Pape Samb

Executive Director, Ashoka Africa

Pape Samb 's Story

Pape Samb is the Executive Director of Ashoka Africa and a Vice President of Ashoka Global. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience and an established record in strategic planning, program development and management, content management, fundraising, proposal writing, training and facilitation. At 13, he started a women’s empowerment and youth economic development organization. At 17, he was president of CAP-Jeunesse, a Senegalese network of youth organizations; and was hired by the Senegalese government to train youth in entrepreneurship, business and grassroots organization management.

He rose from the ranks of director of programs and COO to become the president and CEO of Phelps Stokes, America’s oldest (105 years) continuously-operating foundation. The youngest and first non-American to head the organization, he provided leadership and vision in globalization and investing in a new generation of global leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, students, and citizens, with particular attention on people of color and indigenous affiliation.

A driving force and empowering ‘agent of change’ for youth globally, he founded in 2011 and currently serves as the volunteer chairman of the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN), a youth-run and led network of over 6,000 young leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and farmers in approximately 100 countries. At GYIN, he develops programs and influences policies that address the root causes of youth unemployment, while increasing the opportunities young people have to obtain a decent job or start a successful business.

Experienced in international development, he supported Sasha Bruce Youthwork in programmatic and development operations; designed, implemented and managed Africare’s online communications in 26 African field offices; and served as micro-finance director at Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI).

He is an active public speaker on the national and international forefront and has spoken at Qatar Foundation, Gandhi Research Foundation, World Food Prize, International Technology Education and Development, United Nations, World Bank, USAID, Columbia Business School, Wharton University to name few.

Samb holds a Masters in Executive Leadership and Public Administration from American University and has won several awards including Leadership in Excellence and Next Generation of Leaders.