Ecosystem Architect - Designing the Future
Over the past 10 years of my career in building innovation ecosystems around the world, I have had the joy and privilege to lead the following organizations as a Founder, Executive Director, or Portfolio Director.
#SHE_BUILDS Global Initiative
About: The #SHE_BUILDS Global Initiative is a community platform that exists to empower and connect Haitian women around the world, and increase access to global opportunities and value chains.
TERRA Food & AgTech Accelerator, by RocketSpace & Rabobank
Role: Managing Director
Objective: Accelerate innovation in the Food & Ag industries
About: TERRA is a first-of-its-kind program bringing together the industry’s most disruptive startups and progressive corporations to fuel cross-industry innovation and set a new standard for food and agriculture. Unlike other accelerator programs, this program is designed to be an ongoing innovation platform that will result in a continuous stream of commercially viable solutions. Combining RocketSpace’s global tech ecosystem and startup network with Rabobank’s food and agribusiness leadership and expertise, TERRA’s unique model will provide startups with the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with our corporate partners in a dedicated product validation program.
About: WOCO is a venture building platform that leverages technology and immersive travel experiences to accelerate the growth of innovation ecosystems in emerging markets. We recognise the desire of the global diaspora to explore and contribute to the economic development of their native countries, as well as the need for local startups to access business experts to grow their companies. Through our two sided platform, we connect the global diaspora talent pool to local startups and entrepreneurship organizations in their their home countries for an experience of a lifetime. Our aim is to combine the joy of discovery through travel with the fulfilling impact of building businesses that help shape the future of the economy.
Haiti Tech Summit 2017
Role: Head of Branding & Experience
About:The Haiti Tech Summit is an annual event hosted in Haiti that serves to promote the use of technology for development of Haiti
Ready Set Work Nigeria
Objective: Catalyze entrepreneurship in Nigerian Universities
About: ReadySetWork is an employability and entrepreneurship program aimed at preparing final year students for immediate entry into the workforce as employees and employers of labour by equipping them with market-aligned knowledge, soft skills, business tools, and a mindset reorientation to the world of work.
Aso Villa Demo Day
Objective: Presidential Demo day to showcase the country’s top entrepreneurs who are designing solutions for Nigeria’s Social and Economic Development
About: A platform that promotes innovation and provides opportunities for entrepreneurs and start-ups to collaborate with the Federal Government.
Unreasonable Institute Lagos
Objective: Investor readiness accelerator for Nigerian social-enterprises
About: Unreasonable Institute Accelerators (now Unchartered) are designed for bold entrepreneurs looking to move into the unchartered, take on difficult problems, and create scalable impact.
Ignite Ideas Lagos
Objective: Create new jobs through entrepreneurship by supporting 1 million entrepreneurs over the next 5 years resulting in new 5 million jobs.
Nigerian Youth Service Corps
Objective: Equip Nigerian youth in the service corps with entrepreneurial skills to turn problems into solutions, and solutions into enterprises – funded by the Nigerian Bank of Industry
About: The NYSC scheme was created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war.
Caribbean Youth Summits
Objective: To be a vehicle for the Caribbean Diaspora youth voice.
1. Discover and evaluate the status of Caribbean diaspora youth: Who are we? What are our resources?
2. Be a springboard for events and a hub of information focusing on and facilitating the Caribbean Diaspora youth agenda and network.
3. Assess the relationship between Caribbean Diaspora youth and youth in the Caribbean.
4. Develop engagement strategies for the relationship between Caribbean Diaspora youth and youth in the Caribbean
Haiti in Transition
Role: Co-Founder & Executive Director
Objective: Reconstruct the narrative of Haiti by engaging the local and international youth to transform earthquake-impacted neighborhoods into innovation hubs.
Local Youth Impact -Neighborhood Transformation
- Konbit Pou Konbat Echek
- Jacmel Neighbohood impact
- Quartier a Quartier – Establishing a network of Youth-led Impact Councils across multiple communes in Jacmel
- Port au Prince Neighborhood impact
- Experience the Haitian Business ecosystem
- Building Bridges – Diaspora Youth Engagement through the Embassy of Haiti in Washington DC
- Game Changers Campaign