Karen Darbasie is an accomplished banker with over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, with a progressive leadership style underscored by excellence and vision.
Her local and international qualifications, which include a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of the West Indies and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from the University of Warwick, allow her to draw from an extensive academic background, bolstered by an innate technical business acumen.
Prior to her appointment at First Citizens, Ms. Darbasie held several senior positions at a global financial institution based in Trinidad and Tobago, including Managing Director of the Merchant Bank, Country Treasurer and Markets Head.
As Group Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Darbasie serves as a Director on several Subsidiary Boards within the First Citizens Group. A former Director of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AMCHAM) and St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCILEC) she currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago. Her most recent appointment as President of the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago has afforded her the opportunity to deepen her service to the industry with her proven brand of excellence.