Commissioner Emanuel Hosein

Dr. Emanuel Hosein is a medical practitioner with over 40 years of experience in the State sector. He is also a former Member of Parliament and Government Minister. An experienced advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities, Dr. Hosein’s record of achievements is highly acclaimed. On numerous occasions, he successfully campaigned for improved conditions at State, quasi-governmental and private institutions for persons who are disabled.

Despite being afflicted with polio at the tender age of eight years, he became a doctor and a good table tennis player and was the President of the Tunapuna Tigers Tennis Club (5 times National Champions). He was the first President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter of Disabled Peoples International (DPI), where he worked. He also served as a Member of the  Panel of World Experts on Disability Advisory Board to the United Nations .

Dr. Hosein is the holder of a Bachelor of  Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica and was the first medical student to be elected President of the Guild of Undergraduates. During his tenure, he represented the entire student body in selecting the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

In the professional sphere, he was employed as a Medical Intern at the Port of Spain General Hospital, Trinidad, and subsequently assumed the position of House Officer in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit. He later functioned as Medical Officer at Caroni (1975) Limited He was  also a District Prison Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Hosein served as Member of Parliament for the constituencies of  Naparima and Tunapuna, Tunapuna respectively. He also served as a Member of the Cabinet, having been appointed Minister of Health, Welfare and Women’s Affairs and Minister of Social Development, respectively, during the period 1986 to 1991. As the then Minister with responsibility for Health, he oversaw the commissioning of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (Mt. Hope Hospital). Also, in Parliament, he piloted the Domestic Violence Bill.

For his work in support of community-building, and his advocacy and other efforts on behalf of persons with disabilities and the disadvantaged in society, Dr. Hosein has been the recipient of numerous awards. These include a United Nations Award for Service to the Disabled; Super Lion Award from Chancellor Hall, UWI Jamaica; Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of St. Augustine West and an Award from the Tunapuna Hindu Primary School for service to the Community.

The positions held by Dr. Hosein in the public and private sectors include Chairman of the North American and Caribbean Region of DPI; Medical Officers Delegate to the Public Services Association (1977); Chairman of the Hospital Doctors Committee, Port of Spain General Hospital (1976 to 1978); and Chartered Member of the Rotary Club of St. Augustine West (for over 33 years), where he was responsible for the induction of the first female member of the Club.

From 1970 to 1975, Dr. Hosein served as Coach of the Jamaican Paraplegic Table Tennis Team (including Commonwealth and Pan American Champions). His passion for table tennis led to his selection as Captain of the UWI Table Tennis Team and Chairman of the East Zone of the Trinidad and Tobago Table Tennis Association..

Dr. Hosein has provided medical advice and assistance to the National Women’s Hockey Team and the National Volleyball Teams in local and international tournaments; and served on the Medical Officers Panel of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board for over 25 years. He has also provided medical support at numerous local karate and judo tournaments.

Dr. Hosein has been married to Claudette Marcia Riley-Hosein for 41 years, and they have four children and five grandchildren.