Topics: Education, International Development, Sustainability
Regions: Africa

Robert founded USAID's Office of Evaluation and was founding chair of evaluation for the OECD's Development Assistance Committee. He was the first Senior Fellow of the Overseas Development Council. He was President and Chair of the International Development Conference, then the largest forum on international development in the U.S. with a board of 120 leaders of development. In preparation for the Rio Summit he advised the leaders of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature on public administration implications of environment. He authored the main U.S. background paper of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. He helped train the top 300 UN officials in strategic planning and human resource management. He was senior advisor for various UN groupings, e.g., the World Summit for Children (the first summit on development), the World Education Forum consisting on the world's education ministers, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (1995-2005) where he helped in the most thorough reform of any part of the UN.

He proposed and assembled the UN's first system-wide substantive initiative, the second being the Millennium Development Goals. Currently, he co-directs the United Nations Association's Graduate Fellows Program; and he serves on a number of boards of non-profits. He is a board officer of Equal Access and the World Academy of Art and Science.

Source: Berg

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