Charlotte Scott is a British-born Zambian social development specialist, who served as the First Lady of Zambia from October 2015 to January 2016, and as Second Lady for three years prior to that.
Charlotte has had a long career in research, program design and evaluation for development organizations, universities and think-tanks, including the Overseas Development Institute, the Institute for Development Studies, USAID and UNICEF. She has played a leadership role in the development of substantial new policy initiatives in Zambia, notably in the development of social protection, and in conservation. Charlotte wrote the global thematic report on inequality for the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Millennium Development goals, and, more recently, a flagship report on child poverty for Save the Children.
Charlotte is a member of the International Advisory Board of Mwabu. Mwabu originated in Zambia, and seeks to bring education to rural Africa through educational tablet, e-learning content and teacher training, building capacity to deliver national primary school curriculums.
In a voluntary capacity, Charlotte supports many initiatives for vulnerable families and children. She is an avid patron of sports and arts for Zambia’s youth, serving as patron of the national under-17s women’s football team, advisor to the Zambia Amateur Athletics Federation, board member of the Barefeet Streetkids Theatre group, patron of the Amaka Arts Festival, and Trustee of the Lechwe Art Trust.