

In his role as the Property and Fixed Asset Manager, Mr. Edwards fosters an environment of teamwork and ensures that strategy is clearly defined while overseeing performance and maintaining morale. He is very passionate about his work and works assiduously to develop the department into what it is today.

Judith Leslie-Alexander

Judith Leslie-Alexander

Director, Human Resource Management and Development

Mrs. Judith Leslie-Alexander joined the Agro-Investment Corporation as the Director, Human Resource Management and Development in 2015. She brings over 15 years of corporate executive operational and human resources management experience to the Corporation.

In her role as Director, she implements policies and practices that supports the long term objectives of the corporation. She is responsible for managing and directing the human resource activities and supporting the strategic initiatives to attract, develop and retain the human capital within AIC.

She has a passion for people and their development and improvement. Ms. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Human Resource Management and International Business from the University of Technology.

Sherine Simms-Landell

Sherine Simms-Landell

Chief Audit Executive

Mrs Sherine Simms-Landell is the Chief Audit Executive with responsibility for the Internal Audit Unit. The Unit is responsible for providing full insight and recommendations based on analysis and assessments of financial and operational data and business processes of the Corporation in accordance with the FAA Act, Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act, relevant funding agency contracts and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Mrs Simms-Landell is the holder of a MSc. in Accounting from the University of West Indies. She is a highly motivated, proactive, dedicated professional with over twenty-one years audit experience through the assessment of internal controls. She is a strong leader who practices critical thinking and emotional intelligence to train and motivate a team to peak performance.