Before joining the Gates Foundation as the Director of the Africa Team, Dr. Ajayi was for six years Vice President for International Development at PATH where he led strategy development and implementation for all PATH country programs, with offices located in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. He managed professional staff at PATHs international headquarters as well as in the countries where PATH works. Dr. Ajayi worked for 16 years with the Population Council, serving as regional director for sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, he was Africa regional vice president for Pathfinder International, served as a government health officer in Nigeria, and taught at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Ajayi has served on numerous occasions as technical advisor and program evaluator for the US Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, and several other United Nations agencies and private foundations. Dr. Ajayi is a founding board member of the Burkitts Lymphoma Fund for Africa, and serves on the boards of Ibis Reproductive Health and the Positive Action for Children Fund. Dr. Ajayi earned his MD from the University Of Ibadan Medical School in Nigeria. He received an MPH and a distinguished alumnus award from Boston University School of Public Health with an emphasis on Health Systems, and he completed a postgraduate certificate program in Family Planning Impact Evaluation at the London University School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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