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Emerson Sykes

International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Legal Advisor – Africa
Emerson Sykes is the Legal Advisor for Africa programs at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). He is responsible for providing technical legal assistance for programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, developing and administering ICNL programs in the region, representing ICNL at workshops and meetings in the region, and designing and leading capacity-building activities for NGO leaders, government officials, law students, and other stakeholders.

Prior to joining ICNL in 2013, Mr. Sykes served as Assistant General Counsel to the New York City Council. In 2011, he was as Senior Policy Fellow in the office of a Member of Parliament in Ghana. Mr. Sykes earned a Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar for Public Interest Law, and a Master's in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. Prior to graduate and law school, Mr. Sykes conducted foreign policy research and analysis for The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank, and worked for the National Democratic Institute's Central and West Africa Team, primarily on the Liberia and Nigeria programs. Mr. Sykes holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Stanford.