FONDATION PROGRES ET DÉVELOPPEMENT: FOUNDERS
PRODEV was founded in 1995 by Max Pénette, Daniel Kedar and Maryse Pénette-Kedar.
MAX PÉNETTE was born in Port-au-Prince in 1920 and has been an educator since age sixteen. Mr. Pénette studied civil engineering and mathematics in Haiti, Europe and the United States. He is the founder of College Max Pénette, and has taught in many schools in his long teaching career, including Ecole Polytechnique, Lycée Pétion and the Cours Georges Duhamel, now the French Lycée. Mr. Pénette is a proponent of civic participation, and has served as Dean of Ecole Normale Supérieure, Mayor of Pétionville, and President of the Rotary Club and the Rotary Foundation. At 93, Mr. Pénette remains an inspirational presence at the PRODEV office.
DANIEL KEDAR was born in Israel in 1961 and has lived in Turkey, Italy, France, the United States and Haiti. After graduating from Tel Aviv University, Mr. Kedar accepted a job in Haiti, where he met his wife, Maryse Pénette-Kedar. He is an avid photographer, publishing three books of his photography: Haiti Reflections (1999), Haiti Portrait of a Country (2003), and Haiti from Above (2004). After the 2010 earthquake, Mr. Kedar immobilized search and rescue teams from the Israeli IDF and coordinated water truck logistics. Mr. Kedar is a businessman, working in Israel and Haiti, and remains an active voice at PRODEV.
MARYSE PÉNETTE-KEDAR is the proud daughter of Max Pénette and is married to Daniel Kedar. Since 2000, Ms. Pénette-Kedar has served as Senior Consultant to Royal Caribbean International and President of SOLANO, its affiliate in Haiti. She has held a number of positions in the Haitian government, including Minister of Tourism from 1995-2000, Minister and Counselor to the European Economic Union, and Ambassador to Brussels. Ms. Pénette-Kedar lends her time to many NGOs, and serves on the board of Centre Haitien du Leadership et L'Excellence (CHLE - Haitian Centre for Leadership and Excellence). Ms. Pénette-Kedar is the President of PRODEV and is deeply involved in daily operations.