Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York



Day 1 Keynote Gannon Speaker

Hugh Locke

Smallholder Farmer Alliance

Hugh Locke, co-founder and president of Smallholder Farmers Alliance and author of The Haiti Experiment will deliver the fall Gannon Lecture and opening keynote for the conference. In his lecture he will address the work of non-governmental organizations in Haiti focusing on the importance of community development, local governance and sustainability.

Hugh Locke was born in Canada in 1954. He began his professional career directing a nation-wide tree planting program for Katimavik, Canada’s national youth service organization, and establishing a foundation and archives related to the work of forester Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889–1982). He went on to spend 20 years in the field of development, working with a wide range of governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and United Nations agencies on social, environmental, and economic programs which contributed to the common good.

In 2005, he co-founded Yéle Haiti with musicians Wyclef Jean and Jerry Duplessis, and together they provided emergency relief, employment, education, and environmental services to the people of Haiti. Hugh stepped down as president in early 2011 to launch the Haitian-based Smallholder Farmers Alliance, of which he is co-founder and President. He currently advises and serves on the boards of a number of Haitian NGOs. He lives with his wife in New York state and commutes to Haiti.

The Fall Gannon Lecture and Opening Keynote

Hugh Locke, "The Haiti Experiment: Development innovations from the country’s smallholder farmers that could change the world"
November 15, 2013
6:00 p.m. at United Nations Headquarters
RSVP required by November 12

Day 2 Speakers & Panelists

1st Session: Housing Solutions Post-Disaster

Marciana Popescu

Associate Professor,
Fordham GSS

Marciana Popescu is an associate Professor at Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service, Dr. Marciana Popescu is actively involved in internationalizing the curriculum and promoting a human rights framework of international development.

For the past three years she served as a member of the Global Service committee at Fordham University. Dr. Popescu’s international expertise includes integrating a study abroad component to the International Development course curriculum – with five study abroad tours to the Dominican Republic and Haiti (2008-2011); 5 years as the director of the MSA - Community and International Development Program, at Andrews University, Michigan (2001-2006), 5 years serving as a UNICEF consultant in Romania; as well as active involvement and collaboration with international agencies (World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF) and the Romanian government in evaluation social services in post-Communist Romania (1998-200).

Holding a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bucharest, a MSW from Tulane University and a MA in Social Policy from the University of Bucharest, Dr. Popescu academic career includes research and teaching in Romania (University of Bucharest, 1995-2000), England, Sweden, Holland, the United States, Ukraine, Japan, and Kenya.

For the past three years, Dr. Popescu also collaborated closely with the Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham, on curriculum development and teaching – with one teaching assignment (Community Participation in Emergency Response) for humanitarian workers, in Barcelona (2010); and another one scheduled for a similar group, this spring (2011). Her research interests include international social development and capacity building; human rights and international development; gender-based violence; women’s issues and women’s rights; program evaluation; comparative social policy; and intimate partner violence.

Kara E. Lightburn

Executive Director,
Social Tap, Inc., The Haiti Initiative

Kara Lightburn founded Social Tap, The Haiti Initiative (THI) in June 2010 as an initiative undertaking an asset-based community development approach to disaster relief and community rebuilding in Haiti. Since beginning Social Tap she has been based in Jacmel, Haiti.

Kara began her non-profit career after leaving a corporate role at BlackRock Financial to work at Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc. (Bridge). Bridge is a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts which works with at-risk children. She began as an Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and was later promoted to Marketing Director. At Bridge she became a part of a team which provided comprehensive social services to over 4,000 homeless and at-risk youth. In her tenure at Bridge Kara gained extensive experience and learned important non-profit best practices administrative skills. Armed with a non-profit ‘toolbox’, she moved to Miami Florida and continued in the non-profit field. She served as a Non-Profit consultant, doing consulting work for Barry University and the Dominican American National Foundation along with other organizations in South Florida. While in Miami-Dade Florida she was recruited by the Obama campaign to work as a Field Organizer were she showed proven leadership in community development and organizing; responsible fororganizing a diverse community for 900,000. During her work with theObama campaign Kara saw firsthand what community organizing from an asset-based community development approach could do to bring about change and she was inspired by what she saw.

Kara was the Program Coordinator for the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Social Services at Fordham University when the January 2010 earthquake struck Haiti. In response, Kara helped coordinate a trip to Haiti, and along with 14 Graduate Social Work students, Professor Marciana Popescuand Professor Manoj Pardasani the group went to Jacmel Haiti to do relief work. It was in Jacmel, where she was connected to Joe Duplan, President of KONPAY.

Kara holds a Bachelor in Psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS) where she graduated as a Psi Chi Honor Student. She also holds a Certificate from Fordham University’s Executive Non-Profit Leadership Program. She is a Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni and has served on several non-profit boards. She believes that we are all citizens of a global community and it is our civic duty to utilize our assets and capabilities to engage and bring about change on the international and national levels. 

Rachel Beach

Returns and Relocations Project Manager, J/P Haitian Relief Organization
Rachel joined J/P HRO in June 2011 to develop their relocations program.  Her team has relocated approximately 20,000 IDPs from one of the largest post-earthquake camps still existing in Haiti. The camp is expected to close in December, 2013.  Previously, she worked as a Consultant at the World Bank and organized the 2010 Annual World Bank Conference on Land Policy and Administration. 

Rachel was a consultant at the Panel Group, and received her Masters in International Policy and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 2010.  She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco (2005-2007).  Her experience in business included functions as distributor and later Sustainability Specialist for the family’s recycled playground business, Play Mart. 

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Global Economics at Cedarville University in 2003. Currently, Rachel is co-Chair for the Returns and Relocations Working Group in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is a contributing member of the Haitian Property Law Working Group, developing a manual on precarious tenure situations in Haiti.  She is fluent in English and French, and conversational in Creole Spanish, Italian and Arabic.

1st Panel - Speakers & Panel: Sustainable Relocation Housing Solutions for IDPs Current Status and Next Steps

Robin Contino, LCSW-C

Program Manager,
Global Health Systems Strengthening Initiative

In 2006, Robin started her career with CRS in the field where she served as Country Manager in Nepal. She had a dual role in which she was responsible to develop, implement and manage CRS programs as well as to serve as advisor to the Caritas Nepal Executive Director to support building their organizational and staff capacity.

In 2010 the Haiti Earthquake struck and Robin immediately deployed to engage in crisis intervention and support to staff and affected populations. A licensed clinical social worker with a specialization in trauma and resiliency, Robin implemented a comprehensive program to help address the mental health and well-being needs of CRS Haiti staff and their families. Her engagement in Haiti in those first weeks and months following the earthquakeearned her a position as Haiti Advisor supporting CRS’s projected $200 million response to the Haiti Earthquake from our headquarters in Baltimore.

Robin’s vast experience in program management, representation, capacity building and health systems strengthening has culminated in her most recent position with CRS as Program Manager for the Global Health Systems Strengthening Initiative (HSSI). The HSSI is a 10 year project in collaboration with the Catholic Health Association (CHA), and the University of Notre Dame aimed to strengthen faith based health systems in 10 countries with the ultimate goal to improve health outcomes of communities globally.

Robin earned her Master’s in Social Work from Florida State University in 1997. A skilled therapist, Robin has had a private practice in mental health for over 10 years including providing such services for the U.S. Peace Corps’ D.C. office. Robin formed part of the social work faculty at St. Xavier’s College in Maitighar, Nepal. Prior to her work with CRS Robin’s development work includes: consulting on HIV/AIDS and survivor centered action, and as the Sri Lanka Country Representative for U.S. Peace Corps for their Tsunami Relief and Reconstruction Initiative.

Katharina Rall

Legal Fellow,
Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)
Katharina Rall is a human rights lawyer and currently a Legal Fellow with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). The Institute helps Haiti’s poor enforce the rights they need to enforce to escape poverty and vulnerability through training grassroots activists and progressive lawyers, litigating cases in Haitian, U.S. and international courts, and documenting human rights violations in the country. Katharina spent a part of her fellowship time working with the human rights organization Défenseurs des Opprimés in Haiti where she helped implement mobile legal services for communities affected by mining activities and supported Haitian human rights defenders who had received death threats following their representation of clients from IDP camps.

Prior to working with IJDH, Katharina was a junior legal officer with the Research Services of the German Parliament advising members of the Parliament on international law and human rights issues. She has interned with various public interest institutions, including the NGO International Service for Human Rights in Geneva and the Committee for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid in Berlin.

Katharina graduated from New York University School of Law with an LL.M in International Legal Studies, where she was a German National Academic Foundation ERP scholar and specialized on human rights law. She also holds a law degree from the University of Göttingen Law School, Germany with a certificate of specialization in International Law and European Law and earned the Certificate of Transnational Law at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Katharina speaks German, English, French, Spanish and some Creole.
 Steven Werlin

Regional Director,
Chemen Lavi Miyo
Steven Werlin is a faculty member at Shimer College, in Chicago IL. He's been on leave, working in Haiti since 2005, and now works for Fonkoze, Haiti's largest micro finance institution. He was an advisor to Fonkoze's literacy and education programs for four year, then he spent a year and a half as manager of the institution's branch in Marigot, in southeastern Haiti, and has spent the last three years as a regional director of the graduation program for extreme poverty.

Joe Duplan

President & Co-Founder,
KONPAY "Konbit Pou Ayiti"

Joe was born and raised in Jacmel, Haiti. He emigrated to the United States when he was nineteen years old. For twenty years Joe was an active part of the Haitian-American community in New York and traveled regularly to Haiti to assist childhood friends who had become artists, organizers and journalists. In 2002, Joe began working as a part-time consultant for the Quixote Center’s Haiti Reborn program. Responsibilities included co-coordinating delegations, interpretation, educational presentations, telephone fundraising, and group orientation. After co-leading an emergency observation mission after the 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti, Joe was ready to commit himself full-time to social justice work for Haiti and founded KONPAY in Haiti and Co-founded the 501c3 KONPAY in the U.S.

Joe currently lives full-time at “Kay Joe Kompound” located in Jacmel, Haiti where together with Social Tap, Inc.'s The Haiti Initiative he hosts an array of delegations, visitors, and volunteers with the same vision for his community. He frequently returns to the states visiting his family in Long Island and travels to multiple states advocating for his organization, KONPAY. Joe Duplan being fluent in English, French, Créole, and Spanish is a great asset as a community bridge to the Haitian community as a translator.

Benjamin Krause

Chief of Staff
(former Haiti Country Director), JP/HRO

Benjamin Krause is Sean Penn’s Chief of Staff supporting him in his roles as CEO and Founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) and as Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti.  

Benjamin has been working in Haiti since March 2010 and he joined J/P HRO as Country Director in January 2011.  During his tenure, he led the transformation of J/P HRO from an emergency response team of international volunteers to a community-based development organization of 350 predominantly Haitian staff.  Together they work to support the residents of the camps J/P HRO manages and surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to durable, sustainable and prosperous communities.  This is done through J/P HRO’s four integrated programs: 1) Medical, 2) Camp & Relocations Management, 3) Engineering & Construction and 4) Community Development as well as with the support and collaboration of local and national government leaders, community based organizations, other international NGOs, donors, UN agencies and most importantly the community members themselves.  

Benjamin’s community-based development and non-profit management career began first in poverty-stricken pockets of the United States and then took him throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and East Africa.  He received his MA studying International Development and International Economics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and his BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Xavier University.  Both institutions honored him as the outstanding overall graduate of his class, and in 2012 Xavier University recognized him with its annual Magis Alumni Award.

Hugh Locke
Smallholder Farmer Alliance
(bio above)

Colette Mazzucelli

CAdjunct Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs
NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Colette Mazzucelli teaches on graduate faculty and offers core as well as elective courses in the Distance Learning Program at the Center for Global Affairs (CGA), New York University SCPS. She is also Graduate Faculty Adviser, Fulbright Scholarship and White House Internship Programs. Professor Mazzucelli is a recipient of the NYU SCPS Excellence in Teaching Award 2013. Her courses have been profiled by the Council on Foreign Relations in Foreign Affairs as well as the CFR Educators Bulletin. Her biography appears in Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2014. She is a member of the CFR-Lumina Foundation Global Literacy Advisory Group.

Professor Mazzucelli was invited to develop a technology session in Canada’s first training program on the prevention of mass atrocities and genocide by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University. She has spoken on panels commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Élysée Treaty of Friendship between France and Germany (1963-2013) by the French and German Embassies in Washington and the French and German Consulates General in Boston. She is authoring chapters in as well as editing, with Dr. Ronald J. Bee, an eVolume, Mapping Transatlantic Futures, at the invitation of the Bosch Foundation to commemorate 30 years of transatlantic fellowship.

Professor Mazzucelli has an extensive background in technology-mediated learning. She is a former Director, International Programs, at the Budapest Institute for Graduate International and Diplomatic Studies within the Budapest University of Economic Sciences.

Professor Mazzucelli was also responsible to direct and teach the first distance learning seminar for the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) Paris analyzing conflict in the former Yugoslavia. A former Bosch Foundation Fellow, she assisted with the ratification of the Treaty on European Union ("Maastricht") in the Federal Republic of Germany.

3rd Panel: Women in Haiti - Women’s issues & their role in shaping sustainable development

Brenda Davis

Film Director & Producer of the film “Sisters”

Carine Jocelyn

Executive Director
Diaspora Community Services

Since beginning her tenure at DCS in 2003, Ms. Jocelyn has significantly increased the organization’s budget, locations and staff; strengthening and increasing its capacity to serve the Brooklyn community and in Haiti.

Ms. Jocelyn has over 20 years experience in human services and public health administration. Carine has an extensive professional background working with diverse populations, staff training, fund-raising and development. Proficient in non-profit management, budget development and quality assurance, she has served as a consultant to various health, education, youth and social service agencies. She currently sits on the board of directors of, Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition.

Carine Jocelyn is multi-lingual and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and professional certifications in Human Resources and Organizational Development and Leadership.

Lodz Joseph

Network Coordinator,
Haiti Adolescent Girls
Lodz is currently a 2013-2014, Partner for Change Resident in International Development. She is currently looking at the role of abortion related stigma in Haiti. Lodz  was responsible for supporting the Haiti Adolescents Girls Network, a coalition of international and Haitian organizations that came together after the January 2010 earthquake to ensure the needs of vulnerable girls would not be overlooked.

Lodz has more than a decade of experience as a public health professional. She has worked on issues ranging from youth homelessness to aging out of foster care to HIV/AIDS, and in Central and East Africa, Guyana, and Haiti.While working in Rwanda, Lodz became interested in the intersection of reproductive health with race, class, and gender inequalities. She works to increase women's access to a full spectrum of choices and empower them to make informed decisions for themselves and their children.

Lodz has Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University.

Ani Kalayjian

President, Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention
Dr. Ani Kalayjian is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, the Founder and President of the Association For Trauma Outreach & Prevention (ATOP) Meaningfulworld, Executive Council Member of the Committee of Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns (CSVGC-NY at UN), Chair of the Mentoring & Violence Prevention Committees of the American Psychological Association’s International Division, author of Disaster & Mass Trauma (Vista, 1995), Chief Editor of Forgiveness: Psychological Pathways for Conflict Transformation and Peace Building (Springer, 2010), and Chief Editor of II volume of Mass Trauma & Emotional Healing Around the World: Rituals & Practices for Healing and Meaning-Making (Praeger, 2010).

Sophie Mitra

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
& Director of
The Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS),

Sophie Mitra, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Fordham University with research interests in applied microeconomics, including in the following fields: development, employment, disability and health, and agricultural commodity markets. Dr Mitra is also the director of the Social Justice and Policy Research Unit of CIPS (Center for International Policy Studies) at Fordham. Dr Mitra earned her doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in France in 2001. Before doing her doctorate, Dr Mitra was a development practitioner and worked for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London. Dr Mitra has been published in many peer-reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, World Development, Applied Economics Letters and the South African Journal of Economics.

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