Private Sector Commission

Past Chairpersons



Major General (rtd.) Norman McLean (15th)


Major General (Rtd) Norman McLean has been a long serving Guyanese, serving his country in several important areas in Guyana.  He has had several firsts in Guyana’s history – he was one of the first Police Officer Cadets in our march towards Guyanisation of the Police Force.
Prior to that, he was the first Lieutenant of the British Guiana Volunteer Force to troop the Queen’s Colour.  He also became the first Police Officer to win the Prime Minster’s Gold Medal for the best graduating student in Public Administration at the University of Guyana.  He later became the first Police Officer to be the founding Director General of the Guyana National Service.  Later still, he was the first and only Police Officer to be promoted to Brigadier of the Joint Services of Guyana and lead the Guyana Defence Force.  Finally, he was the first officer to be promoted to Major General of the Guyana Defence Force.
During his service, he was elected as President of the Guyana Cricket Board for ten (10) years and was Manager on two successful West Indian Cricket Tours to India, Sharjah and Canada.  He also served for two (2) years as Chairman of the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade.
After retirement from the Guyana Defence Force, he joined the Private Sector, serving for twenty-five (25) years at Omai Gold Mines and aspired to leadership of the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association as its President on four (4) difference occasions.  He also served as President of the Gold and Diamond Miners Association and was elected to the position of Chairman of the premier institution, the Private Sector Commission for the period 2015-2016.
He is credited with crafting a comprehensive document on Guyana’s economy under the name “National Economic Forum” (NEF).  This highlighted the economic trust for Guyana under eight (8) headings; Agriculture; Mining and Quarrying; Manufacturing and Services; Forestry: Transportation; Tourism and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Mr. Ramesh Persaud (14th)


Mr. Ramesh Persaud FCCA MBA, is a Chartered Accountant by profession and is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana (ICAG) and holds an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University, Scotland.

Mr.Persaud is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Private Enterprise Development Ltd. (IPED) and the Executive Director of the Guyana Youth Business Trust (GYBT). He has been serving in that capacity since January 01, 2010.

Prior to his current role, he was the Finance Controller of IPED for three and half years, the Group Financial Accountant and the Financial/Management Accountant at the Guyana Sugar Corporation for 3 years. He also worked at Ram and McRae, Chartered Accountants and Professional Services Firm as an Audit Trainee for three years.

He is also an Entrepreneur being the Co- founder and Director at Cacique Inc, An ACCA Gold Approved Learning Partner since 2006. Here he has been a Senior Lecturer of the ACCA Professional and Technician qualifications.

Mr.Persaud is the current Chairman of the Caribbean Microfinance Alliance (CMFA), a regional network of Microfinance Institutions and Credit Unions representing over 24 member organisations from 9 Caribbean countries. He is also a Council member of the Consultative Association of Guyanese Industries (CAGI), the current Chairman of the Guyana Book Foundation and the Coordinator of the Global Entrepreneurship Week activities in Guyana.


Mr. Ronald Webster (13th)


Mr. Ronald Webster, a Guyanese by birth and a past student of Queens College was a Chemical Engineer by profession. Mr. Webster started his professional career in the Bauxite Industry and in 1965 he joined the Booker Group of Companies. After the nationalization of the Booker Group in 1979 he was elevated to the post of Managing Director for Guyana Distillers Limited.

He was further appointed Technical Director of the Guyana Liquor Corporation and soon after, Managing Director, Seals and Packaging Industries Ltd (SAPIL) now Caribbean Container Inc (CCI), with the responsibility to privatize the then state-owned company.

 Mr. Webster served as the President for the Guyana Manufacturers Association from 1997-1999 and Vice-Chairman of the PSC from 1998-1999. During his tenure with the GMA, the President’s Cup of Manufacturing Excellence was introduced. In 1999, Mr. Webster was elected chairman and leader of the mediation committee consisting of the Guyana Council of Churches, the Bar Association, the Trade Union Congress and the Private Sector Commission.

He also served on many public and private sector Boards including those of the Guyana Bauxite Industry and Linden Mining Enterprise. He was the past Chairman of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), and the past chairman of the board of Kwakwani Utilities Inc., Berbice River.

At the time of his death, he was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of CCI, Chairman of the Environmental Protection Agency Board and Chairman of the Private Sector Commission. He was the son of the late Albert and Winifred Webster of the United Kingdom, husband of Bibi Webster, a father of two and a grandfather of four.

Ramesh Dookhoo

Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo (12th)

2010 – 2012

Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo is the Business Development Executive, at Banks D.I.H Ltd and has served as President and been a member of the GMSA Board since 1993. He has served in the position of Hon. Secretary and Vice-Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, among other prominent portfolios.

He brings with him a wealth of experience to the Commission. Mr. Dookhoo does national service by being a member of UG Council, Vice Chair of the Guyana Water Inc. and Chairman of the fledgling Competition Commission of Guyana. He is also the newly elected Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Institute of Internal Auditors – Guyana Chapter.

Mr. Dookhoo has a passion for integrity, good governance and ethics and started his career as an internal auditor, an experience which has shaped his entire management style over the years.

Mr. Dookhoo’s most recent academic achievement is an MBA from the UWI Cave Hill in 2002.

Captain  Gerald Gouveia (11th )



Captain Gerald Gouveia is an aviator extra-ordinaire with in excess of thirty years experience flying in Guyana’s hinterland, South America and the Caribbean. He is an Airline Transport rated pilot. Captain Gouveia is a graduate of Embry Riddle University where he acquired his initial aviation education. He advanced his education in other fields such as National Security, Political Science, Tourism, Aviation, Security Management, Aircraft Search & Rescue and Aircraft Accident Investigation at NTBS Academy, George Washington University and the Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies in the National Defence University, all in Washington DC. Captain Gouveia founded his company, Roraima Airways along with his wife Captain Debra Gouveia, who is also an experienced Airline Transport rated pilot. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Roraima Group of Companies. One of the five owners of the Ogle Airport Inc and the current Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Captain Gouveia has also served over the years as President of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana, the Guyana Association of Travel Agents, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Aircraft Owners Association and the Caribbean Association of Travel Agents. Captain Gouveia holds a black belt in Karate and JUDO, is an ardent adventurer and also a mountain biking and power boating enthusiast.

Mr. Michael Correia (10th )



Mr. Michael O. Correia Jnr is presently the Chief Executive Officer for the Correia Group of Companies which comprise of: Correia Mining Company Limited; Evergreen Adventures Inc.; Inbound Tour Operator; Operate a seventeen room nature resort; Trans Guyana Airways Limited. Mr. Correia was the first private operator to bring Turbine technology into Guyana; he introduced first Cessna Grand Caravan into Guyana now they are 8 caravans in Guyana.  He is the Director/Chairman of Intraserv Inc.; Investment with Brazilian partner and Caribbean Aviation Maintenance Services Limited. He also achieved GAR 145. He also served as the President of the Private Sector Commission from 2006 to 2008.

Dr. Yesu Persaud

( 1st )- 1992-1993

(5th )- 1997-1999

(9th )- 2004-2006


Yesu Persaud was educated both in Guyana and the United Kingdom. He lived in the UK for ten years and worked in industry and commerce in that country.  He was honoured with a Doctor of Letters and a Doctor of Law, Honoris Causa, by the University of Warwick and the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine), respectively.

He retired as the Executive Chairman of the Demerara Distillers Group (DDL) in Dec 2013. He is the founder and Chairman of the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED); and serves as Chairman for the following organizations: Trust Company [Guyana] Ltd; Guyana Unit Trust – a mutual fund institution; BEV Processors Inc; Guyana Youth Business Trust. He is the chairman, and was the driving force behind the establishment and development of Demerara Bank Ltd. - Guyana’s first indigenous private sector bank

He is a Founder-Member and former Chairman of the Private Sector Commission of Guyana Limited.  [PSC], Past President and Executive Member of the Guyana Manufacturers' Association [GMA], Chairman - Consultative Association of Guyanese Industry ltd. [CAGI] and Director – Diamond Fire & General Insurance inc. Dr. Persaud also holds a number of positions on numerous external organizations, namely: Chairman - Caribbean Council for Europe [CCE], Past Chairman of Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce Ltd. [CAIC], Past Chairman and Current Vice Chairman - West Indies Rum & Spirits association [WIRSPA], Trustee of Caribbean Latin American action [CLAA], he was a member of the advisory group to the chief negotiator, Sir Shridath Ramphal, on CARICOM International Economic Negotiations. His external representations include: Honorary Consul for Chile in Guyana and Past Chairman – National Rums of Jamaica (NRJ). Dr. Yesu Persaud takes a keen interest in the economic and cultural development of the underprivileged. He is the founding member and Chairman of the Indian Anniversary Committee and the Indian Monument Fund – responsibility for all activities to celebrate Indian arrival in Guyana 169 years ago. He served as Chairman of the University of Guyana 30th Anniversary Endowment   Fund, Past Chairman of the Cheshire Home for Disabled Children; Chairman, Cheddi Jagan Children's Fund and Founding Member and Executive Vice Chairman – Guyanese People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) A number of National Awards were also presented to Dr. Persaud.

Dr. Peter De Groot (8th )



Dr.Peter De Groot holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in Animal Poultry Science from the Tuskegee University in 1982. Later he acquired his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the same university in 1984. Dr. de Groot is no longer in active Veterinary practice. He is the managing director of Fairfield Group of Companies, including Fairfield Rice Inc (Rice Milling and Exporting) and Fairfield Investments LTd. (Rice Cultivation and Poultry Production). He also stands as Director of John Fernandes Group of Companies. From 2002 - 2004, Dr. de Groot served as Past-Chairman of the Private Sector Commission; he is currently the Honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (since 2005); Chairman of the Corporate Members Group of the Private Sector Commission (since 2005); Director of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) (since 1992) and the Director of National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) (since 2007).

Mr. Brian James (7th )



Mr. Brian James was born on the 5 May, 1944. His education includes: Queens College – Georgetown, Guyana “O” Level (1953 – 1961); Downer Grammar School, Middlesex, England “A” Level (1961 – 1963); University of London, England Northampton College B. Sc (Eng) (1963 – 1966); University of Toronto, Canada, Post Graduate Business Administration (1966 – 1967). His work experience includes: 1992 – 2001,Guyana, C.E.O. of Auto Supplies Company – Importer and Distributor of major Brands of Vehicles, Appliances, Automotive Spare Parts, Electrical Appliances and Air Conditioners; 1993 – 2001, Guyana National Bureau of Standards – Council Member, Guyana National Printers – Board Member; 1994 – 2001, Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry – Council Member and 1st Vice President;1999 – 2001,Co-owner / Operator of Royal Castle Restaurants - featuring Fast Food Chicken Outlet in Georgetown and 2001 – 2002,Private Sector Commission – Chairman.

Mr. George Jardim
(6th )


Mr. George Jardim served as chairman of the Private Sector Commission from 1999- 2001. His work experience includes Chairman of Industrial Engineering Ltd. (Mechanical or Industrial Engineering industry) from January 1965 — November 2002. Consultant for Industrial Fabrications Inc. (Mechanical or Industrial Engineering industry) January 2003 — Present. His work includes updating management software and functions, designing new mining equipment to maximize recovery without chemical input.

Hon. Maniram Prashad (4th ) 1996-1997


Manniram Prashad served as President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Director of Pegasus Hotel and the Guyana Airways Corporation. He was also a member of the University of Guyana Council. Additionally, Prashad served as Presidential Advisor on Trade & Investment at the Office of the President, Chairman of the Cheddi Jagan Int’l Airport, Chairman of the Guyana National Shipping Corporation and Chairman of Property Holdings (Guyana) Limited and Chairman of Guyana Stores Limited. He also was the Vice Chairman of the Guyana Office for Investment and Vice Chairman of Caribbean Export Development Agency (Barbados). Manniram Prashad is currently the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce.

Mr. Beni Sankar
(3rd )


Mr. Beni Gopaul Sankar was born on the 25th September, 1948. He acquired his BSc in Agricultural Engineering in1974 at National College of Silsoe – Bedfordshire, UK. Mr. Sankar holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Kayman Sankar Groups of Companies from 1974 to present. Professional membership includes : Member of the Institute of Agricultural Engineers,  Member - Guyana Association of Professional Engineers,  Former President – GRMEDA, Former Director – Demerara Bank Limited,  Former Director – Demerara Distilleries Limited, Past Vice President – Guyana Cricket Board, Past President – Guyana Table Tennis Association,  Past President – Rotary Club of Georgetown,  Past President – Private Sector Commission – 1994 – to 1996 ,  Former  Chairman – National Aquaculture Association of Guyana, Chairman Caribbean Rice Association, Director Guyana Rice Development Board. Mr. Sankar obtained his pilot’s license in 1985.

Mr. David King (2nd )



Mr. David King was educated at: Queens College, Georgetown, Guyana - General Certificate of Examination Oxford & Cambridge Matriculation “O” Level 4 Subjects; University of Guyana jointly with the International Marketing Institutes., Mass., U.S.A - Marketing Research, Management, and Principles and Penn State University, Pennsylvania, U.S.A - Industrial Marketing. Mr. King’s work experiences include: Hand in Hand Fire Ins. Company, Guyana; Various positions in Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta, Canada; ESSO Standard Oil, Georgetown, Guyana, Sales Rep.; Rentokil (Guyana) Limited, Manager; Neal  and Massy Guyana Group; Division Manager, Bandage Tyre Retreading; Marketing Manager, Associated  Industries Ltd, AINLIM; General Manager & Managing Director, AINLIM;  Managing Director, Transportation Services Limited and King Advertising Limited, Chairman/Managing Director/ & Sole Owner. Previously held positions comprise: Councilor - Consultative Assoc. of Guyanese Industry (CAGI); (Employers Organisation of Guyana) ;Chairman  - CAGI; President   - Caribbean Employers;  Founder/ Member    - Private Sector  Commission of Guyana (PSC); Chairman  - Private Sector  Commission of Guyana (PSC) ;  Member    - Tripartite Committee of Ministry of  Labour ; Member     - Guyana Trade Facilitation Board; Member     - Tripartite Steering Committee for Review of the Public Service Rules; Member     - Committee for the Review of the Public Sector Wages; Secretary/Director/Vice President/and President-- Rotary  Club of  Georgetown; Director  Georgetown  Club  and Chairman   - Georgetown  Club. Other positions held are: Member     - Rotary Club of Georgetown; Member     - Guyana /Brazil Bilateral Cooperation Intra Agency Committee; Nominated Representative for the Joint Commission of the Partial Scope Agreement between Brazil & Guyana. Mr. King has received THE GOLDEN ARROW OF ACHIEVEMENT A.A.  - May 26th 1997. His hobbies consist of squash, hunting and fishing.


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