DCI director named 2018’s top head of department

| 22/04/2019
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DCI Director Ryan Rajkumarsingh (left) receives his award from Chief Officer Alan Jones

(CNS Local Life): Ryan Rajkumarsingh, Director of the Department of Commerce and Investment, was presented with the Head of Department (HoD) of the Year Award for 2018 during a Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure budget retreat held earlier this year. Rajkumarsingh accepted the award from Alan Jones, the ministry’s chief officer, at the retreat held 22 February.

The recipient of the award is selected by his or her peers, with each HoD and the chief officer voting on the eventual winner. Jones explained he cast his vote after consultation with his senior management team, stated a press release.

In congratulating Rajkumarsingh, Jones said, “Ryan has overseen a difficult period for the department, with many new initiatives coming on-stream, including the excellent online application. He has led his team from the front and has been a pleasure to work with. His dedication to duty and his work ethic is really something to applaud.

“He has also shown great leadership skills and the departmental awards that have been forthcoming over the past months have been as a result, in no small part, of his ability to create a great team spirit which incorporates excellent customer service.”

Rajkumarsingh said of winning the award: “it was very much a surprise to win the HoD of the Year Award for the Ministry of Commerce. What was more amazing was to be selected by my peers for the award.”

He added a “heartfelt thank you” to everyone, saying, “I believe the only way to do great work is to love what you do. Thank you to my family and team DCI for your support and encouragement.”

On top of the award, Rajkumarsingh was also named Cayman Islands Government Employee of the Month for September 2018, based on his commitment to developing exceptional leadership.

He has been a civil servant for 15 years, starting as a senior internal auditor before joining the Customs Department as finance manager. He then served as head of licensing and enforcement at DCI, before becoming director. Rajkumarsingh, who also holds a master of business administration degree, has more than 20 years’ experience as a qualified chartered accountant and fraud examiner, with training in compliance and regulatory affairs.

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