Alix Cantave, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Latin American and Carribbean

FUNDING AREAS: Haiti, Economic development

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PROFILE: When the 2010 earthquake ravaged Haiti, orphaning more than 300,000 children in its wake, Kellogg felt compelled to revisit the country where it had done work in previous decades. In 2012, Alix Cantave, an academic with a background in Haitian education policy, joined up with Kellogg to help lead the foundation's work there, with a focus on providing pathways to success for some of the country's most impoverished children. Today, Cantave oversees millions of dollars in Haitian development grants every year.

Thinking about, and working on, solutions to Haitian problems is hardly new for Cantave. Armed with a Ph.D. in public policy from University of Massachusetts Boston, Cantave has taught university courses on Caribbean affairs, and headed up the school's Haitian Studies Project. More recently, Cantave established and managed a consortium of approximately 20 universities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Spain that pooled resources to strengthen higher education systems and institutions in Haiti. And on a personal level, Cantave was born in Haiti, so the country's well-being—and the opportunities it can provide for children—is of special significance to him.

His prior education also shouldn't be igorned: His master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute, and his bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from State University of New York at Buffalo before that most likely also lend to his world view and current decision-making.