Actress Maria Bello, star of NBC’s much-anticipated PRIME SUSPECT, which premieres Thursday night at 10pm September, has been invited to sit on President Martelly’s Advisory Counsel in Haiti. The inaugural assembly of the Presidential Advisory Counsel takes place in New York City on Wednesday during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), of which Ms. Bello is also a member.
She will join Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Mohamed Yunus, President Bill Clinton, Denis O’Brien (owner and executive chairman of Digicel), and 30 other high-level international politicians and business leaders, who are committed to the reconstruction of Haiti. The Counsel will focus on economic growth and investment. Ms. Bello’s focus is investing in women and girls, supporting their full participation in the reconstruction efforts, both politically and economically, and making women’s healthcare a priority. She has worked in Haiti for the last 3 years with Artists for Peace & Justice, the Haitian women’s group Femmes en Democratie, and is the founder of the Haitian-NGO We Advance.
“I have never been so hopeful for Haiti, since the election of President Martelly,” says Ms. Bello. “His presidency signals the start of a new political era for Haiti, founded in transparency and self-determination. His governance, guidance, and collaboration with the international community will lead Haiti through a thriving reconstruction.”