Allan Henderson is principal and co-founder of GHJ Consulting, a small, international management consultancy. He has been consulting organizations—large and small, public and private, charitable and profit-making—on four continents for 26 years. He works especially in extended engagements helping leadership and management to focus on long-term concerns and to implement transformational change in their organizations.
A graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, Allan devoted his previous career to working for an NGO addressing hunger and development issues. He combines the knowledge and perspective gained in those endeavors with direct, personal experience in founding and running for-profit enterprises in the U.S. and Asia, and brings both philosophical and practical depth to consultation, coaching and organizational development.
Allan is especially proud of and grateful for the opportunities he has had to consult within the UN system. The largest and most challenging of these efforts to date has been his work co-designing and facilitating the Leadership Development Programs of UNDP’s HIV/AIDS Group. Over a decade, he conducted programs ranging in length from seven months to five years in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Gambia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Philippines, Russia, Sudan, Ukraine and Vietnam. These programs unleashed the commitment and fuelled the actions of thousands of leaders in the HIV/AIDS response in those countries, and provided a platform for developing hundreds of South-based facilitator-coaches.
His work in the for-profit sector has focused on:
- Organizational transformation
- Cultural integration during mergers
- Set-up for large-capital projects
- Leading in multi-cultural environments
- Conflict resolution
- Succession planning
Allan lives in Seattle with John Berquist, his partner of 35 years (and spouse of four).