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|U.S. Department of State
|Robert “Chris” Bronk, PhD is a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. He is currently posted to the Office of eDiplomacy in Washington, D.C. In this position he serves as an internal expert on information technology policy and law, knowledge management, information security, interagency connectivity, and internal communications. He has served previously as Vice Consul in Mexico, covering border issues, counter-narcotics, and migration. During that assignment he also supported the visit of President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell to the Summit of the Americas, a semi-annual meeting of the democratically-elected leaders of the Western Hemisphere.
In addition to his duties at the State Department, Dr. Bronk continues to maintain an academic career, publishing and speaking on information technology governance and management issues. His doctoral thesis, In Confidence: Information Technology, Secrecy, and the State, won the All-University Prize for its contribution to scholarship across disciplinary lines of importance to public policy. Previous to commencing his diplomatic career, he served as a consultant to the South Korean National Computerization Agency and Seoul Metropolitan Government on security and transparency issues regarding information technologies. Earlier in his academic career, he studied international relations at Oxford University and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Chris also holds considerable experience in software development, entrepreneurship, and business management. Prior to entering government service he worked in banking, pharmaceuticals, and publishing. He spent five years in the software industry, rising from a developer with a small startup firm to an executive position in Vivendi-Universal’s education division. Chris has considerable experience in the design, implementation, and maintenance of online courseware including participation in the development of the first accredited, distance-learning course for the instruction of foreign languages. He maintains significant skills in web technologies and recently managed the enterprise-wide deployment of wiki and blog software to support the Department of State’s knowledge management strategy.Chris is married with one daughter and resides in Arlington, Virginia. He speaks fluent Spanish and is conversant in French and Korean.