Lake Leaves Georgetown to Head UNICEF
Anthony Lake – one of Georgetown’s highest-profile scholars and a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at SFS – left the university this spring to become the executive director of UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Fund.
"I'll miss Georgetown," Lake said. "It has been my home port for over a decade."
In his announcement of the appointment, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted Lake's wealth of experience and his long and distinguished career with the United States government. SFS colleagues wished Lake well at a reception April 9.
“For some years now, we have been the beneficiaries of the remarkable experience that Tony Lake brought to Georgetown University,” said SFS Dean Carol Lancaster. “The wit and wisdom with which he has enriched our students have been prominent in the variety of courses he has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level. We are profoundly grateful to have had Tony with us for more than ten years."
“I'll miss Georgetown,” Lake said. “It has been my home port for over a decade and in some sense always will be. I seem to have become a Hoya for life.” Lake joined the Foreign Service 48 years ago and has since been continuously involved 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.
UNICEF is the United Nations agency responsible for programs that aid education and the health of children and mothers in developing countries. Lake served nine years on the UNICEF board prior to his appointment as executive director.