The Sunbeam Foundation

Board of Directors


Founder and Director: Ms. Rhea King-Julien B.Sc. M.Sc.

Ms. King-Julien's diverse background has its roots firmly planted in building bridges: facilitating interconnections among NGOs, CBOs, state agencies, entrepreneurs and companies (public and private) in the food production sector.

A qualified aquaculturist trained in Scotland, Thailand and the United States, she returned to Trinidad in 2012 with the aim of connecting state and private enterprises to the formal tertiary level educational system.

Her passion for meaningful connections evolved over time facilitating the development of a service-based NGO to bridge the gap between funding sources (local and international) and projects which aim to effectively address the needs of Trinidad and Tobago. The Sunbeam Foundation was birthed soon after, and serves as main platform for this endeavour.

Personal quote: Let's co-create a better nation. One in which terms like Economic diversification, Sustainable development, and Holistic human health are truly mentally, energetically and physically manifested in society.

Director: Ms. Kimberly Hewitt B.Sc. M.Sc.

Ms. Hewitt is a holder of an Undergraduate Degree in Economics and a Master's Degree in Sustainable Environmental Development with more than 5 years' experience in the field of international relations with special focus on policy formulation and economic development.

Director: Ms. Rianna Gonzales B.Sc. M.Sc.

Ms. Gonzales is currently the Senior Water Planning Officer at the Water Resources Agency of the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) in Trinidad and Tobago, where she is the project leader for the revision of the National Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Policy. She has also performed the role of Coordinating Lead Author for the UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO 6): Latin America and Caribbean Regional Assessment, for Chapters on freshwater and marine systems. 

Ms. Gonzales is also actively involved in volunteer activities and is a passionate advocate for youth empowerment and inclusion towards sustainable development. Ms. Gonzales served as the Regional Coordinator (Canada and Caribbean) of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network for the period 2013 to 2016 and contributed to work in shaping the Paris Agreement. 

Ms. Gonzales' expertise includes water governance, water security, water management, coastal zone management, drought, climate change and human impacts on water quality. In 2016, Ms. Gonzales received the International Water Association (IWA) Young Leaders Award for her commitment to the water sector. 

In 2017, Ms. Gonzales completed her Master's Degree in Coastal Engineering and Management and holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of the West Indies. At present, Ms. Gonzales sits on the Technical Working Group for a European Union (EU) funded project which aims to execute climate vulnerability and risk assessments in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Contact Us 

If you have an idea for a project that needs grant funding, and/or if you would like to hear more about projects currently being undertaken by the Foundation, feel free to contact us at sunbeamfound@gmail.com or using the contact form given below.

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