In March 2011, Robert Wuertz assumed his post as USAID's mission director in Macedonia, managing a project portfolio of over $100 million supporting economic growth, democracy and local governance, and education. The Agency's programs address Macedonia’s main challenges to reduce poverty, revive the economy, create jobs, promote private sector-led growth and reform local government. These efforts are helping the country to advance its transition to a stable and prosperous democracy, and support its entry into the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Before arriving in Skopje, Wuertz was the deputy mission director in Iraq, where he frequently served as acting mission director. In addition to managing USAID’s $7 billion multi-sector portfolio, he also oversaw operation of USAID’s self-contained compound in Baghdad. From 2008 to 2009, Wuertz served as the policy and private sector office director in Cairo, where he supervised the Egypt mission’s economic reform cash transfer program, the commodity import program and technical assistance related to economic policy reform. He also served as acting deputy director in Cairo in 2009. From 2007 to 2008, Wuertz served as supervisory program officer in Pakistan.
Earlier posts include chief of the Office of Economic Development and Governance in Manila (2003 to 2007), governance officer in Manila (2000 to 2003), supervisory program economist in Cairo (1994 to 2000) and program economist in Ghana (1990 to 1994).
Prior to joining USAID, Wuertz worked for the U.S. Treasury as an economic adviser seconded to the Saudi Arabian minister of finance in Riyadh. He also worked in the private sector in a variety of positions focusing on economic, social and energy issues.
Wuertz holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor's from Cornell University.
Last updated: May 07, 2013