SNR Denton has picked up a former U.S. ambassador to Indonesia and Bolivia, the firm announced Wednesday.
Robert Gelbard, who spent more than 35 years as a diplomat, is a senior adviser in the Washington office of the firm's public policy and regulation practice. He will continue to run Gelbard International Consulting, which he started in 2010. Before he opened the firm, Gelbard was the chairman of international business consulting firm Washington Global Partners, which he helped found in 2005.
Gelbard said conversations with firm partners Jonathan Cahn and Karl Hopkins about the firm’s international outreach piqued his interest in SNR Denton. “When I began to learn about the firm, I was really impressed by the dynamism,” he said.
In the private sector, Gelbard has provided multinational companies, government and international groups with business development, government relations, regulatory, market entry and risk assessment advice. He has worked on energy management, homeland security technology, defense and aviation projects for his clients.
The former ambassador said Indonesia and other Southeast Asia countries have been a major focus of his recent work. In Indonesia, Gelbard said he is working on energy matters.
Gelbard has held several foreign policy jobs, in addition to his ambassadorships. His other posts include assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement; principal deputy assistant secretary for inter-American affairs; deputy assistant secretary for South American affairs; director for Southern African affairs; and deputy director for Western European Affairs. He also was President Bill Clinton’s special representative for the Balkans.