Senior Research Fellow (Former)
Bob has more than 30 years experience in telecommunications law, policy, and regulation. He was a partner of the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and head of its international telecommunications practice. In the firm’s London office, he was involved as a corporate and securities lawyer in numerous international public offerings by European telecommunications companies. He retired to pursue his interest in the intersection of business, law, and public policy and regulation and consensus building in the telecommunications and information sectors. He is currently Of Counsel to Debevoise & Plimpton and has been a frequent advisor to the World Bank on privatization, sector restructuring, and regulatory reform in the telecom sector.
Bob served as General Counsel to the FCC for three years during the Carter Administration and was appointed as Director of Communications Planning of the Public Broadcasting Service in 1970. He chaired a roundtable of government policy makers and telecom sector executives from around the world organized by the International Institute of Communications. Bob holds degrees from Harvard University (BA and MPA), the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Law School (JD).