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Kaleab Zelalem is a young lawyer with a business law background and over three years' experience in providing legal assistance to economically disadvantaged women and youth on the issues of child and disability rights in the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia. He was the 'Child Safe Certification' intern responsible for designing and implementing the certification and product labeling system for E-FACE. Kaleab is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and is currently working as the Junior Textile Value Chain Officer for the EDGET project.
Keisha is a development finance specialist with over thirteen years’ experience in providing strategic managerial and technical assistance to start-up, mature and commercial microfinance institutions, NGOs, agricultural enterprises and government entities in West Africa, Afghanistan, North America and the Caribbean. She is currently the Project Manager responsible for Financial Inclusion in the DFATD-funded YouLead Project which is improving economic opportunities for young women and men in Nigeria’s Cross River State.
Christine Faveri is the Director of the Women's Economic Opportunities team at MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates). She has worked on gender equality as a development practitioner, technical advisor, policy analyst and program manager for over 20 years. Christine leads the MEDA team that focuses explicitly on integrating gender and women into value chain and market systems development programming as well as exploring innovative approaches to support female entrepreneurs.
Sarah French, from Picton, Ontario, loves being active and is passionate about traveling. She enjoys wakeboarding, skiing, running, and biking. Ever since a yearlong exchange to Argentina, she has been "hooked" on traveling the world. After graduating with a degree in international relations, she traveled with MEDA to Nicaragua for seven months. It was there that she started exploring diverse economic conditions and the adversaries that MEDA faces in its work. Because of her understanding of these conditions, she developed a desire to help.
Mary Fehr is from Leamington, Ontario. She is the youngest daughter of Abe and Lisa Fehr, and leads an active life. Mary played junior ice hockey in Boston, which led her to Nichols College. At Nichols, she studied marketing and communication and starting thinking about how she could integrate her studies into her life. Shortly after graduating in 2013, she traveled with MEDA to Tanzania for nine months. It was here that her interest in international development began. Towards the end of her internship, she and Sarah often asked each other "What's next?" According to Mary, "It only felt right to use this ride as a chance to give back to the wonderful work MEDA does every day." She is excited to embrace the adventures and challenges this trip will present knowing that Bike to Grow will help women around the world.
Elena Mizrokhi is the M&E Specialist with MEDA’s YouthInvest project in Morocco. She has been with MEDA for two and a half years, working to support results-based programing decisions and promote project learning through various monitoring tools and evaluation methodologies. Elena has also been providing technical support for a 3ie sponsored impact evaluation of YouthInvest’s “100 Hours to Success” training program.
Farah is responsible for promoting increased financial access, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for young women and men around the world. She currently manages the financial inclusion component of the Global Affairs Canada funded Nigeria YouLead Project, which is led by CUSO. The project began in 2014 and will run for five years. She also oversees the Jordan Valley Links project which focuses on women and youth entrepreneurs and will run until 2021.
Nicki is responsible for working through established financial and non-financial local partners and networks to stimulate economic development and promote financial inclusion for youth globally. She is also responsible for exploring new opportunities for the Youth Team and manages local and international donor relations.  Nicki currently manages Jordan USAID LENS project with MEDA supporting the access to finance for emerging MSEs (Micro, Small Entrepreneurs) and manages the youth and gender access to financial and non-financial services component on the Themar project in Yemen.

Jennifer Denomy is MEDA’s Technical Director of Vulnerable Populations, which includes a focus on women, youth and rural populations. She is based in MEDA’s West Africa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional team.

In this role, she develops and leads MEDA's strategy to promote increased economic inclusion for vulnerable populations.  She has expertise in incorporating women and youth into markets, supporting entrepreneurship, promoting financial inclusion and providing training and facilitation. She brings experience in financial inclusion and livelihoods programming in Egypt, Morocco, Uganda, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mongolia and Afghanistan. From 2009 to 2012, she was facilitator of the SEEP Network’s Youth Financial Services Practitioner Learning Program, a three year action research project that brought together four microfinance organizations to explore appropriate and accessible financial services for young people. A trained facilitator and curriculum designer, she has twenty years’ experience conducting tailored workshops, training trainers and creating training materials. Prior to joining MEDA, Jennifer worked as the pedagogical manager of a teacher training centre in Germany and a curriculum designer for BRAC’s Non-formal Primary Education Program in Bangladesh.  Jennifer holds a Master's degree in Education and International Development from the University of Toronto and an M.A in English Language and Literature from McGill University. 

Clarissa was born and raised in Germany, but spent the latter part of her life in the United States. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a specialization in Non-profit Management and Global Leadership and Management from Portland State University, Oregon. In 2014, Clarissa began as MEDA’s Communications Intern for the GROW project in Northern Ghana. Clarissa is now a Gender Strategist Consultant at Global Communities in Ghana.
Kevin hails from Winnipeg and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Economy from the University of Manitoba, as well as a master's degree in Development Economics from Dalhousie University.  Kevin has spent the last year working in politics and writing news for the Manitoban.  This summer Kevin took on a short term position within the office of the Minister of Agriculture in Manitoba.  He has travelled extensively and is learning the French language.  Kevin is thrilled to be taking part in the GROW initiative in Ghana this coming fall.
Stephanie has an undergraduate degree in Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently completing a postgraduate certificate in International Development from Humber College. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and has grown up in Oakville, Ontario.  Stephanie has a wide range of interests within international development. In 2012, she spent three months working in Ghana with The Ark Foundation, an organization specializing in women’s rights and empowerment. She was also selected to participate in a United Nations Conference on the Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals in New York City this past February. Furthermore, she has spent the past five years volunteering with Free the Children and has worked on a number of their campaigns. Stephanie loves to travel and is very passionate about helping others as well as learning about different cultures. She is very excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of MEDA and work with the EDGET program in Ethiopia.

Devon Krainer is a program manager in evaluation with a focus on impact investment programs. Her professional experience includes microfinance and financial analysis, monitoring and evaluation, social innovation advocacy, and business development and proposal writing, spanning the private and non-profit sector. She holds an honours bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, a post graduate diploma in Social Innovation from University of Waterloo, and a certificate in Program Evaluation from Laurier University. She is currently pursuing a CFA designation.