Former Minister François Guillaume II

francois-guillaume

Former Minister of Haitians Living Abroad

President, Haitian Diaspora Engagement Coalition

As an economist, his decade long experience in senior finance and accounting positions, led Mr. Guillaume in 2006 to open his own consulting firm GuiLac, that specializes in business/economic development and financial consulting services, where his firm has consulted and managed multi-million dollar organizations in the areas of finance, accounting, marketing and international business.

Since 2002 Mr. Guillaume has been involved in shaping US policy towards Haiti in matters of governance and economic development, having collaborated with such organizations as the United Nations and the U.S.A.I.D, as well as various members of the US Congress.

From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Guillaume served as the Executive Director of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF), which strives to promote and protect Haitian-American business interests, as well as promote investment in Haiti.

Mr. Guillaume has served as an economic development consultant to the council of Florida Governor Bush’s Haiti Advisory Group in 2005. He served on the Board of Miami-Dade County’s Community Action Agency from 2008 to 2011 (CAA is an agency that provides self-sufficiency services to low-income individuals and families) and in 2009 he was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to be one of the state’s Census 2010 Complete Count Committee members.

Mr. Guillaume was also nominated in February 2010 to serve on the board of the Florida Black Business Support Corporation (FBBSC) (d/b/a Access Florida Finance Corporation), which is a statewide black business investment corporation and provides several services to Black owned businesses in the State of Florida under the Black Business Loan Program (BBLP).

From December 2011 to April 2014 Mr. Guillaume was appointed by his Excellency President Michel Joseph Martelly and his Excellency Foreign Affairs Minister (at that time) Laurent Lamothe, to serve as the Consul General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami. Major accomplishments include a greater presence and engagement of the Consulate in its communities; mobile consular services to further-located communities; a re-branding strategy that encouraged the Diaspora and foreigners to invest and visit Haiti; as well as a completely renovated consulate office along with improved and diversified services.

From April 2014 to January 2015, Mr. Guillaume was then appointed to serve as the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad of the Republic of Haiti. During that short time-frame he restructured the ministry to be a better catalyst to its Diaspora’s engagement process. Major accomplishments include an array of interactive tools such as social media, website, media tours for the purpose of sharing and gathering relative Diaspora information; a customer service bureau and hotline; a 50% increase year over year of diaspora economic and social investment activities; and for the first time the initiation of a program that would identify and document Haitians living abroad. That program contributed to the identification and documentation process of over 30,000 Haitians living in the Dominican Republic during his short tenure.

Mr. Guillaume’s private and public sector experience has prompted him to continue his private investment and capital leveraging ventures through his consulting firm GuiLac, along with joining LSL World Initiative, a global consultancy firm launched by former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe which advises governments in the area of Innovative Financing for Development.

Mr. Guillaume has received numerous recognitions and holds Bachelor’s degrees in both International Relations and Economics as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in economic policy from Florida International University.

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