Edward Bergman

Co-founder and President

Eddie Bergman is President of Innovative Development Services (IDS) a full service consulting firm focusing on international and domestic tourism marketing and development as well as real estate management services in New York.

Eddie is also Co-CEO of E&E Hospitality Group, which owns and manages two New York City restaurants: E&E Grill House (Times Square) and Hill and Bay (Murray Hill / Kips Bay).

Eddie co‐founded and serves as President of the Board of MCW (Miracle Corners of the World), an NGO devoted to empowering youth to make positive change in their communities, with a special focus on Africa.

Eddie was recently appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the economic development program of the African Union in recognition of his service as Executive Director of the Africa Travel Association, a position he held for nearly a decade (2006-2015).

Eddie is also an adjunct professor of tourism at New York University (NYU) and social entrepreneurship at SUNY Stony Brook University. Eddie received his Masters from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a major in Social Entrepreneurship and his Bachelors in Hotel and Tourism Management from NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, where he was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar.

Eddie serves on the boards and advisory boards of several international organizations in the non-profit, education and travel and trade sectors, including Shared Interest, the International Crisis Group, NYU Africa House and NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and has served on the boards of the Museum for African Art, the Rubin Museum of Art and the Synergos Institute.

He has received several humanitarian awards for his work, including the 2009 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Robert Alsbrooks

Co-founder
Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Robert Alsbrooks is a Community Activist, Social Entrepreneur, Youth Advocate and Co-Founder of MCW. He most recently ran as an independent party candidate to be a Pennsylvania State Representative for the 153rd District.

Khalid Elachi

Chief Operating Officer

Khalid Elachi has been a member of the MCW team since 2003, when he participated in his first Youth Leadership Retreat. Since then, he has coordinated, organized and led seven retreats. He also helped establish MCW’s Alumni Ventures Fund. In addition to managing MCW’s finances, Khalid provided strategic and organizational support to MCW’s Community Center and Oral Healthcare programs.

He has worked on a broad range of projects with MCW, including the Youth Leadership Retreat, the Alumni Ventures Fund and social marketing initiatives, and taken the lead in establishing the MCW community center in Rwanda. Khalid has traveled widely in Africa and the Middle East.

Khalid majored in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University. He graduated in 2008.

Dr Marion Bergman

Director, Healthcare Projects (Volunteer)

Marion J. Bergman, MD, graduated in 1974 from the Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa, specialized in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases at SUNY Downstate (Brooklyn) and Stony Brook and practiced Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care in Patchogue, NY, since 1981. Marion served a term as medical staff President of Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, and also as its Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services for many years. In addition to mentoring numerous medical students, Dr. Bergman and her family have hosted numerous international students in their home.

Since returning to graduate school at NYU’s Wagner School, (MPA ’06), Marion now practices medicine part time and devotes much of her time and energy to rural health and development projects in the developing world. Marion served as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of MESAB (Medical Education for South African Blacks) which for 22 years provided scholarships to train more black healthcare professionals in South Africa.

She is MCW’s Director of Healthcare projects, and a Trustee for the Global Child Dental Fund, AJWS and Physicians for Human Rights.

Marion also serves as a Governor of the AJC, a co-founder of its Africa Institute, a member of its Jacob Blaustein Institute for Human Rights Administrative Council as well as a past president of its Long Island chapter. She is an Advisory Board Member of Tel Aviv University’s Harold Hartog School of Government and Public Policy, and a member of the Board of Visitors for Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry.

Regina Leichner

Director, Africa Programs

Regina Leichner first joined the MCW team as an intern in February 2013, where she explored grant opportunities as well as internet and technology-based development strategies. She then managed the Oral Health Care Program in Tanzania, as well as oversaw the Young Leaders Program including the International Retreat, the Alumni Ventures Fund and alumni relations. In her current role as Director of Africa Programs, Regina supports and provides advice for Africa-related programming on the Community Development and Oral Health Care programs while working closely with MCX team members and stakeholders as well as Oral Health Care Fellows.

Prior to MCW, Regina interned with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and worked as a researcher for a case submission to the African Union Courts on Human and Peoples Rights. She was a guest speaker at the 2011 UNICTR Capacity Building Program in Kigali, Rwanda, where she presented on the United States and Universal Jurisdiction.

Regina has worked for different community development and social justice organizations in various capacities. She helped to launch Jijue, an HIV/AIDS Awareness Education Program in the greater Arusha area in 2011, acted as Temporary Community Outreach Director for Work For Progress in El Paso County, Colorado, and interned with the Africa Program at Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, D.C. Regina received a B.A in International Studies with a Focus in Globalization, Development and Human Rights from Arcadia University in 2012. She is from the Philadelphia area, but has lived abroad in Paris, France and Arusha, Tanzania.

Angela Gerrow

Director, Administration

Angela Gerrow joined MCW in March 2008, after more than three decades at the Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania, where she was the Executive Assistant to the Ambassador to the United Nations. This is where she became acquainted with MCW, particularly the first MCW community center in Arusha, Tanzania.

Nitya Ramanthan

Coordinator, Young Leaders Program

Nitya is a recent graduate from the University of Southern California where she earned her bachelors degree in international relations with a double minor in human rights and resistance to genocide. Her academic focus was in post-conflict reconstruction and throughout university she traveled to Sri Lanka, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland to study the issues of justice, education, and women’s rights. Her passion for human rights and youth development brought her to MCW. Nitya is a local of both Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Edward Roatche

Coordinator, Communications

Ed first connected with MCW in May 2015 as an intern assisting the team with our Young Leaders Program.  Working part-time as MCW’s Communications Coordinator,  Ed works closely with MCW team members to highlight our programs and online presence. Ed graduated from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with a BA in Political Science (concentrating in comparative politics and politics of the Middle East) and a minor in French, and also holds a certificate in financial management from Cornell University. A passionate language learner, he has studied French, Spanish, German, Italian, Norwegian and Japanese. His love of learning about other peoples and cultures brought him to MCW. Ed was born in California, but was raised in the Philadelphia area.

Kenneth Sibande

Regional Finance and Administration Officer for Africa Programs

Kenneth will be based in Dar es Salaam and will work closely with the Director of Africa Programs, Treasurers of MCR, MCT, and MCZ Boards, and Country Directors to ensure compliance and improve financial systems across our Africa programs.

With over 16 years experience of Finance, Admin and Auditing in NGO work, Kenneth’s work has included being involved in complex planning and budgeting processes, identifying and rectifying internal control weaknesses, offering capacity financial trainings, providing clear guidance on donor policies and procedures, and grant reporting.

Prior to joining MCW, Kenneth was the Head of Finance, Admin and Hr of Positive Vibes Trust, an NGO with offices in Namibia and South Africa and other parts of Africa. He has also worked for other organisations like ICAP, Global Campaign for Education, Heifer International and World Vision International. He has a BA degree in Business Admin and Management from Northwest University (Seattle) and a Zambia Diploma in Accountancy from Evelyn Hone College Zambia.

Fredrick Meena

Senior Fellow, Oral Health Care

Fredrick is originally from the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. He studied at Lekura primary school and then the Mboni secondary school in Kilimanjaro. He joined advanced school in 2009 at Makongo high school in Dar es Salaam.

He began the diploma of clinical dentistry program at the Mbeya Dental Therapy Training School in October 2011 and graduated from the program in October 2014 in Mbeya, Tanzania. While he was in his final year of the Dental Therapy program, Fredrick was introduced to MCW when he participated in a dental outreach to MCW’s dental clinic in Songea, Tanzania.

Fredrick joined MCW’s Oral Health Care Initiative as a fellow in October 2014.

Sara Mtagwa

Fellow, Oral Health Care

Sara will be responsible for collaborating with the Dental Therapy Training School in Tanga to implement the dental outreach program and work towards integrating the program in the dental therapist curriculum. She will be working closely with Regina Leichner, OHC Program Manager, and with Fredrick Meena, who will continue his work with MCW for an additional year as a Senior Oral Health Care Fellow. Sara participated in MCW’s dental outreach with the Mbeya Dental Therapy School in August, where she demonstrated her leadership skills and her ability to work as part of the MCW team. Sara will initially be based in Mbeya, Tanzania, and will relocate to Tanga following an initial training period.

Abdu Mohamed

Country Director, Tanzania

Abdu is persuing his masters in Business Administration and Management (MBA) at Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI). He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management (BBA) from the University of Arusha and a Diploma in International Relations (DIR) from East African Institute.

Abdu has experience of more than 7 years of working with non-profit organizations, and started working with communities while he was in high school and with youth organization such as Femina since secondary school. He became a peer educator in his early years in secondary school,and has continued to grow as a leader through university.

He is working as a Country Director at Miracle Corners Tanzania supervising the operation of the organization in Tanzania, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to serving as MC-Tanzania’s Country Director, Abdu was the manager for the MCT-Arusha center.

Abdu came to know MCW in 2002 when he enrolled in an information technology class at MC-Tanzania. Since then, he has become a lifetime friend of MCW and was inspired to join the organization to support its mission and vision in Tanzania.

He was the first recipient of the George Sideris Scholarship, a fund that was introduced after the passing of Professor Sideris.

After participating in MCW’s 2013 Young Leaders Program, he implemented his vision and mission of starting a youth organization that focuses on training youth and women on development studies and leadership skills.In 2015, he was awarded the MCW Alumni Ventures Fund to help him implement his objectives to his communities through his organization The Way Forward, where he managed to train 5,000 youth and women in Tanzania.

Happy Laurence

Center Coordinator, Arusha

Happy started volunteering in 2005 at MCT-Arusha in the center’s youth group (Perfect Youth Group), and since then, Happy has maintained her relationship with MCW and MCT, bringing her passion in childhood education and empowering communities to MCT. In 2015, she became the center coordinator for the Arusha center to help implement MCT’s objectives in Arusha and Tanzania at large.

Happy received the MCW George Sideris Scholarship fund to further her education at Secretarial College in Arusha. She enrolled in a secretarial course from January to December 2016.

Sharon Mwansa Chanda

Country Director, Zambia

Sharon Mwansa Chanda was born and raised in Zambia. She completed senior secondary school at St. Mary’s Girls’ High School in Luaupula Province and attended National College in Kabwe, Central Zambia for Management and Development Studies, where she earned an Advanced Certificate in Social Development, Certificate in Microsoft Projects, and a Diploma in Social Work. After this, she was admitted to the University of Zambia in Lusaka for a short course in Demographic Health Survey and went to study Peace and Conflict Resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. She later graduated from Zambian Open University with a degree in Development Studies.

Sharon has worked with the UNHCR, Zambia Red Cross Society, World Vision, Ministry of Home Affairs of Zambia, Ministry of Education of Zambia, Family Health International, the Electoral Commission of Zambia, Action Africa Help International, Habitat for Humanity Zambia, and Japan Tobacco International Leaf. Since July 2015, Sharon has been the Country Director of Miracle Corners Zambia.