Education: Hampshire College, Bachelor of Science
Languages: English, German, French, Spanish
Technical areas of expertise: Economic Growth
Torge Gerlach is the Chief Executive Officer of DT Global, where he oversees the company’s global operations, coordinating all aspects of the company’s performance including operational, financial, strategic, marketing and global cross-collaboration, maximizing stakeholder engagement, and client satisfaction.
An international development professional for over thirty years, Torge previously worked with AECOM for eleven of those years, serving most recently as the President of AECOM’s US-based international development business unit for four years. Previously, he held senior executive positions including the role of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer with AECOM and one of its legacy companies that he cofounded in 1986, The Services Group. Early in his career, Torge served as an advisor on World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and USAID-funded programs on economic growth, private sector development, export diversification and promotion, and institutional capacity building and strengthening. His over-thirty years of hands-on experience in more than 60 countries across the globe provide a diverse and rich experience base on which Torge draws in his executive management role.
Married for twenty-five years to Dr. Elise Zamsky and the father of three adult boys, Torge enjoys family time together at their vacation home in Cape Cod and is an avid sailor and tennis player. He is a native German speaker, has native fluency in English, highly proficient in French, and conversant in Spanish.
What’s the coolest thing about your job?
I have had the privilege and opportunity to travel to over 50 countries for work-related visits, which has opened my eyes to the world that we live in. I have learned so much from these trips and from the many different views and perspectives from people I have met from across diverse cultures, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. I am fortunate to have had these influences to make me the person I am today; I believe I am the better for it.
If you could change something in the world, what would it be?
Human behavior. I believe that behavior change amongst all of us is the most effective way to address so many challenges the world faces today. From climate change, by reducing the use of plastics and other harmful materials for instance; to conflict, be it workplace conflict or inequality, or conflict on a larger scale between warring factions, human behavior and tolerance can have a significant impact on mitigating these issues and finding better solutions to them.