United States, H.E. Paul G. Atidor, will deliver the keynote address at the Caribbean Summit. Sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, the Summit will be held on campus on November 3. The day will be dedicated to bringing together U.S. and international colleagues to raise awareness about opportunities for business and development in the Caribbean region. Panel discussions will focus on topics including leadership, education innovation, the business of tourism, investment, the arts, and enterprise resiliency and business continuity.
Appointed as Haiti’s U.S. Ambassador in January 2012, Altidor is known for his innovative and strategic leadership. An economist and international development specialist, he received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, an advanced degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and pursued additional graduate studies in law and economics at the University of Paris X, in France. He has an extensive background in the private sector and has been involved in efforts to reset the narrative surrounding Haiti and encouraging people to explore and discover the island nation. Prior to becoming ambassador, Altidor served as vice president of programs and investments for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Created in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean island nation in 2010, the fund was established with the support of President Barack Obama and co-chaired by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
“Our diverse community of students and scholars hail from many parts of the Caribbean, making Seton Hall an ideal location for the summit,” notes Karen A. Passaro, J.D., event co-chair and dean of the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. “We have a tradition of supporting entrepreneurship, travel and service to the Caribbean and we look forward to working with others to strengthen their ties to this beautiful and resilient region.”
The Caribbean Summit, which is co-chaired by Reginald Boisrond Canal of Les Cayes Partners, will also examine how organizations can fulfill contractual obligations and maintain business operations in the aftermath of natural disasters.
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast, plenary sessions and a Caribbean-inspired lunch featuring an address by Ambassador Altidore. Following panel presentations in the afternoon, participants will enjoy networking at the Summit’s closing reception which will end at 5:30 p.m.
By Linsda Karten | October 18, 2017