James T. HamInstructor

    James T. Ham is the Country Director at Peace Corps in South Africa and has
    served in this role since January 2021. Prior to this he was the Country
    Director for the Peace Corps Uganda program from August 2018 to his
    arrival in South Africa. Mr. Ham is a Senior Executive with over 30 years of
    service in the United States government. Building upon his experience as a
    Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Guinea), he has strategically directed
    international volunteer programs in a variety of sectors including public
    health, education, small enterprise development and agriculture. He
    oversees all aspects of strategy development, administration, and policy
    and program implementation, to advance the Peace Corps mission. His
    distinguished career spans across all regions of Africa and includes senior leadership positions
    that have shaped globally impactful programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    (CDC) and the Peace Corps.
    Mr. Ham previously served as the Deputy Country Director at CDC Côte d’Ivoire (2009- 2011 and
    2015 – 2018), and as the Deputy Director for Management and Operations at CDC Zambia from
    (2011 – 2015), during which he completed a 5-month detail to support the Ebola Virus Disease
    response in Guinea (November 2014 – March 2015).
    Mr. Ham is passionate about servant leadership, and his Peace Corps service also includes roles
    such as the Country Director for Peace Corps Cameroon (2007 – 2009), and the Country Desk
    Officer for Africa Region (2001 – 2006). He has provided direct oversight of complex Peace Corps
    programs in Guinea, Ghana, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Benin, Gabon, Chad and Burkina
    Faso. Further, he served on multiple occasions as the Country Director for Peace Corps
    Cameroon. (Extended periods in 2004, 2005 and 2006).
    Mr. Ham has been consistently recognized for his dedication to international volunteerism, and
    embodiment of core leadership principles. He is a proud veteran, and served honorably in the
    United States Navy. He is fluent in French, and holds a Master of Arts in International Education
    from American University, and Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education from North Carolina
    Central University. Mr. Ham is an alumni of the University of Denver – International Career
    Advancement Program (2004), the Harvard University Senior Executive Fellows Program (2018),

    the African American Federal Executives program (2019), and the American University Key
    Executive Leadership Program (2020). He is currently pursuing a PhD in Executive Leadership at
    the University of Charleston, WV. He is married to Sharoya Ham and has three sons, Jeremiah,
    Myles, and Malachi.