From 2009 we spent 5 years traveling to 26 countries across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean to document the stories of street vendors. 2014 is when we begin our global expeditions on boarding street artisans onto our global digital network to sell their handmade crafts directly with consumers like you. We begin our efforts with Haiti this September with a team of professionals who volunteered their time to our efforts and co-sponsored the first Vendedy Pilot.
Anne- Claudia grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Living in a third-world country has exposed Claudia to certain realities that others may never experience. She has gone through coup d’etats, a country shut down under former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, constant fear from regular kidnappings and manifestations, and is a survivor of the January 12th 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She decided to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in the United States where there were more opportunities and so, moved to Providence, Rhode Island after completing high school in Haiti, and attended Providence College. She majored in Global Studies/International Relations with a minor in Business. To feed her passion for the global landscape, Claudia spends her time traveling and working with international companies and organizations to combine her International Relations and Business backgrounds. Claudia is now pursuing her Masters degree in International Business at Hult International Business School in Dubai, UAE.
Daphnee Charles is a Haiti-based agronomist who graduated two years ago from a private Haitian university “Université Quisqueya” with a scholarship from the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP). Daphnee majored in Agro-economics and also completed a fellowship program at Dartmouth in 2010 as well as the Bridge Program at the Dartmouth’s Tuck BusinessSchool 2012. Daphnee is now working for a regional media NGO called “Panos Caribbean”. Panos works to amplify the voices of the poor and the marginalized through the media and ensure their inclusion in public and policy debate, in order to enable Caribbean communities and countries to articulate and communicate their own development agenda. As part of her work, Daphnee leads regular training for community leaders, civil society organizations, and journalists to better communicate biodiversity and climate change concepts and raise awareness among the Haitian population and in the Caribbean region. Daphnee is also the co-founder of Action Toward Initiative and Volunteering for Education in Haiti (ACTIVEH), a social Haiti-based organization created in 2012 with the goal to promote volunteering work among the Haitian youth.
Deborah Hope is former chief risk and business ethics officer for global investment management at Prudential Financial, Inc. Prior to Prudential, she was chief compliance officer for The PNC Financial Services Group, where she was the architect of enterprise governance and compliance risk management, related mergers and acquisitions strategies, policies and program development that set the industry standard post-Sarbanes Oxley. Before that, Deborah held a number of senior legal positions at Citigroup/Citicorp, including general counsel to global audit and risk review and chief counsel for global compliance. For several years prior to joining Prudential, she managed a successful private practice and consulting firm that specialized in integrated legal, compliance, governance and risk management tools and solutions for large financial services companies. After earning her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, Deborah began her career as legal counsel at the Federal Reserve after serving as senior law clerk to the Honorable Horace T. Ward, federal district court judge (ret.), in Atlanta. An alumna of the first fully matriculated class of women at Dartmouth, Deborah has served as treasurer of the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association, Alumni Councilor, member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Trustees and on the Board of Overseers of the Hopkins Center/Hood Museum. Presently, Deborah is fully dedicated to civil rights and humanitarian activism. Her civic involvement includes delegate to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, Advisory Board of Unified Progress International Education, the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition formed and administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and The Innocence Project.
Tena is a social impact consultant passionate about applying her skills to help start ups in the developing world. She is the co-founder of The Sustainability Platform, Head of Media at C3-Consult and Coach for a Cause and Dubai+Acumen chapter leader. She holds various workshops on the theory of change and social business basics and is a monthly contributor to Training Magazine Middle East. Tena’s main interests include women empowerment, economic inclusion and community development, as well as social impact measurement. She is an international board member of two South Asian NGOs and core team member of Social Enterprise Week, an annual social enterprise conference held in Dubai. Tena hold a Masters degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School. Prior to working in the social enterprise sector she has worked with one of the biggest Central European banks and Boston Consulting Group.
Joshua is the co-founder of The Sustainability Platform, an innovative social impact consultancy that operates in Dubai, focused on maximizing and measuring social impact for CSR programs, NGOs and SMEs in the Middle East and South Asia. He is a development economics specialist with international experience in the for- and non-profit industries, and is passionate about social enterprise project design, implementation, and scalability. Joshua is also the Regional Director of Hult Prize for the Middle East and Africa. Hult Prize is the largest crowd-sourcing platform for social good, with a $1m award for the most scalable and sustainable social enterprise developed to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. Joshua is experienced in high-level diplomacy in both the public and private sector with government leaders and company executives through his time with the Head of State team at the Clinton Global Initiative and currently as a Partner at EMCOP, an engineering services company whose principal is Mitsubishi Electric. He is committed to bridging the gap between the organizational efficiency of the private world and the mission of social enterprises, specializing in social impact measurement. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Journalism from NYU and a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School, and competed in the Hult Prize 2012 winning the London regional finals in the energy track.
Jacqueline Cofield is an international arts marketer, programmer, educator and filmmaker. A multimedia producer, Jacqueline is currently developing international film, television and digital projects under her company J Rêve International, LLC. In the realm of filmmaking, her interests lie in developing international stories about women, the African diaspora, and the arts. A New York native, her work in marketing, production, business development and event management includes projects for The Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy; Sony Music, Columbia Pictures, Disney Consumer Products, Paramount International TV and the Sundance Film Festival. She’s also conducted business development in Hong Kong & Shenzhen, China. Jacqueline has lived in seven countries and traveled to over 40. She speaks Spanish and French fluently and is conversational in Italian. She possesses masters degrees in marketing and education from the University of Southern California, and The City College of New York respectively. At NYU, where she obtained a Bachelors in Fine Arts, she participated in an international seminar in Senegal, Africa. She also attended Yale University and The Spanish Language Institute in Cuernavaca, Mexico.Jacqueline founded D’Fine Arts, an event series for emerging artists of all disciplines in New York City.
Bayo Hassan Bello- is a part of our digital support team and sponsored part of the pilot. He is a software consultant at Blueshift Consulting and studies Computer Science at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.
Join a radical revolution. We travel to all corners of the world to slums, rural villages and other remote regions to identify street vendors who create the best crafts, jewelry, paintings, clothing and other artifacts that retains the culture of their region and the beauty of their stories. We are inviting you to be apart of something truly remarkable. Stay posted on our pilot locations this fall: Trinidad, DR, St.Lucia, Jamaica.