Executive Director, SLF

Meg French is the Executive Director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Meg is a proven leader and passionate human rights advocate, with a deep commitment to social justice. Before joining the Foundation, Meg worked with UNICEF, the United Nations Children Fund, for 17 years. Most recently she was based in Geneva, leading the organization’s global Every Child ALIVE campaign with the goal of providing quality affordable care for all mothers and newborns. Under Meg’s leadership the campaign raised funds from foundations and individuals, drove policy change in support of newborn health in several countries, including Bangladesh and Mali, and engaged millions of people online and through local events.
Before moving to Geneva in 2017, Meg was Chief Program Officer at UNICEF Canada. There she led communications and programmatic work, and advocacy efforts with the Government of Canada, including for the Muskoka Initiative, which resulted in a significant investment in maternal and child health. Always highly collaborative, Meg worked with the chief development officer to establish an innovative public/private partnership with Canadian women philanthropists, and the Government of Canada. Under her leadership, UNICEF Canada also launched the One Youth Initiative which leverages design-thinking approaches, partnerships and data to improve child and youth wellbeing. 
Prior to UNICEF, Meg was a teacher in Canada and the Marshall Islands.  Meg has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University in Development Studies and Women’s Studies, and Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, specializing in International and Development Education.


LGBTIQ organizations in Africa reporting human rights abuses linked to COVID-19 May 19, 2020

Stephen Lewis Foundation / Canada, Press release

World will survive COVID-19 only if 'swift action' taken to help Africa, UN humanitarian says March 25, 2020

Matt Galloway and Idella Sturino, Toronto, Canada, CBC Radio: The Current

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