Bob has advised firms not only with overall risk assessment at the regional and country level, but also developed and helped implement market entry, divestment and risk mitigation strategies.
Bob has been covering political and business risk in the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos since 2002, previously with Eurasia Group.
Before working in the United States, Bob was a practicing lawyer in the Philippines, and served in a variety of government and private sector positions. He was the Chief of Staff of the Majority Leader of the Philippine Senate, where he focused on post-crisis economic policymaking, energy sector privatization and IT and mining sector policy. He was also a program fellow for Corporate Governance at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, where he led research on Southeast Asian corporate social responsibility. With funding from the Asian Development Bank and USAID, he developed and implemented a Supreme Court training program on securities and bankruptcy law for trial court judges.
As a lawyer in Manila, Bob worked on tax, family and corporate law; much of his corporate work was focused on due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and securities issuance. He also consulted on communications crisis management for large infrastructure projects in the Philippines.
Bob has degrees in law and economics from the University of the Philippines, and became a member of the Philippine Bar in 1994.