Michael Coppin (or ‘Mike’as he is affectionately known) is an Attorney-at-Law and the first elected president of the Heliconia Foundation for Young Professionals. He grew up in Belmont, Trinidad but originally hails from Scarborough, Tobago. A former national scholarship winner and a former national youth ambassador to the World Affairs Seminar at the World Affairs Seminar University of Wisconsin, Mike is respected by his peers as an honest, fair and balanced individual.
He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford (2005-2008) before returning to Trinidad and Tobago to serve his national service at the Ministry of Public administration where he worked as Business Analyst in the Telecommunications and Information Communications industries.
Mike’s voracious appetite for learning led him to return to the United Kingdom where he earned a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), a Post Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation) and a Post Graduate in Legal Studies (Distinction) from the University of Law in Manchester. While at the University of Law Mike had the distinction of placing first in Contract Law and receiving the DWF LLP Prize.
Mike’s dedication to his advancement of his country was demonstrated in his roles as guest journalist at the Tobago News while still at Oxford where he contributed weekly articles on social policy, economic policy and national politics. He also was the first Policy Officer for the National Scholars Alumni of Trinidad and Tobago.
As the Vice President for Policy at the Heliconia Foundation for Professionals (2013-2014) he led what the largest functioning committee which engaged over 70 young professionals over nine months allowing young professionals to contribute to different areas of national policy formulation including energy, health, statistics, youth and ethics. Mike has also been at the forefront raising the Heliconia Foundation’s profile in the national sphere and has championed free speech, freedom of association and other constitutional rights on the national front.
Mike has been described as “the hardest working member of the Heliconia Foundation” and was instrumental in the passage of the bye-laws, the organization of the Pro-Bono Clinic and the provision of Pro-Bono services to the residents at La Brea.
Mike is an avid footballer, music producer and videographer.