Lucy Lake joined CAMFED in 1994, shortly after it was founded, and went on to become the CEO. In January 2023, Lucy stepped aside as CEO and continues as CAMFED’s Executive Advisor (Read more here). In this capacity, Lucy works with the executive and boards to position CAMFED for its next phase of development and build the global movement behind its mission.

Under Lucy’s leadership, CAMFED has been awarded the Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, and has been recognized by the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD for best practice in taking development innovation to scale. In 2020, Lucy was awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Development alongside Angeline Murimirwa, for her contribution to gender equality in education.

Lucy is a founding member and former Co-Chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, and a member of the High-Level Steering Group of the Education Commission’s Workforce Initiative. She represents CAMFED on the Advisory Board of the Global Education Monitoring Report.

More from Lucy Lake



Passing the baton to Angeline Murimirwa

2023 is a milestone year for CAMFED: we celebrate our 30th anniversary, and we will see the membership of the CAMFED Association surpass a quarter of a million; a powerful force for development! I believe we have an important moment to reset CAMFED’s leadership and take this force to the next level, and for this, I am passing the baton to Angeline Murimirwa.



CAMFED Co-Executives join ‘Council of Luminaries’, announced at 2020 Yidan Prize Summit

On December 7, at the 2020 Yidan Prize Awards Presentation Ceremony and Summit, hosted virtually this year, CAMFED Co-Executives Angeline Murimirwa and Lucy Lake accepted the Yidan Prize for Education Development on behalf of everyone in our movement. They were invited to join the newly-formed Council of Luminaries which gathers 16 leading educational researchers and innovators to drive education progress globally.



Looking at girls’ education through a different lens

CAMFED Co-Executives Angeline Murimirwa and Lucy Lake are urging the global education community to take an approach that is both inclusive and disruptive in order to change the status quo and deliver social justice.


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Cambridge University researchers: We need to prioritize education of marginalized girls

This year marks the 5th birthday of the Research for Equitable Access to Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge, launched in partnership with CAMFED. In their most recent seminar, CAMFED Co-Executives Angeline Murimirwa and Lucy Lake highlighted the impact of CAMFED’s Learner Guides on their wider communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.



The distance to school is not only about the distance you walk

In her blog, Lucy Lake, CAMFED Co-Executive Director explains how CAMFED’s Learner Guide Program is pushing up academic attainment in  schools and increasing students confidence. 



Yidan Prize for Education Development awarded to CAMFED Co-Executives

On September 23rd, 2020, the Yidan Prize Foundation, a global philanthropic educational foundation inspiring future progress and change in education, named Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED’s Executive Director – Africa, and Lucy Lake, CAMFED’s Chief Executive Officer, as 2020 laureates of the Yidan Prize for Education Development, the world’s largest prize in education.

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