Laurie Lee

Laurie Lee

Team: Chief Executive

Profile:

I joined CARE in August 2014, because I believe strongly in our focus on economic development, gender equality and people holding governments accountable. My focus at CARE is on ensuring we have the best people to do the job we do, to support our teams on the ground in over 70 developing countries, and to ensure we continuously improve our ability to monitor the impact of our work, and learn how to do it even better.  

Prior to CARE I worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for seven years, advising them on development policy issues in Europe and Africa. Before that I worked for the British government. I managed British development programmes in South Africa and Afghanistan. He worked in 10 Downing Street to prepare the G8 Gleneagles Summit on Africa in 2005. And I ran the DFID Trade Policy Unit until 2008.

One good thing I've read

One of CARE’s goals is to help the 2 billion people – including 1.1 billion women – without access to financial services, to get them. This great and easy book, Portfolios of the poor: How the world's poor live on $2 a day, by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven, explains why there’s no such thing as living 'hand to mouth'. The poorer you are, the more you need financial management tools.

Email: Lee@careinternational.org

Twitter: @lauriejlee

Blog posts

Tackling policy failures on #WorldRefugeeDay and beyond

Monday, 20 June 2016 09:12
CARE International UK's CEO Laurie Lee and Senior Policy Advisor Howard Mollett outline recommendations from CARE towards the Global Summits on Refugees launched on World Refugee

Tribute to Jo Cox: A passionate campaigner for justice and a better world

Friday, 17 June 2016 12:35
CARE staff in the UK and across the world are devastated at the news of the murder of Jo Cox (formerly Jo

World Humanitarian Summit: Local civil society is an effective humanitarian actor

Thursday, 19 May 2016 12:19
Currently an average of only 0.2% of global humanitarian aid goes directly to local or national NGOs and civil society organisations. Multiple studies have shown that local capacity is often significantly underutilised, undervalued and overlooked by

Hoping for the best in Syria – and making the most of a ceasefire

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:24
I met several Syrians in Jordan and Turkey during a recent visit (mid-January). All of them said they just wanted the war and the violence to stop so they could go home. Some were more hopeful than others that this would happen soon. But that’s

Syria Conference: Making markets work for refugees

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:51
Ahead of the Syria conference in London in early February, donors and governments in the region are working closely to agree a new plan for responding to the refugee crisis in the region. The private sector will be critical to its

Training midwives doesn’t just protect mothers – it gives women a livelihood too

Friday, 30 October 2015 11:07
Blog by Laurie Lee and Ramil Burden (Vice President, Africa and developing countries, GSK): In the north eastern corner of Bangladesh lies Sunamganj district. A remote area that is underwater for almost half of the year, it is one of the hardest

Training midwives doesn’t just protect mothers – it gives women a livelihood too

Friday, 30 October 2015 10:54
In the north eastern corner of Bangladesh lies Sunamganj district. A remote area that is underwater for almost half of the year, it is one of the hardest places in the country to be a mother. In 2012, only 11% of births were assisted by a skilled

Training midwives doesn’t just protect mothers – it gives women a livelihood too

Friday, 30 October 2015 10:54
In the north eastern corner of Bangladesh lies Sunamganj district. A remote area that is underwater for almost half of the year, it is one of the hardest places in the country to be a mother. In 2012, only 11% of births were assisted by a skilled

Technology as a poverty game changer: Using citizen-generated data to measure the SDGs

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 16:37
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the first time a global compact on overcoming poverty has been created in the digital age. Harnessing the promise of technology will be key to transforming poverty and power in the next 15 years, but we

How business can economically empower women through the SDGs

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:09
The real challenge for the new Sustainable Development Goals is what happens after they are agreed. Deciding on the goals and targets is only the first step; backing them up with the commitment to implement them is crucial. The emerging consensus
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