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Khalid Elachi is the Chief Operating Officer of MCW Global. 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.



Leonard Chacha Kitoka is a Member of MCT’s Board of Directors. Leonard is Founder and Managing Director of INNOVEX where he is also director responsible for business development particularly in the areas of financial management, procurement, strategic planning and programme development. He is a qualified accountant (CPA), an Accredited European Excellence Assessor and a Certified Project Manager. With over 19 years of consultancy experience in the Africa Great Lakes region, he has gained extensive experience in conducting a wide range of assignments for private sector, governments and for donors such as WB, UNDP, AfDB, SIDA, CIDA, JICA, FAO, DFID, USAID, DANIDA, EC, etc. He previously worked for UNDP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Afro Aid Development Consultants, Coopers and Lybrand and the University of Dar es Salaam. Leonard, who is a certified and trained Director, is a Board member in other organisations: Institute of Directors in Tanzania, Resolution Insurance, Victoria Finance, Africa Development Consultants (Rwanda), LCP (an investment club), INNOVEX and MUKIKUTE (an NGO fighting tuberculosis).



Përparim Kryeziu participated in YLR for the first time in 2010, and has participated in the retreat ever since as a Mentor. He finished his bachelor studies at University of Prishtina, department of Sociology. Përparim is former fellow and pioneer of Youth Exchange and Study scholarship program for high school students in Vermont, United States of America, funded by the U.S. Department of State. He was also YES program alumni coordinator at the American Councils Office for International Education for two years, 2010-2012. During his undergraduate studies he was scholarship holder of JoinEU-SEE (Erasmus Mundus) program founded by the European Commission, as he attended his last year of studies at University of Antwerp, Belgium. From January to March of 2015, Përparim completed his internship at Kosovar Centre for Security Studies, and was later assigned as a researcher in the field of violent extremism and radicalism.  Përparim is currently pursuing his Master degree in the Economic Sociology of Organization at Univesidade Nova de Lisboa (New University of Lisbon) as scholarship holder of SIGMA Agile program, also funded by the European Commission.

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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. In her current role, she manages the Oral Health Care Program in Tanzania, as well as oversees the Young Leaders Program, which includes the annual leadership retreat and year-long global program, the Alumni Ventures Fund and alumni relations. 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 is from the Philadelphia area, but has lived abroad in Paris, France and Arusha, Tanzania. Regina received a B.A in International Studies with a focus in Globalization, Development and Human Rights from Arcadia University in 2012.



Cody Jacobs is an MCW Alum and Mentor for the 2016 program. She is a photographer and organizer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her most recent project about cooperatives can be found on her website:





Ifreet Taheea just graduated from high school (batch of 2016) and is currently attending North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ifreet recently got elected in the Executive Committee of YES Alumni Association as a Public Relations Officer in Bangladesh. She started volunteering at the age of 12 and has been involved in many national and international organizations ever since focusing mainly around education. She considers herself to be a global citizen and promotes active volunteerism in every platform possible. Upon her return from the exchange program Ifreet was awarded Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs award. She also holds pride in being the first Bangladeshi to be selected for Miracle Corners of the World’s Young Leaders Program 16’. She further had the privilege to work for New Hampshire House of Representatives for Shawn Jasper during her exchange year in the States. Ifreet hopes to pursue a career in an established international humanitarian or development organization.