Retouch Haiti: Creating Sustainable Employment by Building Links Between Haiti and Global Markets
Facilitated by Camille Park ’19BUS and Alex Polinis
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Dinner included with RSVP
Uris Hall, Room 329
New York, NY
Retouch | Haiti is a social enterprise that provides graduates from a free film and audio engineering college in Haiti, called The Artists Institute, with specialized training in e-commerce photo and video post-production.
With these graduates, Retouch | Haiti operates an e-commerce photo and video post-production service that specializes in providing global retailers, brands, and creative agencies with high-quality, high-volume, and quick-turn around capabilities at an affordable cost. The need for online imagery is growing, as is the demand for high-quality and affordable post-production services. There exists a quality gap between current offshore vendors' capabilities and the industry’s quality expectations, and Retouch | Haiti aims to fill this gap.
Retouch | Haiti is an incubator to test the training tools, organizational structure, business model, operational efficiency, and product offering in the market. The long term objective is to create a business model that can be successfully expanded to other locations in Haiti and replicated around the world.
AREAS FOR DISCUSSION
- How do you balance social impact and profitability?
- What criteria should be used to measure social and economic impact?
- What are the technology innovations and trends impacting the digital creative space?
Camille Park has 15 years of experience working as a producer in the fashion industry and spent the last seven years at Splashlight, the first creative production studio to specialize in high-quality e-commerce photography and video. There, she built their creative, production, technology, and post-production capabilities.
Alex Polinis is a recent graduate of The Artists Institute, where he specialized in audio engineering and graphic design. He has an entrepreneurial spirit and has been selected as Retouch | Haiti's first Operational Manager.
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