Foundation staff

The Lazord foundation was born from the meeting between Anna Irwin Manice and Nelly Corbel, both animated by a desire to build a better future for the countries of the Mediterranean region.

Anna Irwin Manice

Co-Founder, President of the Board

Anna is the co-founder and president of the Lazord Foundation.

Anna first thought of starting the Lazord Fellowship Program while working on a university paper in 2007. Her dream was realized while living in Egypt in 2010.

Anna spent three years in Admissions; one year at Columbia University and two years as Assistant Director of International Admissions at Northeastern University managing the Middle East, Africa, and Greece. She then became an Assistant Director for International Students at Northeastern University.

Anna received her B.A. from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies and her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Higher Education.

Anna is on the board of the Havens Relief Fund Society in New York City. She currently lives with her husband Henry and little son, Luke.

Nelly Corbel

Vice President of the Board

Nelly Corbel dreams of a citizen driven world where solidarity rhymes with growth.

With over 12 years of experience in capacity development, conference moderation and program management in the fields of Civic Education, Citizenship Development and Higher Education reform in Europe, North America, North Africa and the Middle East, she has served in a number of leadership positions and boards providing expertise for project advancement and policy recommendations.

Currently, Corbel is the Executive Director of the Lazord Foundation.

Franco-Egyptian, Nelly Corbel is an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School (Strategic management for leaders of non-profit), the American university in Paris (MA -International affairs) and the Institut Catholique de Paris (MA – Conflict sociology).