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November 30, 2021—Pathfinder International is pleased to announce that Collin Mothupi will serve as the organization’s new board chair. Mothupi, who has been on Pathfinder’s board of directors since 2017, is the first Pathfinder board chair born and raised in sub-Saharan Africa, where the organization operates many of its programs.
Born in Uganda to a South African political exile imprisoned for activism against the apartheid regime, Mothupi spent his early life as a refugee in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. During that time, he worked as a child actor and an environmental activist as a founding member of Roots & Shoots, a Jane Goodall Institute youth organization.
“Pathfinder’s work in the countries where I grew up exemplifies the power of community-driven programs to the health and well-being of Africans,” said Mothupi. “Pathfinder programs are unique in the humanitarian aid sector as they truly reflect the interests, culture, history, and voices of the people they serve. I am honored to serve as board chair.”
Mothupi is an operations strategist with broad experience in all aspects of strategic implementation, project management, accounting, and financial management. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Mothupi is an executive at MedeAnalytics, one of the largest health care analytics firms in the US, where he focuses on enterprise performance management solutions. Prior to joining MedeAnalytics, he was the director of Value Analytics at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He holds a BA in economics and computer science from Macalester College and MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Mothupi’s early years in sub-Saharan Africa and experiences working in the health care industry—particularly in enhancing operational, performance, and financial management practices—will help guide the organization through a complex time, as Pathfinder carries out its country-led strategy, continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, and seeks innovative ways to offer reproductive health care in some of the most climate-vulnerable communities.
“We are delighted to welcome Collin Mothupi as Pathfinder’s new board chair,” said Lois Quam, Pathfinder’s President and CEO. “His valuable insights and perspectives from his time in Africa and groundbreaking work in the health care field will allow us to carry out our mission as we continually grow the local ownership and impact of our programs around the world.”
Mothupi succeeds Roslyn Watson as Pathfinder’s board chair, who completed her term as chair in 2021.
About Pathfinder International
Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. As a global health organization with locally led, community-driven programs, Pathfinder supports women to make their own reproductive health decisions. Pathfinder works with local partners to advance contraceptive services, comprehensive abortion care, and young people’s sexual and reproductive rights in communities around the world—including those affected by poverty, conflict, climate change, and natural disasters. Taken together, Pathfinder’s programs enable millions of people to choose their own paths forward.