As you may know, this is CREATE!‘s 10th anniversary of partnering with rural communities in Senegal, using renewable energy to help improve their food security, nutrition, and health with women as the drivers of change. We are very proud of everything we have achieved in the last ten years, but also recognize the need to keep learning and broadening our approach as we move forward.

Join us as we learn about food security and nutrition and their effects on health in Senegal with experts Chef Pierre Thiam and Pape Amadou Gaye at our webinar Exploring Ideas to Transform Food Systems: Food Security, Nutrition, and Health in Senegal on November 11, 4:30 PM Pacific Time/ 7:30 PM Eastern Time. RSVP here. Please note, there is a suggested donation of $25 per ticket.

The webinar will be moderated by our very own Joyce Leader, retired Ambassador to Guinea, author of From Hope to Horror: Diplomacy and the Making of the Rwanda Genocide, and CREATE! Board Member. She has lived and worked in Africa for over 15 years as a volunteer teacher (Botswana), Peace Corps Associate Director for Education (Zaire), and as a Foreign Service Officer (Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Rwanda in addition to Guinea).

This webinar is a great chance to learn from respected leaders in this field as well as gain tools and insights. Learn more about our speakers Chef Pierre Thiam and Pape Amadou Gaye below.

Our Speakers:

Chef Pierre Thiam:

Pierre Thiam is a celebrated chef, restaurateur, award-winning cookbook author, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Senegal, he is known for his innovative cooking style, at once modern and eclectic yet rooted in the rich culinary traditions of West Africa. His critically acclaimed new restaurant Teranga, located in Harlem, NY, introduces healthy fast-casual fare directly sourced from farmers in West Africa. He is the founder of Yolélé Foods, which distributes African food products across the USA, introducing such ingredients like Fonio, a resilient and nutritious ancient grain from the Sahel region of West Africa. Pierre is the author of three cookbooks including his latest, The Fonio Cookbook, released in October 2019. He has won numerous awards and accolades for his cooking and advocacy. He is on the board of directors for two global nonprofits, and SOS Sahel.


Pape Amadou Gaye, MBA:

During over forty years of progressively greater responsibility in West Africa and the US, Pape Gaye has become a leader in worldwide population and health programs. His background, experience and personal qualities combine to inspire and accomplish positive change in the developing world. Technically sound and dedicated to improving health care for the poorest people around the globe, he recognizes that partnership is essential to meet the enormous challenges posed by viral pandemics like COVID-19 ; EBOLA, HIV/AIDS and on-going efforts to reduce maternal mortality and improve sexual and reproductive health care. Skilled in building cooperative relationships among diverse groups, organizations and governments, Gaye is able to creatively channel human and material resources to produce the most vibrant results. Gaye recently stepped down as CEO of IntraHealth International and is setting up the Baobab Institute for Health and Development. Gaye intends to focus his next chapter in Capacity Building and strengthening of local NGOs.