Tariq Alli

General Manager

Tariq Alli

General Manager

Tariq has 20 years of experience in corporate finance spanning capital markets, deal origination, syndication and structuring. He joined First Citizens in 2011 and held the position of Assistant General Manager – Corporate and Investment Banking Unit from July 2017. Tariq was appointed General Manager in 2021.

He attained a Bsc in Accounting (Honours) from The University of the West Indies and an MBA (Distinction) from the Edinburgh Business School.

Government Business Team

Maria Mike

Head, Government Business

Maria Mike

Head, Government Business

Maria has over 26 years in the financial services industry. She works with various State entities to structure and arrange financing for various Government projects and also manages several large Government relationships. Her experience spans mortgages, asset management, credit risk, and corporate banking.


Maria attained a BSc. in Computer Science from The University of the West Indies and a diploma in Business Management from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

Rohini Ballie

Senior Account Manager

Rohini Ballie

Senior Account Manager

Rohini has more than 19 years of banking experience and has worked on the Government and Private Sector teams. Before joining First Citizens, she worked in the Commercial and Corporate Banking Centre at another financial institution.
She pursued an MBA (Oil and Gas specialisation) with the Heriot-Watt University and has commenced certification via the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Capital Markets Team

Mikkel Jackson

Head, Capital Markets

Mikkel Jackson

Head, Capital Markets

Mikkel is responsible for part of the Capital Market process which includes coordination with the issuer, documentation review, marketing, execution of the transaction as well as developing syndication strategies. He has over 6 years of combined experience in structuring and financial analysis to assist borrowers with large-scale fundraising and has total transaction deal experience in excess of TT$20 billion.
Mikkel has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration – Finance from the Heriot Watt University.

Javan Blackman

Senior Manager

Javan Blackman

Senior Manager

Javan held the position of Senior Manager at another regional financial institution before rejoining the team in December 2019. His experience includes Commercial and Corporate Investment Banking and Risk Mitigation with various roles in Risk Adjudication, Corporate Banking and Investment Banking since 2012.

He holds a Bsc. Economic (Minors in International Relations and Finance) and Msc. International Finance from the University of the West Indies and Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

Private Sector Team

Dereck Ramlal

Head, Private Sector

Dereck Ramlal

Head, Private Sector

Dereck has been involved in the financial services industry for over 21 years and managed projects in various industries, locally and regionally. He attained an MBA in Finance at the University of Lincoln and BSc Economics at the University of the West Indies.

Nadine Paul

Senior Account Manager

Nadine Paul

Senior Account Manager

Nadine has been with the First Citizens family for the past 20 years, with 10 years’ corporate banking experience. She focuses on business development in local and regional markets and also manages a select portfolio of corporate clients. Nadine possesses a BSc. in Management from the University of London.

Jeremy Haynes

Senior Account Manager

Jeremy Haynes

Senior Account Manager

Jeremy possesses 10 years of progressive banking experience spanning both Corporate Banking and Corporate & Commercial Credit Risk. He rejoined the team in June 2018 and is responsible for management of the Private Sector portfolio.

He holds a BA in International Economics from Ryerson University with a minor in Corporate Finance and university level accreditation in Spanish.

Shane Samodee

Senior Account Manager

Shane Samodee

Senior Account Manager

Shane has worked in the financial services sector for over 18 years. He has held the positions of Credit Manager, Corporate & Investment Banking and Relationship Manager, Corporate Lending. Shane brings a wealth of experience in relationship management, risk management and deal closing to the team. He holds a Diploma in Banking, Certificate in Business Administration, Certificate in Financial Analysis and has attended several Corporate Banking training programs.

Maya Allen

Account Manager

Maya Allen

Account Manager

Maya has been with the team since 2014, she has served as the relationship manager for a significant portfolio of private sector client relationships spanning several industries across the region, inclusive of tourism, real estate and entertainment. Maya currently spearheads the execution and closing of all deals associated with private sector relationships.

She holds a BSc in Actuarial Science and an MSc in International Finance.

Transaction Verification/
Customer Service Team

Alana Guerra-Lillywhite

Manager, Transaction Verification (Ag.)

Alana Guerra-Lillywhite

Manager, Transaction Verification (Ag.)

Alana has been with the First Citizens Group for the past thirty (30) years, working in several areas including, Bank Operations, Specialized Securities and Finance and Planning. For the last fifteen (15) years, she has served at the Corporate and Investment Banking Unit, undertaking Corporate and Government lending and portfolio management, for both local and regional clients.
Alana holds an MBA from the Anglia Ruskin University and a CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.

Costa Rica Team

Felipe Castro

Regional Manager

Felipe Castro

Regional Manager

Felipe has 25 years of experience in the financial sector having had responsibility for revenue generation, deal origination and execution. Operating out of Costa Rica as the First Citizens Regional Manager for Central America and LATAM for the last 9 years, he brings his wealth of experience.


Felipe is the holder of a BSc in Business Administration from the Universidad Latino Americana in
Costa Rica and a Post Graduate Degree in Capital Markets from Universidad de Costa Rica.

Carlos Castro

Relationship Manager

Carlos Castro

Relationship Manager

Carlos has over 11 years in the financial services industry. He worked as Regional Account Manager at another financial institution where he served corporate clients in Central America before joining First Citizens.

Carlos earned a BBA in Business Administration (Honours) from Northwood University, as well as a
BA in Hospitality from Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS), in Switzerland.