Edward Bergman

Co-founder and President

Eddie Bergman is President of Innovative Development Services (IDS), a firm focusing on New York City real estate management and development as well as global hospitality marketing services.

Eddie is also CEO of Proxima Hospitality Group, a restaurant management company which owns and manages Hill and Bay (Murray Hill, NYC).

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 of 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 advisory boards of the International Crisis Group, NYU Africa House, NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality, and NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and has served on the boards of the Museum for African Art, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Synergos Institute, and Shared Interest.

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

Dr. Marion Bergman

Director, Oral Health Care 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

Executive Director

Khalid became MCW Global’s Executive Director in March 2019.

He has been involved with the organization since 2003, when he participated in his first Youth Leadership Retreat. He went on to coordinate and then lead seven retreats. Today, Khalid has overseen the expansion of MCW’s hallmark program — with 800+ graduates from 66 countries — into a year-long training initiative. He was also a driving force behind bringing the program to new locations, such as Kosovo and Egypt.

Over the years, Khalid has been instrumental in getting new initiatives off the ground, beginning with the creation of the Alumni Ventures Fund and the establishment of a community centre in Rwanda. Along the way, he has also managed MCW Global’s operations, finances, and partnerships, and provided strategic and organizational support to our Community Development and Oral Health Care programs in Africa. He also has a knack for all things digital.

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

Regina Leichner

Director, Africa Programs

Regina first joined the MCW team as an intern in February 2013, when she explored grant, Internet and IT opportunities. She then coordinated the Oral Health Care Program in Tanzania, and managed the Young Leaders Program. As the current Director of Africa Programs, Regina oversees MCW’s Africa programs (Community Development and Oral Health Care).

Prior to MCW, Regina interned with the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and was 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, where she presented on US 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, she was the interim Community Outreach Director for Work For Progress in El Paso County, Colorado, and she interned with the Africa Program at Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, D.C.

Regina received her bachelor’s in international studies with a focus on globalization, development and human rights from Arcadia University. She is from the Philadelphia area, but has lived in France and Tanzania.

Naadhira Ali

Director, Resource Development and Communications

Naadhira Ali is a research specialist who has a history of building collations in various communities locally and internationally. She has been dedicated to service work for much of her professional career, first working on sanitation projects in South Asia in the mid – 2000s, then later onto food justice initiatives as an undergraduate in Honolulu, Hawaii.

From 2013-2015, Naadhira lived in Kaffrine, Senegal as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her projects focused on restorative, conservation and sustainable agriculture. One of her major projects consisted of extending taro root as an alternative rainy season crop to 5 villages in rural Kaffrine. She trained farmers in crop diversification and monitored dry-land taro fields. Naadhira managed a series of technical training that focused on the overlapping importance between nutrition, health and diverse agricultural systems. She helped create community mapping and capacity building workshops with local leaders to identify underutilized resources.

After her time in Senegal, Naadhira worked in the Eastern Region of Ghana with a team of university students to conduct research on farmer preferences and the ethnobotanical importance of taro root in crop diversification. Naadhira completed various grants including the agricultural assistance grant from USAID Feed the Future fund which enabled female farmers from a Women’s Group access to four hectares of their own farm land.

Prior to her role at MCW Global, Naadhira worked on the System of Rice Intensification project as Technical Advisor at Cornell. She also worked at the Conservation Agriculture project, which was an agriculture database that makes research resources accessible to university students in Africa, Asia and Central/South America

Naadhira received her Master’s in International Development with a focus on Tropical Agriculture from Cornell University and was a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow for South Asia Studies & Hindi