Anthony Lake – Executive Director of UNICEF
The United Nations and Children: Investing in the Next Generation
Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the New Canaan Library
Co-sponsored by the United Nations Committee of New Canaan and New Canaan Library
Tony Lake, who grew up in New Canaan, has served since May 2010 as the sixth Executive Director of the United Nations Childrne’s Fund. He brought to the position more than 25 years of public service. From a start as a foreign service officer in 1962, he has been a foreign policy advisor to Democratic. U.S. presidents and presidential candidates, including President Obama, and served as National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.
Upon leaving the government, he served as the President’s Special Envoy, first in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and later in Haiti, from 1998 to 2000. His efforts, for which he received the 2000 Samuel Nelson Drew Award, contributed to the achievement of the Algiers Agreement that ended the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. He also played a leading role in shaping policies that led to peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland.
His experience in international development began in the 1970s, as Director of International Voluntary Services, leading the work of this private Peace Corps. He served on the board of Save the Children (1975-1977) and has been an Advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross (2000-2003). From 1998 to 2009 he served on the Board of the US Fund for UNICEF, with a term as Chair from 2004 to 2007, after which he was appointed a permanent honorary member.
Having taught at both Amherst and Mount Holyoke College, Mr. Lake served as Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University prior to his appointment with UNICEF. He has been a Trustee of Mount Holyoke and a member of the Advisory Council of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
He is a graduate of Harvard College, read international economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and received his PH.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. A resident of New York, Mr. Lake and has three children and five grandchildren.