MEPI Alumni Connection

MEPI Alumni Connection


The MEPI Alumni Connection supports community leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa to strengthen their networks, collaborate on leadership initiatives, and develop their skills in order to contribute to their communities.

Through activities such as organizing networking events, implementing local initiatives, and connecting with mentors and like-minded professionals, alumni of U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) programs strengthen their career paths and deepen their ability to create bridges between communities.

Opportunities for MEPI Alumni

MEPI Leaders Grants: Applications are accepted  on a rolling basis.

Tomorrow's Leaders Peer Collaboration Program: Accepting applications now!

Alumni of the Year Award: Accepting applications now!


  • Create a lasting network of innovative alumni leaders, across sectors and MEPI-funded programs, who inspire and facilitate collaborative civic engagement and entrepreneurship.
  • Build on MEPI’s investments to support this network of alumni who have the knowledge, skills, and connections to engage productively with each other and with public and private sectors.
  • Support alumni leaders in growing their entrepreneurial skills to advance social and economic development goals in their local, national, and regional communities.
Through MEPI, my eagerness to provide and help my community grew. It was one of the reasons why I started my own social enterprise that currently offers more than 18 full-time jobs. Omar, MEPI alumnus

Project Activities

  • Alumni needs assessments: Program staff identify alumni interests based on geographic location, sector, and professional experience in order to inform opportunities for alumni.
  • Alumni Venture Fund: The Alumni Venture Fund supports alumni in creating lasting solutions to economic or local community needs, developing new partnerships, and fostering sustainable collaboration. AVF provides grants and mentorship to leaders across the MENA region. Stay tuned for the next round of the Alumni Venture Fund this fall.
  • MEPI Alumni Mentorship: A six month in-person or virtual mentorship program for interested AVF Awardees and PitchFest Participants. Apply now!
  • Professional development opportunities: The program provides professional development opportunities for participants that respond to the unique needs of alumni in different regions and stages of their careers.
  • Alumni Regional Summit: The alumni regional summit connects alumni across the region to share their work and reflect upon their experiences with MEPI programming. The next summit will take place in 2021.
  • Communities of practice: Alumni-led communities of practice serve as spaces for alumni to collaborate, bring in experts for discussions, and hone their skills in an area that contributes to social and private entrepreneurship.
  • MEPI Day of Service: The MEPI Day of Service engages MEPI Alumni in community service and activism. Stay tuned for more information and join the movement this fall. 
  • Digital Storytelling Course: This course leverages multiple communication tools and media to help alumni get their stories and projects heard. Stay tuned for the next Digital Storytelling Course in Arabic this summer.
  • MEPI Alumni of the Year Award: This award recognizes exceptional leaders with a dedication to their communities each year. Stay tuned for the next round of the Alumni of the Year Award this fall!


The MEPI Alumni Connection program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and implemented by IREX.



  • Civil Society
  • Gender Equality & Inclusion
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Youth
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Yemen