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. Henry Anderson - Chairman
Chairman Henry Anderson was appointed on February 1, 2021. He is currently the General Manager for Belize Estate Company Ltd. He has over twenty years of experience in senior executive positions such as Chief Executive Officer for the Citrus Growers Association, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Communications. He was also the Provost of the University of Belize. As an educator, he lectured at the University College of Belize and the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Executive MBA and International MBA programs.
Chairman Anderson has served on numerous Boards both regionally and locally, including the Citrus Products of Belize Ltd., the Belize Citrus Growers Association Investment Company Ltd., the Board of Trustees of the University of Belize, the Health Sector Reform Policy Committee, the Council of the Caribbean Epidemiological Center, the Corporacion Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegacion Aera (COCESNA), the Social Investment Fund, and the Belize Agricultural Health Authority. He is also a former
Chairman and current Director of the Galen University Board of Trustees.
Chairman Anderson is a Fulbright Scholar and holds an MBA from the Babson F. W. Olin School of Business in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He also holds a post graduate diploma in Health Administration from the Galilee Institute of Management in Israel.
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.
Mr. Servulo Baeza - Director
Director Servulo Baeza serves as an Ex-Officio Director representing the Ministry of Agriculture. He was appointed on February 1, 2021, and is currently serving his first term.
Director Baeza is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise. He brings a wealth of experience in state affairs as a past Minister of Government in the Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Housing and Minister of State in the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment. As an educator, he lectured at Muffles High School, Muffles Junior College, and St. John’s Junior College. He also has first-hand experiences within the cane and cattle industries. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Biology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington,USA
Dr. Osmond Martinez – Director
Director Osmond Martinez serves as an Ex-Officio Director representing the Ministry of Economic Development. He was appointed on May 10, 2021.
Director Martinez is the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development, and Investment. He brings a wealth of experience in education, economics, sustainable tourism development, poverty alleviation and socioeconomic development, and poverty resilience. His career spanned various fields including Regional Manager for Farallon Aquaculture S.A. of Panama, a post that required interaction with businesses associated with shrimp larvae production throughout Central America, Venezuela and Ecuador. He also started the first plastic recycling business in Belize exporting products to Taiwan and Mexico.
Director Martinez holds a Doctorate Degree in Economics with focus in Poverty and Social Development from the Universidad De Baja California, Mexico. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Development, a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Spanish as a Second Language, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture.
Mr. Nikita Usher – Director
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. Wayne Piper – Director
Director Wayne Piper, LLB, CLE, was appointed on April 1, 2021 as a Private Sector Director, nominated by the BAR Association of Belize.
Director Piper is an Attorney-at-Law and is a partner in the firm Flores Piper LLP. In the span of his career, he has maintained law practices in Belize and Jamaica specializing in Corporate and Commercial Law, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Employment and Intellectual Property Law. He is a past secretary of the Bar Association of Belize and has previously served as Director of the Jamaica Motoring Club.
Director Piper was called to the Bar in Jamaica in 2011 and in Belize in 2014. He holds a Legal Education Certificate from Normal Manley Law School, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London, a Diploma in Human Resource Management from University College of the Caribbean and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of the West Indies (Mona).
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:
Audit and Risk Management Committee
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.