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Hafsah Lak

MPP '17

The daughter of a civil government officer in Pakistan, Hafsah Lak embarked on a similar path after college, joining the chief minister’s Special Monitoring Unit (Law and Order) in Punjab, Pakistan, where she co-drafted the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act of 2016 and the Punjab Women Protection Authority Ordinance of 2017. At The Pearson Institute, Lak continued to support implementation of this system across the province. 

Lak graduated from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, where she studied economics and political science and became interested in working in global security. At Harris Public Policy, she pursued this career by studying data evaluation, security strategy, and international human rights. She worked in Senator Dick Durbin’s Chicago office, calling for stronger regulations to protect children against lead poisoning. As part of the University of Chicago Law School’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, she also worked on a research project in collaboration with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to study past, current, and planned violent extremism prevention programs, with a focus on their effect on women and minority groups.

Lak attended the Clinton Global Forum University Conference, where she was among 1,200 select students acknowledged for her work on stage. Her strategy for providing care and protection to women who have survived violence in Pakistan was highlighted in the Clinton Global Initiative’s “No Ceilings” report. Following her graduation in June 2017, Lak briefly worked for the Pakistani government before accepting the position of Business Development Lead at Cambridge Global Advisors in Washington, DC. 

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.