Ardra Manasi is a development practitioner based in New York City, with expertise in gender policy, migration and technology for development. Currently, she is a Senior Program Coordinator at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), where her work focuses on advocacy and partnerships around gender, labor and human rights. Prior to this, from 2019-2021, she served as the Campaign Manager for the Global 16 Days Campaign at CWGL, where her work spanned across research, digital advocacy, campaign coordination, strategy, events and partnerships, with a focus on gender-based violence in the world of work and the issue of femicide.
Ardra is also currently affiliated with the International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD) in India as a Research Fellow. In 2017, she served as a Policy Consultant with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), where she helped organize online consultations with UN Member States on an indicator to measure global migration. She has also helped develop digital and social media strategies for Plan International’s UN Liaison Office and UN Women, through partnerships with the New School University in New York.
Ardra holds a Master of Arts (MA) in International Affairs from the New School, New York City and a Master of Arts (MA) in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India. Her writings on global development have appeared in Agenda for International Development (A-id), The News Minute, Huffington Post, Madras Courier, Countering Violent Extremism Initiative and elsewhere. Her co-authored papers and chapters have appeared in peer-reviewed books and journals such as ‘Human Technology,’ ‘Gender, Technology and Development,’ ‘Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research’ and ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Migration’ (Routledge India). On Twitter, she is @ArdraManasi