President and CEO
Pape Samb is a self-starter and social entrepreneur specialized in international development. He has over seventeen years of experience in program and resource development, fundraising, partnership building, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, training and facilitation, global leadership, content management, and public speaking.
Mr. Samb is the youngest and first non-American President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phelps Stokes, America’s oldest (101 years) continuously-operating foundation. He provides leadership and vision in the development, implementation and assessment of Phelps Stokes’ global activities in four program areas: education, leadership, citizenship, and entrepreneurship and IT. Prior to being tapped as the CEO, he briefly held the position of COO at Phelps Stokes after having served as the Director of the Africa Programs. In this capacity, among many things, Mr. Samb played a key role in the design and development of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) sponsored Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN), a network of 5,000 young leaders, entrepreneurs and farmers in around 100 countries.
Before that Mr. Samb was the Associate Development Director of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, where he supported the organization’s development and programmatic operations including fundraising, and developing and coordinating staff training programs. He also developed and led the creation of the Development Department’s strategic plan and assisted with the agency’s operational strategies.
Prior to joining Sasha Bruce, Mr. Samb was a Senior Fellow at Phelps Stokes Fund, developing projects based on personal expertise to address the educational needs of Africans, the African Diaspora, Native Americans and other disenfranchised populations. Mr. Samb also worked at Africare to design, implement and manage an online communication platform for twenty six field offices in Africa.
Before joining Sasha Bruce, Mr. Samb held various positions including Director of Micro-Finance at COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale, an Italian humanitarian, non-confessional and independent organization that fights against all kinds of poverty. Here he directed the organization’s micro-finance and fundraising activities, distributed loans, managed departmental representatives and trained African entrepreneurs and potential clients in small business and financial management including Making Cents TM. He also owned a business consulting firm in Senegal, where he conceptualized and researched small business ideas, provided feasibility studies and proposal writing services, trained clients in West and Central Africa, and directed them toward financial partners.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Samb founded and served as the first president of GRADES, a national economic development organization in Senegal, working closely with political and religious leaders to respond to illiteracy, the lack of qualified employees, and unemployment among youth and women in religiously conservative areas where education is not emphasized.
Mr. Samb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, a Diploma in Business Management, Accounting and Entrepreneurship. He also holds a Masters of Public Administration in Executive Leadership at American University in Washington, DC. He has won several awards including Leadership in Excellence and Next Generation of Leaders.
Mr. Samb is an active board member of several African- and African Diaspora-focused organizations including Constituents for Africa (CFA), African American United Caucus (AAUC) Next Generation of Leaders, Vort Port International (VPI), Asociacion Cultural Afrolatina y la Diaspora Africana, (ACADA) and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Africa Working Group. He is the founder and CEO of Exeleadmen International Consulting, focusing on executive leadership, management, and entrepreneurship training and coaching for private and public sector managers and young entrepreneurs.
Mr. Samb is also a well-known advocate for developing self-sustainable, community and youth- led initiatives based on the 3S (Synergy, Sustainability, and Success Stories) approach. He is an active public speaker on the national and international forefront and has spoken at different institutions and organizations around the world including the World Bank, Peace Corps, USAID, World Food Prize Foundation, Millennium Campus Network, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Gandhi Research Foundation, Bread for the World, Timebanks International, African Immigrant Refugee Foundation, Coady International Institute, Qatar Foundation International, International Association of Women Judges, African and North American universities and others. Mr. Samb is fluent in English, French, and Wolof, and conversational in Spanish and several other West African’s languages.