Christopher Shyers

Director of Development


Christopher, Director of Development at The Lesniak Institute, obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and graduated with honors from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science. Additionally, he obtained professional financial advisory and trade certifications and has been a  member of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (NJ Chapter).

Christopher brings over 20 years of experience in strategic design and delivery and evaluation of grant and social impact investment programs, international market development, and sustainable business and community development programs.

His direct experience includes entrepreneurship, financial management, marketing management, consulting, fundraising, and grant and program management in both for-profit and non-profit sectors internationally. Christopher is a Global Citizen having lived and worked in the US, China, Ghana, Lesotho, Nigeria, Russia, and Tanzania; originally from NJ, he has returned with the objective of supporting social impact initiatives.

 He is an advocate for civil society and private sector engagement in public policy debates in the legal and regulatory system and strongly supports the mission of capacity development for advocacy.