“Expanding Opportunities in Global Markets”


Robert Gerber, Chief of Staff, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Please join us Friday, December 1, 2017
12:00 p.m.: Catered Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Discussion followed by Q&A

HQ Capital Club Building – Cannon Room
16 W Martin St., 12th Floor
Raleigh, NC 27601

Go Global NC and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) invite you to join the next Global Leaders Foreign Policy Lunch & Learn on December 1 in HQ Raleigh’s Cannon Room in the Capital Club building in downtown Raleigh. The catered lunch will open at noon and the program will begin at 12:30 p.m. Our expert speaker will address the group for approximately 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A.

Robert Gerber, the chief of staff for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, will share his experience representing U.S. economic interests in Washington, D.C., Europe, the United Nations, and international trade negotiations.

Go Global NC’s Global Leaders program provides civic leaders with effective, outcome-focused programming on how to engage complex issues to benefit North Carolina as a whole.Through coordinated domestic and international educational events, participants study topics to further strengthen North Carolina’s ability to compete in a global economy. For almost 40 years, Go Global NC, part of the world-class University of North Carolina system, has empowered North Carolina’s leaders with the skills, understanding, and connections to succeed in a global community.

EDPNC is focused on recruiting new businesses to the state, supporting the needs of existing businesses, connecting exporters with customers around the globe, helping small business owners get their start, and attracting tourists and visitors from all over the world.

Questions about this event or Global Leaders programming? Contact Carey Rudell at chrudell@northcarolina.edu.

Global Leaders Foreign Policy Lunch & Learn: Expanding Opportunities in Global Markets​


About Our Speaker
Robert W. Gerber, Chief of Staff, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Robert is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He has served a number of leadership roles in economics, trade, and development in Washington and overseas. In his current position, he provides strategic advice to the Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, manages the “front office” for the 210-person Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, and oversees all Bureau communications with the Office of the Secretary, the White House, other cabinet agencies, and foreign governments.

From 2012-2014, Robert served as First Secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, focusing on expanding trade cooperation with the United States’ 7th largest trading partner and serving as lead subject matter expert on evolving EU regulations for the new digital economy. Robert has also served two tours in Kabul, Afghanistan including as Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry from 2009-2010. He was Director for South Asia at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 2005-2007. Robert was an accredited U.S. delegate to the United Nations from 2010-2012, advancing U.S. economic objectives in UN bodies in New York and Geneva.

Prior to his career as a diplomat, Robert worked as an information technology consultant in Washington, DC and as a legislative aide and professional staff member in the U.S. Congress.

Robert has delivered guest lectures on economics and diplomacy at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center (Arlington, VA), Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, the Virginia Military Institute, North Carolina Central University, Kabul University Law School, the University of Maryland at College Park, Webster University (The Netherlands), and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France).

Robert holds an MBA from George Washington University, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill. He speaks German, French, Dutch, and some Spanish. He is a native of Charlotte, NC.