Robert Sutton ’16

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Robert Sutton ’16

Why Thunderbird?

“There are many aspects of Thunderbird that attracted me to the school: the reputation of Thunderbird as a leader in international-focused education; the opportunity to learn more about business from a global perspective; the outstanding networking opportunities around the world with other Thunderbirds; and the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree from a top institution, on my schedule, without having to leave my job. Currently, I live in Serbia, working at the US Embassy in Belgrade, so Thunderbird’s online program was a great fit.”

What is your academic and professional background, and how does it fit with Thunderbird?

“I was born, raised and studied in the US, growing up in metro Atlanta. My academic and professional life fit perfectly with the Thunderbird mindset. I have a BS in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While in college, I also studied abroad in Russia through the University of Arizona. Professionally, I have spent the bulk of my career to date in the federal government, starting in the Department of Defense, and now working for the Department of State in Serbia.”

How will Thunderbird help you achieve your personal goals?

“Thunderbird’s global mission, global outlook and global mindset pervade everything it does as an institution. Other programs and schools may offer a specialization in international business, but Thunderbird offers that focus through every aspect of its programs. In the globalized world in which we live, Thunderbird’s approach makes perfect sense to me. I want to expand my management skills and expertise to combine with my substantive knowledge and international experience. Whether I stay in the public sector or move to a career in political risk assessment or consulting, a Thunderbird education and the Thunderbird experience will do nothing but enhance my future career prospects.”

More about Robert…

Languages spoken - English, Serbo-Croatian and Macedonian

Academic background - BS in International Affairs Georgia Institute of Technology

Professional background - US federal government – Department of Defense & Department of State