Meet the People Behind the Summit
Christine Souffrant Ntim
An award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur & startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets. She was selected and featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, Singularity NASA, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine and more. She speaks on digital entrepreneurship, startup hacking, exponential tech AI, and personal branding at over 20+ global conferences a year- which includes former appearances at the US State Department Tours, United Nations, TEDx, SXSW, Startup Grind Global, SeedStars World, European Union Forum and more. She started her career as the founder of Vendedy- a social network connecting people to street markets with the aim of digitizing a $10 trillion dollar black economy and centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets. Today, Christine is the Director of Startup Grind Dubai Powered by Google For Entrepreneurs and a partner at the GlobalStartupEcosystem.com which hosts the largest digital online accelerator program in the world- graduating over 1000+ companies across 190+ countries a year.
Partner at GlobalStartupEcosystem.com. Einstein is a serial entrepreneur, founding two healthcare startups - Enabled AI (Artificial Intelligence to decode mental health) and Bloomer Tech (embedding IOT sensors into fabrics for cardiovascular diseases). He sits on a Singularity University Advisory Board for Inclusion, and was selected into Ghana’s Future Leaders U30. Prior to his work as an entrepreneur, Einstein had a diverse career in capital markets (UBS, Statestreet, Deutsche Bank), commodity sales, authorship, military (UK), Tutoring (Methodist Church) and professional sports (Harlequins Rugby). He has conducted business across Europe, China, India, Latin America and Africa for supranational companies. Einstein studied Economics and Policy at London School of Economics (LSE), Chinese Languages and Philosophy at Nanjing University, Faith and Theology at the Methodist Church of Britain, and acted as British Council GenUK Ambassador in India and China.
Ecosystem architect and venture builder who has dedicated her career to creating pathways to opportunities for small business owners in emerging markets. Her regions of focus expand the Caribbean and West Africa, specializing in building capacity within startup ecosystems. In her six years of working in Africa, forging partnerships with the public and private sector, Shaina has impacted over 800 micro enterprises aiming to solve some of the continent’s biggest challenges. In her role as Portfolio Director of a startup incubator based in Lagos, Shaina headed the management of an investment fund in partnership with the Lagos State Government, and initiated the deployment of a Startup Academy that prepares young companies for global investments. Most recently, she launched WoCo, a platform that facilitates asset-sharing in dense cities, and aims to catalyze urban resilience and improve overall access to infrastructure for entrepreneurs operating in cities across the African continent. In recognition of her work, service and accomplishments, she’s been awarded the Institute of Caribbean Studies’ “30 under 30, Emerging Leaders Award”, Babson College’s ‘Nan-Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award’, and is a proud recipient of ‘The Shelby Cullom Davis Entrepreneurship Prize’.
Co-founder and current Director of Support to Youth-led Initiatives at Groupe ECHO Haiti, incubating entrepreneurship projects in Haiti; co-founder and the Chief External Relations Officer at HFund, a closed-ended micro-venture capital firm for entrepreneurs in Haiti; Fulbright scholar with M.A in Financial Economic Policy from American University and a B.A in Applied Quantitative Economics from CTPEA.
Co-founder of COCREAD, Co-creating Development, a social venture which transforms slums into tourism attraction site and entrepreneurship hub. She is using art to tackle severe challenges in Haiti in disaster prone areas and has produced a theme song along a regional awareness campaign around climate change. She’s the Haiti’s Director of Startup Grind, the largest independent startup community connecting 1,000,000 entrepreneurs across 200 cities and the co-founder of Action toward initiative and volunteering for Education in Haiti (ACTIVEH), a social organization promoting volunteering work among the Haitian youth.
Startup Coach, Diversity & Inclusion advocate and Business Operations Strategist. Naisha is an Analyst at Google designing creative solutions to optimize the company's People Operations strategy, and is also Startup Success Manager for Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Program incubating startups from emerging markets. She is the Managing Director of The Racine Collection, a boutique fine Haitian Art gallery founded by her grandfather. Naisha is a U.S. State Department TechWomen Mentor, Google for Entrepreneurs Mentor, Startingbloc Social Innovation Fellow, and Women’s Soccer Coach for refugee girls in Oakland California. She has a passion for startup ecosystems and the Future of Work.
Founder and CEO of Haiti Tourism Inc.; current Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations of Parole et Action, a 28 years old organization providing quality education in Haiti; former Director of Marketing and Communications for the Greater Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Tampa and the Haitian Association Foundation of Tampa Bay.
An avid believer in entrepreneurship and cultural education. Jaagriti is a current student at the Silicon Valley college. She has lead marketing efforts for Silicon Valley cyber security startups, point of sale software companies and non-profit organizations. She has also represented and spoken for Microsoft at conferences of over 15,000, to advocate decreasing opportunity gaps in youth education and employment.