Chantal Souaid Mchantaf

Title: Middle East and North Africa Director of the Leaders for Democracy Fellowship

Department: Exchange and Training

Chantal Souaid Mchantaf is the Middle East and North Africa director of the Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) program implemented by World Learning in Lebanon. Mchantaf has a solid background in project management and an extensive work experience with local and international civil society organizations operating in the developmental field in Lebanon.

Throughout her career and due to the challenging nature of work she has been involved in, Mchantaf succeeded to build a respectable network of connections with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Lebanese University, and many local and international nongovernmental organizationss operating in Lebanon. Before joining World Learning, Mchantaf had been managing the USAID-funded  Developing Rehabilitation Assistance to Schools and Teachers Improvement 2 (D-RASATI 2) program's Leadership Development Program (LDP), a stellar leadership program that helped over 600 Lebanese school principals get official tenure in the government. For several years, she has been involved in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Lebanon as the Cisco Entrepreneurship Institute Program Manager where she helps hundreds of entrepreneurs, start, grow and IT enable their business. Earlier in her career, Mchantaf helped manage the ten-year Transparency and Accountability Grants (TAG) program, a sub-USAID donor program that provided hundreds of grants to NGOs in Lebanon.

Mchantaf holds a bachelor's degree in international affairs and diplomacy, and an MBA with an emphasis on projects and operations management. In addition, Mchantaf is a social media trainer who assisted several NGOs and companies build and expand efficiently their online presence as part of her own business.

Expertise: project management, education and training, adult learning, entrepreneurship, capacity building, social media, writing

Languages: English, Arabic, French