We are proud to honor our guest speakers Edwidge Danticat and Marc Alain Boucicault. 

Edwidge DanticaT

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Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker, Create Dangerously, and Claire of the Sea Light. She is also the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States,  Best American Essays 2011,  Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2. She  has written six books for  children and young adults, Anacaona, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last MapouMama’s Nightingale, Untwine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a  2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography.  She is a 2009 MacArthur fellow.

Marc Alain Boucicault

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Born in Port-au-Prince, Marc Alain Boucicault, is the founder of Banj, a local entrepreneurship hub in Port-au-Prince. He has worked in international development for 8 years based in Port-au-Prince and in Washington, DC at the World Bank then with the Inter-American Development Bank. In 2010, he co-founded Groupe ECHO Haiti, an organization valorizing the potential of young adults in development in Haiti through which he created and lead several innovative projects including ELAN Haiti, a platform that brings together a community of students, young leaders and entrepreneurs from Haiti, its diaspora and the world focused on taking joint actions in Haiti. 

He is currently responsible for partnerships at the Haiti Tech Summit: The biggest international tech event in the history of the country. He is also co-founder and chief external relations officer at HFund, a closed-ended micro-venture capital firm based in Haiti offering new modern and tailored financial instruments that bring capital to innovative businesses and contribute to the emergence of a new category of entrepreneurs in Haiti. He is a proud One Young World ambassador and a Fulbright scholar with an M.A in Financial Economic Policy from American University and a B.A in Applied Quantitative Economics from CTPEA. He enjoys teaching economics to 12th graders at College les Oliviers and traveling the world to learn and to share his passion about youth, entrepreneurship and innovation.