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Our Board of Directors

We are known by the company we keep, which for Sarifa simply means we have gone to great lengths to align ourselves with a diverse group of individuals who are leaders in their respective fields. Our board comprises a diverse team of professionals with solid backgrounds in; Finance, Management, Accounting, Engineering, Technology, over 50 years of combined Insurance experience and of course a Legal Counsel.

Christopher Blythe, MBA

Chairman and CEO

Christopher is a dynamic business leader and effective manager. Concurrently with his role at SARIFA, he serves as Managing Director of Guardian Investments Limited. He was also appointed to the board of the Agro-Investment Corporation as...

Christopher Blythe, MBA

Chairman and CEO

Christopher is a dynamic business leader and effective manager. Concurrently with his role at SARIFA, he serves as Managing Director of Guardian Investments Limited. He was also appointed to the board of the Agro-Investment Corporation as their youngest deputy chairman by late Agriculture Minister Hon. Roger Clarke serving for two years. In this capacity, he attended board meetings, ensured that efficient and effective business operations were in place and ensured that the commitments, objectives, and overall projections of the management team were met. He is also a pioneer in the textbook rental industry, founding one of the first online textbook rental companies and allowing students to rent textbooks online from its launch in 2008 up until 2013. This was done through Skoobit.com which operated an e-commerce website tailored to the college market in the United States and catered to a US$10 billion industry. Prior to these positions, Christopher acted as Co-Founder and Executive Director for Paradise Communications where he was responsible for hosting the annual Port Royal Music Festival, the first music festival in Kingston and one of the largest festivals in Jamaica. Under his guidance, this festival grew from 1,000 patrons to more than 5,000. Christopher was also the Founder of CB Promotions where he worked as a Promoter for various events in Florida and Jamaica. He has further held the positions of Investment Advisor for UGI Finance and Investments in Jamaica and Promoter for Oxygen Night Club in Florida.

Christopher holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management and Organization from University of Miami, Coral Gables. Christopher is a self-driven entrepreneur, avid music lover and enjoys his weekly game of football with friends.

Carole 'Makeda' Solomon, ACII, CIP

Executive Director and CMO

Carole, who is more widely and preferably known as 'Makeda' is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute. She completed her secondary education in the United Kingdom, where she was born, along with tertiary level education in Management &...

Carole 'Makeda' Solomon, ACII, CIP

Executive Director and CMO

Carole, who is more widely and preferably known as 'Makeda' is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute. She completed her secondary education in the United Kingdom, where she was born, along with tertiary level education in Management & Business Studies and General Insurance. Makeda also attained a Marketing Diploma in Jamaica.

With a 28-year career in the general insurance field that commenced in the United Kingdom, Makeda has occupied management positions in both the public and private sectors. Her experience spans all disciplines of general insurance including a specialization in the field of Risk Management. Her customer service acumen is outstanding.
Making Jamaica her home in 1995, Makeda was first employed as Marketing Manager of Guardian Insurance Brokers and was subsequently transferred to Montego Bay to manage their branch office in 1997. Before assuming her most recent executive position as Branch Manager at NEM Insurance Company, she held the position of General Manager of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce. Makeda has occupied seats on the Board of Studies for the College of Insurance & Professional Services and was a part-time lecturer for the institution. She has also tutored insurance industry employees in all Salesman Examination subject categories and provides training services to the corporate, creative arts and educational sectors.
A polished and engaging presenter, Makeda is sought after for MC, Lecturing and Motivational Speaking engagements across the island and was selected to recite a poem at the Inauguration Ceremony of Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister, Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller in 2006.
Makeda also has a passion and natural gift for theatre. She was awarded Jamaica's prestigious ITI Actor Boy Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role in both 2004 and 2006, with a further nomination in 2007. She is a recognized international performing artist of theatre, television and screen.
In recent years she has combined her passion for ‘outside the box’ education and the personal development of children with her creative skills, by becoming Jamaica's only certified Neuronet Therapist and a trained Psychodrama & Dramatherapy practitioner. Having completed a two year engagement as School Director of St James College in Montego Bay in 2012, she currently co-ordinates the basic French and Drama programmes at her son’s school in Kingston. Makeda is a single and doting mother.
 

Dr. David Mcbean, B.Sc. (Hons), D.Phil.

Director

David is a Jamaican who was born on June 8, 1965. He holds a first degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford (UK). David has also completed advanced executive...

Dr. David Mcbean, B.Sc. (Hons), D.Phil.

Director

David is a Jamaican who was born on June 8, 1965. He holds a first degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford (UK). David has also completed advanced executive management training through the Kellogg Business School/Mona School of Business programme.He was the former President and C.E.O. of the CVM Communications Group, a leading Jamaican media organization encompassing five companies in print, radio and television. He brings a wealth of experience in information technology and business development. David was Jamaica's Independence Scholar in 1983 and the Rhodes Scholar in 1988. He is married with 2 children.

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