Haiti Representative | Haiti
Garmalia Mentor-William, M.D. is both a medical doctor and a disaster risk management specialist. Having experienced first-hand the chaotic health care demands after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, she has devoted her considerable skills to improve Haiti’s disaster resilience in all levels of society. Her experience combines 15 years in public health and disaster risk reduction efforts in multiple contexts and countries. Her work includes hydro-meteorological hazards, seismic/tsunami hazard, and hospital resilience projects in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Chile, India, Nepal, Bhutan and USA. She regularly coordinates policy and program discussions with high level decision makers, stakeholders, and non-governmental organizations. She is adept at public education to ensure readiness for potential emergency situations and is well versed on the nuances of public health concerns in Haiti. Ms. Mentor-William serves as a member of the Group of Experts for the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Régions (ICG/CARIBE-EWS), a UNESCO agency. She is also a 2014 Housner Fellow of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Ms. Mentor-William received her medical degree from Escuela Latino Americana de Medicina (ELAM), Cuba, and an M.S. in Public Administration in Emergency and Disaster Management (MPA/EDM) from Metropolitan College of New York. A native of Haiti, she communicates in fluent Haitian Creole, French, Spanish and English.