GHM called me in 2019 to lead Global Health Administration Partners, (GHAP) the consulting arm of GHM. Having led healthcare systems and consulted in the U.S. for three decades, I thought I knew something. I am learning that helping partners improve health across cultures with few resources involves a whole new perspective and level of leader partnering, talent management and population health challenge - and a passion to make a significant difference.

I love to learn and do anything to keep up with my bride Kathy and our four adult children – hike, travel, coach, triathlons – and am not above leading yoga on airport stop-overs. Having the health to volunteer and make a difference at home and abroad is a blessing.

Exploring the local fare and activities in different countries is part of the cultural diversity adventure. Hiking Kalambo Falls – among the highest in Africa - and swimming in the second largest fresh water lake in the world (Lake Tanganyika between Tanzania and Zambia) are as enjoyable as eating chipsi mayai (Swahili for potatoes with eggs) with softball-sized avocadoes.

Aside from John 3:16, a verse that resonates with me is “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:17. I believe love is a verb. We are called to live the Word, close the knowing-doing gap and love our neighbor with deed and action. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Rob Thames

Director of ghap