Each month we highlight the top 10 women disrupting global markets. With the spotlight list we crowdsource a public vote on most highest influencer on the list to hear their full story featured in our hall of fame series.

We are pleased to announce that Tessa Jacques is the winner popular vote within the global Haitian Community. 

We connected with our Hall of Fame candidate to hear what motivates her. Hear her amazing story and advice below. 

Tessa Jacques

Director General of Haiti’s Center for the Facilitation of Investments (CFI)

1. What is your greatest achievement?
To have become one of the youngest director general in public administration in Haiti. As a woman from the private sector and a new mother this was a huge challenge for me. And to have had gone through all these changes at the same time and been able to accomplish great things for my country, this is by far my greatest achievement.

2. What advice you have for other women?
Believe in yourself, in your ability to be all that you want to be. This is generally my advice to all not just women. But it is more important for women to understand that there are no boundaries besides the ones we impose ourselves. Don’t be afraid to make sacrifices for what you believe in. Nothing that is rewarding comes easy. So fight and triumph! This world needs more QUEENS!

3. How do you leverage your influence to change the narrative on Haiti?
The existing narrative on Haiti isn’t all lies, we are a poor country that has suffered multiple plagues. However our story, our identity doesn’t limit itself to that. We are strong, resilient people. Our country is filled with opportunities that are just awaiting to be crafted and developed. So for me it’s about opening people’s eyes to the unknown side of Haiti. See the potential that lies within our land.
I invite everyone to come and see and experience Haiti for themselves, not just take my word for it.
I also encourage Haitians to love their country and stop destroying it.


About  Haiti Tech Summit Hall of Fame Series:

Haiti is rapidly earning itself as a prime hot spot for entrepreneurial activity. With 11 million citizens and a global diaspora network of 30 million Haitian internationals- the influence of Haitian entrepreneurs on the global economy is spreading. Nominate someone here. 

About Haiti Tech Summit: Founded by Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, Christine Souffrant NtimHaiti Tech Summit brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, celebrities and creatives under one roof together to address humanity’s greatest challenges via tech and entrepreneurship. It is a part of a 13-year initiative to turn Haiti into an international tech hub by 2030. Deemed the “Davos of the Caribbean”, Haiti Tech Summit has welcomed keynote speakers such as Jack Dorsey-founder of Twitter, President of Haiti- Jovenel Moise, Ben Horowitz- Investor in Facebook, etc.

Companies represented for the past 2 years included Silicon Valley giants such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Paypal, Mastercard, Linkedin, Github, Intuit, Dropbox, Sendgrid, Youtube, Intuit and Adobe. Headline speakers included the President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise, Venture Capitalist investor of Airbnb and Facebook Ben Horowitz, Former Editor in Chief of Ebony Magazine Kyra Kyles, Founder of Draper Associates and Draper University- Tim Draper,  and celebrity influencers such as Vicky Jeudy from Netflix series Orange is the New Black and music artists Michael Brun and J Perry. Ecosystem enabler networks included Steve Blank’s Launchpad, Galvanize, Puerto Rico’s Parallel 18, Pivotal Labs, Angel Hack Accelerator, WIN Lab, Startup Grind, Forbes 30 Under 30 listmakers, Brazil’s Laiob-Latin America Institute of Business, and Alter Ventures.

The summit also welcomed leading local networks such as the US Embassy of Port Au Prince, Digicel, Royal Decameron, Ministry of Tourism,  National Council of Telecommunications-Conatel, The Central Bank- BRH, CRS – Catholic Relief Services, Barbancourt, French Chamber of Commerce, Access Haiti, and Centre for Facilitation of Investments (CFI). Media represented included Forbes, Inc Magazine, Fast Company, Techcrunch, Black Enterprise, Ebony Magazine, NY Times, Atlantic Black Star, Haitian Times, Chokarella, Trace Media, Loop Haiti, Le Nouvelliste, Ayibo Post, Metropol, and Radio Caribe.

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