Pape Gaye is a native of Senegal and a lifelong advocate for health workers, strong health systems, and access to health care for all.
Under his leadership as president and CEO of IntraHealth International, the organization has made human resources for health a crucial part of the worldwide conversation on global health. Gaye draws on three decades of leadership in international health and development as he forges strong collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders—from ministries of health to private-sector partners to local health workers—to strengthen health workforces and health systems.
Gaye is a frequent international speaker on issues related to capacity-building, primary health care, and the global health workforce, and his editorials appear regularly in HuffPost, Devex, and other media outlets.
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 Center for African Family Studies, Duke University’s Global Health Institute, Financing for Development, Gillings Global Gateway at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, InterAction, Nourish International, the Reproductive Health NGO CEO working group, the Triangle Global Health Consortium, and Speak Up Africa.