New Head of Electricite d'Haiti Andress Appolon
- Sunday, August 19, 2012 10:09 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The new, and first female, Director General of Electricity d'Haiti, Andress Apollon, convened the board of directors of the power company Thursday to adopt two resolutions that are hoped to lead to more effective delivery of electricity by EDH.
According to an EDH press note, the board of directors established a committee to work directly with the engineering and technical services firm, Tetra Tech, which began contracting with EDH since 2011. The expected outcome is an improvement in the technical operations of EDH.
The government estimates the 8 billion HTG ($192 million [US]) spent annually on electricity should be sufficient in satisfying the energy needs to the population consistently, hence the change in EDH administration and emergency status for operations.
Thursday's board meeting, which took hours, brought forth the Outline of the Plan of Action by the Appolon EDH administration for the emergency period declared a day earlier at the Council of Ministers meeting.
A statement from Electricity of Haiti said it "is working to satisfy the expectations of the population by implementing effective policies adapted to the realities of the Haitian energy sector."
The Director General
Andress Appolon was a senior advisor to President Michel Martelly before becoming head of EDH. Her work was in public infrastructure and investments in the energy sector.
Before this role, she had a long career founding and managing her own firm, Apollo Strategies LLC in New York where she lived, as well as in Cape Town, South Africa.
She has worked in finance as Vice-President of Siebert Brandford and Shank, in diplomacy as economic and commerce adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to Mali, and in development aid with USAID, where she managed a fund of six million dollars for small and medium enterprises in Haiti.
Appolon received in 2011 Julius E. Babbitt Alumni Award from Harvard University and is the founder of the school and the Good Samaritan orphanage in Trou Baguette. She was the youngest member of the board at her alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. She also served on the Board of Directors of "The Brotherhood Sister-Sol", an organization based in Harlem, which helps young blacks and Latinos.
Appolon holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a BA in International Relations from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Source: Le Nouvelliste