No stranger to issues of international development and crisis management, Tara Yip-Bannicq has spent the last ten years working on and managing complex projects in the United Kingdom, China, Indonesia, Guatemala, and most recently, Haiti. She has extensive experience facilitating collaborations in fast-paced environments and emergency situations with low infrastructure and among diverse stakeholders, including governments, multinational organizations, private sector companies and communities. Most recently, as a community development officer for UNICEF Haiti, Tara employed human-centered program design to coordinate a national program for the Haitian government in partnership with the World Bank and UNICEF. Her most recent project involved identifying and visually mapping Haiti’s most vulnerable population using a socio-economic census and establishing a network of 200 community-based agents to accompany vulnerable families according to their personal needs. A youth champion, Tara has previously supported youth leadership conferences in Haiti for the JUMP Foundation, which she represented at the UN Commission for Sustainable Development; designed and implemented a Scholarship Programme as the Haiti education coordinator for European Disaster Volunteers; and served as the Haiti country representative for Future Generations. She serves as the Haiti ambassador for the One/Thousand Network (formerly Sandbox), a global community of young entrepreneurs and serves on the boards of EduHaitian & Jacob’s Colour Link Initiative.
A dual French-American citizen, Tara holds a Master’s in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford. In addition to her native English and French, she speaks fluent Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, and Haitian Creole, and has working proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. When she’s not at work, she can be found up a mountain or on a Caribbean beach.
Tara has spoken on JUMP!’s behalf on three occasions: the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development in 2010 in NYC on ‘Youth for Positive Change,’ in Beijing in January 2011 on the Haiti Rise Campaign, and in Brunei in March 2015 on ‘Combatting Global Diseases.’