Our Team

The Lazord Foundation was born from a meeting between Anna Manice and Nelly Corbel, both driven by a desire to build a better future for the Mediterranean region.

Anna Irwin Manice

President of the Board, Co-Founder

Anna has worked in the nonprofit and higher education world for over 10 years. She interned at Ashoka Arab World in Cairo, when she met Nelly Corbel and launched the first Lazord Fellowship. In 2011, she worked at HDI on a higher education program connecting U.N. delegates to university campuses in the U.S. and documenting HDI’s humanitarian work in Southeast Asia. She spent a year at Columbia University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office and over four years at Northeastern University; as Assistant Director of International Admissions for the Middle East, Africa, Greece and Spain, and as Assistant Director for International Student and Support managing cultural programs, international orientation, and mentoring students.

Anna received a B.A. from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies, a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and attended the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College.

Anna is currently on the board of the Havens Relief Fund Society.

Nelly Corbel

Senior Strategic Advisor, Co-Founder

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

With over 15 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 founding executive director of Global Civic Consulting, executive board member of the Networking Arab Civic Education founding committee and a member of the advisory board of Networking European Citizenship Education. Prior to this, she served as the associate director of the Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo.

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).

Ivy Vo

Program and Grant Management Advisor

Ivy Vo has over 10 years of experience in international higher education, youth development and engagement, and cross-cultural and cross-sectoral collaboration and exchange. Before joining Global Civic Consulting in 2017, she worked in Student and Residential Life at NYU Paris for over seven years, facilitating international students’ immersion in France, organizing cultural opportunities, and managing partnerships. Ivy has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tufts University, Master of Arts in French Literature from New York University, and certificates in graphic design from ESAM (Ecole Supérieure des Arts Modernes) Design in Paris.

As an ardent believer in active citizenship, Ivy enjoys volunteering with the Tufts University Alumni Association. She has been the chair of the Tufts Alumni Paris chapter since 2012, and currently serves on the Tufts Alumni Council as co-chair of the International Committee and as a director on the Executive Committee.