Pape Gaye

Pape Amadou Gaye

Founder & President, Baobab Institute

Pape Gaye is a native of Senegal and a lifelong advocate for health workers, strong health systems, and access to health care for all. He founded the Baobab Institute for Health and Development based in Senegal to focus on strengthening local nonprofits.

During his time as president and CEO of IntraHealth International, the organization made human resources for health a crucial part of the worldwide conversation on global health. In the United States, his testimony on Capitol Hill during a 2014 Ebola-focused congressional hearing brought the role of frontline health workers to the fore. As a panelist during the White House Global Summit in July 2016, he urged the incoming US president to focus on international aid and human resources for health as powerful investments in our shared future. 

Partnership, Gaye believes, is essential. He forges strong collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders—from ministries of health to private-sector partners to local health workers—to meet the enormous health challenges we face in low- and middle-income countries.

Gaye began his career with the US Peace Corps, and went on to work with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Committee and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before his appointment as CEO at IntraHealth, he led the organization’s regional office for West, Central, and North Africa.

Gaye holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Los Angeles. His board and advisory services include the Duke University’s Global Health Institute (DGHI), InterAction, the Global Health Council (GHC), the Population Council, and the Baobab Institute in Senegal.



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This piece originally appeared on Devex.

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