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Meet our team

Executive Director

Lucía Di Poi

Lucía Di Poi has worked with CLE since its inception in 2011. Initially, as the Planning and Development Associate, she became the Deputy Director in 2016 and Executive Director in 2020. Lucía has overseen the establishment of CLE as Haiti’s only leadership development foundation, expanding its programs, team, and institutional capacity, and establishing cornerstone programs targeting youth, women, and local government leaders. Lucía studied International Relations at Tufts University, received an M.S. in Political Science from Southern CT State University, and is a two-time Coady graduate.

Lucía speaks Spanish, having been born in Argentina, French, English and Haitian Creole. She considers herself very privileged to be able to work with a team of Haitian leaders dedicated to changing their country.

Deputy Director

Max-Prosper Fortuna

Max-Prosper Fortuna is an Economist-Statistician and communicator, graduate of the Center for Planning Techniques and Applied Economics (CTPEA). Graduate of the Coady International Institute at St Francis Xavier University in Canada, in Action Research and Community Development. He has led several studies throughout Haiti, including the “National Youth Survey – Haiti 2015” with the Haitian Center for Leadership and Excellence. Max-Prosper Fortuna is also a trainer, researcher and entrepreneur. He has several years of experience in technology management and journalism. He is a young multilingual leader committed to community building. He is the Director of programs at CLE after having been in charge of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning since January 2016, Research and Development Manager, Curriculum and Facilitation Coordinator.

Program Manager

Paulinx Louis

Paulinx Louis has a background in Economics and Political Science at the State University of Haiti. Taking into account his particular interest in youth activities, he was twice a “Young Deputy” of the Terrier-Rouge constituency at the initiative of the “Youth Parliament of Haiti” in 2009 and 2011. Paulinx has also attended several training courses in international institutions such as: Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development at the Coady International Institute; Sustainable Development Issues and Trajectory at Laval University and in Development Project Management with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Since 2015, Paulinx has been working at the Haitian Center for Leadership and Excellence (CLE), previously as a program assistant and since 2018 as coordinator of the Youth program.

Youth Program Coordinator

Myrlène Mathurin

Myrlène Mathurin has a degree in legal sciences from the State University of Haiti. She is an founding or active member of INVOLVE HAITI, an educational support non-profit, Emo Haiti, an organization that works to implement new technologies for educational reform in Haiti, Impact Hub Port-au-Prince, a global coworking community and incubator, and JCI Jacmel, where she volunteered in community health activities. She is committed to community development, civic engagement and women’s involvement in politics. In 2018, she joined CLE as the Youth Program Assistant, supporting the execution of training programs in leadership, community development, civic engagement, women’s leadership and rights.

As of January 2021, Myrlene was promoted to Youth Program Coordinator, supporting its regional expansion and scaled calendar of leadership development activities across the country.

Reseach and Women Program Coordinator

Assuntha Fleurant

“Passionate about numbers since her early childhood, Assuntha Fleurant holds a degree in applied economics from one of the most prestigious universities in Haiti, the Center for Planning Techniques and Applied Economics (CTPEA). She also followed a number of training programs in the areas of research, curriculum development and gender equality.

For approximately five years, she has been responsible for coordinating research projects, developing and implementing women’s empowerment programs at CLE Haiti. In 2019, she led a participatory research initiative called “eCLEraj” which allows Haitians living here and abroad, rural and urban, to participate by asking questions and seeking answers on a range of topics important to communities in Haiti.

Assuntha is a passionate advocate for young people and women. She believes that everyone has the right to education, employment and a healthy life. She is committed to working with young people and women to help them overcome the challenges they face and realize their full potential.

Communications Manager

Meem Shoomeatove Vincent

Meem Shoomeatove Vincent, is a professional working in the field of communication and media. She studied Communication and Journalism at Excel Institute of Communication and Journalism, then Marketing Management at the University Center of Management and Productivity, before training in digital photography at Fotomatik.

Passionate about reading and writing, she is a blogger on the Mondoblog network carried by the RFI Media Workshop, and is a freelancer for the Haitian daily newspaper Le Nouvelliste. She is also a radio host, a member of Toastmaster International, involved in various activities in her community, including coaching youth groups and organizing socio-cultural events. Since March 2017, she has taken on the role of Communications Coordinator at CLE.

External Communications and Development Officer

Claudia Francis

Claudia Francis is a graduate of the Faculty of Letters and Humanities of Universite Notre Dame d’Haiti (UNDH) in Communication. She is a former fellow of the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), a scholarship program based on excellence and need. She has worked as a volunteer with World Merit Haiti, and coordinated for two years the YoMeriT-L (Young Merit Leaders) project, a Haitian startup that brings together a network of young Haitian entrepreneurial leaders to share experiences with other young people. She’s a former TV and radio presenter.

Press and Public Relations Coordinator

Moïse Saint-Eloi

Moïse Saint-Eloi studied journalism at ISNAC Centre de Formation en Communication, and in Economics at the State University of Haiti. He is currently studying linguistics at the Faculty of Applied Linguistics of the State University of Haiti (FLA-UEH). He also had training in Asset Base Citizens-led Development (ABCD) with Coady International Institute, Canada. Between 2017 and 2021, he worked as a reporter and presenter at Radio-Télévision Pacific and as an editor at the daily Le National. Since October 2020, he has joined the CLE team as, respectively, press officer, public relations officer and press and media relations officer.

Finance and
Accounting Coordinator

Christophia Claude Jospitre

Christophia Claude Jospitre obtained her bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the Université d’Etat d’Haïti in 2008. She has worked as a Junior Accountant in Haitian firm BUCOFISC, and formed part of the Internal Audit Department of CAM Transfer, travelling around the country to ensure compliance with company policies and procedures. She completed a two-year master’s degree program in accounting at Syracuse University, through an exchange program between the Université d’Etat d’Haïti. After returning to Haïti, she joined PRODEV, an Education Innovation Non-profit in January 2013 as the Financial Director. Christophia has worked as Finance Associate with CLE since September 2014.

Support Staff

Sony Pierre

Sony Pierre joined the CLE team in July 2020 as support staff. Before CLE, he worked for several years as a security guard in a company in the capital. He is a very dynamic worker who regularly takes care of all the tasks related to the maintenance of the office. Sony is also a very diligent and very collaborative messenger.

Research and Monitoring-evaluation Assistant

Christie Faldoni

Christie Faldoni is a meticulous and forward-thinking Research and M&E assistant at CLE. Armed with a degree in Applied Economics, she has immersed herself in the intricacies of economic landscapes.
Beyond the numbers and charts, she possesses a highly developed sense of planning. She thrives on strategic thinking and careful attention to detail, ensuring that every aspect of whatever she is in charge of is meticulously planned and executed. Her love for learning extends beyond economics into the realm of languages. Fluent in Creole, French, and English, with a sprinkle of Spanish, she is currently exploring the nuances of Italian.
Entrepreneurship is a realm close to her heart, and she is passionate about exploring innovative ideas and initiatives. In my free time, she indulges in manual activities that allow her to express creativity and unwind.
I am glad to join CLE  on this journey where precision meets passion, and where we can make a meaningful impact together.

Communication Assistant

Widgenie Ulysse 

Widgénie Ulysse is from Gonaives, Haiti. Passionate about social communication, she studied at FLESH-UNDH (Faculté des lettres et des Sciences humaines de l’Université Notre Dame d’Haïti).
Widgénie showed her determination and commitment by pursuing a career in the field of communication. She acquired remarkable skills during her studies, combining a thorough understanding of communication concepts with a joyful and friendly attitude of her own.
After graduating in social communication, Widgénie put her skills into practice by working at Banj. Subsequently, she joined the HaitiBrand Team, bringing her contagious energy and creativity to various projects. She recently joined our communication team as an assistant.
Outside her professional career, Widgénie is attached to her community of origin and is actively involved in social and humanitarian projects aimed at improving the living of the Gonaives inhabitants. Widgénie Ulysse embodies dynamic Haitian youth, combining professional competence and community engagement. Her promising career foreshadows a bright and inspiring future.

Assistant of the Women's Program

Melissa Gaëlle Plaisir 

Melissa Gaëlle Plaisir is a student in Finance at Quiskeya University, where she develops her knowledge of economics and finance. Passionate about women’s rights and project management, she has been actively involved in feminist organizations, such as Neges Mawon, since 2022.
Anxious to contribute to a more equitable society, she recently joined a development management course offered by the Inter-American Development Bank (BID).
In September 2023, she joined the CLE team as a program assistant for women. Through this role, she supports the implementation of initiatives to promote gender equality and create equitable opportunities for women.

Administrative and Logistics Assistant

Dieulaine Fortunat 

Dieulaine Fortunat has a degree in Development sciences, social entrepreneurship, and local development. Student in economics at the Faculty of Law and Economics of Gonaives. She has been a Sogebank Employee for 6 years.
She currently holds the position of Administrative and Logistics Assistant at CLE. She is an Entrepreneur, creative, a member of several organizations, and responsible for mutual solidarity.

Audiovisual Communication Assistant

Jean Clersaint Samedi

Photographer, videographer, and graphic designer, Samedi Jean Clersaint has always loved the image. After graduating in computer science, he went to some training in graphic design and video editing.
He has been working as a content creator for more than 5 years. He is very active on social media, known for his drone videos where he shows the beauty of Haiti. He has a YouTube channel where he regularly publishes his videos. Samedi Jean Clersaint joined the CLE team in October 2023, as an audiovisual communication assistant.

Administration and Finance Coordinator

Michaëlle Petit-Frère

Michaëlle Petit-Frère has a degree in administration with a major in business management from the Institut National d’Administration, de Gestion et des Hautes Études Internationales (INAGHEI), part of the Université d’État d’Haïti.
In addition to her studies at INAGHEI, she took several courses in resource economics, responsible management and organisational leadership at the Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable and Laval University respectively. She is an alumnus of the Youth Ambassadors Program and also of the Aspire Leaders programme, an initiative of Harvard Business School.
She is a former scholarship holder of the ‘Fanm Angaje’ programme of the Centre Haïtien du Leadership et de l’Excellence, an organisation she joined in September 2022, where she works as Head of Administration and Finance.
In addition to her activities as a young professional, she is very involved in social activities that have a positive impact on her community. Hence the fact that she is a member of several national and international non-profit organisations. Her philosophy: when you want to change the order of things, the best way is to take part in making decisions, not in decisions that have already been made.
Michaëlle believes in servant leadership, innovation, excellence, respect for diversity, social inclusion and, above all, solidarity.


Our Programs

We believe that for social and economic development
to be truly sustainable it must start and be led from within.