Lent has 40 years of experience in six regions in different roles, including leadership and management, facilitation, strategic planning, organizational development, organizational learning, and training/capacity building. He has worked in different themes, including integrated development, human rights, advocacy, gender, disaster relief, and education sector reform; and with diverse entities, including NGOs, CSOs, the UN, local and national governments, foundations, social movements, the World Bank, and the private sector. As a Senior Program Director with AED’s Global Education Center, Mr. Lent served as the Project Director for an educational reform project embedded within the Ministry of Education in Zambia. He also designed/facilitated UNICEF’s “Global Consultation for Gender Equality” (for all eight regions and the headquarters) and capacity building workshops on gender equality for UNICEF staff in Latin America/the Caribbean. In collaboration with the World Bank Institute, he designed and facilitated three Distance Learning Courses on education quality and decentralization, including a series of videoconferences that actively and meaningfully engaged education stakeholder exchanges of experiences across nine African countries. In 2004-05, he served as an advisor to the MoE in Guatemala in the Vision Education process that brought together stakeholders across the country. He co-designed and co-delivered sessions for Education Sector Capacity Building for USAID staff from different regions in several of their international conferences.
The intention behind Lent’s work is to build – in collaboration with others - processes, institutions, organizations and systems that work more intelligently, effectively and responsibly in their contexts and in the world. In Guatemala in the early 80s, he led the effort to convert the international Save the Children Alliance of 7 countries into a national Guatemalan Save the Children with a local Board and diverse funding streams. 30 years later, Save Guatemala is a leading NGO “of reference.” In the late 80s, he designed and facilitated an innovative capacity building and organizational development strategy with 6 Save the Children Norway country offices in Africa and Asia. In the mid 90s, he co-designed and co-facilitated a strategy of “accompaniment” and capacity building as Save Norway transformed itself from an implementing organization in communities to a grant-maker to national and local organizations in Central America. In the late 90s, he worked with international and national NGOs in Guatemala to found and form the “Social Movement for Child Rights.” The “movimiento” successfully worked with Congress to pass the rights based “Legal Act for Children,” and today consists of more than 200 diverse organizations, professional associations, and social sectors that advocate for and promote child rights and public policies in Congress, the media, different social sectors, and the public at large. In the late 90s, he was facilitator and consultant with the "Effectiveness Initiative,” of the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Netherlands. This four year project brought together participants from 10 organizations and 10 countries to collectively analyze, disseminate, and use for advocacy good practices and lessons learned in early childhood development. In partnership with Save the Children, UNICEF, Plan and national-regional NGOs, he formed and supported “the circle of learning on child rights and municipalities” in Central America. Today “the circle” involves the mayors, children and youth organizations, and CSOs/NGOs within and across 5 countries, and forms a platform for sharing experiences, innovative approaches and lessons learned on actions that benefit children. In 2004-2005, he co-designed with youth a rights-based training course for rural youth in Central America based on non-formal education principles and practices. With Save the Children Alliance and UNICEF, he designed and facilitated processes of children and youth participation in the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children.
He is also an Adjunct Professor for American University, where he teaches a graduate course on “Training Design: Adult Learning in Action,” and a summer course on peace building, development and project planning and management. Mr. Lent has also worked for Business Community Synergies, Inc., UNICEF, the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Save the Children, Plan International, the Palestinian Welfare Organization, Global Rights, the European Foundation Center, and Global Action for Children. He has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kunduz, Afghanistan and Peace Corps Project Director in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Mr. Lent attended the Ph.D. program in international studies at the University of Notre Dame (ABD). He holds a master’s degree in international relations and a bachelor’s degree from the School of International Service at the American University. He speaks English, Spanish, and limited Dari.