Shamla earned a MSc. in Marketing and Agribusiness (Business and Marketing Analysis Specialization). She also holds a BSc. in Agribusiness Management from the University of the West Indies, and a Certificate in Fundamentals of Marketing from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. She is currently pursuing an MPHIL in Agricultural Economics which she intends to upgrade to a PhD, specializing in Marketing and Agribusiness.
With experience beyond the agribusiness sector, Shamla has sat on the Advisory Council Board for the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development. She also served as Social Ambassador and Social Motivator for the Ministry of Social Development, whereby she put forward ideas, presentations, and plans for Persons with Disabilities. Miss Maharaj represented Trinidad and Tobago at UNESCO’s 8th World Youth Forum in Paris, France. She was invited and funded by UNESCO to be one of the six (6) delegates, which included UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova, to be an opening speaker in 2013. She also contributed to the debate that made it into the introduction of the final recommendation of the theme “Social Inclusion, Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development”, to be presented at their General Conference. Shamla also represented youth as a Social Ambassador at UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) conference for Latin American and Caribbean countries, at Hilton Trinidad in 2012.
The paper she presented was published by UNESCO. She attained Trinidad Express’ Youth Individual of the Year 2010, and was chosen as a National Patriot for Trinidad and Tobago by the Ministry of Diversity and Social Integration in 2013. Shamla is the Co-Author of Journeys to Success: 20 Empowering Stories Inspired by The Principles of Napoleon Hill. The name of her Chapter is “Unstoppable Journey”. It is instructive to note that Shamla was born with Cerebral Palsy, but has never allowed this challenge to deter her. She is insistent about proving to T&T that a person with a disability can live a full life once the opportunity is created, as she has done with the unswerving support of her family. Being a motivator and advocate, Shamla has left positive impressions on institutions and minds with whom she has interacted, and her plan is to continue doing so.