Board of Directors:
A Board of Directors is appointed by the Minister of Finance to provide effective governance over the management and administration of the Corporation and is accountable to its owners for fulfilling the purposes of the Corporation. The Board of Directors is comprised of nine (9) members selected as follows:
- The Chair – One (1) person, not being a person holding an office of emolument in the Public Service of Belize, appointed by the Minister of Finance;
- Five (5) persons representing the Private Sector and drawn from:
- Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Belize Bar Association
- Belize Institute of Chartered Accountants
- Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize
- Belize Tourism Industry Association
- Three (3) Government Representatives, as follows:
- The Financial Secretary (or a representative appointed by the Financial Secretary)
- The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Economic Development (or a representative appointed by the CEO)
- The Chief Executive Officer (Agriculture) in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture (or a representative appointed by the CEO)
Mr. Emile Mena – Deputy Chair
Director Mena is a Director/Partner of Mena Group of Companies. In the span of his career, he also served in several leadership capacities including: Director of several Boards of Directors, Honorary Consul of Sweden in Belize, President of BCCI, Free Trade/Partial Scope Agreements, Founding Member of the Belmopan Business Association, Designated Processing Area Committee, Association of Professional Engineers of Belize, and Rotary Club of Belmopan, to name a few. Director Mena holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Ms. Yvette Alvarez – Director
Director Yvette Alvarez is the Ex-Officio Director representing the Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance. She is a long-standing member of the Board and on March 1, 2019, was re-appointed to another term. She also holds several committee leadership positions – Chair of the Board of Management and Board Risk Management Committees, and Deputy Chair of the Audit and Legal Advisory Committees.
Deputy Chair Alvarez is a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance. She brings to the DFC Board, considerable wealth of experience in the country’s financial system, which include her service in the following leadership capacities at the Central Bank of Belize: Deputy Governor overseeing the Economic and Financial Analysis Branch, and as Senior Manager of the Research Department.
Mrs. Yvonne S. Hyde – Director
Director Yvonne S. Hyde serves as an Ex-Officio Director representing the Ministry of Economic Development. She is a long-standing member of the Board and on March 1, 2019, was re-appointed to another term. She also serves as Deputy Chair of the Board/Management Credit Committee.
Director Hyde is the Chief Executive Officer (Economic Development) in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce. She brings to the DFC Board, considerable wealth of experience having previously served in various leadership capacities, including: Ambassador of Belize to the European Union, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands; Permanent Representative to the WTO-Brussels, Belgium; Consular, Embassy of Belize, Washington, USA; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Development; Economic Cooperation Officer, Office of Planning and Investment; Economist, Ministry of Finance; Economist, Caribbean Development Bank, Barbados; Economist, Central Planning Unit of Belize; Executive Assistant to the Minister of Budget Management, Investment and Trade; and Economic Policy Coordinator, Ministry of Economic Development.
Mr. Andrew Harrison - Director
Director Harrison is the Chief Agriculture Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture and has 30 years of experience within the agricultural industry. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science: Horticulture option.
Mr. Fermin Magaña - Director
Director Magaña is the Dean of Sacred Heart Junior College and has 19 years of experience within the academic field. In the span of his career, he also served in several membership capacities including: ATLIB, co-founder of SHJC Hands for Life Club, and AIESEC. He holds a Masters of Business Administration in Management and a Licentiate in Economics.
Mr. Oswald Twist – Director
Director Twist is an Attorney-at-Law (Private) and has over 22 years of experience within various positions in the Public Service including: Magistrate, Crown Counsel, and Attorney – Legal Aid. In the span of his career, he also served in several leadership capacities including:
Honorary Captain of the Belize Defence Force, Public Service Reform Council, and President of the Public Service Union. Director Twist holds a Bachelor of Law Degree and Certificates in Legal Education, Paralegal Studies and A Level in Economics and Law.
Mr. Raineldo Guerrero - Director
Director Raineldo Guerrero was appointed on April 1, 2019, as a Private Sector Director, nominated by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA). Director Guerrero is the Founder and Lead Consultant/Trainer of RGConsultingBz and has over 45 years of experience as a corporate executive in the private sector. He has worked in various corporations at senior levels of executive management in areas of finance, marketing, strategic development, organizational transformation, inclusive of consultancies and trainings within said fields. In the span of his career, he also served on several Boards and presently serves as Chairman of the Belize Institute of Management (BIM) and as Director of the following organizations: BTIA, PACT, and Galen University. Director Guerrero holds a Diploma in Business Administration and a host of certificates in a wide range of business related subjects.
Mr. Isael Cajun - Director
Director Isael Cajun was appointed on November 1, 2019, as a Private Sector Director, nominated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Belize (ICAB). He is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Board of Management Committee.
Director Cajun is currently employed as the Internal Auditor Senior – ASR Group/Belize Sugar Industries Ltd. and has over 17 years of auditing and financial experience. He has worked at various financial institutions, both locally and internationally, and has served at senior levels of executive management in areas of financial management and audit. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the La Inmaculada Credit Union Ltd. and is currently Treasurer of the Belize Red Cross (Orange Walk). He is also a Fellow (since 2017) of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA since 2012), in England.
The Board of Directors has appointed five (5) Standing Committees as follows:
The Audit Committee oversees the audit process and assists the Board of Directors by providing an independent review and monitoring of the effectiveness of the financial operations, the financial reporting process, internal control and risk management systems of the Corporation.
Board of Management Committee
The Board of Management oversees the effective operations of the Corporation, particularly, activities which relate to the pursuit of the DFC Mission, promoting the image and the financial sustainability of the Corporation, and the effective implementation of the Strategic Development Plan. It also collaborates with Management and advises the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to the role and positioning of the organization, objectives and services of DFC, the structure and major business practices.
Board/Management Credit Committee
The Board/Management Credit Committee is responsible for ensuring the effective and transparent delivery and administration of credit, with a constant view to the Mission, the image and the financial sustainability of the Corporation.
Board Risk Management Committee
The Board Risk Management Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its risk-related role and responsibility by ensuring that appropriate policies, procedures and practices are in place to effectively handle the risks to which the Corporation is exposed.
Legal Advisory Committee
The Legal Advisory Committee assists the Board in the review of legal opinions and other legal documentation and oversees the proper administration of the loans under recovery by DFC’s attorney.