The Honourable Minister Shamfa Cudjoe
Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs
The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs
The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe was elected to the House of Representatives of the 11th Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago on September 7, 2015. Minister Cudjoe served as Minister of Tourism from September 11, 2015 to April 8, 2018. On April 9, 2018, Minister Cudjoe was appointed Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs.
An International Trade professional by training, Minister Cudjoe is a former pupil of the Scarborough Secondary School, Tobago and the Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive School, Tobago. She pursued her tertiary education at the Bethune-Cookman College in Florida, USA where she graduated with honours with a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs. She obtained a Master of Science degree, with distinction, in International Trade Policy from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. She also completed certificate courses in Economic Development and Export Diversification, and in International Food and Agriculture Trade at the World Bank Institute.
As Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Minister Cudjoe is committed to the continued development of Sport and Youth in Trinidad and Tobago. Through continued partnerships with all Sport stakeholders she continues to build on the diversification process for this country and the development of all areas of Sport.
Minister Cudjoe is an ardent advocate for youth representation and empowerment evidenced by her membership with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and as the founder and immediate past president of the Pink Diamond Society for Ladies Incorporated. She is a proud youth activist having served as a CARICOM Youth Ambassador, a United Nations Youth Ambassador, Vice President and later President of the Tobago Youth Council and a participant in the Regional Youth Parliament initiative.
She also brings to her role as a parliamentarian, her professional experience working as an international trade consultant with the Organisation of the American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C., USA.
Minister Cudjoe is currently serving as a member of the Joint Select Committees of Parliament responsible for Foreign Affairs, the Cybercrime Bill 2017 and the Constitution (Amendment) (Tobago Self Government) Bill, 2018.
Minister Cudjoe formerly served as an Opposition Senator in the 10th Republican Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago over the period 2010 - 2015.