On Monday, August 18, Robert Kelty became the new Executive Director of Amref Health Africa in the USA. Bob, as he prefers to be called, has 25 years of experience working with impoverished communities in East Africa, India and the United States. Before joining Amref Health Africa, Bob held leadership roles at Action Against Hunger, Coalition for the Homeless, Gere Foundation, and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Prior to his non-profit career, he spent five years working in the real estate and commodities industries. Bob has a B.S. in Business Administration from San Diego State University and is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at NYU's Wagner School.
Bob’s first introduction to the extended Amref Health Africa family, including an up close view of our work in the field, will take place this October at the International Board and Senior Management Team meeting held at our Dar es Salaam office in Tanzania. Following this meeting, Bob will travel to our headquarters in Nairobi where he will have the opportunity to meet with other senior staff, technical leads and visit the International Training Centre, a model for using innovation in Information and Communication Technology to help meet the continent’s critical shortage of health workers.
Stay tuned this fall for an in-depth interview with Bob about what he’s learned in global health and the non-profit sector, his priorities, and where he wants to take the US office over the next five years. In the meantime, he says “I am very excited to be here and looking forward to helping build the momentum of the US office. Amref Health Africa is a leader in health development in Africa and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team.”