Robert Zoellick

Former President,
World Bank Group

Robert B. Zoellick became the 11th president of The World Bank on July 1, 2007. Prior to joining the Bank, Zoellick served as vice chairman, international of the Goldman Sachs Group. He served in the President’s Cabinet as the 13th US Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005 and as deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 2001 to January 2005, Zoellick served in the US cabinet as the 13th US trade representative where he forged an activist approach to free trade at the global, regional, and bilateral levels, while securing support for open markets with the US Congress and a broad coalition of domestic constituencies. He was instrumental in completing the accession of China and Chinese Taipei to the WTO. He also completed or substantially advanced the accessions to the WTO of Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, Viet Nam, Russia, and others. From 1985-1993, Zoellick served at the Treasury and State Departments, as well as briefly in the White House.

Zoellick received a number of awards, including: the Knight Commanders Cross from Germany for his work on unification; the Alexander Hamilton and Distinguished Service Awards, the highest honors of the Departments of Treasury and State, respectively; and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. He earned a JD magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School, a MPP from the Kennedy School of Government, and a BA (Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Swarthmore College.
Robert B. Zoellick became the 11th president of The World Bank on July 1, 2007. Prior to joining the Bank, Zoellick served as vice chairman, international of the Goldman Sachs Group. He served in the President’s Cabinet as the 13th US Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005 and as deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 2001 to January 2005, Zoellick served in the US cabinet as the 13th US trade representative where he forged an activist approach to free trade at the global, regional, and bilateral levels, while securing support for open markets with the US Congress and a broad coalition of domestic constituencies. He was instrumental in completing the accession of China and Chinese Taipei to the WTO. He also completed or substantially advanced the accessions to the WTO of Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, Viet Nam, Russia, and others. From 1985-1993, Zoellick served at the Treasury and State Departments, as well as briefly in the White House.

Zoellick received a number of awards, including: the Knight Commanders Cross from Germany for his work on unification; the Alexander Hamilton and Distinguished Service Awards, the highest honors of the Departments of Treasury and State, respectively; and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. He earned a JD magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School, a MPP from the Kennedy School of Government, and a BA (Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Swarthmore College.