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Robert B. Zoellick

Robert B. ZoellickPresident, World Bank


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Robert Zoellick is currently the President of the World Bank. Ambassador Zoellick was previously Vice Chairman, International of the Goldman Sachs Group, and a Managing Director and Chairman of Goldman Sachs' Board of International Advisors.  He served as Deputy Secretary of State from February 2005 through July 2006.  Previously, Ambassador Zoellick was the 13th U.S. Trade Representative.  Ambassador Zoellick has served in the State Department as Under Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs, as well as Counselor to the Department.  From 1985 to 1988, Ambassador Zoellick worked with the Department of the Treasury in various positions, including Counselor to Secretary James A. Baker, III, Executive Secretary of the Department, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Policy.  After leaving government service in 1993, Ambassador Zoellick was appointed an Executive Vice President at Fannie Mae. He also served as the John M. Olin Professor of National Security at the U.S. Naval Academy, Research Scholar at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and Senior International Advisor to Goldman Sachs.  He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award (the Department of State’s highest honor), the Alexander Hamilton Award (the Department of Treasury’s highest honor), and the German government’s Knight Commanders Cross for his role in developing the U.S. strategy toward German unification.  He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1975 and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a master of public policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.