Putting people to work is of a paramount importance in the critical task of rehabilitating our struggling country, and we consider it an honor and our duty, as citizens, to participate, at our level.
Magalie Dresse, CEO and Founder of Caribbean Craft
We represent the multifaceted units of the country sharing the common goal of bringing forward the craftsmanship that we are renowned for. As a group of intense, ardent elements of the Haitian society, we thrive for the successful and impactful brand that will represent our commitment to excellence. We all believe in change for Haiti and are engaged to create opportunities for the less fortunate.
Magalie is the CEO and Founder of Caribbean Craft, she works at the intersection of Design, Business, Sustainability, Capital, Impact, aligning with her company’s philosophy and objectives. An industrial engineer by training, she has spent the past twenty years working in the craft export sector.
A real advocate for change in the current business structures in Haiti, she believes creation of social enterprise is the only way to reduce social gaps and create opportunities for the unemployed citizens of her country. Her infectious enthusiasm, sharp sense of opportunity, ability to build relationships across the sector and geographies makes her the well- known face of the Caribbean Craft brand.
Carl Momplaisir is a respected team leader, hands-on senior executive and Telecom professional with over 27 years of experience in commercial and operational success. He’s worked with several Senior Telecom Management team across the US and the Caribbean . He also worked directly with business owners in the region helping them reshape their organization, built strong alliances with the media outlets across the region and corporate communications departments. This has led to an excellent track-record in growing revenue and market share in mature and developing markets. By conceptualizing and orchestrating efficient sales and marketing campaigns, he has proven to reinforce and build brand images and development strategies. Carl Momplaisir has demonstrated ability to handle overall emergency corporation restructuring and sales development strategies. He has worked in both CMO and GM capacities while charged with crisis management responsibilities.
Having been raised in Haiti with a background and specialized training in photography and videography, Melanie has a strong passion for compelling, interesting, and emotionally engaging storytelling which are the basis for work with AYASHA Media, a photography/videography production company she owns and operates with her partner Jean Philippe D. Brierre. The AYASHA team provide creative and technical skills to develop and execute all aspects of multi media production from concept through to post production and end marketing. At AYASHA the aim is to help showcase the many social enterprises like Wild and Fierce operating in the private sector, the strategic alliances among governmental and non governmental and private sectors and the potential that business and marketplace strategies hold to enhance effectiveness and sustainability of development initiatives.
Highly resourceful and dedicated Executive Director with comprehensive understanding of international investment and trade, Béatrice Ilias has served on a number of national and international economic boards and committees. Forward-thinking professional with expertise utilizing communication skills and creative problem solving to effectively lead programs, organizations, and teams to success throughout diverse industries. Committed to understanding business needs as well as industry trends to identify strategies that lead to maximum profitability. Talented communicator with cultural awareness able to forge strategic partnerships with clients and build consensus across multiple organizational levels to achieve business and financial objectives.
Born in Haiti, Joel studied philosophy in Belgium, and came back to Haiti at the end of 1989 to address the high unemployment problem in the country. He started working in a textile business, managing the rug production of the company. His ingenuity was shown when he developed unique high-end handmade rag rugs for a luxury store in New York. He then founded a handicraft company, Drexco Crafts which became, at the end of the 90’s the largest handicraft export company of Haiti. Caribbean Craft took over Drexco Crafts in 2006. He also co-founded a real estate company, l’Immobiliere Caraibe, which he managed until 1997. In 2001, he built to international constructions standards a real estate compound of 11 houses and apartments. He is currently a partner in Haiti Community Housing S.A., a construction company that aims at building affordable and quality houses for the working class. Joel has been the Honorary Consul of Belgium since 2006.