Pape Samb

Pape Samb is a global social entrepreneur and impact leader specialized in international development, youth and women livelihoods, and social innovation. He has more than 20 years of experience in systems-change leadership, program and resource development, fundraising, partnership building, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, training and facilitation, content management, and public speaking.

His focus is on educating underserved communities about social innovation, livelihoods, inclusiveness, particularly empowering youth, and women in the global south. He believes in helping them become self-sufficient and connecting them with the resources and skills they need to achieve their goals. He has traveled extensively and done work in almost 100 countries. At 13 years old, he founded GRADES, a women’s empowerment, and youth economic development organization in Senegal. At 17, he was president of CAP-Jeunesse, a Senegalese network of youth organizations

Currently, he serves as the Global Vice President of Ashoka and Executive Director of Ashoka Africa. He is an Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence at American University’ School of Public Affairs.

A driving force and empowering ‘agent of change’ for youth globally, he founded and serves as Chairman of the Global Youth Innovative Network (GYIN), a youth-run and led network of over 6,000 young leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and farmers in almost 100 countries. At GYIN, he develops evidence-based, sustainable, scalable, and cost-effective agribusiness, entrepreneurship, and leadership programs and policies that address the root causes of youth unemployment and hunger, while increasing the opportunities for young people to obtain a decent job or start a successful business.

Prior, he held the positions of Director of Programs and COO before becoming the youngest and first non-American President and CEO of Phelps Stokes Foundation, America’s oldest continuously operating foundation.

He is an active public speaker on the national and international forefront and has spoken at Qatar Foundation, Gandhi Research Foundation, OECD, World Food Prize, International Technology Education and Development, United Nations, World Bank, USAID, Columbia Business School, Wharton University to name few. As an advocate for youth initiatives, he frequently facilitates post-thematic Youth Consultations for the United Nations.

Samb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Diploma in Business Management, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship. He also holds a Masters in Executive Leadership from American University in Washington, D.C, and has won several awards including Leadership in Excellence, Next Generation of Leaders, Great Heart, Self-Less Founder, Community Counterpart to name a few.

He is fluent in English, French, and Wolof, and conversational in Spanish and several West African languages.


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