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Sidjae RobinsonDr. Sidjae Robinson-Walia

Sidjae Robinson-Walia is a dynamic leader with an unparalleled passion for the holistic development of people. She is the founder of the personal and professional development training company “Unlimited Possibilities”. Sidjae not only ‘talks the talk’ but ‘walks the walk’. She spends countless hours working with persons from various backgrounds to manifest positive changes in their lives.

Her programmes are not simply about learning techniques, they are about being passionate about what you do … living and working with passion … being excited about every minute of your day. Sidjae drives you to take action now! She is determined to bring out “your best you”. Her high energy, no-nonsense style keeps the participants focused. There are no observers in her programme! Her style of high involvement allows participants to learn faster and remember more.

Sidjae Robinson-Walia began her career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica as the protégé to the then Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Madge J. Barrett, CD. She was instrumental in the planning and execution of several State/Official events including:

  • The visit of HM the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
  • The visit of HRH the Prince of Wales
  • CARICOM/Canada
  • G-15

In her capacity at the Foreign Ministry, Sidjae also lead training sessions and was a point of reference on matters relating to protocol, etiquette and Privileges and Immunities in Jamaica.

Sidjae later joined Dehring Bunting and Golding Ltd. as an Investment Advisor in the Private Banking unit. In three years, she climbed the corporate ladder to Senior Manager and Unit Head of Private Banking, leading a team of seven persons who managed the portfolio of high net worth clients. During her five-year tenure, she made several appearances on television and radio, giving advice on financial planning and budgeting. She has also been involved in many speaking engagements and training seminars on wealth creation, accumulation, preservation, and management.

Sidjae served as the Technical Advisor to the Hon. Audley Shaw, MP, Minister of Finance and the Public Service. In that capacity she served as the Alternate Director for Jamaica on the Board of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and was one of the initial members of the Board of Directors of the CARICOM Development Fund. Sidjae has represented Jamaica at several regional and international meetings including the Annual Meetings of the CDB, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting.

Sidjae joined Digicel Group+ as the Head of Learning and Development, and was responsible for co-ordinating the company’s management development training programme. She designed the programme “Leadership Essentials” aimed at improving career development conversations between management personnel and their direct reports.

Sidjae was selected as one of 120 participants across Canada and the Caribbean in the inaugural Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCELD) 2011. She was the Caribbean co-chair for her group which visited Nova Scotia and Grenada. This programme exposed the participants to leadership thought and practice in a variety of sectors including government, business, civil society and labour unions.

Sidjae Robinson-Walia holds a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Economics (Major) and International Relations (Major). She is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which may be used in team-building and leadership development.

Sidjae has been married to Vinay Walia for 10 years and they have two children, Sachin and Annabella. Her interests include sports, religion, philanthropy, music, history and politics.

The driving passion of Sidjae Robinson-Walia is to influence millions of people to dream big, pursue their passion, and be MINT leaders (her signature leadership programme).