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Hafsah Lak

Pearson Fellow Alum

MPP'17

Hafsah Lak, MPP'17, is a business development lead with Cambridge Global Advisors, where she focuses on government contracting procurement pipelines and public policy research and technical writing. She is also senior director of global strategy and special initiatives with the Salman Sufi Foundation.

While at Harris Public Policy, Lak 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.

During her time at Harris, she also continued her prior work with 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. For this work, Lak was among students acknowledged at the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference, and 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.

Lak holds an undergraduate degree from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in economics and political science. 

Baidoa, Somalia

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