As a scientist, Rahanna does not believe her research has value unless it is converted to useful information that can be internalised by all citizens, including decision-makers, resulting in behavioural changes. ‘It must influence the way we do business; our environment should be given consideration in all our activities’. Rahanna went on to complete a Bachelor of Law from the University of London so that she could bridge the gap between science and policy, and make policy more effective.
She chaired a Cabinet appointed Steering Committee responsible for developing an Integrated Coastal Zone Management Policy Framework, Strategies and Action Plan for Trinidad and Tobago. She has garnered international experience as a Hubert Humphrey fellow from 2010-2011, a Watson International Scholars of the Environment Fellow (2008), an American Fellow (2006) and a UNESCO/ L’OREAL Fellow (2002). Rahanna not only loves mangroves, but she loves to cook and take care of her family, especially her niece-Annissa and her chiwawa-Simba.