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.
Elizabeth is one of our Regional Coordinators and co-founders. She is originally from Bain de Laurance. She has a family of 5. Before joining SolKomYo, Elizabeth was a teacher in her community and in 1986 she was the mayor of Vallier and became part of department council. In 2009 she joined REZO, a network of artisan women. Elizabeth is part of SolKomYo since 2012.
Felix is one of our Regional Coordinators and co-founders. He is originally from Savane au Lait where he is part of the administration council. Felix is a great community leader and is president of various community groups such as UJANE. Before joining SolKomYo Felix was combining his education with his responsibilities in his 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.
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.
Linda Peia is the founding entrepreneur of the Ashoka Caribbean Chapter. She has worked with Ashoka since 2007 in Mexico, Brazil, and Washington DC. An economist by training, she covers topics that reside at the intersection of behavioral economics and entrepreneurship.
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.
Estela Aragon is originally from San Jose, Costa Rica. She has a degree in Social Psychology and a Masters in Economic Development from the University of Sydney. She has experience working in many countries Around Latin America including Costa Rica, Nicaragua El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile and Haiti. More recently she worked with ActionAid, Australia developing a gender sensitive Resilience Index for South Asia. Estela is very passionate about her profession. She joined Community Enterprise Solutions in April, 2014 and she sees her job as a way to empower communities to work towards achieving sustainable solutions to their problems.
Gaetan Moussa Gaetan is from Belgium and has African heritage (D.R. Congo). He was born and bred in Brussels. He holds a Bachelor degree in international development and a master degree in human rights law. Since graduating from university in 2008, he has taken part in several social action projects with numerous NGOs based in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish .
Olivia’s interests are rooted in small business development in marginalized communities because she sees business as a powerful tool for social change. After graduating in International Development from McGill University, Olivia has had the opportunity to work on market-based initiatives with non-profits such as the Clinton Foundation and TechnoServe. She has also gained experience from a community development perspective working with an artisan company in Haiti and a cocoa farm in Ecuador. Olivia is from Washington, D.C. and enjoys the outdoors, traveling, music, and learning about new cultures.
Louise Piffaut is French, and studied Economics and Politics in the United Kingdom. She has a strong interest for economics of development, and loves traveling. She is currently an intern for SolKomYo and Ashoka in Haiti. Last summer, she did an internship at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. She is now studying a Masters in Economics and Business at Sciences Po Paris.