Dr. Ayo Ajayi is director of the Africa Team, leading the foundation’s work on policy, advocacy, and government relations across the continent, as well as the foundation’s offices in Ethiopia, South Africa, and Nigeria.
Dr. Ajayi joined the foundation in 2014 from PATH, where he served as Vice President for International Development. He led strategy development and implementation for PATH country programs in Africa, as well as in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining PATH, Dr. Ajayi served as regional director for sub-Saharan Africa for the Population Council for 16 years, leading the establishment of the organization’s presence and programmatic work in reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, social science and operations research, and institutional capacity building in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. Before that, he served as regional director for Africa for Pathfinder International leading its work in family planning and reproductive health in several African countries.
Dr. Ajayi earned his MD from the University of Ibadan Medical School in Nigeria and his MPH with a concentration in health systems from Boston University School of Public Health.