A high achiever
In 2002 Ravindra Ramrattan gave an interview to the Express shortly after being awarded the Presidents Medal for excellence in academics. But it was his love of sports that stood out, as he spoke about giving equal time to his karate classes as to his passions of mathematics and science.
The Express wrote, “But if you believe Ramrattan is the typical book worm—far from it. His other passion, karate, is winning him a lot of kudos as well.
“A past student of Presentation College, Ramrattan is an avid karateka and has been a black belt since age ten. And he also represented his school successfully at cricket as well.
“The 19-year-old proved to be more than average at cricket. He opened the batting on the 2000 Presentation College, Chaguanas, team, who along with Barrackpore Senior Comprehensive, were declared joint national Under-16 champions.
But his first love is karate. He first became involved in karate at age four when parents, Bisnath and Parbatee Ramrattan, took him to the Chaguanas dojo of the Shotokhan Karate-Do International Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (SKIFTT), where he now trains under 5th dan sensei Neil Mungal.
Always top 10 among the “bright boys” at Presentation College, Ramrattan had expected to do well at in his A-Level examinations. But to win the President’s Gold Medal was something of a surprise.
“I expected to do well,” he says, “but I was very much surprised. I expected to do my best, but I didn’t expect the gold medal. I didn’t expect to place first.”
Those around him were overawed by his achievement. By the time Ramrattan heard, he was already enrolled for 2002 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) to do Mechanical Engineering. The open scholarship he won has now afforded Ramrattan the opportunity to study abroad. So, he will most likely see out his first year at UWI before going abroad to study in a field more suited to his qualification.
At the time of his death, he was an economist with Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Kenya, a programme established in early 2005 to support the development of financial markets in Kenya as a means to stimulate wealth creation and reduce poverty.
· Research Economist and Manager of Branchless Banking: Financial Sector Deepening, Kenya
· Consultant: The World Bank, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
· Consultant: Grameen Foundation, Uganda
· Project Associate: Innovations for Poverty Action, Mumias, Kenya
· Teaching Assistant: London Business School, London, United Kingdom
· London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London: MSc., Econometrics and Mathematical Economics
· University of Oxford - Said Business School: MSc., Financial Economics
· University of Cambridge: BA, Mathematics
· Presentation College, Chaguanas: 1995-2002
· Additional National Scholarship in 2001
· President’s Gold Medal Winner 2002.