Gina A. Ferrus
Stephanie Mesidor Saint-Surin
K. Shawn King
Gina A. Ferrus
Gina Ferrus is a community-focused medical and public health professional, offering outstanding business development and coordination skills with the health and nonprofit sectors.
She is a Co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Fondation Enfant Jésus, a registered Haitian nonprofit organization. It has an arm that is registered here in the United States as a 501(c)(3) charity entity. It is non-denominational and “aims to break the cycle of poverty in Haiti by promoting sustainable human development for impoverished children and their families through a robust, full-life development program.
Prior to the formation of Fondation Enfant Jésus in 2007, Gina also co-founded and worked as Executive Director of Healing Hands for Haiti. The focus of this nonprofit organization was to provide medical rehabilitation services to patients in need of care to help them return to optimal functioning.
Gina is a registered nurse and has worked in the medical field in both Haiti and Canada, where she currently spends most of her time. Along with running Fondation Enfant Jésus, she currently works with the Québec Board of Black Educators in Montreal as a Research Planning Consulting Officer. This nonprofit education and research organization operates to raise the awareness of educational bias and provides academic support and opportunities to underserved Black communities in Québec.
Soukaina Hamia holds a double major bachelor’s degree in Management and Communications of Organisations, and a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Women, Peace, and Security from King’s College in London. More recently she finished a DESS in public health and policy from the University of Montreal.
Soukaina is a founding member of Idmaj Development Foundation where she served as President for 6 years. In addition to her work with Idmaj, Soukaina worked as Deputy Director of Sidi Moumen Cultural Center, one of the biggest and most active community centers in Morocco.
She has previously worked as a research associate at the Office of the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a Regional Coordinator at the Zanele Mbeki Development Trust, Johannesburg, South Africa, as a Country Manager of Stevens Stevens Initiative – World Business Chicago STEAMuseum Project, Head of mission at Tariq Ibnou Ziyad Initiative, Country Coordinator for CorpsAfrica Maroc, research associate at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment, and CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) Project Coordinator at Seva Mandir Foundation in India.
Soukaina is an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), an alumnus of the USIP Interfaith Dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and an IMF-sponsored fellow at the IMF World Bank annual meeting in DC, USA and Lima, Peru.