The Thirty-sixth Haitian Business Delegation at the State Department. From left: Jean-Didier Gardère, Amb. Thomas Adams, Josefa Raymond Gauthier, James Morrell, Amb. Ernest H. Preeg, Gérard Maxime Coles, Lionel Delatour, Stephanie Reynolds, Max-Edouard Mondesir, Timoté Georges


Lionel Delatour
26 Rue Mangones
Pétion Ville, Haïti

Since 1993, he has led thirty-six delegations of business leaders from Haiti on fact-finding visits to Washington. From 2002 to 2004, he provided consulting services to l’Association des Industries d'Haïti (ADIH) in drafting and promoting in Washington the textile trade bill HERO to help Haiti the same way as the African countries were benefiting from the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
ADIHHe was a leading advocate for the enactment of the follow-on HOPE legislation in 2006, the HOPE II legislation in 2008 and the HELP legislation in 2010, all of which gave Haiti trade benefits that transformed the dormant garment sector into one of the engines of job creation.
In April 2006, May 2008 and February 2009 he coordinated and participated in the three visits to Washington of President René Préval.
From July 2007 to date he has been a consultant for the CTMO-HOPE commission, a tripartite institution led by the government with representatives of business associations and labor organizations created to help improve and implement the various HOPE legislative initiatives.
Lionel Delatour is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and holds a masters in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He is a founding board member of the Haiti Democracy Project.
Gérard Maxime Coles

VP of Business Development
Commercial Services Inc.

Peguy Ville, Port-au-Prince

Commercial Services Inc. is a family-owned company established in Haiti since 1950. It is a major importer and distributor of pharmaceutical products and consumer goods. It represents among others the following companies in Haiti:

• Pfizer Corporation from the United States
• Denk-Pharma from Germany
• Geistlich Pharma from Switzerland
• Laboratoire Dr.Bouchara from France
• R. Twining from Great Britain

Currently the company is expanding its product line with vitamins and supplements.

Gérard-Maxime Coles has worked in the United States for years as a corporate health-care coordinator and as a result, he has always had a passion for health education, leadership and athletics. In addition to his role of managing various doctors and nurses, he has honed his leadership abilities by working with youth and collegiate athletes by training and mentoring for years.

Gérard-Maxime holds a B.A in psychology from Springfield College and a M.S in health education from Adelphi University.

Jean-Didier Gardère

PROFASA Assurances lard S.A
Truxton S.A

International Consultant in Insurance, Engineering and Logistics

Delmas 56, Complexe Stello, Port-au-Prince

Jean-Didier Gardère is president of the PROFASA Insurance Group, established in 1925 and Truxton S.A Construction Company, established in 1990.

PROFASA was hit hard by the abnormally high level of losses caused by the catastrophic earthquake of January 12, 2010.  Today the group is only active in specialized lines:

  • surety
  • construction risks
  • aviation
  • expat medical coverage  

Under his leadership and restless efforts, the company is, against all predictions, slowly recovering from its losses and beginning to look at a brighter future.

Truxton S.A also suffered severe losses including the collapse of its headquarters taking the lives of most of the company’s engineering and administrative team.  He has led the company to recovery and it is now executing infrastructure projects including:

  • dredging
  • port construction
  • government building
  • supervision of airport projects

He has over thirty years’ experience in engineering and consulting and has been lending his services to large industrial construction and logistic firms primarily from the United States:

  • Dyncorp
  • The Aim Group
  • Fluor
  • IEP Power
  • VP Buildings
  • Atkins Global/PBSG
  • Symbion
  • The Leadership Institute

In Haiti he represents certain multinational companies, most notably steel leader Arcelor Mittal.  He is a registered consultant at Tetra-Tech and is participating in the Haiti Property Law Work Group, alongside Habitat for Humanity and other USG and GOH agencies. 

Jean-Didier Gardère holds a BS in industrial engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
He co-sponsored the construction of the first ICU unit in Haiti at the Hôpital de la communaute Haïtienne with the assistance of the U.S. Southcom.

He is publishing two books, one on Haitian naval construction, the other a novel on Haitian pre-history
Josefa Raymond Gauthier

Digicel Haiti Foundation

Digicel Haiti Foundation is a nonprofit organization that distributes and utilizes funds on a charitable basis for the sole purpose of building communities and community spirit in Haiti.
The Digicel Foundation was created to work with government and nongovernmental organizations which strive to support projects in Haiti that cater to educational and social opportunities that will inspire and build positive energy in its citizens, which will in turn lead to stronger, self sufficient communities.

  • Direct beneficiaries: 738,997
  • Spent on initiatives to date: $31.2 million
  • Schools built since inception: 136

Josefa Gauthier has over sixteen years’ experience in Health insurance management.
She served for three years as a member of the Provisional Electoral Commission after the departure of President Aristide in 2004. She has held the position of executive director of the Digicel Haiti Foundation for five years.

Under President Martelly, she was named CEO of the Fond d’Assistance Economique et Social (FAES) before being appointed minister of planning and external cooperation May 2012. She served as minister of social affairs and labor from August 2012 to March 2013. In March 2013 she became chairwoman of the Digicel Haiti Foundation.

Josefa Raymond Gauthier studied filosofia y letras at the University of Complutense in Spain. She is a graduate of the State University of Haiti law school.

She has for many years been in charge of a fundraising program for underprivileged schoolchildren organized by the nuns of St Joseph de Cluny. She has been responsible for the implementation of a community project with the respected foundation Afe Neg Konbit headed by Father Cirquot in the commune of Kenscoff.

Timoté Georges

Co-Founder, Country Director
Smallholders Farmers Alliance
26 Route Nationale #1
Gonaives, Haiti

The Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) is a Haitian foundation using charitable funds to transform small-scale (or “smallholder”) farmers into independent agro-forestry cooperatives run on organic principles and with a triple bottom line: planting trees, increasing food production and improving farm livelihoods. Deforestation and low agricultural output are two of the biggest issues facing Haiti. SFA tackles both by working with groups of around 2,000 farmers at a time to grow trees in exchange for the seed, tools and training needed to improve their agricultural output. The result is a farmer- owned and -operated social business. It has developed a completely new approach that repurposes agro-forestry as a market-based development model – the first of its kind in Haiti. It is also implementing what it calls “exit-strategy aid”: after three years of external investment and training, the cooperatives operate on their own income and without SFA’s management oversight. The pilot operation it started in early 2010 near Gonaives is now an independent agro-forestry cooperative with 2,000 farmer members. The cooperative went off-line from external funding in January, 2013 and is now self-financing and managed by the farmers themselves—they plant one million trees a year, have increased crop yields by 40 to 50%, depending on the variety, and farm income has gone up by an average of 30%.

In October, 2013 SFA began work on its second agro-forestry cooperative, located in the farming community of St. Michel de l’Attalaye. It currently works with 450 local farmers who receive crop seeds, tools and training; two tree nurseries have been established with the help of these farmers; and it has planted a tamarind-tree micro-orchard in partnership with a local cooperative in order to help expand their tamarind-processing operation.

Timoté Georges studied natural resources and peace at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. While studying there he worked with an association of coffee producers in the community of El Rodeo and at the nurseries of the Compaňa Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL), which was focused on carbon sequestration. While at the University for Peace Timoté was co-author of “The Fabric of Community” with the Earth Charter staff members. In 2002 Timoté joined the Haiti presidential program called “Alfa-Economic” which brought a literacy campaign that aims at alleviating socio-economic deprivation in the rural areas around Gonaives. Since 2008, Timoté’s focus has been environmental rehabilitation, natural-resource management and development capacity-building at the community level. In 2012 he co-founded the SFA (or “Alyans Ti-plantèAyiti” in Creole) as a Haitian community-based, grassroots organization.

Max-Edouard Mondesir

Assistant Manager, Foreign Portfolio Department
Banque de la République d’Haïti

Angle rues Pavée et du Quai

Created in 1979, the Central Bank is the monetary authority of Haiti. As such, its primary function is to issue the local currency, design and also implement the country’s monetary policy which consists of maintaining price stability. In addition, the Central Bank fulfills other functions, including but not limited to:

  1. Ensuring the stability of the financial system (acting as the regulator of banks and financial cooperatives)
  2. Ensuring the efficiency, the development and integrity of payment systems
  3. Promoting in the areas of money, credit and exchange the conditions most favorable to the development of the economy

Max-Edouard Mondesir has been working at the Central Bank since 2012, at the Foreign Portfolio Department. He manages fixed-income assets worth over $300 million, making sure Haitian traders comply with guidelines and striving to achieve best possible return given capital preservation and liquidity constraints. In addition, he has worked on various other projects; in particular he was part of a joint commission between the banking sector and the Central Bank reflecting on obstacles to the development of credit and strategies aiming at their alleviation.  He also serves as the assistant secretary to the board of directors of the bank and very recently as an observer-member of the Monetary Policy Committee. Max-Edouard Mondesir holds a B.S. in electronics engineering from the State University of Haiti and a masters in economics from the University of Massachusetts, where he was a Fulbright scholar.
He is a member of Association of Fulbright Scholars of Haiti.

Stephanie Reynolds

De La Sol Haiti Company
#58 Rue Nationale 1, Plaisance, Nord HT1710, Haiti

Since 2002, De La Sol has been working with local cacao farmers growing vanilla, the second most lucrative spice in the world, in an effort to bring farmers an additional source of income. These efforts were expanded in 2011 to include an entire cooperative of 650 farmers with the first anticipated harvest expected in 2015. In 2012, De La Sol established a small cacao-processing facility in Plaisance, Nord Department, where it currently produces local cocoa powder and cocoa butter. De La Sol will soon expand its operations to include bean-to-bar production in the hopes of becoming the first fine-chocolate producer in the country and creating a name for Haitian chocolate around the world.

Stephanie Reynolds attended Auburn University where she received a B.A. in English with a minor in political science. Her interest in both civil-rights and Haitian history led her to pursue a masters in liberal arts at Tulane University with a concentration in African-American and Latin American studies--and in particular, Haitian history and culture.

Upon completing graduate school in 2012, she joined her mother in establishing De La Sol’s cacao-processing facility in Plaisance. She is currently working on the project to incorporate all stages from bean to bar in order to produce fine chocolate.