The following announcement was provided by Pathfinder International:
Pathfinder International is pleased to announce that Collin Mothupi will serve as the organization’s new board chair. Mothupi has been on Pathfinder’s board of directors since 2017 and 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, Tenn., 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. This experience will guide Pathfinder through a complex time carrying out its country-led strategy, navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and innovating 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.