Professor Named as Next UNICEF Director
March 17, 2010 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced professor Anthony Lake as the new executive director of UNICEF.
Lake, who teaches as a distinguished professor in the practice of diplomacy in Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, will begin his new job on May 1.
“He brings with him a wealth of experience after a long and distinguished career with the United States government,” the secretary-general said.
Lake joined the Foreign Service 48 years ago and has been involved since with diplomatic relations, foreign policy and national security. He served as foreign policy advisor for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and was national security advisor in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1997, during which time he negotiated peace deals in Bosnia, Ethiopia and Israel.
“For some years now, we have been the beneficiaries of the remarkable experience that Tony Lake brought to Georgetown University,” says Carol Lancaster, interim dean for the School of Foreign Service. “The wit and wisdom with which he has enriched our students has been prominent in the variety of courses he has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level. We are profoundly grateful."
UNICEF is the United Nations agency responsible for programs that aid education and the health of children and mothers in developing countries. The agency works to address the rights, needs and special protections for the world’s children -- victims of war, disasters, extreme poverty, violence and exploitation as well as those with disabilities.
Before his appointment, Lake served nine years on the board of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, including a stint as chair of the board from 2004-2007. He succeeds Ann Veneman, a former U.S. secretary of agriculture.