Jennifer Raffoul was appointed an Independent Senator on September 23, 2015, at the start of the 11th Republican Parliament.
She is a graduate of Oxford University, attaining a Master of Science Degree in Economics for Development in 2008. Prior to this achievement, Ms Raffoul earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in Applied Economics with a minor in Political Science from Queen’s University, Canada in 2006. She spent one year at Queen’s International Study Centre at Herstmonceux in the United Kingdom. The St. Joseph’s Convent Port-of-Spain graduate and former Head Girl was the recipient of a National Scholarship in 2002 based on her exceptional A-Level results.
Jennifer has served as a member of the Advisory Panel of the UNDP Human Development Report Caribbean since April 2015 providing guidance and strategic support on the collection and analysis of data on the quality of life for the Caribbean region. She has been a board member of The University of Trinidad and Tobago since February 2015, advising on strategic direction, partnerships and planning, and is co-chair of the Academic Committee. She founded MadeIntheCaribbean.co in March 2013, an e-commerce website that promotes and facilitates the sale of products made in the Caribbean. The website features a 2-3 minute video of every producer showing their products, their inspiration and their story. With an overall objective of sustainable economic development and diversification, the website also showcases the authentic stories of Caribbean producers. This initiative was a finalist and winner of the Public Choice Award in the World Bank InfoDev competition.
She is a board member of Horses Helping Humans, a Non-Governmental Organization that provides service to autistic and special-needs children through “Hippotherapy” or therapeutic horseback riding and relationships with animals. She is the founding Curator of Global Shaper Community, an initiative of the World Economic forum, which aims to conduct local projects with social impact. She also functions as Country Chair of Global Dignity Day since 2014. This organization aims to empower youth by encouraging them to voice their challenges, growth experiences and resolutions, bringing dignity to their individual stories.
Previously, Jennifer served as Consultant for the IADB Fiscal and Municipal Management Division, Project Management Consultant for the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Service Industries, Research Fellow at the IADB Country Office, Trinidad and Tobago and a Technical Coordinator of the University of Trinidad and Tobago Green Tourism Project.