Ms. Tonya Ayow is a national of Trinidad and Tobago with almost fifteen years’ experience within the CARICOM Region. Ms. Ayow began her CARICOM career at the CARICOM Secretariat where she spent some five years before subsequently joining the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) in April 2008 as Head of Secretariat and then the Assistant Director, Support Services.
During her tenure at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Ayow served as the Project Officer for Crime and Security and prior to that Project Officer, Conference Services. During the security preparations for Cricket World Cup 2007 (CWC 2007), she was seconded to work with the CWC2007 Project Team which was spearheaded by the then Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados and contributed to the development of the Regional Security Plan for CWC 2007 of which there are several initiatives that have been retained as legacy systems even to today.
At CARICOM IMPACS, Ms. Ayow served as the Head of Secretariat for two and a half years before being appointed as Assistant Director, Support Services. In this position, she has oversight of Human Resources, Finance, Administration and Secretariat. She also is responsible for ensuring that the Agency Work Programme is in conformity with the agreed CARICOM Crime and Security Strategy approved by the CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government and functions as the liaison for IMPACS with other regional and international organisations. Ms. Ayow continues to work with these entities and others to ensure that there are ongoing partnerships with respect to the implementation of the Community’s work as it relates to security and focuses some of her time on resource mobilization for regional security programmes and projects. Where required, she also provides policy and technical support to ongoing regional security projects through CARICOM IMPACS and to its partners.
Ms. Ayow is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin American Studies (Trinity
College, Hartford, CT, USA), a Master of Arts in International Relations (Boston
University, Boston, USA) and a Master of Letters in Terrorism Studies (University of St. Andrews, Scotland). She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration through the University of Liverpool.
She also is a certified Corporate Etiquette and Protocol Consultant through the Protocol School of Washington.