Nafissatou Diop has a rich professional career in global health and international development. Before joining the Canadian Association for Global Health as Executive Director in January 2023, Nafissatou was a freelance consultant. From August 2017 to January 2022, she successfully led the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) Initiative, a Canadian flagship co-funded by three agencies of the Government of Canada. Prior to joining IMCHA, Nafissatou was the Country Director of the Population Council’s Senegal office. Nafissatou also held positions at the Global Health Research Initiative, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, and the Center for Studies and Research on Population for Development of the Sahel Institute.

In 2018, Nafissatou was listed as a Francophone Woman Leader in Global Health.

Nafissatou holds a Ph.D. in public health and a certificate in health communication from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (USA), as well as a graduate degree in computer science (France).