Robert F. Cekuta
Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta presented his credentials to President Aliyev February 19, 2015. Prior to that, Bob was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Energy Resources of the Department of State. There he played a critical senior management role in establishing the new Energy Bureau and developing programs advancing global energy security while overseeing initiatives to fight corruption and build good governance and accountability in global oil and gas production.
Ambassador Cekuta had served previously as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Sanctions, and Commodities, Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs (2010-2011), Senior Advisor for Food Security, 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), Director, Iraq Economic Group, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (2002-2003), Special Negotiator for Biotechnology, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (2002), Director, Economic Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (2000-2002), Senior Advisor, 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 earlier in his career in the Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs. Overseas, he also served 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 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 children.