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GuyGuy Métayer

  • PhD Graduate in Political Science

The biography of Guy Métayer, a PhD graduate in Political Science in August 2012, tells the story of an exceptional young leader who brings hope to his country. Before his studies at Florida International University, he became the youngest representative elected to Haiti's parliament, and today he represents his country to the world.

Guy was born in Anse-Rouge, Haiti, on July 19, 1969. With a family of nine, Guy's parents, Antoine and Marguerite Métayer, struggled to send Guy to school. Despite their economic hardships, Guy's parents had an unshakable faith in the virtue of education. With their support and that of his sisters and brothers, Guy completed his primary education in his native city and move to Haiti's capital city, Port-au-Prince, to pursue his secondary studies at a prestigious Catholic school named Petit Séminaire College Saint Martial. In 1991, he was admitted to the Université d'Etat d'Haïti to study Philosophy and Law. In 1995, Guy was elected to the Haitian Parliament, becoming Haiti's youngest Député (Congressman). He served a four-year term, during which he chaired the Education Committee and cosponsored two major laws that aimed to modernize Haiti's public enterprises and to decentralize the country.

After leaving office in 2001, Guy came to the U.S. to pursue further education. In April 2003, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from FIU with his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. He received a special academic distinction, the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, from the FIU School of Policy and Management. One year later, in April 2004, he received his Master's degree in Criminal Justice. His studies culminated with a Ph.D. in Political Science in August 2012. His dissertation, under the supervision of Professor Ronald W. Cox of the Department of Politics and International Relations, was a critical examination of U.S. development policies in Haiti from the 1980s to the present.

Since May 2012, Guy has been working as Minister Counselor/Chargé d'Affaires at Haiti's Embassy in Spain. Appointed by the Haitian government, he is the chief of Haiti's diplomatic mission in Spain. Under his leadership, the embassy has become more dynamic and proactive in terms of exploring different forms of cooperation between Haiti and Spain and in engaging the Haitian diaspora. As envisioned, Guy has been able to use the high quality education that he received from FIU to promote the interests of his beloved country. Above all, Guy insists that his education will be used to promote social justice in the world.

 


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