Robert O. Blake, Jr.
Robert O. Blake, Jr. is a Senior Managing Director and leads the Southeast Asia and Climate practices at McLarty Associates.
Ambassador Blake served for 31 years in the State Department in a wide
range of leadership positions. From 2013 to 2016, he served as the U.S.
Ambassador to Indonesia, where he focused on building stronger business
and educational ties between the U.S. and Indonesia. In this role, he worked
with the CEOs of Indonesia’s largest palm oil producers to develop a major
sustainable palm oil initiative to reduce Indonesia’s greenhouse gas
emissions. He also served as Senior Advisor to Special Presidential Envoy
for Climate John Kerry to help conclude a Just Energy Transition Partnership
with Indonesia in 2022. In 2009, he was nominated by President Obama to
be Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, serving from
2009 to 2013, for which he was awarded the State Department’s
Distinguished Service Award. From 2006 to 2009, he served concurrently as
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Prior to that, he served as
Deputy Chief of Mission in India from 2003 to 2006, where he was named
the worldwide DCM of the Year by the State Department.
Ambassador Blake held a wide variety of key State Department positions as
well, including Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs
from 2001 to 2003, Deputy Executive Secretary for the Department of State
from 2000 to 2001, and Senior Desk Officer responsible for economic and
political relations with Turkey from 1998 to 2000. He has also served in
Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, and Nigeria.
He is currently Chairman of the Board of the U.S.-Indonesia Society, is a
member of the board of the Asia Foundation, and serves on the Global
Leadership Council of the World Resources Institute and the National
Committee of the World Wildlife Fund.
Ambassador Blake holds a BA from Harvard College, and an MA from the
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.