Dr. Valentin Abe, a widely acclaimed agronomist, has a strong reputation for aquacultural development programs. A native of the Ivory Coast and a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Abe earned his PhD in Aquaculture from Auburn University in 1995.
He then became a member of the International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environment (ICAAE) team at Auburn and assistant coordinator for their training program. And in 1997, became program Director for Haiti’s aquaculture development program. Dr. Abe started Caribbean Harvest in 2005, and has been recognized as one of the most effective leaders making a difference in Haiti. He impressed former president Bill Clinton, also the U.N. special envoy to the Caribbean nation. Dr. Abe was listed in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the world, after being nominated by Clinton who wrote for the magazine:
"This year I have been especially influenced by people I’ve met in Haiti who have performed amazing things in the wake of the earthquake and even before, after the four hurricanes. One person in particular is a man from the Ivory Coast named Valentin Abe, 47, who, after graduating from Auburn University, went to Haiti to raise fish and to put more Haitians to work and increase their incomes.”
He has since been recognized for his accomplishments by NBC, CNN and other prominent media outlets.
His recent Haiti work (2005-2010) confirmed the technology practiced in the Auburn Aquacultural Laboratories. Caribbean Harvest is the real application of that technology. Partnering with Dr. Abe as founders of Caribbean Harvest are GATAPHY, a Haitian Charitable Foundation and the Social Enterprise Fund, a US 501 (c) (3) charity.
Click here to read an article from Auburn Magazine about Dr. Abe and the beginning of Caribbean Harvest.