Today PATH announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously chosen global development leader Nikolaj Gilbert as PATH’s next President and Chief Executive Officer. Nikolaj will be the fifth chief executive over the last 42 years to lead PATH’s global efforts to accelerate health equity through innovation and partnerships.
“We are thrilled to welcome Nikolaj to PATH. He is deeply committed to PATH’s mission and unique ability to move humanity forward through innovation and partnerships. As a leader at the United Nations’ operational arm, UNOPS, he demonstrated exactly the vision, leadership, and global experience that will enable PATH’s remarkable team to continue what we do best—transforming bold ideas into sustainable solutions that improve health and well-being for everyone,” said Dave King, Executive Chairman of Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings (LabCorp) and Chair of PATH’s Board of Directors.
Nikolaj comes to PATH from his post as Global Partnerships Director for the United Nations Office of Project Services. His extensive experience in both the public and private sectors—and his proven ability to bring those sectors together—will bolster the signature partnerships that PATH forges to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. He will join PATH on January 6, 2020, and will also serve as the Managing Director of Foundation for Appropriate Technology in Health, PATH’s Swiss subsidiary.
Nikolaj brings to PATH multisector experience spanning innovation, health, peacebuilding, humanitarian aid, and development solutions. He also brings a deep understanding of the broader development ecosystem and of health inequity’s underlying causes—from those rooted in global systems and markets to those at the local, in-country level. He has a proven track record of driving change at a global scale through the development of new and innovative programs and diversified funding models.
Nikolaj will succeed outgoing President and CEO Steve Davis, who has led PATH through significant growth and evolution for more than seven years. Earlier in 2019, Steve announced his decision to step down, after which the Board conducted an extensive global search for his replacement.
“PATH is a truly unique development organization with a clear goal of achieving health equity. I am honored and humbled to join. I look forward to working every day with like-minded partners and donors and our dedicated and talented teams to bring health innovation and solutions to the people we serve—from the laboratory to local communities, from science to action on the ground,” said Nikolaj.