May 15th

Desta Lakew Director of partnerships, Africa

Desta Lakew serves as the Director of Partnerships for Africa. In this role, she has been engaged in securing high level strategic partnerships with the private sector in Africa. Desta has served on the senior management team of Amref since 2014, establishing the Fundraising & Partnerships Directorate. A certified fundraising executive with more than a decade of fundraising and marketing experience, she is committed to promoting philanthropic giving by Africans for Africa. Prior to joining, she was the Director of Development at a New York based Foundation where she also served as Director of Marketing from 2006. She is a founding board member of the NY-Westchester Chapter of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Her experience includes various roles in USA based university teaching hospitals and consulting with international organizations including the UNDP, and Public Health Innovations. Desta holds a Masters of Public Health from the State University of New York and currently serves on Acumen East Africa’s regional advisory board and the Working Group on Private Sector of Health Systems Global.