Metry Seaga – Chairman
Metry Seaga is the President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, elected unopposed on June 24th, 2015.
He served on the JMA’s Board of Directors since 2008, and has helped shape and implement many of the organization’s initiatives, fearlessly tackling issues impeding the industry, and promoting the manufacturing sector as the engine of economic growth. Though there have been many accomplishments since Mr. Seaga has taken the reigns in 2015, the most noteworthy has been the launch of JMA’s newest initiative, the Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) tradeshow, a first in terms of its size and magnitude, held in June 2017.
Mr. Seaga has been an entrepreneur for over twenty-seven years. After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Business at the Florida International University (FIU) in 1984, he returned to Jamaica where he started a Rent-A-Car business, a Travel Agency, entered into motor vehicle sales and finally established a manufacturing business. Having been a manufacturer from the age of 16, Mr. Seaga is today the Managing Director of Jamaica Fiberglass Products Ltd., a contract fabricating company.
In addition to being head of the JMA, he is the Vice Chairman of JAMPRO, and was the youngest elected President of the Jamaica U-Drive Association.
In his spare time, he takes pleasure in playing golf.
Vikram Dhiman – Co-Chairman
Vikram Dhiman is the Chief Operating Officer of ICD Group Holdings Limited, a Jamaican-based Investment Holding Company with regional and global interests in Real Estate, Construction, Property Management, General Insurance, Insurance Broking, Business Process Outsourcing And E-Commerce businesses.
Mr. Dhiman began his career with KPMG in Jamaica and worked with them in India and the Netherlands. Between 1998-2000, he worked with the United Nations Compensation Commission, in Geneva, as a valuation specialist for determination of the Claims arising from the 1990 Gulf War. After his MBA at INSEAD he worked at Marakon Associates, a strategy consulting firm, at their London Office, advising several FTSE 100 and 500 firms. He joined the ICD Group in 2004, and has been instrumental in acquisitions, mergers, divestment and shaping and growing the businesses of the group, its subsidiaries and affiliates since then. He is responsible for creating and managing change, developing leadership teams and capabilities across all the companies that he works with. He is also responsible for managing and overseeing the financial, treasury and accounting functions across the Group.
Mr. Dhiman serves on several private and public sector boards. He currently serves as the Chairman of British Caribbean Insurance Co. Limited (Jamaica’s largest insurance co.) and WIHCON Properties Limited, and is a director of Advantage Communications Inc. (Canada), ADV Communications Jamaica Limited, Social Media Group LLC (Puerto Rico), West Indies Home Contractors Limited, ICD Group Holdings Limited, and the University Hospital of the West Indies (Private Wing) as the Chairman of its Management Committee. He serves as the Honorary Treasurer of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) since 2016, the umbrella private sector body that seeks to influence national policy issues of a political, social, or economic nature. He is also the PSOJ’s representative on the Special Economic Zone Authority’s Board and serves as its Deputy Chairman.
He is also the Treasurer of the Jamaica Golf Association and was the Chair of its Junior Golf Committee from 2007-17. He has raised over US$300,000 for the development and growth of Junior Golf in Jamaica.
Mr. Dhiman attained a First Class Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Christ Church College (1987), Kanpur India; is a past member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Fellow Member (Not in Practice) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica and has passed the CPA examination of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France (2000). Mr. Dhiman is married to Aditi and they have two sons Karan (17) and Aman (12).
Velma Ricketts – Director
The CEO/Commissioner of Customs, Mrs. Velma Ricketts Walker, has over seventeen (17) years experience in Customs Administration, Trade Facilitation, Risk Analysis, Strategic Planning, International Trade, Security, Compliance and Enforcement.
Mrs. Walker started at Jamaica Customs in 1999, and rose through the ranks to become Assistant Commissioner, Compliance and Enforcement in 2011.
Before returning to the organisation as CEO/Commissioner on April 10th, 2017, Mrs. Walker worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as Revenue Administration Advisor, where she assisted regional Customs Administrations with the development and strengthening of their risk management programmes and organisational strategic reform.
Mrs. Walker is an experienced management professional, highly result oriented with strong motivational, coaching and negotiation skills. She has comprehensive knowledge, training and expertise in trade facilitation programmes, risk management, voluntary compliance programmes, intelligence, investigative techniques, enforcement operations, project management, operations management, communication and customer service delivery.
She is an IMF certified and trained Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) Assessor.
She now leads the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) strategic reform program and chairs the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Capacity Building Committee.
Ainsley Powell – Director
Mr. Ainsley Powell has been appointed as Commissioner General of Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), effective October 1, 2014.
He served as the acting Commissioner General from 2012 to the time of his appointment.
He previously held positions as Chief Technical Advisor for Tax Administration Jamaica and was the Commissioner of the former Taxpayer Audit and Assessment Department (TAAD).
He is a well-respected tax expert and is known for his technical competence. He has represented Jamaica at several tax conferences and seminars both locally and internationally.
His other working experiences in taxation include:
- Deputy Commissioner – Stamp Duty and Transfer Tax, Technical Specialist, TAAD
- Bauxite Audit Specialist, Income Tax
- Programme Instructor for the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC)
- Jamaica’s representative to the Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA) and the Inter-American Centre of Tax Administrations (CIAT)
In the business fraternity, Ainsley Powell is known as a tax ‘guru’.
Also known for his family values, he is a devoted husband and father of two children.