Robert F. Cekuta
Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta presented his credentials to President Aliyev February 19, 2015. Prior to his arrival in Baku, Ambassador Cekuta was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources. There he played a critical senior management role in establishing the new Energy Bureau and in developing programs to advance international energy security while overseeing initiatives to fight corruption and build good governance and accountability in global oil and gas production.
Earlier in his more than 35 years as a diplomat, Ambassador Cekuta served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Sanctions, and Commodities in the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs (2010-2011); Senior Advisor for Food Security in the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs (2010-2010); Senior Deputy Coordinating Director for Economic and Development Affairs, Embassy Kabul (2009-2010); Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs, Embassy Tokyo (2007-2009); Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs, Embassy Berlin (2003-2007) as well as Director, Iraq Economic Group (2002-2003), Special Negotiator for Biotechnology, (2002), and Director of the Economic Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy Office in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (2000-2002). He was Senior Advisor in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (1999-2000), and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy Tirana, (1996-1999). In addition, he directed a Kosovo task force and served in Washington as well in the Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs. Overseas, he was also posted in Vienna, Baghdad, Johannesburg, and Sana’a.
Ambassador Cekuta earned a BSFS from Georgetown University, a Master’s Degree at Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Master’s Degree at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. He has received numerous awards from the Department of State, including eight Senior Performance Awards, four Superior Honor Awards and five Meritorious Honor Awards. He speaks German, Albanian and Arabic as well as some Azerbaijani. He is married and he and his wife Anne have three grown children, Matthew, Margaret and Stephen.