Robert Orr

School of Public Policy
University of Maryland

Robert C. Orr serves as Dean of the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and is the Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, on Climate Change. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Orr served as the Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General from 2004 to 2014, and was the principal advisor to the Secretary-General on counter-terrorism, peace building, women’s and children’s health, sustainable energy, food and nutrition, institutional innovation, public-private partnership, and climate change.

Dr. Orr joined the United Nations from Harvard University where he served as the Executive Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government.  Prior to this, he served as Director of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. Dr. Orr has served in senior posts in the Government of the United States, including Deputy to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and Director of Global Affairs at the National Security Council, where he was responsible for peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs.