Batonga Team

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Stephanie Cate Lord

Executive Director

Stephanie has been working for the Foundation since early 2008 and is in direct contact with Batonga’s program partners working in Benin, Mali, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone. For the past seven years, she has been working with Batonga’s Board to research and implement the most effective programs and policies geared toward expanding economic and educational opportunities for women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa and breaking down the barriers girls face while pursuing an education.

Stephanie has been recognized by the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and American University for her leadership at Batonga and has been selected for fellowships with the Atlantic Council, the U.S. Department of State, the Gabr Foundation, and the National Council for Research on Women.

In coordination with her work at Batonga, she has served as an American delegate for the Atlantic Council and U.S. Department of State’s Young Turkey/Young America program, working to strengthen bilateral ties with Turkey and as an American delegate for the Gabr Foundation’s East-West: The art of Dialogue fellowship to foster dialogue and cooperation among emerging leaders in Egypt and the United States. She has also been appointed the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI U) Women and Girls Commitment Mentor since 2014.

Stephanie is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and earned her Master’s Degree from American University’s School of International Service, where she focused on international development, public health, education and gender studies.



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