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Robert Cekuta

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Robert Cekuta is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy, Sanctions and Commodities, a position he has held since September 2010. He previously represented the US government on economic issues during assignments in Tokyo (2007-09) and Berlin (2003-07), where he was Economic Minister Counselor. Cekuta has also served as Senior Advisor for Food Security in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs and Senior Deputy Coordinating Director at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan for all development and economic affairs. From 1999-2000 he worked in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Other previous State Department posts include Director for Economic Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy, Special Negotiator for Biotechnology, and Director of the Iraq Economic Task Force. Cekuta holds a BA from Georgetown University and MA degrees from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the National War College.