Kirsten Gagnaire is a social entrepreneurship and innovation pioneer with over 20 years of proven experience in global health concept-to-execution program leadership, specifically in cross-sector partnership global health, digital development, and gender issues.Full bio
Role at FSG
Kirsten leads the Global Health and Digital Development work at FSG, bringing her experience with global multi-sector organizations including large bilateral governments, corporate, United Nations, and grassroots stakeholders. As a champion for the use of technology for social impact, she brings a depth of understanding of the use of digital tools to advance programmatic effectiveness and connect with the hardest to reach populations.
Kirsten’s work has spanned sectors and countries. Most recently, she was the executive director of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), a public private partnership housed at the UN Foundation, focused on using mobile phones to get vital health information into the hands of women in South Africa, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and India and replicating the model to hundreds of organizations globally.
Prior to that, she lived in Accra, Ghana and was the country director for the Grameen Foundation, focused on the early implementation of the MOTECH work. Her early work included being the founder of the Social Enterprise Group where she was a social entrepreneurship field builder, thought leader, consultant, and educator around the creation of socially impactful sustainable business models in all sectors. She has also played important roles at the Casey Family Programs and KPMG Peat Marwick and has traveled extensively across the globe—with most of her travel and interest lying in understanding the context of low- and middle-income countries.
- Bachelors in International Business, Seattle University
- Global Social Business Incubator, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University
On working at FSG
“I have always been deeply interested in highly leveraged, systemic change to make social impact more effective and efficient. I am delighted to bring my expertise to FSG where the deep history of shared value and collective impact work aligns perfectly with the digital development experience and understanding of the on-the-ground perspective I have of low- and middle-income health systems. The opportunity to bring together cross-sector stakeholders at all levels—from the most hard to reach families and communities to global corporations, host country governments, and bilateral actors—to create impactful change is one that FSG is uniquely situated to realize and I’m excited to be a part of this great work.”