Matthew French is the Executive Director of Komo Learning Centres, Uganda. He was born and raised in the Washington, DC area, but his love of adventure and dedication to serving disadvantaged people 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 will strive 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 youth engagement research for USAID’s Office of Education, working with The MasterCard Foundation and USAID to establish the Mobiles for Youth Workforce Development Working Group, and, most recently, helping CARE International in Burundi identify key elements of their new 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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) HIV/AIDS grantees in Washington, DC. Matthew holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California at San Diego and an M.P.H. from the University of Washington. He currently lives in Kampala with his wife, Sophie, and dog, Lanka.