Maureen Myrana Ou Young
Born August 23rd 1947, Port of Spain
She attended St. Rose's Girls Intermediate School,
Holy Name Convent,
University of the West Indies St Augustine
She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Chemistry.
She began working at the National Science Advisory Council. She became its Executive Director.
She joined NIHERST in 1979.
She has stood at the forefront of regional science, technology and innovation promotion. Her visionary leadership has made NIHERST into a Caribbean pioneer in science popularisation, science and technology statistics, and sector foresight and innovation studies.
Sheered NIHERST's School of Languages as it undertook bold and modern approaches to language education in the 1980's.
In 1989 she envisioned and directed the establishment of NIHERST/NGC National Science Centre, the only science centre in the region. It was established with the assistance of the National Gas Company (NGC), the unique programme of the National Science Centre, has been a boost in the creativity, awareness of and the engagement in science technology and innovation of citizens.
She was appointed President of NIHERST in 1990. After serving as Acting President for four years.
She has helped establish the College of Science, Technology and the Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) and the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT).
She guided the preparation of a seminal document for the creation of a seamless education system, and spearheaded NIHERST"s science popularisation endeavours, which has benefited other Caribbean countries.
She played a major role in the formulation of draft science policies for Trinidad and Tobago as well as the 2005 regional science policy.
She has also held important positions with several influential agencies. She chaired the Commonwealth Science Council from 1997-2000 and was Vice-Chair of the Vision 2020 Sub-Committed on Science, Technology and Innovation.
She has also been the Secretary of the Caribbean Council of Science and Technology since 1999, and is a founding member of the Global Water Partnership Caribbean Chapter.
She enjoys gardening, cooking and the cultural life of Trinidad and Tobago.