Mrs. Maria Padilla-Benjamin, has 21 years working experience in Human Resource Development, fifteen (15) of which has been within the Trade environment. She has a passion for learning and influencing individuals to acquire the knowledge, information and/or attitudes necessary for the achievement of individual as well as organizational goals and objectives.
As Manager Training for exporTT, she views her role as engendering a commitment to professional growth and continuous learning of all Exporters in Trinidad & Tobago. She achieves this by providing relevant training and development initiatives focused on building the capacity of Trinidad and Tobago Exporters to master the essentials of an effective export strategy. Whether it’s guiding new Exporters or updating existing Exporters, all training initiatives are designed to equip Exporters with the skills to win new business in international markets and/or generate export leads.
In keeping with her drive for continuous improvement, she completed the International Trade Specialist programme facilitated by the eBSI Export Academy in Ireland and administered by exporTT. Maria recommends this nine month e-learning programme as a must have for all persons new to the world of exporting or requiring a foundation in exports.
In June 2015 – May 2018, Maria assumed the role as Ag. Marketing and New Media Manager / Manager Communications. This appointment came on the heels of her successfully project managing exporTT’s Export Development Forum in 2013, exporTT’s premier Inward Buyers Missions dubbed “InBuyTT” in 2014 and 2015 as well as other smaller scale projects like the Official Visit to Trinidad and Tobago of the Vice Minister Trade and Foreign Investment of Cuba. In December 2016, Mrs. Padilla-Benjamin managed the execution of exporTT’s Publication namely – Cuba: Unlocking Opportunities and in March 2017 its Fit4Europe Publication featured in the Guardian Newspapers. These Publications showcased the work of exporTT in two major markets as well as the Exporters, Institutions, Organizations and/or Individuals that powered the success of both initiatives.
More recently in June 2021, Mrs. Maria Padilla-Benjamin has been appointed exporTT’s Implementation Lead for an Export Booster Initiative (EBI) for the manufacturing sector. An initiative in pursuit of Government’s diversification agenda to develop the manufacturing sector and accelerate performance post Covid-19. The primary objective of the EBI is to increase the value of manufacturing exports by 10% at the end of the fiscal year 2020/2021 and to double that by 2024 to approximately TT$5.4 billion. To achieve these targets, the EBI has identified initiatives under three broad strategic areas namely: Export Promotion, Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening.
Maria remains committed to making exporTT known and assisting in driving the mandate of the organization. She holds a BSc in Management Studies (Hons) from the University of the West Indies and a MBA in General Management from Henley Management College (University of Reading).