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Member Spotlight with Sofihdes: The experience of one of the leaders in continuing education in Haiti

10 November 2021
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Member Spotlight #9 with SOFIHDES: Shifting to an online training platform. The experience of one of the leaders in continuing education in Haiti

For over 10 years, SOFIHDES through its division SOFICONSEILS, has built a strong reputation for excellence in the field of professional capacity building training in Haiti. It was one of the first organizations to introduce on the Haitian market, in collaboration with IFC, the training of trainers to standardize its training delivery while considering the diversity that exists among learners during a training workshop. This approach has been very successful among Haitian professionals. Today, it dares to launch again the first online professional training platform in Haiti. The trends of the training market, the COVID-19 and the socio-political reality in Haiti make this approach mandatory. 

In this Member Spotlight session, you will learn what the challenges and opportunities are for Haitian companies and organizations, the partnerships to date, the lessons learned and the key factors for succes in implementing an online training platform. SOFICONSEILS will also reveal the partnerships they wish to develop for the upcoming launch of the program. 

We will also hear from the Development Bank of Nigeria and their MSME Capacity Building Journey and experience in implementing a blended format of face-to-face and online training.


Host & Moderator

Hourn Thy, Head of Operations, SME Finance Forum.


Serge Richard PETIT-FRERE is the Director of Marketing and Quality of the Société Financière Haïtienne de Développement S.A. He has an academic background in administration, with a specialization in SME management completed by a master's degree in Entrepreneurship and Project Development from the University of Rennes I in France. He has been involved in business support since the beginning of his professional career and has worked on the development of several projects and conducted several sectoral studies.  He has launched several entrepreneurial initiatives, including one in the propane gas distribution sector. He is a university professor and is actively involved in the entrepreneurial education of young school children. He is also the author of a book entitled "Entrepreneurship, a choice and a responsibility" which will be released in 2021. 


Ipéna LUCIEN is the Director of SOFICONSEILS since April 2019. Ms. Lucien has an academic background in business administration from the State University of Haiti, specifically from the National Institute of Management and International Studies. Her field of expertise is focused on project management, strategy and development and communication. She has 10 years of experience in accompanying and managing several projects in Haiti. She has developed a solid knowledge in the field of international aid and local development as well as 14 years of experience in the promotion and business development of a leading pharmaceutical company in the Caribbean region.


Member guest

Prof. Joseph Nnanna serves as the Chief Economist of Development Bank of Nigeria PLC. In this capacity he leads the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation and Sustainability arm of the bank. A seasoned professional with numerous years of experience in the U.S mortgage, banking, manufacturing, and telecommunication industry serving in managerial roles before joining academia. Prior to joining DBN, Prof. Nnanna was a tenured Professor of Business and Economics at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. His scholarly works have been published in; Politics and Policy, Journal of Public Affairs, International Journal of Public Administration, Economic Analysis and Policy, Foreign Trade Review, The International Trade Journal, Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies, The Journal of Chinese Economics and Foreign Trade Studies, International Journal of Business Economics and Management to name a few. In 2020, Prof. Nnanna contributed a book chapter in the European Investment Banks publication entitled “Banking in Africa: Financing transformation amid uncertainty with fellow economist in the EIB and in 2021, published a book entitled “Banking in Nigeria: Financing During Turbulent times” He is a member of the Nigerian Economic Society and American Economic Association.

For more information, please contact us at smefinanceforum@ifc.org
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