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Haiti Three Years On: A Political Salon with Jacques-Philippe Piverger

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 6:30pm

Haiti Three Years On
A Political Salon with Jacques-Philippe Piverger

Tuesday, January 15th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
This event is by invitation only.

Three years after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, the country continues to struggle both with problems that were acute before the quake as well as others that it created: poverty, cholera, deforestation, vulnerability to increasingly violent storms, and access to water and energy. Only one out of eight Haitians has access to electricity. Those without must choose between living in virtual darkness and relying on dangerous and costly sources of light. Reflecting on the developments since the earthquake, social entrepreneur Jacques-Philippe Piverger talks about access to electricity and other challenges facing Haiti, and the role of the international community in helping or hindering Haiti’s progress.


About the Speakers

Jacques-Philippe Piverger is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of MpowerD, Micro Power Design, Inc.).  Mr. Piverger is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Soleil Global (SG), a collection of engaged citizens who seek to empower and transform communities in developing nations through innovative, renewable, and sustainable energy products and solutions. Mr. Piverger is Chairman of Regenerer Haiti—the sustainable design of 2,500 acres of land in Haiti with a focus on organic produce, manufacturing, and residential housing. Mr. Piverger was previously a director at PineBridge Investments where he participated in over $10 billion worth of private equity and real estate transactions.  Mr. Piverger has worked at AIG Investments, Friedman Billings Ramsey and Barclays Capital in Washington, DC, New York and London. He is a Founder and Board Member of The Council of Urban Professionals, a Term Member of The Council on ForeignRelations, and an Advisory Board Member of George Clooney's Hope for Haiti Now Fund.  

Michele Wucker 
President of the World Policy Institute, is the author of LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right (Public Affairs 2006/paperback 2007; a Washington Post Book World "Best Nonfiction of 2006" Selection) and Why The Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle For Hispaniola (FSG/Hill & Wang, 1999). She is a 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. She is published widely and speaks often on leading media channels which recently have included CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and National Public Radio.

About the Sponsors

The World Policy Institute is a non-partisan center for global thought leadership focused on emerging challenges, thinkers, and solutions. World Policy fellows, events, policy development and media outreach, alongside our flagship World Policy Journal, provide a forum for solution-directed policy analysis and debate in support of a sustainable market economy, effective governance, and broadened security strategies.

The Political Salon - organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media - regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.

With special thanks the Heinrich Böll Foundation for supporting the Political Salon.





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