Maryse Pénette-Kedar, President of PRODEV’s Board of Directors, has dedicated her life and her treasures to strengthening Haiti’s economic, social and political infrastructure. As the daughter of an iconic leader in education the Honorable Max Pénette, she is committed to continuing her family’s tradition of nation-building on the principle of quality education for all.
Today, Pénette-Kedar, is ever more engaged in what she calls “the battle for Haiti’s future”. As the Founder and Board President of the Progress through Development through Education Foundation (PRODEV), where she oversees the local foundation ‘s efforts to manage three schools in different parts of the country and offer over 1000 students, access to quality education. Pénette-Kedar is also co-chairs CLE, the Haitian Center for Leadership and Excellence.
Pénette-Kedar’s devotion to Haiti is also evident in her professional accomplishments. She currently serves as the Senior Consultant to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the President of SOLANO, Royal Caribbean’s affiliate in Haiti. She was Haiti’s Tourism Secretary of State from 1995-1999. In that capacity Pénette-Kedar undertook a critically needed inventory of Haiti’s natural assets, from pristine beach fronts to long forgotten historic landmarks. Between 1987 and 1990, Ms. Pénette-Kedar was widely credited for having played a critical role in negotiating Haiti’s entry in the Lomé Convention, while serving as the Chargé d’Affaires attached to the Haitian Embassy in Belgium. As a signatory of the Lome Convention Haiti was positioned to secure the financial and technical support of the European Community, considered today the most important source of international development aid.
Pénette-Kedar’s civic mindedness has been recognized throughout the years, most notably with the Grand Croix, the highest honor and recognition bestowed by the Government of Haiti, for her accomplishments.