Director General of Global Athlete
Rob Koehler is the Director General of Global Athlete. Global Athlete is a movement by athletes for athletes aiming to collectively inspire and drive change across the world of sport. Over the past several years Rob has worked with thousands of athletes to help amplify their voice, seek justice and force change for stronger athlete rights in international sport.
Rob commenced his work in the sporting world working at a community level and quickly transitioned into a role with the Spirit of Sport Foundation in Canada by traveling across his home nation with Olympians in lead up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. During this time, he promoted athlete involvement and engagement while at the same time teaching young people about the values of sport. Rob worked with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport from 1997-2000 where he oversaw major Games work including oversight of the 1999 Pan American Games anti-doping program. When the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999, Rob took on a role as Chief Executive Officer of the Drug Free Sport Consortium whose role was to help WADA implement its first out-of-competition testing program leading up to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. In 2002, he became a full-time employee at WADA and during his tenure held positions as a Deputy Director of Standards and Harmonization, Director of Education and Program Development and the agency’s Deputy Director General. Rob resigned from WADA in August 2018. Prior to his resignation Rob was responsible for the oversight of the Russian Roadmap for Russia’s return to compliance. During his time at WADA, he was a strong advocate of the athlete voice and was responsible for working with the WADA Athlete Committee.