Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis
“There is need for commitments by presidents themselves. Otherwise, we shall not be able to abolish the death penalty unless our governments intervene.”
Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis, born in 1947 in Haiti, studied Economics at the University of New York where she finally got her MA in 1976. She looks back at a broad professional career. She worked as a clerk in Bank and as Assistant Director General in the National Airport Authority of Port-au-Prince. She also owned and directed a small Business for several years. In 1985 she started working as a Consultant Manager of the Fondation Haïtienne de Développement. She then became a National Trainer with the Misyion Alfa, the national programme of alphabetisation of the Catholic Church of Haiti. From 1989 until 1991 she was appointed Research Director of the Cultural Institute Karl Lévêque, which enabled her to participate actively in the construction of the civil society. In 1991, she became a Member of the Presidential Cabinet of Aristide and was put in charge, i. a., for the redefinition of missions of the State. In 1995, she started working as the Director Executive for the Fondation Connaissance et Liberté – FOKAL until she was appointed as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti, a position she remained in until 2009.
Currently, she acts as the President of the Fondation Connaissance et Liberté – FOKAL and is the Director of the Reconstruction and Development Programme of the Open Society Institute in New York. She has also been working as a Professor at the Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Quisqueya since 2004.
Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis has received several honours and prizes. She was awarded, for instance, with prizes of the Yoko Tada Foundation for Human Rights (1993) or the “Trésor National Vivant” (2006). She is member of a number of associations and has publicized numerous scientific articles. She also holds a Doctorate honoris causa in Humanities of the St. Michael’s College, Vermont.