Bevan Narinesingh PG Dip (Economics of Competition Law, 2015), AKC (Associate of King’s College London) (2016) is the Executive Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Fair Trading Commission and a recent recipient of the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Distinguished Alumnus Award – presented as part of the UWI’s 75th anniversary celebrations.
A proud King’s and LSE alum, Bevan has enjoyed an eclectic career in economics, politics, and law. Before joining the Fair Trading Commission, he worked in the legal department at the Caribbean Community Secretariat, a political and economic union of 15 Caribbean countries.
Bevan is also a Member of the Board of Directors for several public sector boards and committees in his native Trinidad and Tobago, and a lecturer at the UWI.
What are your happiest memories of your time at King’s?
I studied for both my King’s degrees via distance learning, but I attended classes at King’s when I pursued my Master of Laws (LLM) degree in 2001. Although my home institution was the LSE, I went to Intellectual Property classes at King’s Strand campus. I loved the experience of studying at the Strand. I was impressed by King’s infrastructure and by the students, who all seemed to have enjoyed their university experience.
Taking classes at King’s inspired me to pursue a PG Diploma and the AKC. I am thankful for this opportunity, and believe gaining these two qualifications has contributed to my personal and professional success.
How have you stayed connected to King’s since graduating?
Trinidad and Tobago has a King’s alumni group of which I am part of. We don’t meet up that often, but we did take part in King’s Global Day of Service a few years ago and I hope we can do it again.
Why is being part of your alumni network important to you?
Some of the people in King’s network are very prominent here. I think this speaks to the eclectic nature of studying at a university like King’s—which is at the forefront in areas such as law, science and business. This is reflected in its diverse alumni network, even in a small country with a population of 1.5 million like Trinidad and Tobago.
What impact has that diverse alumni network had on you?
Understanding and interacting effectively with people from different cultures and backgrounds has been a cornerstone of both my personal life and career. It has played a pivotal role in shaping my perspectives and forming meaningful connections.
More specifically, it has made me a very culturally sensitive person who appreciates, embraces and respects different customs, traditions and ways of thinking. It has allowed me to successfully navigate and adapt to diverse environments, and form connections with people from all over the world.
What advice would you give to students and alumni for success in life after King’s?
I would encourage students and alumni to embrace continuous learning. Completing a formal education does not mean the end of learning. People need to stay curious, explore new topics and continually invest in expanding their skills.
Adaptability is also key. The world is dynamic and people need to be open to change, learn to navigate uncertainties and view challenges as opportunities.
There is also the need to cultivate meaningful connections both personally and professionally while staying true to your values. This will earn you trust and respect. At the same time, it’s important to balance ambition with patience and understand that setbacks are part of the process. Failure should not be feared but used as a learning experience.
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