The Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) community continues to mourn the loss of Dr Rickert Allen, former adjunct lecturer and DBA Alumnus who passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020.
It is hard to find suitable words to pay a tribute to this truly remarkable graduate, lecturer and friend of MSBM and by extension the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.
Dr Rickert Allen served MSBM in several capacities, including adjunct lecturer in the MBA programme where he helped to develop and teach the Strategic Human Resource Management course. His contributions to course design and delivery were practical, contemporary and data-driven as he brought the acumen and perspective of a business leader to his role as lecturer.
He graduated from the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) programme in 2017 and received the distinction of high commendation for his thesis entitled “Towards the development of a model for improving employee readiness for corporate transformation.” He made history by being the only student to complete the DBA in the minimum accepted time of five years as well as being the first student to receive high commendation.
As Senior General Manager for Group Human Resources and Facilities Division at the National Commercial Bank, he was instrumental in setting up the NCB/UWI Digital Talent Lab. This partnership between National Commercial Bank and the Mona School of Business and Management as well as the UWI Mona Department of Computing provides an internship programme which introduces agile business philosophy to the nation’s future technology professionals aimed at offering highly customised digital training to student interns.
“Rick was a passionate supporter of our school. He believed that economic stability and technological advancement go hand in hand and was, therefore, committed to leveraging technology to meet customers’ needs, while investing in the nation’s youth. This inspired him to engage our students in the digital labs project,” said Dr David McBean, Executive Director at MSBM.
Dr Rickert Allen has made his mark in the history of Mona School of Business and Management, he is sorely missed and his memory will be forever etched in our hearts.
While we mourn his passing, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues during this difficult time.