Shelly-Ann Mohammed

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Latin America and Caribbean CEO, international corporate attorney Shelly-Ann Mohammed, in brief.

August 9, 2022
2 Minutes
Shelly-Ann Mohammed

Home: USA and Trinidad.  Birthplace: Trinidad.  Profession: Attorney, manager.  Organization: ACCA Global.  Title: Head of ACCA, Latin America & Caribbean.  Significant other: My son. Alma mater: University of Western Ontario, University of Exeter, University of Connecticut, Oxford University.  Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French and Italian.

Current project: Capacity building and expansion into Latin America.   Recent recognition: Hearing from young girls in the Caribbean about my impact on them during my recent travel.  A humbling experience.  Latest accomplishment: Working with the government of Bermuda on a project that will improve education opportunities for local Bermudians.  Latest contribution to others: Working with local orphanages and vulnerable children to create greater opportunities. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? From lawyer to manager.  Hobbies: Gourmet cooking, tennis, reading traveling; spending time at the beach, listening to music.  Recent travel or adventure: Colombia and Brazil.  Last book read: The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle.

Personality profile: Funny, witty, empathetic, authentic, humble, loving; INTJ.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Indefatigable.  Moral compass: “To whom much is given much is expected” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  What is your guilty pleasure? Coconut ice-cream or chocolate molten lava cake.  What natural talent have you neglected? Tennis.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Philanthropy and professional chefs.  How do you relieve stress? Sitting quietly by the ocean and listening to the sounds of the waves.  What is your go-to workout? At the gym, walking or riding my bicycle.

What was your first paying job? Sales.  What was your favorite college course? Philosophy. What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Monopoly and most any puzzle. What book have you repeatedly read? To Kill a Mockingbird.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? "Be the change you want to see in the world" and pictures of my son. What is your go-to source of news and information? The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Economist.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? The financial crisis of 2008 – 2009.  

What change would you like to see in the world?

The end of poverty and equal opportunity for all.

What message do you want to send out into the world? Our greatest challenges are here to point us in another direction and to teach us lessons.  Don’t ask why is this happening to me, ask what is this trying to teach me?  What mega-trend most excites you? Gig Economy.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Resource scarcity.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My grandparents.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A lawyer.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Family photographs.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? By the beach with my loved ones, enjoying music and good food.  What advice would you give your younger self? Enjoy the ride and take time to smell the roses.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? The day my son was born.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? None.  My challenges, successes and failures have all contributed to the person I am today.

Personal mission: To make the world a better place.  Favorite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi).

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