The Honorable Jacques-Edouard Alexis, Former Prime Minister of Haiti, Visits Houston June 25

HOUSTON – On Friday, June 25, 2010, the Caribbean Impact Foundation will host a Caribbean Issues Forum with the Honorable Jacques-Edouard Alexis, former Prime Minister of Haiti and the current Executive Director of Haiti’s National Center for Research and Training (CENAREF), a think tank he co-founded in 2008 to conduct research on public policy issues and to provide training and technical assistance to community and grassroots organizations.

Born and raised in Haiti, Jacques Edouard Alexis attended the State University of Haiti where he graduated Suma Cum Laude at the Faculty of Agronomy. Named Professor at his Alma Mater, he was quickly awarded a scholarship by the Canadian Agency for International Development to attend Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, where he highly distinguished himself and obtained his Masters in Food Science and Technology.

Upon his return to Haiti, Mr. Alexis was named Director of Studies, then Assistant Dean, and then Dean of the Faculty. In 1996, Mr. Alexis was named Minister of Education by President Preval, and between 1998 and 2001, he served as Preval’s Prime Minister of Haiti. In 2006, when President Preval was re-elected, he called again upon Mr. Alexis to be his Prime Minister, who then served through August 2008.

The Forum is titled Haiti on the Brink: From Natural Disaster to National Opportunity and will take place at Houston’s International Trade Center, 11110 Bellaire Boulevard at 5:30pm when Mr. Alexis will update reports on the devastation following the Jan. 12 earthquake that left more than 200,000 dead and 1 million homeless and how Texas businesses can partner to re-develop Haiti.

Reservations are required due to limited space, so please contact Professor M. Douglas-Jones at 832.461.9364 or email [email protected].

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