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Lucy Lake, the CEO of CAMFED, has been recognized in the 2019 New Year Honours List. The Honours list, which is awarded by The Queen, recognizes the achievements and contributions of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom. We are delighted that Lucy has been awarded an OBE for services to young people in Africa.

“I am honoured to be part of an incredible team who stop at nothing. And to stand with partners who share our values and drive.” - Lucy Lake, CEO, CAMFED

Lucy joined CAMFED in 1994, shortly after it was founded. As Director of Programs & Deputy Executive Director, Lucy led the development of CAMFED’s program 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 authorities to lead change for the younger generation of girls. Becoming CEO in 2012, Lucy led CAMFED’s major growth; under her leadership, CAMFED was recognized by the OECD for best practice in taking development innovation to scale. By the beginning of 2018, CAMFED had supported 2.6 million children to go to school, and improved the educational environment for more than 5 million children.

In CAMFED’s 25th anniversary year, Lucy continues to propel an ambitious scaling of programs. She has worked ceaselessly to shine a spotlight on the unrivalled expertise of CAMFED’s unique alumnae association, CAMA, now at the forefront of the movement.

By holding open the door for educated young women with lived experience of poverty and marginalization to step through as leaders of change, they are building momentum ever more rapidly. In 2018, global recognition of CAMA members as the experts in girls’ education and women’s empowerment has resulted in innovative partnerships at the highest level, including with The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, to support young women’s philanthropy directly.

2019 will bring many more exciting developments for the Campaign for Female Education, with a CAMFED Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, a 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City, and the launch of its next five-year strategic plan in Africa later this year.

Lucy Lake with members of the CAMFED alumnae network

Lucy Lake (centre, in white) with CAMFED patron Julia Gillard and Executive Director - Africa, Angeline Murimirwa, to her right. She is joined by members of CAMFED's executive team, CAMFED International Board Chair Miranda Curtis, CAMA leaders, and staff. ( Photo: CAMFED/Dominic Barnard, South Africa)

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