Working in the area of global humanitarian relief and development for 25 years, Sam has extensive experience in cross-cultural and cross-border international leadership, management, and organizational development. Having lived in Kenya and Zimbabwe, Sam has worked in 25 African countries, as well as more than 30 nations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim.  His experience ranges from grass-roots, village-level work in rural and urban communities to national and regional program management and capacity building.  Sam’s vision and passion have been on building national leadership and organizational capacity for sustainable programs.

His current work focuses on senior leadership and organizational development, with an emphasis on cross-border and global inter-cultural challenges and opportunities.    He recently served as Global  Director of Leadership and Organizational Development in World Vision International, a global partnership of 100 offices with 50,000 staff and a budget of $2.7 billion.  Sam provided management oversight for a number of organizational leadership and executive development programs, including Pathways to Leadership, the graduate corporate university leadership development training program for 600 leaders in 80 countries.  During this time, Sam worked with Peter Drucker, who served as an advisor to him and the program.

Having served an adjunct professor in Leadership and International Development at Eastern University and Fuller Theological Seminary, Sam holds a Ph.D. in International Development Education from Florida State University.  His areas of concentration were adult education, development anthropology, and intercultural communication.

Sam is the author of several articles and publications on leadership, international and community development including :

  • Serving the Poor: Steps to Relief and Development. Global Mission Handbook: A Guide to Cross-Cultural Service, Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor, 2009, IVP.
  • Leadership Development and Organizational Effectiveness, The Good Steward. Com., 2004.
  • Transformational Development: Changing People and Their Communities, published in Perspectives On the World Christian Movement, edited by Ralph Winter, 1999.
  • Community Participation and Effective Holistic Development, in Serving the Poor in Africa, MARC Publishers, 1996.
  • The World Bank and NGOs, a case study in Uganda, 1998.
  • World Bank Working with NGOs:   A Practical Guide to Operational Collaboration between the World Bank and Non-governmental Organizations, Carmen Malena, Operations Policy Department, World Bank, March 1995; p. 100, Annex VII-PAPSCA Procurement Procedures.
“We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us.  It is in every one of us.” – Nelson Mandela