Global Leadership Awards
Danielle Saint Lôt is founder of the Danielle Saint-Lôt Haiti Women’s Foundation, a U.S.-based 501c3 organization with a one-year signature program, Haitian Women’s Business Academy. The non-profit advances programs to empower Haitian women, advocate for the missing middle, and grow the creative economy. She also serves as Ambassador at Large of the Republic of Haiti for Women’s Empowerment.
Danielle is also the former executive director of Haiti’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its former Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. She co-founded Haiti’s Femmes en Démocratie in 1998, one of the oldest and strongest Vital Voices affiliates in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Before the earthquake of January 2010, the organization thrived, with programming in political participation, women’s entrepreneurship and the protection of legal and human rights. The affiliate focused on women’s economic empowerment, creating linkages across social classes, municipalities and special interests. Altogether, Femmes has trained over 1,200 women micro-entrepreneurs, developed a network of over 500 women electoral observers, and organized the country’s most distinguished annual trade fair for female entrepreneurs, showcasing their work and connecting them to buyers and export markets.
Among her many accolades, Danielle is a recipient of the DVF Awards by Diane von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, which honors extraordinary women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive, and the leadership to inspire. She is a Founding Partner of Caribbean Business Consulting (CBC), and a member of Vital Voices’ Global Advisory Council and serves as a member of the Coca Cola Company’s Steering Committee for the Haiti Hope Project, which supports mango farmers. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP) and has also joined the Advisory Council of the Biennial of the Americas. Her career has primarily focused on promoting women’s rights and business development in Haiti. Previously, she was Minister of Tourism and has the distinction of having been Haiti’s first female Minister of Commerce and Industry.
Ambassador Saint Lôt holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Haiti National Institute for Management and International Relations and earned a degree in International Economic Relations from the Institute for International Public Administration of Paris, France.