Stephanie Lord

Executive Director

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Since joining the Batonga Foundation team in 2008, Stephanie has been working to research, innovate and implement the most effective programs and policies geared toward expanding economic and educational opportunities for young women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa. She leads Batonga’s team in Benin and coordinates with governments, individuals and partner organizations to deliver innovative solutions to locating and recruiting the most at-risk adolescent girls for programming in francophone West Africa, close the gender data gap, and produce tangible results.

Stephanie is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and 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 was also appointed the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI U) Women and Girls Commitment Mentor in 2014 and 2015.

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.