Robert Bestani

Robert Bestani has recently returned to the Department of Energy and is serving as the Director of Corporate Outreach and a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office.

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He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National Intelligence University. Both of these positions take full advantage of his decade’s long experience in both the public and private sectors.


For the past four years he served as a Professor and the DOE Faculty Chair for National Security and Economic Policy. He also served as the Executive Director for Corporate Outreach for the Eisenhower School. At the NDU he taught several courses in various aspects of economics as well as courses on Asia, China, the Middle East and international relations.


While most of his career has been in the private sector, this is the sixth Senior Executive Service (SES) position Bob has held in the Federal Government. Prior to joining the NDU, he served as Director of Risk Management for the Loan Programs Office at the Department of Energy where he was later the Director of International Finance and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Monetary Affairs. Bob also served in the economics bureau of U.S. Department of State. His public sector career also included six years as the Director General of Private Sector Finance at the Asian Development Bank. In this capacity, he increased the Bank's financings and earnings by a factor of 41 times.

For most of his career, Bob worked in corporate finance in a variety of positions with Citibank, and the Bank of America as well as Texaco, Duke Energy and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In these positions he specialized in energy and high technology.

Bob also brings to the NDU a rich academic background. From October 2008 to October of 2012, Bob worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects at Stanford University. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago where he studied International Economics, Finance and Computer Science. Bob has subsequently been invited to lecture at Harvard, Columbia, MIT, Wharton, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins (SAIS) and other leading universities.


He has also been a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1991.