THE NELSON MANDELA HUMAN RIGHTS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATION COMMITTEE
John Arnold is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and was born on the 9th of January 1958. He demonstrated his creativity early, at age 8, by learning to play the piano and using his ear to play popular tunes he heard on the radio. He grew up playing for a number of churches throughout Trinidad and Tobago. While at high school, John was a regular pianist for school activities, camps, and other youth-related activities.
John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of the West Indies, St.Augustine; a Professional Certificate in Event Management from George Washington University; a Certificate in Hospitality Sales and Marketing from the American Hotel and Motel Association; a certificate in Harmony and Arrangement from Berklee College of Music, Boston; and has just completed the Executive M.B.A at the Arthur Lok Jack School of Business, U.W.I.
John taught Business and Accounting at Signal Hill Secondary School for over twenty-three years, served as Musical Director for the National Contingent to Carifesta on three occasions within the last two decades, hosted a Radio show of World Music for five years on Tambrin Radio, received a Cacique Award for the musical direction of Bassman, served on the COTT board from 2005-2008, chairman of Tobago Heritage Festival 1990-1992, recipient of the Sunshine Award for Excellence in Music and Culture, and recently awarded the Hummingbird Gold (National Award) for his outstanding contribution to arts and culture.
John is a tenacious, “Type-A” personality with strong attention to detail and shares his knowledge/skills of event planning and culture with many persons and organizations. John has been one of the main brains behind many of the events initiated by the Division of Tourism and Transportation, Tobago House of Assembly. These include the Tobago Jazz Festival, Tobago Muhtadi International Drumming Festival, Tobago Gospel Festival, Tobago Jazz Experience, and many other signature events in Tobago. He has also coordinated international meetings and coordinated Tourism Promotional Tours to Latin America, Europe, Asia, and North America.
John is frequently sought after for choral and music workshops in the region and has conducted sessions in the Caribbean and Latin America. John is also the founder and musical director of the illustrious Signal Hill Alumni Choir which has toured all over the world as an ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago’s great culture. John is an accomplished pianist and also the leader of Tobago’s only Jazz ensemble the Kariwak Players.
He is also a part-time lecturer with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and lectures in many of the modules for the Event Management Programme by George Washington University.
John is currently the event coordinator with the Division of Tourism and Transportation, Tobago, and is by far one of the most experienced event planners on the Island. He has served on many event planning committees for the Tobago House of Assembly. He enjoys the sea, reading, and watching movies.
John is presently pursuing his DBA at the ALJGSB.