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 three New York City restaurants: E&E Grill House (Times Square), Hill and Bay (Murray Hill / Kips Bay) and Tali (Gramercy).

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 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 instructor / 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.

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.

Khalid Elachi

Interim Executive Director / 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.

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.

Nitya Ramanthan

Program Manager, 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.

Lusato Magesa

Regional Finance and Administration Officer for Africa Programs

Lusato Magesa is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in finance, accounting, auditing and grants management. Prior to joining MCW, he worked for EngenderHealth Tanzania Country Office as a Senior Contracts and Compliance Manager where he was responsible for overseeing grants agreements, pre-award and post-award for all projects in Tanzania. Before joining EngenderHealth Country office, he worked as a Senior Finance and Operations Manager for the CHAMPION project (a five-year project with a total budget of USD 25.9million). As a senior finance and operations manager, he was responsible for leading and managing the finance and operations systems for budgeting, financial monitoring and reporting of the CHAMPION project. Lusato holds a bachelor degree from the University of Dar es Salaam majoring in accounting and is a member of National Board of Accountants and Auditors(Tanzania). After work he enjoys reading, swimming and finishing as he comes from Ukerewe Island (an island in Lake Victoria) where fishing is their tradition.

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.

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.