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Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund

Anthony  Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund

On 16 March 2010, following consultations with the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Anthony Lake of the United States as the agency’s new Executive Director, and expressed his gratitude to Ann Veneman for her services to the Organization and her commitment in leading UNICEF for five years.

Mr. Lake brings substantial experience and passion to the critical work of UNICEF, coupled with strong leadership, proven managerial skills and the ability to mobilize political will and material resources in support of the Fund.

He has demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to supporting the agency, having served for nine years on the Board of the United States Fund for UNICEF, including a term as Chair from 2004 to 2007.  As Chairman, he oversaw a significant increase in funding and a transition in its personnel and mission.  Throughout his considerable professional and voluntary service, Mr. Lake has shown a keen interest in and commitment to advancing children’s welfare, alleviating poverty, advancing peace and promoting development.

Previously a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, Mr. Lake was also Chair of the Marshall Legacy Institute and, in that capacity, played an active role in helping to grow an organization that alleviates suffering and nurtures stability in war-torn countries by establishing affordable and sustainable programmes for removing landmines, assisting survivors and advancing the Children Against Mines Program.

He previously served in various positions in the United States Government, including Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Director of Policy Planning in the Department of State.  As a Special Envoy, he helped facilitate the agreement that ended the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Born in 1939, Mr. Lake earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a PhD from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

He is married and has three children and five grandchildren.