Outgoing World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick will joining the Peterson Institute for International Economics as a distinguished fellow following the completion of his five-year term as head of the World Bank on June 30.
“We are delighted that Bob Zoellick will be joining the Peterson Institute in this distinguished capacity,” said C. Fred Bergsten, the director of the institute in a statement. “No one on the world scene is more committed to the goals of improving global prosperity and international cooperation, and enhancing economic globalization that is both open and fair—goals that we at the Institute have long shared.”
Said Zoellick: “I appreciate the opportunity to engage with the scholars and practitioners at Harvard’s Belfer Center and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. I hope to work on the intersection of economics and security, applying history to policy questions of today. Both institutions have been at the cutting edge of research and policy development, and I have benefited greatly from both in the past,” he said.
Zoellick will work on the relationship between economics and security at Peterson and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where he has accepted a simultaneous appointment.
Before serving at the World Bank, Zoellick was vice chairman, international, of the Goldman Sachs Group as well as managing director and chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Board of International Advisers. He was deputy secretary of state in 2005–06 and a member of the cabinet as U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005.
The Peterson Institute recently named Adam Posen as the new president of the think tank. He will begin his post Jan. 1.