Peter Robinson became USCIB's 15th president in April 2005. USCIB, founded in 1945, is a policy advocacy and trade services organization dedicated to promoting an open system of global commerce in which business can flourish and contribute to economic growth, human welfare and protection of the environment. As American affiliate of the leading international business organizations, including the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers, and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide.
Mr. Robinson previously served as USCIB's Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior positions at USCIB included vice president for membership and manager of trade and transport policy. He helped establish some of USCIB's key practice areas, including e-commerce and customs/trade facilitation, and he has extensive experience with USCIB's global network of business affiliates.
Mr. Robinson has also had long-time involvement in the field of international education. He served as director of the inbound division at the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), an international educational travel company, and was a member of the International Board of Trustees of AFS (American Field Service) Intercultural Programs from 1997 to 2004, following six years on the board of directors of AFS-USA. He was an AFS high school exchange student to Austria. He currently serves on the board of directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field.
A Certified Association Executive, Mr. Robinson holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and German from the University of Delaware (1977) and studied at the University of Vienna on a Rotary International Scholarship. He received his master's degree from Columbia University's School of International Affairs (1979). He is a member of the Economic Club of New York and the Presidents Council of the Council on Competitiveness, and a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. In 2007, Mr. Robinson was appointed to the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (TEPAC) to the United States Trade Representative. He is also a member of the board of directors of WAND, Inc., a global B2B directory technology company.