About Eddie Bergman

Eddie Bergman is President of Innovative Development Services (IDS) a full service consulting firm focusing on tourism marketing and development as well as real estate management services in New York City.

Eddie is also CEO of Proxima Hospitality Group, a restaurant management company with two restaurants: Hill and Bay (Murray Hill, NYC) and Tali Restaurant (Gramercy, NYC).

Eddie co‐founded and serves as President of the Board of MCW (Miracle Corners of the World), an NGO devoted to empowering youth to make positive change in their communities, with a special focus on Africa.

Eddie was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the economic development program of the African Union in recognition of his service as Executive Director of the Africa Travel Association, a position he held for nearly a decade (2006-2015).

Eddie is also an adjunct instructor of social entrepreneurship at SUNY Stony Brook University.  Eddie received his Masters from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a major in Social Entrepreneurship and his Bachelors in Hotel and Tourism Management from NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, where he was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar.

Eddie serves on the boards and advisory boards of several international organizations in the non-profit, education and travel and trade sectors, including Shared Interest, the International Crisis GroupNYU Africa House and NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and has served on the boards of the Museum for African Art, the Rubin Museum of Art and the Synergos Institute. 

He has received several humanitarian awards for his work, including the 2009 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.