Suze François

Programming Lead, NAAHP Conference

Principal, Mileus Global Consultancy, LLC

Suze François is a corporate social responsibility and workforce development expert, with over 15 years of experience. She founded Mileus Global Consultancy to help companies develop their corporate social responsibility, economic development, and workforce development initiatives. Suze has worked with Global Communities as a senior consultant to develop the organization’s global responsible sourcing strategy and design programs to be marketed to prospective partners and funders. As a private sector consultant at Development Alternative International (DAI), she strengthened APIX, S.A.’s services to domestic and foreign investors in Senegal. APIX is the investment promotion agency of the Government of Senegal. This mission was part of AfricaLead—a program funded by USAID. Earlier this year, she founded Teliz Homes, LLC–a residential and commercial redevelopment real estate investment company where she focuses on neighborhood rejuvenation in Florida.

Before creating her own companies, Suze worked in senior management for Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. There, she managed a $110M+ global portfolio to strengthen workforce systems and provide career opportunities for low income individuals in the United States, Asia, and Latin America. Her programs directly impacted more than 300,000 people, primarily women, while exceeding goals and remaining within budget. Additionally, Suze worked in Walmart’s Global Sourcing division as a Corporate Social Responsibility Manager where her duties included stakeholder engagement, international development, and supply chain risk management. To foster collaboration and achieve her goals, she has successfully built partnerships with major international brands and retailers, industry associations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, bilateral and multilateral organizations.

Although she lives in the United States, Suze remains connected to her native country, Haiti, through her involvement with the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP), an organization “leveraging the transformative power of collective action to promote inclusive, effective and lasting socio-economic progress in Haiti.” She has been serving as the co- chair of the NAAHP Conference from 2014 to date. She is also the co-founder and President of the Potter’s Hands Children’s Center, a 501 c3 organization with the mission to promote prosperity in Haiti. Suze believes that Haiti’s “brain-drain” can be turned into a “brain-gain” by tapping into the Haitian diaspora, since it has the skills and resources to promote the development of the country.

Prior to Walmart, Suze was a fellow at the Organization of American States (O.A.S.) in Washington D.C.. During her tenure at the O.A.S., she focused on women’s peace and security and human trafficking issues in Haiti and Latin America, with a focus on the “Restaveks” (Haitian children working as maids).

Suze holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a focus on Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is a native of Haiti and is fluent in French, Haitian Creole, and English. She also has extensive knowledge of Spanish and Arabic.