Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune is a native of Haiti where she completed her primary, secondary and part of her tertiary studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a Master’s in Public Administration and a PhD in Public Policy, all completed in the United States of America.
Dr. Laurence-Chounoune has had a long experience with the UN System, in development, management, operations, business administration and portfolio Management. She is currently Deputy Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica. Prior to that, she was Chief, Operations and Planning Section of the Office of Information and Systems Technology of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. From 2000 to 2007 she was Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP, respectively in Central African Republic and Guinea in West Africa and Procurement Analyst for the United Nations in Angola, Africa.
Dr. Laurence-Chounoune speaks Creole, French, English, and Spanish fluently and has a good working knowledge of Portuguese. She has traveled in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. She is passionate about development, particularly in exploring solutions to address sustainable development challenges. She enjoys reading, movies, traveling and spending time with her family. She is currently brown belt in Karate.