B orderless World Volunteers is a registered Canadian charity founded in 2003 with the goal of helping undergraduate university students lead development projects across the globe while contributing to the wellness of their own local communities.

Responding to the rapid expansion in the scale of international and local projects as well as its ongoing development operations, Borderless World Volunteers has its governing body of Board of Directors where members meet periodically to discuss the raised issues and the way forward for the organization in accomplishing its mission of taking on the world’s toughest global challenges one student leader at a time.

Borderless World Volunteers is well organised, structured and strategic. The members of its Board of Directors work closely with their Global Executive Committees and a network of university chapters for advancing their organization’s mission and strategic priorities.

Board of Directors align their best practices in governance to their collaborative thinking around mission fulfillment while exercising full transparency about the charity’s funding, resource allocation and Annual Information Return filing with tax authorities adding to the organization’s highly acclaimed credibility and its well respected global brand identity.

Advisory Board

The advisory board presently has 6 Board of Directors and Executive Board Members from various personal and professional backgrounds contributing their skills, time, talent and experience to the organization. Here are the current team members:

Farouk MeralliExecutive Director and Chair
Lisa KoftikianDirector, Finance & Tax Filing/Reporting
Bryan LinDirector, Marketing & Chapter Development
Yumiko LocussolDirector, International Development
Danielle MarjoramDirector, Local Development
Taoxin Wang President of McGill Chapter
Amanda FariasDirector
Liam CoughlinDirector, Information Technology


  • 2010-2016

    BWV has continued to implement projects in Africa, South America and Asia covering the fields of health, education and economic development. Alumni have gone on to roles at leading development organizations or have started their own organizations.
  • 2010

    BWV prepares to launch new projects and expand to new university chapters. First ever national development project will be conducted in Labrador, Canada.
  • 2009

    A new chapter is established at the University of London - SOAS, the new headquarters for Europe. Two new projects are launched in South America.
  • 2008

    A new chapter of BWV is established at Harvard marking the the entry of BWV to the United States. Another project is launched in northern India.
  • 2007

    BWV launches projects in northern India and Ghana. Panel series on key issues in global development is launched by the McGill chapter.
  • 2006

    BWV launches its first international project in western India. Local projects targeting issues in the chapter's community are initiated.
  • 2005

    BWV becomes a registered Canadian charity. The organizations national headquarters is established.
  • 2004

    The first university chapter is established at McGill and the Executive is formed. Local community development projects are organized.
  • 2003

    Borderless World Volunteers if founded to help undergraduate students lead development projects across the board.