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