Who We Are

Rob is a husband, father, businessman, and a Christian spiritual mystic in pursuit of authentic experiences with God and a desire to leave the world a better place.

He is married to Pippa and they enjoy being parents to their three children Michael, Christine and James.

As principal of Umbono Capital, Rob invests in oil and gas, mining, technology and life sciences businesses mostly in North America.

At age 8 he experienced a clear, simple and peaceful touch from God’s Holy Spirit which awakened a hunger that has grown, though along a rocky path. During his college years he was caught up in a spiritual awakening at the University of Cape Town campus that brought many thousands of students to a relationship with Christ and a desire to shape their destinies in His service. This movement took Rob through various roles such as serving for several years as the Dean of an on-campus three year Bible School, as head of African missions for the movement, as overseer of campus outreach ministries in South Africa and as an elder in their local church in Johannesburg South Africa where he would often preach.

All of this occurred as Rob followed his primary call as a businessman and founder of Umbono Capital, through which his desire is to express Christ’s glory in the commercial space.

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Rob serves as the chairman and Pippa as the executive director of HART USA, the Christian humanitarian aid agency founded by Baroness Cox, and of the affiliated 501(c)3 US non-profit organization, Leaders in Transformation, Inc., that provides an advocacy and funding platform for society transforming leaders around the world.

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The Gerhard family are based in The Woodlands, Texas, USA where Umbono Capital is headquartered and where the winters are mild. In the summers they enjoy spending time in their second home, in Traverse City, Michigan, where Umbono has several portfolio companies. The family are members of the Woodlands United Methodist Church.

On this website, Rob shares his thoughts about meditation, or “silent waiting on God” as it is described in the Bible, of experiences of God’s loving presence, and other devotional insights that have enriched his life.

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