CDR Co-Chairman and Former President & CEO of OPIC
Robert Mosbacher, Jr., serves as co-chair of the Consensus for Development Reform (CDR).
Throughout his career, Mosbacher has worked to strengthen the role of the private sector in U.S. development. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Mosbacher served as the ninth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), following confirmation by the United States Senate. OPIC is a self-funding, independent agency of the United States Government that supports private capital investment in emerging markets around the world.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Mosbacher helped launch the Reagan Administration’s Private Sector Initiatives Program, and was appointed by President Reagan to three successive Presidential Task Forces on Private Sector Initiatives during the 1980s. He served on the Board of the Texas Department of Human Services from 1987 to 1991, and as its Chairman from 1989-1991. During the 1970s, he worked for over seven years on the staff of Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee.
In addition to his role as CDR co-chair, Mr. Mosbacher is Chairman of Mosbacher Energy Company (MEC), an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Houston, Texas, which he led as President and CEO from 1986 to 2005. Mr. Mosbacher is also Chairman of the Board of the Initiative for Global Development, and serves on the Boards of CHF International, the Americas Society, the South Texas College of Law, the Calpine Corporation, and the Devon Energy Company.
Mr. Mosbacher received a law degree in 1977 from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1973.