Ambassador Clifford M. Sobel served as the United States Ambassador to Brazil from 2006 to 2009. The Ambassador also served as the 62nd United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 2001 to 2005. He worked with the Netherlands on the first joint European American conference on innovation for the 21st Century, a new tax treaty, and negotiated a cooperative HIV Aids Program in Africa. In 2004, his contribution to the high tech community in the Netherlands was recognized by the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sectors when he was named the ICT personality of the year.
After serving in the Netherlands, Ambassador Sobel was on the Board of Directors of Aegon (NYSE AEG) and AlpInvest, the largest global private equity fund. He also served on the Advisory Committee for EUCOM, the Military Commander Advisory Board for Europe and Africa, the NATO Mentors Board, and The Millennium Promise Board of Directors, a not for profit organization supporting the United Nations Millennium Goals.
Sobel served on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in Washington, D.C. from 1994 to 1998. He was on the board of the Lexington Institute and chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, a public policy think tank focused on education reform, national security, deregulation, corporate governance and tax rate reduction. Ambassador Sobel was also on the advisory boards of Empower America and Business Executives for National Security (BENS).
Ambassador Sobel attended the University of Vermont and graduated with honors from New York University’s School of Business. In 1999, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Kean University, New Jersey, in recognition of his public service contribution.
Sobel was an event speaker at the Dialogue.