Katleen Félix, Consultant

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Ms. Katleen Félix has more than a dozen years of experience in corporate finance and more than 20 years experience in community leadership. For 7 years she was the Director of Projects and the Liaison Officer at Fonkoze, the largest microfinance institution in Haiti. She is a founding member of the program and website named Zafèn, offering the Haitian Diaspora the opportunity to finance online SMEs and social projects in Haiti.

She has also researched Haitian Hometown Associations (HHTAs) and has put together a database of almost 350 HHTAs and support groups in the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Under the Fonkoze Remittance project she organized capacity building and informational and networking activities for the HHTAs in NY, Miami and Boston. She also identified Best Practices for development, with the goal of replicating them with the HHTAs.

Over the years, Ms. Felix has developed skills and experience in project management, business development and strategic alliances, all of which enable her to navigate in the emerging field of capacity building of Small Growing Businesses and Microfinance.

Prior to joining the economic development world, Ms. Felix worked as a Senior Financial Consultant at CGI, a leading worldwide IT and business process services provider in Montréal, where she worked mostly with Bell Canada & Desjardins. In 2005, she joined the Wall Street office of CGI for Proponix (an outsourcing product which provides banks with letter of credit support and business solutions). Prior to CGI, Ms. Felix was a Financial Analyst in Corporate Planning and Analysis at Air Canada.

Ms. Felix is the President and co-founder of Haitian Hometown Associations Resource group, participates in a variety of committees, and is therefore well integrated in the Haitian Diaspora community. In 2006 she was awarded the Young Professional Excellence Award from HEC Montréal for her accomplishments and community involvement. On February 28th, 2009 Ms. Felix was awarded twice for her accomplishments, receiving the Young Professional of the Year Award and the special People’s Choice Award by the Young Chamber of Commerce from Montréal. On March 16th, 2009 she received the Community Leadership Award from HABNET and a Citation from the President of the Brooklyn Borough Hall. She is laureate 2013 of the Black History Month of Montreal.

Ms. Felix holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Finance & International Business from HEC Montréal, the business school of the University of Montréal. Ms. Félix speaks French, English, Creole, Portuguese and some basic Spanish. She is married and raising two young boys.