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Lucy Lake

Chief Executive Officer, Campaign for Female Education


Lucy Lake is CEO of Camfed, an organisation dedicated to supporting girls through education and young women to step up as leaders in Africa. Camfed’s model has been acclaimed internationally, including by the OECD which recognised Camfed for best practice in taking development innovation to scale. Lucy took up position as CEO in 2012 having been Director of Programmes & Deputy Executive Director for the previous 18 years. During this time, Lucy led Camfed's development as a transformative model of investment in girls' education through which its clients – as educated young women – take the reins and join forces with local and national government authorities to lead change for the younger generation of girls. Since taking on the role of CEO, Lucy has led Camfed’s major growth; last year alone, more than 2.5 million young people directly benefited from Camfed’s programmes. Lucy is a founding member and former Co Chair of the Global Advisory Committee of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI).