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Laurie Lee

Chief Executive Officer, Care UK

Studies at the University of Nottingham. 1997-2007, with the UK Department for International Development including, 2006-07, Deputy Director and Head, International Trade Department. 2004-06, Deputy Director and Foreign Policy Adviser on Africa to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair; helped lead the UK's 2005 G8 presidency focus on Africa and poverty, culminating at the Gleneagles Summit, negotiating some key agreements on debt, aid and HIV-AIDS; Programme Manager for Afghanistan and South Africa, UK Department for International Development; UK negotiator at the European Union. With Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leads strategy on government and other external relations in donor and developing countries, with a particular focus on Africa and Europe.