Antonio is one of the co-founders of Solisyon Kominote Yo. He is leading the local team of entrepreneurs. Before joining SolKomYo, Antonio worked for Centro Puente and founded a local youth organization called UJANE. He is passionate about community development and is eager to bring change into his own community.
Evens is born and raised in Ouanaminthe. He is the agronomist in the SolKomYo team, having studied agronomy in the Polytechnic University of Haiti in Cap-Haitian. Evens also has experience in communication and leads the media work of SolKomYo. He enjoys working in the community with farmers to find practical solutions to everyday challenges. Evens is also a creative problem-solver and serves as a valuable member to the SolKomYo team.
Karl is an Agronomist with the SolKomYo team. He works in the area of plant production, agroecology and agroforestry, training and organizational reinforcement, development, and strengthening of the agricultural supply, food security, sustainable agriculture, and natural resource management. Previously, Karl worked with institutions such as Oxfam, Agro Action Allemande, and USAID as a researcher, surveyor, and coordinator in projects related to soil conservation, reforestation, sustainable agriculture, and disaster and risk management.
Maud is a member of the SolKomYo team. She is from a town outside of Cap-Haitien and currently lives in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. Maud is Financial Literacy trainer and has certificates in accountability and soil conservation. Maud worked in Codevi and Karayib painting. She is looking forward to sharing her experience with others in the community.
Tenel is the Agricultural-Technician for SolKomYo. He is from a town called Raquitte, located 43km from Cap-Haïtien. trained as an Engineer-Agronomist. Prior to joining SolKomYo, Tenel was working with data collection for the GIS center of Haïti in the last six years. He is now working as the Sales Executive for eKutir Rural Management Services in collaboration with SolKomYo. He is trained as an Engineer-Agronomist, has a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Studies, and enrolls in GIS and programming online courses.
Greg Van Kirk
Greg Van Kirk is an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow, Ashoka Globalizer and was recently recognized as Schwab Foundation “Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 (Latin America)” at the World Economic Forum. He is the the co-founder of The New Development Solutions Group. This includes Community Enterprise Solutions, Social Entrepreneur Corps and NDS Consulting. These are all ventures whose mission is to design and implement social innovation responses to long-standing development challenges. His team is now focused on expanding the reach of their award winning MicroConsignment Model globally. Greg was recently selected as a member of the Ashoka/Siemens Foundation Community Impact Development Group and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has served as an economic development consultant for organizations such as USAID, Chemonics, VisionSpring, Soros Foundation, Church World Service, IADB, Water For People and Fundacion Paraguaya. Greg also contributes time as “Social Entrepreneur in Residence” and has recently worked with Columbia University, NYU, Marquette University, Indiana University, University of San Diego and Arizona State University. He is a senior advisor for AshokaU. He has taught social entrepreneurship at Columbia University and is currently teaching part time at NYU Reynolds. He is the co-founder of The Center for MicroConsignment at Miami University. Greg began working in rural small business development as a Guatemala Peace Corps volunteer in 2001. Greg worked in investment banking for five years before arriving in Guatemala. Two deals he led at UBS during this time won “Deal of the Year” honors from Structured Finance International magazine. Greg is a graduate of Miami University and currently lives with his family in New York City.
Before joining Community Enterprise Solutions in October 2012 to launch and scale the operations in Haiti, Madalina worked with Ashoka where she advised on jumpstarting the Ashoka Fellow Initiative in Haiti. She hails from the Eastern Europe (Romania) where she earned her BA in Business Administration and worked for the largest FMCG company in the world, Inbev. In 2009 she moved to Denmark where she graduated with a Masters in International Business from Aarhus University. She worked with the Embassy of Romania in Washington DC and speaks four languages.
Olivia’s interests are rooted in small business development in marginalized communities because she sees business as a powerful tool for social change. Olivia has worked with the Clinton Foundation and TechnoServe to scale market-based approaches to development and has supported small business development in Haiti and Ecuador. Olivia holds a Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University.