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Robert Lesnick

Oil and Gas Program Coordinator, The World Bank

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Robert M. Lesnick is currently Oil and Gas Program Coordinator for the World Bank within its Oil, Gas and Mining Policy Division. Previously he was a senior manager within ConocoPhillips Global Gas and International Business Development organization. He has over 30 years private sector experience in various energy-related operations, including natural gas processing, petroleum commodity trading and the power generation businesses. Mr. Lesnick has over 20 years international experience as a manager and lead negotiator for the development of energy infrastructure projects, and has conducted business in more than 80 international locations in 54 countries on 6 continents. In his current assignment Mr. Lesnick manages the development of the business strategy and allocation of resources of the Oil and Gas Policy Unit, including direct oversight of the Petroleum Governance Initiative (Trust Fund). He is responsible for the development of petroleum sector input into World Bank energy and climate change strategies and provides advice on energy policy to strategic government clients. Mr. Lesnick has served on the Management Committee for the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG), a coalition of over 60 natural gas companies and trade associations and was Vice President, Communications and Executive Committee member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) where he was honored as its President’s Award winner in 2010. He is also a member of the Chairman’s Club of the United Way, and Sponsor for Medical Bridges Charity. Mr. Lesnick has received an appointment as an adjunct professor at the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University as a lecturer in field of corporate globalization, and has taught in the school’s Executive Education Program on the energy business value chain. He is chairman of the Marketing Committee on the College of Arts and Letters Advisory Council of Northern Arizona University where he attained his Bachelor of Science degree. He received a MBA from Rice University where he was honored as a Jones Scholar.