Leadership Team

Daniel Zoughbie
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Daniel Zoughbie is the Founder, CEO, and President of MCI. He also serves as the organization's Principal Investigator, and in this capacity, directs all research activities. Daniel's research interests and community service activities combine the fields of international health, international relations, and higher education. He received a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa and highest honors) from the University of California, Berkeley, an MSc from Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and a DPhil (PhD) also from Oxford as a Weidenfeld Scholar. Daniel is a Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a TED Fellow, and a PopTech Fellow.

Leila Makarechi
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Program Management

Leila Makarechi oversees MCI's operations and supervises its projects around the world, managing headquarters staff, working with teams on the ground, and serving as a liaison between local partners, donors, and researchers. Prior to MCI, she worked for the United Nations Development Program in the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Working directly with the Senior Advisor for Social Policy, she helped manage a $46 million fund covering more than 92 projects throughout 21 countries. Leila co-founded and serves as Vice-President of the Board for 180 Degrees, an NGO working with marginalized communities in the Dominican Republic. She has also worked in the Middle East, focusing on public administration and conflict resolution. She has a B.A. in political science and in social welfare (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a Master of Public Affairs from the Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris. She has received many honors including a John Gardner Public Service Fellowship and a Cordes Fellowship and speaks English, Persian, Spanish, and French fluently.

Leslie Lang
Senior Vice President of Strategic Development and General Counsel

Leslie Lang oversees MCI’s strategic development by identifying new partnerships and strategic opportunities. She also manages the organization’s legal affairs and assists with program management. Prior to joining MCI, Leslie worked for the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell and the World Bank. As a John Gardner Fellow at the World Bank, Leslie coordinated access to finance initiatives in the Africa region and worked with the legal department on several insolvency law projects. Leslie has also spent time at governmental institutions such as the United Nations, the African Development Bank, the Supreme Court of Rwanda, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. While a student at U.C. Berkeley, Leslie established an ongoing initiative with the Alameda County Social Services Agency that provides social workers with volunteer interpreters to better serve the non-English speaking community. Leslie is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a recipient of the Emerging Leader Award from the Mortar Board Honor Society, and a Shafik Gabr U.S.-Egypt Exchange Fellow. She received her B.S. in Business Administration and B.A. in Rhetoric (Phi Beta Kappa and Highest Honors) from U.C. Berkeley as a Regents' and Chancellor's Scholar and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Chas Salmen
Senior Vice President of Special Projects

Chas Salmen currently directs MCI's groundbreaking HIV/AIDS program in Western Kenya. Chas has spent the last 5 years conducting ethnographic fieldwork and piloting rural health strategies with the Suba communities of Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria: one most HIV-impacted populations on the planet. Chas graduated from Duke University with a degree in English Literature and trained as a medical anthropologist at the Oxford University Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology on a Rhodes Scholarship. He is the founder of the Organic Health Response, MCI's partner in Kenya, and a Global Health Research Fellow with the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Chas' research and activism is focused on building durable health solutions for rural communities through improved medical, social, and ecological relationships.

Nancy Bui
Senior Vice President of Translational Research and Evaluation

Nancy Bui is the Senior Vice President of Translational Research and Evaluation for MCI, responsible for planning and managing the organization's research and evaluation activities. She oversees research and data operations, designs program monitoring and evaluation systems to measure impact and effectiveness, and develops and implements evaluative tools to inform program design and guide implementation. Nancy originally joined MCI as the second Clausen Fellow in 2007, where she designed the monitoring and evaluation framework for the pilot project in Amman, Jordan. Since joining the organization, she has made contributions in strategic planning, research, and program design and development as part of the leadership team. Nancy received a Master's in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health, with a concentration on health and social behavior.

Sean Hanlon
Vice President of Finance and Administration

Sean Hanlon is the Vice President of Finance and Administration for MCI, overseeing the financial planning and reporting process for the organization and its individual projects. Sean received his B.S. in Management Science, with an emphasis in Accounting and Economics, in 2006 (Magna Cum Laude) from Boston College. After graduation, Sean joined Jesuit Volunteers International, serving in Nepal for two years where he helped coordinate mobile health clinics at 21 sites around the Kathmandu Valley as well as helping establish a computer lab and curricula for underserved high school students. Upon repatriating, Sean joined PricewaterhouseCoopers and received his Certification as a Public Accountant in California in 2010. Sean joined MCI staff in 2012 after serving the organization in multiple financial roles on a voluntary basis since 2009.

Eric Ding
Director of Epidemiology

Eric Ding, PhD, is the Director of Epidemiology for MCI. He is an epidemiologist and nutrition scientist and is currently a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. An elected Soros Fellow, he is also founder and director of the Campaign for Cancer Prevention. He attended the Johns Hopkins University, graduating with Honors in Public Health and Phi Beta Kappa. He went on and earned his dual doctorates in epidemiology and in nutrition at age 23 from Harvard School of Public Health, as the youngest graduate of his double doctoral programs. At Harvard, he has taught more than a dozen graduate and undergraduate courses, for which he received the Derek Bok Distinction in Teaching Award from Harvard College. Published in JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine, he was also recognized in the New York Times for his key role in leading a two-year-long investigation into the controversial drug safety and adverse risks of Vioxx® that drew international attention. His current research is focused on lifestyle risk factors and prevention on chronic disease, with expertise on influence of social networks and social media on health behaviors. For leadership with the Campaign for Cancer Prevention, he was featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, several books, and recognized by Craig Newmark as among "16 People and Organizations Changing the World in 2012". To date, his efforts have raised $500,000 in public donations for disease prevention research. In total outreach, he directs several cancer prevention advocacy platforms totaling over 17 million members, and Facebook pages with 7.5 million subscribers.

Kathleen T. Watson
Research Investigator and Board Member

Katie Watson is a research investigator at MCI. She attended New York University where she received her B.A. in Psychology and Middle Eastern Studies. After graduation, she has pursued two primary areas of interest: cognitive neuroscience research and public health. Katie's interest in global development led her to Amman, where she worked with Daniel Zoughbie, to establish MCI's pilot project in Jordan with the aim of serving Jordan's diabetic population. She was named the UCSF Clausen Fellow, under the guidance of the Global Health Sciences Division headed by Dr. Haile Debas. Katie joined the MCI leadership team from 2007-2012 as COO as it expanded its operations globally. Today, she remains involved in MCI's public health research and its board of directors. She has a wide range of other interests including writing, travel and learning languages, including improving her spoken Arabic and French.

Matt Werner
Senior Advisor

Matt Werner is a Senior Advisor for MCI. Matt received his B.A. in English in 2007 (Phi Beta Kappa and Highest Honors) from the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded the Winston Churchill Scholarship by the English-Speaking Union of San Francisco for his Master's in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He currently works at Google as a technical writer and volunteers with MCI outside of Google. His technical writing for Google has been translated into 40 languages and quoted in dozens of publications, including the Wall Street Journal. Outside of Google, he's written three books: Papers for the Suppression of Reality (2011), Oakland in Popular Memory (2012), and Bay Area Underground (2013), all published by Thought Publishing.