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Rob Bernard Chief Environmental & Cities Strategist - Microsoft Corporation

Rob_Bernard_HeadshotA 17 year Microsoft veteran, Rob is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for the company’s environmental and cities efforts. Under his leadership, Microsoft has established a carbon neutral goal and the first-of-its-kind internal carbon fee.

Rob and his team are also responsible for Microsoft CityNext to help cities around the world better leverage technology to realize safer, healthier, better educated, more modern and sustainable places for people to live and work.

As part of their work, Microsoft has leveraged technology to build their own “City of the Future” on Microsoft’s Puget Sound Campus. This project, along with associated market research, served as the early foundation for the company’s growing commitment to cities initiatives around the world while also improving energy efficiency across the company’s real estate portfolio.

Prior to this role, Rob was the GM for the global ISV program where he managed teams supporting partnerships with over 50,000 software partners. Previous Microsoft experience includes heading up Program Management for early Office-based applications including the first integration with SAP through Office, running the technical platforms for MSN online shopping, early market research on utility, anti-virus and gaming market opportunities, and helping design Microsoft’s initial Windows Update programs.

Rob has an MBA from Wharton School of Business, an undergrad in English from Columbia College and founded and ran his own Real Estate Development Company. Rob brings a combination of personal and company passion, knowledge and experience to his role.

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