Abie Award Winners, Change Agent

Tayana Etienne

2010 Winner of the Change Agent ABIE Award

Tayana Etienne is a full-time professor in the Science Department of the State University of Haiti and is the director of the MBDS Master in Haiti that is offered in a joint effort with the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis where she received her Master’s Degree. She teaches Computer Science and conducts applied research projects centered on information and communication technology (ICT) use in rural areas, mobile technologies, wireless infrastructure, communicating objects, RFID for education, health and tourism.

As a Haitian pioneer in ICT, Tayana was the first Haitian woman to obtain a scholarship for her Master degree in Computer Science from the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (UNSA), France, after her BS in Electronic Engineering in Haiti. Tayana has been instrumental in making this degree available in Haiti in order to provide the same opportunity to many girls locally.

In 2001, she co-founded SOLUTIONS S.A. an IT consulting Company in Haiti which has grown to be one of the most innovative software development firms in the country and was nominated in 2005 for the Star Quality Award by the “Business Initiative Directions” in Geneva and in 2009 for the Pioneers of Prosperity Award for Haiti and the Caribbean organized by the OTF Group.

After the January 12th, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she launched with her team the most important local ICT initiative as a contribution effort. This project includes a web database for NGO collaboration and the first call center dedicated to disaster relief in Haiti. She participates in several committees to improve the extension and exploitation of ICT for development in Haiti. Tayana is passionately involved in various projects in rural communities impacting girls and women.