Mrs Lily Safra shared her commitment to caring for the less fortunate with her husband, Mr Edmond J. Safra, one of the twentieth century’s most accomplished bankers and founder of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation. Since 1999 she has chaired this Foundation, which supports projects related to education, science and medicine, religion, culture, and humanitarian relief in over 40 countries.
In addition, she serves on the boards of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (USA).
In recognition of her philanthropic leadership, Mrs Safra has been awarded honorary doctorates and fellowships from universities around the world. She was made Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Léopold II by the King of Belgium. She is a Commandeur of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Officier de la Légion d’honneur.
Mrs Safra has provided long-time generous support for Hope and Homes for Children’s work in Romania.