Pam King Sams, BA, CFRE, MIPP

Pam King Sams, BA, CFRE, MIPP, has dedicated 29 years to leading and advising successful academic medical centers and universities in building relationships and partnerships that improve the health, education and well-being of society worldwide, raising more than $1.5B. 

Pam is the President and CEO of Pam King Sams and Associates, a consulting firm focused on international partnership development. She has served as an advisor to organizations seeking international philanthropic support, philanthropists seeking accountable charitable causes, businesses and healthcare organizations seeking business development opportunities and governmental agencies seeking partners to further their country’s goals.  

In her 12-year role as Executive Vice President at Children's National Health System on the Sheikh Zayed Campus in Washington, DC, Pam led a development team of 110 professionals, raising nearly $750M.  Pam devoted seven of those years to building international partnerships to improve the health of children worldwide, and had a special focus on health in the Gulf Region after receiving a $150 million (US) gift from the Government of Abu Dhabi to create the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgery.

As part of Pam King Sams’ consulting services and many years of experience, she provides expert counsel to non-profit organizations on their international development programs and activities to achieve the organization’s (and potential partner’s) mission and vision. She has helped coordinate more than 40 projects related to innovations in medicine, education, economic diversification, human capacity building, business development, and international relations. 

Pam shares her expertise in cross-cultural training, helping clients understand the subtle (and not so subtle) differences in business styles, and cultural communications, fostering trust relationships, decision making, conflict resolution and negotiations. 

Pam has served in advisory roles for University of Cambridge in the UK, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania - Penn Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System in New York, Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, The Ohio State University, Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, University of Illinois, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of San Diego, and several for-profit companies.  

Pam has worked with a number of United Arab Emirates’ and Kuwaiti governmental offices and agencies, such as the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court, UAE Presidential Affairs, the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, the UAE Embassy to the US, the UAE Ministry of Health, the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi, ADEC, Khalifa University, UAE University, the Kuwait Amiri Diwan, Kuwait Ministry of Health, Kuwait University, Kuwait Institute for Medical Education (KIMS), the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology, along with public and private healthcare entities, wealth funds such as Mubadala, universities, and charitable foundations. 

Pam also serves as a trainer at the US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, educating diplomats and other government officials on Arabian Peninsula and North African culture and healthcare needs/challenges.

She holds a Masters in International Public Policy, graduating from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.