Lucy Okumu
Lucy Okumu
Director, International Office
KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Lucy Okumu specializes in the intersection of communications, policy and stakeholder engagement in the education sector. She has actively led transformation endeavors at national and international organizational systems. An intuitive and strategic thinker, she has tackled issues of significance from increasing multi-year government investments in education to shaping strategic platforms for a globally-respected research university. As Director of the International Office at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Ms. Okumu brings entrepreneurial ideas to a young university dedicated to training the best minds in STEM. She leads a global, multicultural team to deliver outcomes by harnessing their expertise in recruitment, strategic planning, communications and global higher education systems. Ms. Okumu’s passion for education and people is rooted in her early immigrant expereinces in the United States and her global outlook to serve society. She currently lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and is an avid traveler with a passion for local culture.