Council Commentary

Population Council Appoints Edith Asibey and Pape Gaye to its Board of Trustees

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (June 23, 2021)—The Population Council today announced the appointments of Edith Asibey and Pape Amadou Gaye to its Board of Trustees. The two new members bring extensive skills, knowledge and experience in areas of the Council’s work.

Ms. Asibey is a top advocacy, communications, and behavior change specialist who has spent her career supporting organizations that work to ensure that all people—especially children—can fulfill their rights.  She is the founder of Asibey Consulting, which works with nonprofits, foundations, humanitarian organizations, and socially responsible companies that want to improve how they engage supporters. Asibey served as Chief of Communications and Partnerships at UNICEF in Brazil where she and her teams designed cutting-edge global engagement strategies that leveraged digital channels to mobilize millions of people in more than 150 countries in support of children’s rights. She also served as Chief Communications Officer at The Atlantic Philanthropies, one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the world. New York based, Edith has lived and worked in several countries and is fluent in four languages.

Mr. Gaye is former president and CEO of IntraHealth International, a global health nonprofit committed to improving the performance of health workers and strengthening the systems in which they work.  During his time at IntraHealth International, the organization made human resources for health a crucial part of the worldwide conversation on global health. Gaye drew on three decades of leadership in international development and global health as he oversaw work in 40 countries to strengthen their health workforces and health systems. He is a lifelong advocate for health workers, strong health systems, and access to health care for all. He is the co-founder of the newly created Baobab Institute for Health and Development. Pape has recently been appointed as the Independent Chair of the UNFPA Supplies Partnership. He splits his time between the US and his native Senegal.

“We are thrilled to welcome Edith and Pape, who share our passion and commitment to ensuring the health and rights of all people around the world, to our board of trustees,” said Julia Bunting, president of the Population Council. “They bring with them deep expertise in advocacy, partnerships, research translation, and strategic leadership, at an important moment for the Population Council as we advance our efforts to ensure research is used to inform policies and programs and work in an even more globally collaborative and inclusive way and adapt to the evolving operating environment for INGOs.”

Ms. Asibey and Mr. Gaye join 14 other trustees on the Population Council’s international board, who bring diverse areas of knowledge and expertise, including in: sexual and reproductive health; HIV; demography; adolescent health and wellbeing; international law; and, finance and investment.

A complete list of the Population Council's board of trustees is available at popcouncil.org/about/leadership.