Anthony (Tony) Gambino brings more than 30 years of experience in international development and foreign policy to support the work of Dr. Mukwege and Panzi. Mr. Gambino first went to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then called Zaïre) in 1979 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching English at the secondary and university levels. His first post, teaching high school English in a school at Nyangezi, a village near Bukavu, where Panzi Hospital and Foundation are located.
Gambino worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for seven years, reopening the USAID Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1997 and, subsequently, serving as the Mission Director in Kinshasa from 2001-2004, receiving USAID’s Superior Honor Award. It was during his time as Mission Director that he first met Dr. Mukwege, who he has known for 15 years.
Gambino joined the Board of the Panzi Foundation USA in 2015 and was named its Executive Director in early 2017.
He also has worked on the staff of the Select Committee on Hunger of the U.S. House of Representatives, for the U.S. NGO coalition InterAction, and at the Department of State. In 2009, he testified before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on African Affairs on the post-election situation and governance issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr. Gambino has worked with numerous public and private organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Carter Center.
His work on the Congo has been published by the Council on Foreign Relations, the New York Times, the World Bank, and many others. He has appeared on BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera, PBS, and other media outlets.