Robert B. Zoellick

Former President of The World Bank and US Deputy Secretary of State

Robert Zoellick is the former President of The World Bank; Vice Chairman, International, of the Goldman Sachs Group; and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. Robert is one of the most in-demand, global economy speakers, combining unparalleled credentials and real-world expertise.

Robert B. Zoellick is the Chairman of Goldman Sachs’ International Advisors. He serves on the boards of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Laureate International Universities, as well as on the international advisory board of Rolls Royce. Zoellick is also a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the board of the Congressionally-created National Endowment for Democracy and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Zoellick was the President of the World Bank Group from 2007-12. He served in President George W. Bush’s cabinet as U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005 and as Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick worked at the Treasury and State departments in various capacities, including as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of State, as well as briefly in the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff. He was the lead U.S. negotiator in the 2 + 4 process for Germany’s unification, serving under Secretary James A. Baker III. The German Government awarded Zoellick the Knight Commanders Cross for his work on unification. The Mexican and Chilean Governments presented him their highest honors for non-citizens the Aztec Eagle and the Order of Merit, respectively. Zoellick holds a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Swarthmore College.

With The World Bank, Zoellick is recognized for turning around an institution in trouble, recapitalized the Bank, modernization initiatives, and expanding financing for developing countries during the food, fuel and financial crises. He is also renowned for increasing roles for the private sector, pension and sovereign wealth funds, and for a series of successful Free Trade Agreements.

Robert Zoellick is an intellectual force and one of the world’s most distinguished authorities on the global economy, international finance and foreign policy. Perhaps unrivaled in his depth and breadth of what makes global economies tic and how best to operate in an increasingly global market.


Robert Talks about:

  • GLOBAL ECONOMY – perspectives and prospects for the contemporary, global economy
  • THE EUROZONE – What’s now, what’s next and economic impacts reshaping the world stage
  • CHINA – perils and promise from the rising, economic superpower
  • RESTORING AMERICAN – ECHNOLOGY navigating the road ahead in an uncertain future

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