Wilkes University

Current Speaker - United Nations Lecture Series

Robert SkinnerRobert Skinner

Director, United Nations Information Centre, Washington, DC

"The United Nations in a Time of Transition: Its Role and Challenges"

  • Date: Thursday, April 12
  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • Location: The Miller Room

For more information, please contact Mildred Urban at (570) 408-4330.

The event is free and open to the public.


Robert Skinner is the Director of the United Nations’ office in Washington, D.C. He assumed his duties in November 2015.

Prior to the appointment, Mr. Skinner was the Executive Director for New York Office Operations and UN Relations at the United Nations Foundation (UNF). In this role, he oversees partner relations, communications programs, and was the main liaison for UNF’s work with senior UN-system communications officials.

Before joining UNF in April 2006, Mr. Skinner spent approximately nine years as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, serving at U.S. Embassies in Trinidad & Tobago, El Salvador, and Côte d'Ivoire, as well as at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Earlier in his career, he practiced law in Chicago, including for over three years as a criminal defense attorney with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender. Prior to his legal studies, Robert spent four years creating and managing international sports events.

A national of the United States, Mr. Skinner received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin, spending one semester studying European Union Law at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

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