Senator David Abdulah
Mr. David Abdulah was appointed a Government Senator in the 10th Republican Parliament.Mr. Abdulah is President of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions (FITUN) and is a member of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ).
Mr. Abdulah is Chief Education and Research Officer at the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union, since 1978. An Economist by Profession, he is involved in the search for and development of a popular and relevant pedagogy. He is also a labour and political activist committed to social transformation and justice.
Mr. Abdulah has served on many public boards, standing committees and advisory groups, including the Cabinet Appointed multi-sectoral core group Vision 2020, the Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (October 1996 to June 2003), the Standing Committee on Trade - Advisory to the Minister of Trade, the Advisory Group for the Caribbean Development Forum of the Caribbean Development Bank, and the Board of Directors of the Environmental Management Authority, (2002–present). He is currently the Chairman of the Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies and Industrial Relations Adviser to the West Indies Players' Association.
Mr. Abdulah has participated in and presented papers at many local, regional and international seminars and conferences, organized and/or hosted by trade unions, political movements, NGO’s and social movements, universities, government and quasi government bodies international agencies. He has written, lectured and spoken on a wide range of development issues here in Trinidad and Tobago, throughout the Caribbean and in North America; has given guest lectures at more than 20 well known Universities in North America, and lectured and facilitated seminars for the ILO Caribbean Office.
A former columnist and radio and television host, he is a resource person contacted regularly by local, regional and international media for comment on labour, economic, social and political events in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Economics from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.
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