• Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017

    Theme: Voices of the Haitian Diaspora

    11:00 AM

    Exhibitor Arrival & Set-Up

    12:00 PM

    Registration Begins

    1:00 PM

    Speakers/Panelists Arrival

    2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Opening Remarks


    Commissioner Jean Monestime

    Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, District 2

    Dr. Wilkerson Compere

    Chairman of the Board, National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP)

    JP Michel

    Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Ocean Harvest

    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Elected Officials of Haitian Descent

    “If you’re not around the power table, you don’t share in the pie, you just pay taxes”

    The NAAHP is honored to host a panel discussion of Haitian-American elected officials who have constituted themselves into the National Haitian-American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON). These elected officials will discuss with the conferees the value of political empowerment for Haitian-Americans in general and the absolute necessity for young Haitian-American professionals to get involved in electoral politics at all levels. As well, these officials will share their initiatives to address various hot button issues, such as TPS and other immigration challenges, facing Haitians.

    Moderator: Joseph Makhandal Champagne

    Assemblymember Rodneyse Biochotte
    Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre
    Councilman Alix Desulme
    Judge Dweynie Paul
    Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste

    4:30 PM - 4:50 PM


    5:00 PM - 5:30 PM



    Pierre Canisius Guignard

    General Director of the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE)

    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Current Topics/Issues Facing the Diaspora

    The voice of the Haitian diaspora has become more prominent on the many challenges that we are facing as a people. Whether it is due to social media or other new communication technologies, we have had improved abilities to mobilize, and even the younger population is more engaged than ever before. What are the pain points and barriers holding us back from joining forces to have greater impact? Are there opportunities to identify and strengthen leaders on the global stage to represent the diaspora concerns as a unit? Come and listen to a panel discussion on the issues that hindering the diaspora growth/development, and the suggested strategies to move ahead.

    Moderator: Nedgine Paul Deroly

    Ambassador Paul Altidor
    Commissioner Jean Monestime
    Johnny Celestin
    Pierre Canisius Guignard

  • Friday, November 3, 2017

    Theme: Professional and Leadership Development

    8:00 AM

    Speakers/Panelists Arrival

    8:00 AM

    Registration Begins

    8:00 AM

    Exhibitor Arrival & Set-Up

    9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

    Opening Remarks


    Marjorie Brennan, MD, MPH

    Chair of the Advisory Board, NAAHP

    Medical Director of Children’s National Health System Ambulatory Surgery Center in Montgomery County

    9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

    Opening Keynote


    Jeffrey R. Gardere, Ph.D., ABPP

    Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor and Course Director at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Workforce Development, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

    A discussion on career pathways and the need to develop leaders and prepare for the demands of an increasingly global economy

    Moderator: Newton B. Sanon

    Andre Dominique Pierre
    Assemblymember Rodneyse Biochotte
    Samuel M. Pierre
    Suze François

    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Keynote Speaker


    JP Michel

    Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Ocean Harvest

    Advocacy and Leadership Responsibilities

    Sponsored by: Blue Ocean Harvest

    With leadership comes power of influence and ability to advocate for personal values and for others in need. Learn how to overcome the challenges, obstacles and the specific skill sets to be successful at any career level. Learn how mentorship can play a key role when done effectively, and can encourage rising leaders to become strong and stay the course.

    Moderator: Magdalah Racine-Silva

    JP Michel
    Karl A. Racine
    Nadege Dady, Ed.D
    Yves Salomon-Fernandez, Ph.D.

    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


    2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Music Performance


    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Working in the Technology & Innovation Space

    From personal brand to professional brand, what’s in the stars for the entrepreneurs and professionals of tomorrow? Share insights on the role that technology plays in shaping how we run our businesses and how we run our lives, and even how we run a country.

    Moderator: Shaina Silva

    Christine Souffrant Ntim
    Lisa Francoeur Mesa

    3:30 PM - 5:30 PM


    Unleashing the power of Technology in Haiti through Innovation, BPO, blue economy, biotech, and etc.

    Learn about the opportunities for transformation through innovative solutions that promote sustainable growth, through powerful developments available, and are changing many nations.

    Moderator: Cleve Mesidor

    Bruno Surpris, MBA, PMP
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, PhD, MBA
    Jean Marie Altema
    Maarten Boute

    Millennials in Entrepreneurship & Technology in the US and in Haiti

    Exploring topics such as Branding & Marketing, to create a platform for the next generation of leaders to leverage their diverse views and entrepreneurial spirits, necessary to bridge the generational gap impeding the speed of success.

    Moderator: Larissa Liburd

    Lyne Vanessa Alexandre
    Michele V. Boisrond
    Sandra Florvella-Pierre
    Woodline Gedeon

    Women in Traditional Business in Haiti and the Need to Innovate

    Unveiling the challenges in Entrepreneurship, Technology.  Highlighting the need for an awakening to strengthen women as pillars in economic development, with access to the necessary resources.

    Moderator: Marie Myka Texas, MS, MBA

    Ambassador Danielle Saint Lôt
    Luckny Guerrier
    Rebecca Obounou

    Career Coaching for Undergraduates

    Learn how to search for and select internships, how to discuss collegiate activities on a resume, how to get your foot in the door early in the job-search process. Receive guidance towards general job-seeking success. Receive tips on resume construct, cover-letter, and interview etiquette. People may bring in their items for review.

    Moderator: Dr. Martine Elie

    Laura Eustache Zamor
    Michelle Pyram, CPC
    Monica De Jesus
    Usha E. Pitts

    Entrepreneurship in Haiti

    Practical advice focusing on starting a business, highlighting successes of Haitian entrepreneurs, the regulatory environment, and best practices for success

    Moderator: Charlot Lucien

    Allen L. Krause
    Noel Jonathas, Jr., M.Sc., LL.M.
    Régine Rene-Labrousse
    Tessa Jacques

    5:30 PM - 6:00 PM


    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Networking Reception

    With networking, cocktails, etc.

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017

    Theme: Engaging the Diaspora in Development of Haiti

    8:00 AM

    Exhibitor Arrival & Set-Up

    8:00 AM

    Speaker/Panelist Arrival

    9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

    Opening Remarks


    Serge Renaud, MBA, MSA

    President, NAAHP

    9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

    Opening Keynote

    Topic: Diaspora’s Engagement in Haiti’s Development: the Facilitating Role of Monetary Policy.

    Ludovic Comeau, Jr

    Professor, Economics, DePaul University

    President, GRAHN-USA

    Vice-President, GRAHN-Monde

    9:45 AM - 11:00 AM


    Importance of infrastructure development in Haiti

    Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress in Haiti and a critical enabler for productivity and sustainable economic growth. What are key elements and partnership opportunities to help build effective infrastructure that reduces poverty, raise living standards for all, and help the country achieve full abundant potentials?

    Moderator: Fernando Rodriguez Marin

    Danielle Bonhomme-Delprato
    Fritz Duroseau
    JP Michel

    Entrepreneurship & Small Business Advisory

    Gain business startup insights and advice around how to launch with a solid foundation. Learn about the various structures required in the direct operation of your company, explore several topics related to functional areas, learn about the legal and financial trends that may affect you and your business venture. Audience members can bring specific questions submitted in advance to a panel of experts who will respond to the randomly selected questions and take some from the audience.

    Moderator: Corinne Joachim Sanon Symietz

    Jhonson Napoleon
    Lesly Kernisant, M.D., FACOG

    Career Coaching for Early-Stage Professionals

    Learn how to identify your strengths, establish an early career path, salary negotiation skills, how to move forward with a career you love and development advice. Receive guidance towards general job-seeking success. Receive tips on resume construct, cover-letter, and interview etiquette. People may bring in their items for review.

    Moderator: Anide J. Eustache

    Cathy Francois
    Emie Michaud Weinstock
    Melody Mitchell
    Paula T. Edgar

    The banking sector in Haiti and its relation to the Diaspora

    Banking sector opening can bring real benefits in the form of fresh capital, more competition, new financial products, and improved participation from the Diaspora. Is there a commitment for more effective Diaspora engagement methods?

    Moderator: Nathalie Liautaud Diaz

    Georgette Jean-Louis
    Guy Supplice
    Marcel Fontin

    Female Leadership & Breaking the Glass Ceiling

    A discussion on the topic of diversity, specifically regarding equality in female leadership roles. Come listen to different perspectives on the barriers and engage in a discussion on necessary steps for more women to get to the top

    Moderator: Marlie Hall

    Genevieve Michel-Bryan
    Gerty Simon
    Magdalah Racine-Silva
    Sandra Altiné
    Yves Salomon-Fernandez, Ph.D.

    11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


    11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

    Special Guest Presentation

    Topic: Diaspora et Croissance Économique en Haïti: Quelles voies d’engagement? (Diaspora and Economic Growth in Haiti: What are Possible Engagement Paths)?

    Jean Baden Dubois

    Governor of the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (central bank)

    11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

    Message from the Haiti Special Coordinator


    Ambassador Kenneth Merten

    Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Haiti Special Coordinator, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Keynote Speaker


    Luis Echebarria

    Representative in Haiti, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Engaging the Haitian Diaspora as a priority for Haiti’s Development

    The diaspora has maintained its position as a backbone in the Haitian economy and avid supporter for sustainable change. What are the barriers and what are the tangible measures of engagement that we should undertake to become more efficient with the Diaspora as such major resource?

    Moderator:  JP Michel

    Ambassador Kenneth Merten
    Jean Baden Dubois
    Luis Echebarria

    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


    3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Round-Table Discussion with Haiti’s Legislative Special Commission in Charge of Constitutional Reforms

    Co-sponsored by: United Front of the Haitian Diaspora

    One of the highlights of this year’s conference is the presence of The Haitian Congress’ Special Commission in charge of formulating proposals for a constitutional reform. For the conference attendees, it is the unique occasion to engage in a high level round-table discussion with members of the commission and to raise the concerns of the diaspora on constitutional issues (both on a personal and institutional level). Created on March 29th 2017, the 9 member special commission is composed of Jerry Tardieu (Petion-Ville) Chairman, Louis Marie Bonhomme (Anse-a-Foleur) Vice-Chairman and Ronald Etienne (Pestel) Secretary. Other Members include Jacques Michel Saint-Louis (Mombin Crochu), Price Cyprien (Thomazeau), Myriam Amilcar (Saint-Michel de l’Attalaye, Raymond Rival (Cornillon Grand-Bois), Jacob Latortue (Gonaives).

    Congressman Jerry Tardieu

    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


    The Importance of Wealth Management

    Wealth management encompass all parts of a person’s financial life. It is a holistic approach in which a single manager coordinates all the services needed — investment management, wealth structuring, credit and banking — to manage your money and plan for your family’s current and future needs. In this session, we will dig deeper into the fundamentals of wealth planning.

    Raymond Janvier
    Lee Parker

    Health Care Sector in Haiti (Haiti’s medical diaspora and their engagement in global health)

    Exploring topics regarding the future of healthcare in Haiti and the desperate need for widespread access to quality care. Come be part of the engaging conversations on the limited or temporary solutions from traditional charity-focused NGOs, the private sector’s opportunity for sustainable scale-up healthcare services, and how it is all tied to the economic development roadmap

    Moderator: Marjorie Brennan, MD, MPH

    Carmelle M. Bellefleur, PhD, RN
    Christina Pardo Maxis, MD MPH
    Dr. Paul Pierre
    Ernest J. Barthélemy, MD, MA

    Tourism & the Service Industry in Haiti

    Our treasure is vastly in our natural resources, and capitalizing on our strength is eminent and requires collaboration from all sectors. Exploring topics regarding commitment necessary from government administration to promote, encourage, and grow the inflow of tourism activities in the country.

    Moderator: Emmanuel Bellegarde

    Christian Roy Fombrun
    Davidson Toussaint
    Samuel Dameus
    Sandy Sophia Laborde
    Stephanie Barnes

    Diaspora Investment in Haiti (Engaging the Haitian Diasporas in development through investment)

    Recognizing the diaspora as a critical part of any durable solution to Haiti’s problems, and the need to identify technical and intellectual capacity and investment power that need to be explored.

    Moderator: Cassandre Theano

    Claude Clodomir, Fils
    Dr. Daniel Faustin, MD
    Sowmya Krishnamoorthy

    7:30 PM

    NAAHP VIP Reception Dinner

    A special diaspora keynote address will be presented to serve as a lighthouse to guide us in as we work to serve as a catalyst of change and progress.

    It will be an evening filled with fine dining, great music, and exclusive access to industry leaders. It will be an elegant and intimate dinner designed for 100 guest.

    Dinner will take at the India House greatly known for its acclaimed sumptuous food and the most exquisite wine selection.

    We await your presence as we work to advance our community and bridge the gaps.

    Limited seats are available for general public for donation of $100.

    Register for VIP Reception Dinner

    10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

    NAAHP Closing Night Party

    After the Party is the After Party!

    Join us for the conference party at the Lexington Lounge.

    Music will be provided by NYC’s finest DJ Joel from the Most Wanted Crew.

    Register in advance for free entry! $20 at the door.

    ID required. Must be 21 to attend.

    Register for Closing Night Party

*Agenda is subject to change

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