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Annie currently leverages her experience in international development, non-profit management, and business to offer consultation assistance to organizations looking to improve their program structure and effectiveness. As the former Deputy Director of the Phyllis Chesler Organization, a leading women’s rights organization with a focus in the Middle East, Annie understands the difficulties NGOs and NPOs face as businesses and social justice providers.

Following her Deputy Directorship, Annie was the Director of Business Development at Hanuman Capital, a social innovation financial firm. In that role, Annie designed two social startup accelerators, consulted with the State of New Jersey with regards to Social Impact Bond (or pay-for-success) programs, and helped various non-profits implement more sustainable budgeting and revenue streams. Annie remains active in the development world as a consultant, board member, and adviser. She is a graduate of Columbia University.

Ravi serves as a Senior Adviser Strategic Partnership & Advocacy to the Assistant Secretary-General/Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women. He has worked with several organizations on gender mainstreaming with a specific focus on children, youth, women – UN Women, UNICEF, Save the Children among others -successfully advocating the role of boys and men in gender equality from a life-cycle and gender transformative approach. He is also the recipient of prestigious NOVUS Award, that unites global shapers from around the world to tackle the today’s grand challenges via actionable change.

Lyric Thompson is Senior Policy Manager at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In this capacity she leads the institution’s formulation of evidence-based policy recommendations and manages ICRW’s advocacy efforts with the US Government and internationally. Lyric serves as co-chair of the Girls Not Brides USA advocacy coalition working to end child marriage, on the steering committee of the Coalition to End Gender-Based Violence Globally, and the board of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. Her ICRW field work includes building the advocacy capacity of youth activists in the commonwealth and women’s rights activists in Morocco, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as mobilizing a wide variety of stakeholders to achieve gender-responsive, urban development in slum communities of Mumbai, India.

Akash has detailed experience in assessing the impact of business support operations, corporate governance and strategic planning on program delivery and organizational development. Akash places emphasis on building a strong organizational structure for NGOs so they can deliver quality programs that help their beneficiaries while maintaining financial sustainability. He has extensive International Relations experience and is a highly effective information analyst. Akash is currently based in New York City and has worked on numerous International and Social Development projects. Ranging from sanitation in Madagascar to charitable direction for a natural health organization. Akash runs The NGO Snippets (@NGOSnippets), an information resource for NGO professionals to understand or refresh themselves on the basics of the NGO and NPO environments. Previously he worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, an intergovernmental organization. Akash worked in the Corporate Services Division assisting the Director of Corporate Services and Business Support Functions