Our Executive Team

Permanent Secretary Ms. Desdra Bascombe

Ms. Desdra Bascombe gained her Bachelor’s degree in History and Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies (U.W.I), St Augustine Campus. After which, she attained a Master’s degree in Sociology at the same campus followed by an MBA at U.W.I. Mona campus three years after.

She began her career at the Service Commissions Department where she functioned in various human resources roles for 15 years culminating in the position of Senior Human Resources Officer. She left the Service Commissions Department to take  up the mantle of Director of Public Management at the Ministry of Public Administration and Information. Ms. Bascombe functioned in this role from 2003 to 2007 while also furthering her skills in various short courses ranging from Project Management in Government; Human Resources Development Administration; Process Improvement; and Measurement and Strategies to name a few.

From 2007 Ms. Bascombe assumed the role of Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Security then Acting Permanent Secretary. She moved on to the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism in 2012 as Acting Permanent Secretary followed by the Office of the Prime Minister in the same role in 2014.

In late 2014 she was appointed as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Food Production and then in September 2015 was reassigned to her current position of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

Ms. Bascombe is an avid lover of the arts and particularly enjoys pan and parang. Christmas is the highlight of her year as she expresses her musical passion through performances with Los Paranderos de UWI.


Deputy Permanent Secretary (Ag.) Mrs. Stara Ramlogan

Mrs. Stara Ramlogan assumed duty at the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government in the capacity of Deputy Permanent Secretary (Ag.) in October 2015 and was assigned leadership responsibility for the Rural Development portfolio, as chairman of the Cabinet appointed Rural  Development Oversight Committee and other strategic operational management responsibilities.

Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Ramlogan served as Director of the Town and Country Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Development, where she worked for thirty-four years of her thirty eight years in the public service, in various technical and professional positions prior to her promotion to the post of Director in March 2014.

Mrs. Ramlogan holds a three year Certificate in Social Work and Welfare from the University of the West Indies; a Post Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New England Australia; and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Anglia Ruskin University U.K. She is also a professional member of the Planning Institute of Australia.

As a career public servant she believes that “service to man is service to God” and as a guiding principle we should “do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” She believes in the institution of the family and is a proud wife, mother and grandmother of three, which keeps her centered. She is a music and nature lover and is an avid reader.

Mrs. Ramlogan looks forward to contributing her extensive and varied experience and training, in facilitating the on-going transformation processes within the Ministry and the wider public service in the development of the Country and our people.


Permanent Secretary (Ag.) Mrs. Samdai Rampersad

Samdai Rampersad earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Mrs. Rampersad began her public service career in 1986 as an Economist I at the Ministry of Finance. She served there for 15 years, performing duties related to Research and Economic Planning on Monetary, Fiscal and Trade matters. She left the Ministry of Finance in 2001 on promotion to the post of Director, Research and Planning at the Ministry of Tourism.

At the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Rampersad effectively served as the chief Technical Officer and Adviser to numerous Permanent Secretaries and Ministers of Tourism. Her 15 year stint at that Ministry afforded her the opportunity to further develop her skills in Research, Policy Formulation, Strategic Planning, Project Management and Financial Management. She spearheaded many tourism projects aimed at enhancing the economic diversification effort, and prides herself on her strong networking and stakeholder-relationship skills. In April 2013, she was promoted to the post of Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, a position which provided her with added exposure to the many administrative functions of the Ministry.

Mrs. Rampersad joined the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government in July 2016 as an Acting Permanent Secretary. Given her experience in working with communities and Regional Corporations in fostering “community tourism”, she deems this transition as one with many synergies. She brings to her new portfolio a wealth of Public Service experience and her strategic approach to providing “leadership for results”. She has a passion for enabling and empowering economic development at the level of the people and subscribes to the motto that “Work is Worship … Duty is God”. She looks forward to making her contribution to the very significant work currently being pursued by the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.”