Robert Wright is Director at Rud Pedersen Public Affairs Brussels. He provides senior counsel across our client base with a specific focus on chemicals, environment, climate and energy policy and leads overall corporate sustainability strategy in our Brussels office. Robert enjoys business impact and reputation issues that relate to the nexus between business strategy, regulatory affairs and political advocacy and compliance.
Robert is an Irish national with three decades of experience working in EU and global public policy and public affairs. He worked for DG Environment of the European Commission and also acted as Special Advisor to European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom and the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen. Since then, he has worked in several senior in-house Company roles as Director, Senior Director and VP levels at Intel Corporation, First Solar and Solyndra where he led those companies' advocacy and compliance strategies on environment, chemicals and energy policy and regulation. He also has extensive Industry Association experience having worked at senior level and as head of industry associations in the oil and gas, biofuels and the lifts/buildings sector.
Robert is married with two children and speaks Italian, French and Spanish. Before starting his career in Brussels, Robert studied Political Science at the University of Warwick and completed post-graduate work in public policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and in environmental regulation at the European University Institute in Florence.
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2018- April 2021: Senior Vice-President, Director of Environment and Chemicals/Integrated Public Affairs, FleishmanHillard
2017-2018: Secretary-General, European Lifts Association, Brussels, Belgium
2014-2017: Secretary-General, ePURE (European Ethanol Biofuels Sector), Brussels, Belgium
2011-2014: Senior Director, Government Affairs and Market Development, OSI-Systems-Rapiscan EMEA, Brussels, Belgium
2010-2011: Vice-President Global Government Affairs and Sustainability, Solyndra, Brussels-Fremont (CA), Belgium-USA
2009-2010: Director of Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, Brussels, Belgium
2004-2009: Director of Government Affairs, Intel Corporation, Brussels, Belgium
2002-2004: Deputy Managing Director and Global Director of Policy and Sustainability, World LP Gas Association, Paris
1998-2002: Head of Environment and Energy, APCO Europe, Brussels, Belgium
1993-1998: Administrator, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
UK 1991: M.Sc. (Econ.), Government and Public Policy, London School of Economics, UK
1985: B.A. Hons, Political Science, University of Warwick, UK