Robert Bole

Senior Fellow in Public Diplomacy

Areas Of Expertise

  • Information Technology and Innovation
  • Public Diplomacy and Information Operations
  • Strategic Communications

Robert Bole joined the American Foreign Policy Council as Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy in June 2016. Previously, he served at the Director of Global Strategy at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a federal agency with the mission "to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy." As the chief corporate strategy officer, he oversaw the formation and execution of the BBG's global growth and development strategy encompassing its television, radio, digital and mobile platforms, comprised of five separate media organizations that reached 218 million weekly audience in 60+ languages in over 100 markets.

In this role, Mr. Bole also the led the formulation and coordination of the BBG's media and platform response to crisis, such as expanding Russian language television and digital programming and the creation of an expanded Iraqi television and digital stream. He also played a key role in managing BBG's relationship within the U.S. government and with foreign partners. Mr. Bole was the Board’s primary coordinator with the National Security Council, the State Department and other elements of U.S. foreign policy apparatus.

Mr. Bole has worked extensively in expanding commercial news media to engage global audiences. He played a key role in forming the New York Times’s $50 million international expansion and has as the Director of Global Strategy at The Atlantic. He also served as Director of Innovation at the BBG, Vice President of Digital Strategy at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Senior Vice President at One Economy, at the time the world's most successful nonprofit dedicated to bridging the digital divide.