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Before serving in that role, Bob served as Deputy Director of Strategic Programs. He re-joined EERE in 2015 after serving as a team leader at the Global Environment Facility of the World Bank Group for seven years. Before that, he was a Senior Coordinator at the White House Task Force on Energy Security and Climate Change, responsible for the major economies climate change negotiation process and for contributing to the 2007 Energy Security Act.
Prior to that position, he led the Energy Technology Policy Division of the International Energy Agency in Paris. Together with other colleagues from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
His background also includes serving at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, as well as a host of high-level positions in energy-related organizations and within the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of State, and the Agency for International Development. In 2004, the U.S. President honored Bob with the Senior Executive Service Gold Award for his service to the nation.
He has also served in a variety of senior U.S. diplomatic assignments and lived in over a dozen countries during his career. Prior to public service, Bob was employed as biochemist by Allied Chemical. He is the co-author of two U.S. patents and has authored more than a dozen books and over 125 scholarly journal articles on energy and environment science and policy topics.
He earned bachelor and master's degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He was a tenured faculty member at the University of Minnesota and Auburn University and served as a visiting professor at Oxford University, Humboldt University in Germany, Delhi University in India, and Kasetsart University in Thailand. He currently lectures at American University, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Georgetown Universities and volunteers for numerous scientific and philanthropic organizations.