Samantha Luke Sookraj
C.E.O. & Founder of South Florida Caribbean Conference
Samantha L. Sookraj is currently the C.E.O. and Founder of South Florida Caribbean Conference (SFCC). She was born in Guyana, a South American country on September, 2nd 1980 to Joseph and Surujadi Luke. Both Samantha and her family migrated to the United States in pursuit of the American Dream at the tender age of twelve years old, where they took up residence in East Orange New Jersey. At an early age, Samantha demonstrated a passion for helping others. She graduated from East Orange High School in 1999 and continued her higher education at Ramapo College of New Jersey were she majored in Psychology and Criminology. During her freshman year at Ramapo College, she was one out of five students of her class to be selected and contracted for 1 year as the Educational Coordinator for Ramapo Service Corps. She continued to plan numerous events as well as conferences on and off campus for students who attended Ramapo College. During her college years, Samantha was introduced to Carnival by Harrinath Sookraj; currently her husband. She fell in love with the Carnival culture right away. She then began working with her husband, taking part in Caribbean Carnival festivities within the local communities. Her first Carnival was Jersey City, New Jersey after which, she ventured out with her husband to Florida where they currently reside. Samantha has over fifteen (15) years of experience working within the Caribbean Community by taking part in Caribbean cultural awareness within United States. Most of her professional work experience is within the non for profit agencies, dealing with infants, children, parents, couples, as well as people with disabilities.
She is a dynamic management and relationship building professional with over 16 years’ experience in social service, customer service, and management environments. She drew her inspiration and motivation from her desire to help others and her family. Within the past few years, the health of her parents has diminished considerably which has sparked a renewed vigor in Samantha’s desire to help families. She sees the importance of education and awareness about the Caribbean Culture and Heritage among the American people, as well as the West Indian population in South Florida. She believes and has hope that by organizing a yearly conference, it will promote and bring awareness about the Caribbean Islands, as well as, provide a place where individuals can openly and safely discuss issues about the Caribbean as a whole. Samantha is excited and is looking forward to her first annual South Florida Caribbean Conference (SFCC) which is scheduled to take place on November 3rd thru November 5th of 2017.