Robert L. Schiffer has distinguished credentials that range from Wall
Street to appointments under two White House Administrations and a New
York Governor. He has broad experience in financial markets, diplomacy,
crisis management, negotiations and trade policy. Mr. Schiffer is the
Executive Director of the Justice Project and Executive Vice President
of the US Vietnam Trade Council. At The Carey Group LLC, he provides
advice to corporate and non-profit clients in international trade,
finance and project development.
Mr. Schiffer is one of Washington's leading experts on Vietnam
commercial and political issues. His long involvement in Vietnam
included an appointment from 1998 to 2001 as Senior Advisor to US
Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson. As the Ambassador's top political
envoy on business matters, he developed new strategies to promote
US-Vietnam business and finance, labor standards, and international
trade. He is credited for his pivotal role in the successful
negotiations of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement and the OPIC-Vietnam
Bilateral Investment Agreement.
Before his service in Vietnam, Mr. Schiffer was Vice President for
Investment Development at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
During nearly two years, he managed the agency's product development,
business and market development, and public affairs strategies. He led
efforts to open business investment in Eastern and Central Europe, South
Korea and Vietnam and was a key strategist with Congress, business and
the labor community on OPIC's congressional reauthorization.
From 1993-1997 Mr. Schiffer held senior positions at the United
States Information Agency (USIA), directing agency activities in Russia,
the NIS, South Africa, China and Vietnam. He was noted for initiatives
he led that assisted the peace process in the Middle East and in
Northern Ireland, promoted legal reform and intellectual property, and
created innovative professional exchange and training programs around
Mr. Schiffer began his Federal service in 1993 in the White House
where he worked as a Special Assistant in the Office of Management and
Budget on the National Performance Review.
Mr. Schiffer's Wall Street experience from 1981-1992 included ranking
positions with Drexel Burnham (Managing Director of the East Coast
Public Finance Group), L.F Rothschild (Managing Director), A.G. Becker
(Senior Vice President - firm later known as Becker Paribas) and Bear
Stearns and Company (Vice President). He also was a founding partner of
a boutique private financial firm, Schiffer and Lacey.
His accomplishments included the first private credit enhancement for
a non-profit institution and development of the distressed hospital
program (which tapped new capital for hospitals with low credit
ratings), as well as being senior manager for the financing of Columbia
Presbyterian and Mount Sinai Hospitals.
Mr. Schiffer's civic activities have included serving as Chairman of
the New York State Real Estate Advisory Board to the Governor, Director
and Treasurer of the Board of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Chairman
of the Committee for Housing New York and the US Vietnam Trade Council.
Today he sits on the boards of the The Alliance for Safe Children in
Bangkok, Thailand, that focuses on global child injury prevention; the
Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation and the John F. Kennedy Institute
for Worker Education. Mr. Schiffer received his BA at the University of
Tennessee and attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of
Government Program for Senior Managers in Government.