Matthew French is the Executive Director of Komo Learning Centres. He was born and raised in the Washington, DC area, but his love of adventure and commitment to working with marginalized communities have led him to explore many countries throughout the world. Matthew is passionate about empowering young people to take control of their own lives and has strived to increase meaningful youth participation in KLC programming. He started working with young people in 1999, caring for adolescents who had been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. He has continued his work on youth issues, leading development of the report "Youth Engagement in Development: Effective Approaches and Action-Oriented Recommendations for the Field" commissioned by USAID's Office of Education, working with The MasterCard Foundation and USAID to establish the Mobiles for Youth Workforce Development Working Group, and helping CARE International in Burundi develop their youth strategy. Matthew also spent several years working in the field of HIV, implementing a counseling and testing initiative in North India while serving as a William J. Clinton Fellow and providing technical assistance to SAMHSA HIV/AIDS grantees. Matthew holds a BA in psychology from the UC San Diego and an MPH from the University of Washington.