Peter Laugharn (pronounced LAW-harn) serves as president and chief executive officer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Peter is a passionate leader with 25 years of foundation and nonprofit experience internationally, with a focus on improving the well-being of vulnerable children. From 2008 to 2014 he was executive director of the Firelight Foundation, which identifies, funds, and supports promising African nonprofits serving vulnerable children and families in the areas of education, resilience, and health. Peter began his career at Save the Children, where he worked for 11 years in a variety of roles. For eight of those years he was based in Bamako, Mali. Peter helped develop the village schools model, which promoted access to basic education, girls' schooling, and community participation. The model helped 45,000 children go to school and raised the number of primary schools in the country by 40 percent. A graduate of Stanford and Georgetown Universities, Peter holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of London.