Mentors

1- Operations
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Jean Philippe BRUN

Digicel, Consumer Sales Director

Consumer Sales Director for Digicel Haiti. 11 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry in the Sales and Mobile Financial Services realm.

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Dan FELD

Leader Google Developers Launchpad Program in North America

Dan Feld is leading Google's Developer Launchpad Program regional activities in North America. Before that, Dan served as the Head of Enterprise Solutions for Google Cloud Platform and as the Country Manager, EEMEA for Amazon.com, responsible for helping customers and partners take advantage of Cloud technologies. Dan has more than 20 years of business and IT experience around advanced technologies, business, and IT Infrastructures. Dan has built and led global Sales, Business Development and IT teams for public traded companies such as Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN), Clicksoftware (CKSW), Creo (Creo) and Scitex (SCIX) and has worked on leading edge IT projects such as applying open source technologies within global corporate environments. Dan has an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

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Guelmana ROCHELIN

Mana S.A, CEO

Guelmana Rochelin is passionate about building sustainable business models. She graduated from Villanova University with degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems. After college she worked at Goldman Sachs and went on to complete her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at Harvard Business School. In her spare time she loves to travel with her family and friends, cook and learn about different cultures.

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Duquesne FEDNARD

D&E Green Enterprises, Cetemoh Digital Center, CEO 

Duquesne Fednard's experience encompasses finance, management, operations and engineering in both start-ups and established enterprises in developed and developing countries. Present and past positions include CEO of D&E Green Enterprises, CEO of B2D S.A, Director of Cetemoh Digital Center (CDC), Co-founder of Centre de Technologie Moderne d'Haiti (CETEMOH), Director of NYC Business Solutions at Wildcat Service Corporation, Associate at Citi Group and Vice President at Perfection, one of the largest machine shops in Haiti.  Duquesne is an Ashden award winner, an Ashoka Fellow, a past Digicel Haiti Entrepreneur of the Year winner, and a member of the Clinton Foundation and the European Environmental Foundation. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University in International Affairs and bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from State University of New York.

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Jean-Marc LEGER

Shisha Room, Owner

Galerie Nader, Manager

Jean-Marc is passionate about entrepreneurship and the integration of technology to grow and streamline businesses. He has a background in international business and project management. His career began at DMS International in Washington D.C. as a corporate development, marketing and information technology specialist. He currently lives in Haiti where he has built and implemented information technology systems in several companies and started his own business. In his spare time he enjoys exploring new advances in technology and emerging markets.

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Shaïna SILVA

RocketSpace, Director of Industry Accelerators

Affiniti.vc, Co-founder

Shaina Silva is an award-winning ecosystem architect, venture builder, and futurist.

In her ten years of building startup ecosystems in emerging markets across Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Shaina has worked alongside Government and Private sector to fuel industry focused transformation in Energy, Transport, Healthcare, Food & Ag, Education, and Finance. She is currently the Director of Industry Accelerators at RocketSpace, where she designs and manages programs that drive corporate innovation for fortune 500 companies, and catalyzes global market access for the world's most disruptive startups.

Prior to joining RocketSpace, Shaina served as the Portfolio Director at Generation Enterprise (GEN), an innovation hub based in Lagos, Nigeria, where she worked alongside the Nigerian Government, Google Africa, 1776, and Ford Foundation, on entrepreneurship development programs such as Ready Set Work, Aso Villa Demo Day, Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and the Africa Startup Academy.

Earlier in her career, Shaina worked as a Strategy Consultant at Data Management Services International, in Washington DC, managing large-scale government contracts focused on government innovation and cybersecurity.

Shaina is a graduate of Babson College and alumni of Draper University and Singularity University. She has been nominated as an Innovation Talent for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and continues to drive impact in emerging markets as an Executive member of Affiniti.VC, IMISI3D, the WorkSpace Collective, Haiti Tech Summit, Fotokonbit, and Banj. In recognition of her work, service, and accomplishments, she’s been awarded the Institute of Caribbean Studies’ “30 under 30, Emerging Leaders Award”, Babson College’s ‘Nan-Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award’, and is a proud recipient of ‘The Shelby Cullom Davis Entrepreneurship Prize’.

2- Marketing / Go to Market
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Jason has a long track record of using his strong entrepreneurial spirit and technology expertise to create and build businesses. 360insights, is Jason’s award-winning third business and has grown to become one of the top ten largest software companies in Canada. Jason has a strong commitment to community and serves/has served on multiple non-profit and for-profit boards. Jason also founded City Flow project which is a seed fund investing in local technology companies. Jason started a small BPO technology project in Haiti in 2013 with 10 people and it has now grown to over 100 people and recently, he joined the board of Avanse.org to help bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) to the children of Haiti.

360 Insights, Founder and CEO

Jason ATKINS

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Olivier Bayard graduated from McGill University with a bachelor in Marketing and a Major in Finance. He has extensive knowledge of the Haitian milieu (both in business and sociologically) and has been instrumental in the *brandship* of major local leading Brands. Today he is the Head of Strategy and Innovation in PubliGestion, a leading local Advertising Agency.

Head of Strategy and Innovation in PubliGestion

Olivier BAYARD

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After graduating from high school in Haiti at Lycée Alexandre Dumas, Emilie left for Montreal to begin her university studies. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication-Marketing and a graduate degree from HEC (Hautes Études Commerciales). Prior to joining Digicel as Head of Marketing in 2011, Emilie spent 10 years working for numerous Canadian and international advertising agencies (i.e.: Cossette, Bleu Blanc Rouge, Publicis, TBWA) in both New York and Montreal. As an account director at Bleu Blanc Rouge, she has won several awards for The Gazette's Words Matter campaign. She also helped launch the Metro & Moi reward and loyalty program for the Metro food chain during her time at Publicis. In 2013, Emilie launched her own consulting agency, Lift Communication. Throughout her career, she has worked in multiple fields such as telecommunications, automotive, cosmetics, and food to name a few while managing budgets ranging from $ 50,000 to $ 15 million. From brand or product launch to consumer loyalty, through promotion and contests, she has experience in all types of media - print, TV, radio, billboard, web and social media.

Marketing Consultant

Emilie GRANDOIT ACHILLE

A producer, TV and radio host, Carel Pedre is one of the most influential and famous media personality in Haiti. Not only does he master the art of social media but he also has a pure talent interacting with people. In 2005, he created Chokarella (Creole for “Carel’s Show”) an exceptional talent pool for all people evolving in the cultural and entertainment industry in Haiti. An astute leader, he received awards and has been involved in Haiti's most popular TV programs like Digicel Stars, Ayiti Deploge and Kiyès Ki Toro a. In the last year, he was a TEDX Speaker in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe and he was chosen to represent Haiti in the US State Department International Visitor Leadership Program. With over 15 years of experience, Carel has never stopped innovating and introduces regularly new features to Haiti's media market.

Chokarella, CEO 

Carel PEDRE

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Patrice is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Access Haiti. He also holds the position of General Manager of Tele Haiti after it was acquired by Access Haiti. Patrice Bayard is heavily implicated in the economic development of Haiti. He is involved in multiple associations that contribute to Haiti's economic development. He is a board member in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIO), Co-Founder and board member in the bilateral chambers of commerce and Industry, Brazil - Taiwan, Haiti - Taiwan. Patrice Bayard is a passionate entrepreneur, who enjoys creating new ventures that promote economic growth, and a better environment for all.

Co-Founder and Vice President of Access Haiti

Patrice BAYARD

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Christine C. Jacques is a Marketing and Communication professional, graduated in “Latin American Studies and Francophone Literature” from Tufts University. She also obtained a master's degree in International Affairs and Telecommunications Management. After her university studies, she worked as Marketing Director in two large Haitian companies: Compagnie Des Tabacs Comme Il Faut et Voilà. Young fiery entrepreneur and always ready to start new projects, Christine created her Marketing company DAGMAR in 2008, and since then, she has also founded Matrix Media, and Haiti Business. She manages these successful businesses while continuing to train in the latest developments in Digital Marketing. Christine works regularly with young entrepreneurs as a mentor and works to present a positive image of Haiti through a variety of projects.

Head of Strategy and Innovation in PubliGestion

Christine COUPET JACQUES

Yves advises startups on growth and operations strategy and serves as a venture partner at a venture capital fund. He founded a tech platform that facilitates deal discovery between investors/corporate venture firms and startup founders. The company was acquired in 2017. Yves previously served as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco, where he led a regional smart mobility initiative. He also worked in Abu Dhabi and Haiti on banking regulations and investment analysis engagements respectively. His career began at Accenture where he led client engagements in media & entertainment, financial services, and public service sectors.

In his free time, Yves enjoys traveling, volunteering, dancing, and spending time with friends and family. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and a dual Master of Public Policy/International Finance degree from Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris. Yves was born and raised in Haiti.

Community, Founder

Yves LOUIS-JACQUES

Juan Pablo is a specialist in marketing based on metrics and outbound marketing. He knows how to create and measure strategies from the beginning, advertise products using the most useful channels, increase conversions and grow businesses.

Juan Pablo has been working in Platzi for three years on marketing and product management. Platzi is an online education platform that teaches about programming, design, marketing and businesses. Juan Pablo taught one of the courses about AdWords and gave multiple conferences around Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia and the United States.

Google Developer Expert 

Juan Pablo ROJAS  

3- Finance
4- Product Design
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Kurt JEAN-CHARLES

Solutions S.A, CEO

Kurt JEAN-CHARLES is co-founder and CEO of SOLUTIONS S.A., a leading custom software development company based in Haiti. He started his career as a software programmer in a banking institution and moved on to launch his first company right after his master degree in computer science. With more than 15 years operating a software business in Haiti, running a growing team of software developers and projects spanning over 5 countries. Kurt brings a unique perspective to what it takes to design software products and run a successful business in the Haitian environment. Kurt is also a founding member of AHTIC and serves as board member of YMCA d’Haiti.

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Irwin LIU

360insights, Senior Director, Product Management

Irwin is passionate about building technology for large companies that make a dent in the universe. He's worked at startups, scale-ups and massive enterprises, building awesome teams and products. A lifelong student, his two kids Kai (3 years old) and Max (1.5 years old) keep him curious about everything.

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Akhilesh KUMAR

360insights, Senior Product Manager

Akhilesh Kumar, Senior Product Manager at 360insights leads product management and product strategy for two of the fastest growing software products at 360insights. Previously Akhilesh has been a technology entrepreneur and he has experience in launching two web-based startups.

Akhilesh has an immense passion for disruptive innovation and displacement of existing value networks. He is an ardent follower of the Lean Startup Model and is highly focused on unit economics and profitability.

Prior to being part of the technology industry, Akhilesh has over 10 years of experience in solving complex business problems for large corporations.

5- Technology
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Santiago CARRILLO

Google Developer Expert

Software Engineer and Entrepreneur - Co-Founder at Tuatara.co

Bikens LAJOIE

Doralya, Director

Lecturer at Quisqueya University (UNIQ ), Bikens Lajoie holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Ecole Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haïti and in e-business from the Université de Picardie Jules Vernes, Amiens (France). With over 15 years of experience in computer programming, Bikens has an extensive professional experience as a consultant.

In 2010, he created his own IT services company Doralya (www.doralya.com), with which he launched MESSA (https://messa.online), an integrated platform (management, administration, e-learning, archiving) for educational institutions; a project with which he was the 5th finalist in "Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2013.

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Ben-Manson TOUSSAINT, Ph.D.

SITERE/ESIH Research Laboratory, Director

Seekncheck.com, Founder and CEO

Ben-Manson Toussaint is an award-winning researcher who graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from University Grenoble Alps, France.

He co-founded SITERE Laboratory affiliated to the Superior School of Computer Science and Electronics of Haiti, the first scientific research laboratory on Artificial Intelligence and Virtual and Augmented Reality of the Caribbean.

His last venture is Seekncheck, a platform using Artificial Intelligence for on-demand specialized proofreading and translation. 

Ben is also a mentor on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence at Google Developers Launchpad Accelerator.

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Max Larson HENRY

Founder Transversal

A Network engineer, ICT instructor, and entrepreneur, in 2005 Max created Transversal, a service company specializing in the development of mobile applications including the SaaS eVoucher MerchantPro platform (Deployment in Haiti, Nepal and East Timor).

Max is the President of the Haitian Association for Information and Communication Technologies (AHTIC), Vice President of the Internet Society Haitian Chapter and member of the board of the national entrepreneur association - AEDIG .

In addition to his contributions to the implementation the Haitian ccTLD .ht - of which he has been the technical contact since its redelegation in 2005 – and the creation of the Haitian Internet Exchange Point, Max co-led from 2008 to 2014 the Public Policy Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Network Information Center (LACNIC). A founding member of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet eXchange Point Association (LAC-IX), served for 3 years as Vice President and he is a member of the electoral commission.

Max holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences of the State University of Haiti, a Master's Degree in Database and Systems Integration and several professional certifications.

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Tim ROCHON  

360Insights, CTO

Tim is a technology executive who is passionate about leading teams to consistently deliver amazing technology solutions for clients and customers.

Tim has 25+ years leading technology development efforts across several enterprises and 2 start-up’s, with education from Laurentian University where he holds a combined major in Computer Science and Mathematics with Honours, B.Sc., Magna Cum Laude.

His experience spans the technology landscape including programming, architecture and design, project management, and executive leadership. Tim has served as a technology executive in Banking with JP Morgan Chase, in Retail with Loblaw Companies Limited and Sears Canada, and now 360insights (1.5 years) as CTO.

6- User Experience
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Mauricio ANGULO

Sprint Master Tesseract Space, Developer and user experience consultant

Mauricio has worked with the 100 top companies in Mexico and Latinoamérica to help them create usable and easy to use technology products. He collaborates as mentor for startups in the Founders Institute's Mexico chapter and in Google Launchpad events on topics of user experience, content development, usability and visual design. In 2014, he co-founded UX Nights, a user experience community and is editor of the UX Nights online magazine.

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Naïsha SILVA

Google, Project Manager

Startup Coach, Diversity & Inclusion advocate and Business Operations Strategist - Naisha is a Project Manager at Google leading initiatives that enhance candidate and employee experience. One of her proudest achievements at Google is co-founding Haiti Digital - a task force of 20+ Haitian Googlers dedicating 20% of their work time to drive initiatives that propel entrepreneurship in Haiti, shift the narrative of Haiti, and empower the Haitian Next Billion Users (NBU).

Naisha is a U.S. State Department TechWomen Mentor, Google Launchpad Startup Success Manager, Google for Entrepreneurs Mentor, Startingbloc Social Innovation Fellow, and Women’s Soccer Coach for refugee girls. She has a passion for the Future of Work and startup ecosystems in emerging markets. 

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Alice BONHOMME-BIAIS, Ph.D.

International startups coach in engineering culture

Alice Bonhomme-Biais is a software engineering coach passionate about the use of technology for social impact.

After completing her computer science Ph.D. in France, she spent 12 years at Google New York. She first worked as a software engineer and team lead on Google Maps and Google Web Search. Later, she joined, as a founding member, the Google Crisis Response team to use technology to help people impacted by natural disasters.

She now coaches tech companies and startups in US, Kenya, and Haiti to help them build their engineering culture and apply software engineering best practices to create better products and ship them faster.

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