Charles Gerhardt

Charles Gerhardt has worked for over 35 years in the area of international (health) development as a practitioner, executive manager, (change) management consultant, and trainer, for a wide range of government agencies, training and research institutions, and private sector service delivery organisations at headquarters and field level in Europe, Africa, the Middle-East and Asia.

Representing the Netherlands Ministry for International Co-operation in Cameroun and Mali and in his capacity as International Project Coordinator at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Charles Gerhardt obtained relevant experience in business planning, (intercultural) project management, development coordination, team management, and controlling.

Over the last 20 years, Charles Gerhardt has increasingly focused his professional career on health system strengthening. In his capacity as Program Coordinator (managing a 12,5 Million Euro Health Sector Reform Project at the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Namibia), Health & Population Programme Manager (in charge of the European Delegation’s health portfolio in Egypt), and senior management advisor (facilitating a major restructuring process within the Christian Health Association of Ghana, a network organisation comprising over 180 clinics, hospitals, and training schools), he has built up relevant knowledge and experience in leadership & capacity development, performance-based planning, health financing, institutional and organisational reform processes (at strategic and operational level), managing ‘ Public Private Partnerships’, M&I and R&D.

Charles Gerhardt has substantial (short-term) formulation and review experience within and outside of the health sector, in over 25 countries, including Zimbabwe, where he was involved in the design of the Health Services Fund in 2000 and 2001 for the EC and GTZ. He is an experienced international health Planning & Management Advisor and business administrator. In addition, he is a visiting lecturer in Health System Strengthening at two international training institutions and a facilitator of various institutional change processes within the health sector.