Promoting and Facilitating Agri-Business Investments

Sylburn Thomas

Sylburn Thomas


Sylburn Thomas is an Agricultural Economist with extensive experience in the private and public sectors through senior level assignments, where his leadership in business and public policy has been tested, developed and demonstrated. 

He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Agro-investment Corporation; which is the national agribusiness investment institution entrusted with the task of promoting large-scale agricultural investments in Jamaica.

His previous professional pursuits include appointments as General Manager of the Export Division of the Government of Jamaica – with responsibility for North America, Europe and Asia; Export Manager of the Caribbean Broilers (CB) Group of Companies – with responsibility for the Americas and as an Agricultural Specialist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with responsibility spanning the Northern Caribbean. 

He served as Chairman of the Coffee Industry Board from 2016 -2018 and closed his tenure by spearheading the amalgamation of the coconut, cocoa and coffee boards as well as the export division which oversees trade in spices – to form the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA). Mr. Thomas is an alumnus of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, with Graduate qualifications in Agribusiness and Economics.

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.