The FemEd Team
Working together to bring education, opportunity and equality
to women and girls in developing nations
We believe prosperity and peace depend upon supporting women and girls with equal access to study and business opportunities. By empowering women, we seek to help build a better world for all.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
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Alexander Kleinman is CEO and co-founder of FemEd. He has a passion for nonprofits and volunteers locally at the UC Berkeley Food Pantry and works directly with the homeless. He believes deeply that every person, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, creed, religion, gender, or race, deserves equal opportunities in civil rights, safety, freedom of travel, education, health, and democracy.
Alex originally hails from New York and studied at University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with honors at the very top of his class, obtaining a Bachelor's of Arts degree in history, a minor in Jewish studies, became the Membership Chair of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. UC Berkeley has repeatedly been ranked number one in the nation for history by U.S. News. He worked on Wall Street as a FINRA Series 7 licensed stockbroker, selling securities internationally, before breaking into entertainment as an entrepreneur starting a company called Unicorn Meat NYC. He established himself as a highly-regarded promoter, talent buyer, and event producer, booking numerous A-list celebrities and expediting event-related permits on a state and municipal level, successfully navigating the complexities of local politics. Through this company he has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to artists, produced numerous events with up to 10,000 paid attendees, and consulted on corporate marketing campaigns for global brands such as Red Bull, Uber, various alcoholic beverage companies.
Head of Analytics
As head of the FemEd Analytics team, Matt Cummins’ role is to make the best possible use of the data gathered by FemEd’s research team, generating economic, statistical and financial analysis to support recommendations and programs. He is also responsible for identifying and analyzing the key performance indicators used to measure FemEd’s social impact, as well as for driving organizational improvements and policy development.
Matt holds a BA in philosophy (Hons, Double First Class) and an MPhil from Cambridge University, UK; and a Ph.D from the Organizational Behavior Department at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He currently works as a professor in France. He’s also an accomplished drummer and saxophonist, and is diligently perfecting unstoppable fighting techniques as an MMA and Jiu-Jitsu fighter.
Senior Board Member and
Director of Communications
As FemEd's Communications Director, Margaret Malone oversees and manages the organization's external commuications and press relations. Her work as a journalist, copywriter and technical writer has quietly mirrored the evolution of the digital economy and the multimedia revolution. She got her start as an editorial apprentice at Bunch Books, a publishing house owned by Maxim founder Felix Dennis. She served for two years as Assistant Editor of a nationally circulated UK computer hobbyist magazine, Personal Computer World. She later freelanced in London as researcher/scriptwriter for an agency specializing in employee training and point-of-sale kiosks.
After emigrating to the USA, Margaret worked as a technical and marketing writer for multiple tech industry giants including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, and Fujitsu. Margaret’s numerous hobbies and interests include beekeeping, gardening, kayaking and traveling. She is a committed and lifelong volunteer, involved with several causes and nonprofits including two years as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). She is currently an in-shelter volunteer and kitten foster parent at a Dallas-area homeless animal charity, and serves as communications consultant to several small local nonprofits.
Co-Founder and Board Member
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Houman Irani is co-founder and board member of FemEd and an international humanitarian. He holds a BA in computer science from San Jose State University, where he graduated at the top of his class. As a political refugee who fled Iran, Houman is dedicated on an intimate level to global stewardship of human rights and understands first-hand what it's like to struggle to obtain educational equity. In the early years of his education, he worked as a Lyft driver and was severely injured while working. Nevertheless, he persevered and continued to work while also obtaining straight A's, only to further be complicated by having to navigating an intricate, maze-like immigration system. As a refugee who is profoundly grateful to have been saved by the United States, Houman dreams of helping to bring equity to the world as a computer scientist through the power of technological global connectivity, and help others in every way he can.
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Omid Ostvar is a political refugee from Iran who has a deep interest in human rights. He is a humanitarian biological science researcher specializing in pathogens. As the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has proven, developing treatments for infectious diseases intrinsically lowers the spiraling birth rate, in a virtuous cycle. Omid is bilingual and holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, from the University of Tehran. He is a member of the Iranian Veterinary Association, and the International Veterinary Students Association. He has worked as a teaching assistant and a lab instructor. Omid has also volunteered at the National Brucellosis Vaccination Program, and at the Par Equality Center as a GRE Math volunteer. He has interests in volunteering for refugee non-profits, artificial intelligence, bioengineering, and biostatistic data analysis. Outside of the lab, he enjoys cycling, hiking, networking, and reading medical journals.
Senior Board Member
Todd Mulder grew up in rural Michigan and studied Russian literature and cognitive psychology as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, then launched a career in tech consulting.
His passion for firsthand experience and for education, history, and world cultures has led him to travel widely and go beyond typical tourism, in whatever form that may take – marathon driving trips across the US, discovering the dying art of hawking in Kyrgyzstan, boating the Nile amid war-torn South Sudan, sharing time with Yemeni soldiers. In his quest to visit every nation in the world, Todd came to recognize how fortunate those living in the US are – and how that obligates Americans to try to help others create their own opportunities for lives well lived.
Todd seeks ways to give back to areas and peoples of the world who have few options and limited educational opportunities; people who are disenfranchised or otherwise unable to change their circumstances. Todd firmly believes that everyone deserves the education and security necessary to have a chance to succeed and, through their own efforts, to achieve their dreams.
Co-Founder and Board Member
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Sugeet Singh Chahal is one of the co-founders of FemEd. He is a first-generation American citizen, born in Punjab and now resident in West Orange, New Jersey and Silicon Valley, California. Sugeet is majoring in Biology for undergraduate studies and plans to continue his education into graduate school.