Our last guest of the season is the protype Haitian who has returned back to Haiti and has launched a series of businesses in the country that has not only lead to his own personal success, but 450 jobs and counting. Duequesne Fednard is gracing us with what really is a lecture on entrepreneurship in Haiti, and it is with great pleasure to share the countless nuggets of info with everyone listening to the Podcast.
A bit more on our guest: Duquesne is a serial entrepreneur whose experience encompasses finance, management, operations and engineering in both start-ups and established enterprises in developed and developing countries. Present and past positions include CEO of D&E Green Enterprises, CEO of B2D S.A, Director of Cetemoh Digital Center, the sole Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) center in Haiti, Director of NYC Business Solutions at Wildcat Service Corporation, and Vice President at Perfection, one of the largest machine shops in Haiti. He is an Ashden award winner, an Ashoka fellow and past Digicel Haiti Entrepreneur of the Year, and he is a member of Clinton Foundation and the European Environmental Foundation. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University in International Affairs and bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from State University of New York. As the CEO of D&E, he successfully managed several donor grants and loan programs from USAID, UKAid, IADB, World Bank and United Nations.