Meet the People Behind the Summit
Christine Souffrant NtimFounder and Host
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.
Einstein Ntimco-Founder & Head of Finance
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.
Naisha SilvaExecutive Director
Startup Coach, Diversity & Inclusion advocate and Business Operations Strategist -- Naisha is a Project Manager at Google leading initiatives that drive the company's innovative hiring strategies, 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 grandparents. 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.
Shaina SilvaHead of Branding & Experience
An ecosystem architect, Shaina works with Government and private sector stakeholders in emerging markets to build capacity within their startup ecosystems. She is currently based in Lagos, Nigeria, where she has spent the past two years working on projects with the Lagos State Government to design and implement programs to train, fund, and provide access to global markets to promising young entrepreneurs. She is the founder of the first ever Africa Startup Academy, The Startup Studio, and the Workspace Collective. She has been awarded "30 under 30, Emerging Leaders Award”; Babson College’s “Nan-Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award”; and is a recipient of “The Shelby Cullom Davis Entrepreneurship Prize”.
Mildred LouisHead of Media & Communications
Leading international digital media and communications expert with experience in brand strategy, communications, negotiations and content development globally. In the past 8 years she has provided campaign projects for leading corporations such as Digicel, American Express, Revlon, General Electric, IBM, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Mexico Tourism, Time Inc, Ritz Carlton, Hertz, Swiss Air, Unilever, Red Cross and more. Today, Mildred builds startup ecosystems in emerging markets via tech summits, digital accelerators, and digital marketing programs.
Marc-Alain BoucicaultHead of Local Partnerships & Tours
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.
Daphnee CharlesHead of Community Management
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.
Christian Roy FombrunHead of International Partnerships
Award winning tourism industry influencer with over 17 years of experience in event hosting, festival planning and hotel management. Some of his top clients include Fountainbleau on Miami’s South Beach, the renowned South Beach Wine & Food Festivals, Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the New York City Wine & Food Festival and currently the activities of Haiti’s top and only all inclusive beach resort-Royal Decameron Indigo as the Commercial Director. As one of Haiti’s leading tourism influencer, he has launched the capital’s luxurious Kinam Hotel and leads Haiti’s Tourism Association (ATH).
Davidson ToussaintMultimedia Strategist
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.