Following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Robert A. Mandell was sworn in as the 21st Ambassador of the United States of America to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on October 25, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
Since arriving in Luxembourg, Ambassador Mandell has increased U.S.-Luxembourg trade and investment linkages by working closely with the government of Luxembourg and more than 100 U.S. companies that have their European headquarters in Luxembourg. On March 28, 2014 Ambassador Mandell’s work to ensure that both Americans and Luxembourgers benefit from taxes generated from overseas investment culminated in the signing of the U.S. - Luxembourg Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). An advocate for strengthening rule of law processes, Ambassador Mandell hosted the first Luxembourg Supreme Court Summit to bring together members of the U.S. Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice every three years to share best practices across the Atlantic.
Prior to becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, he was involved in several capacities in federal, state, regional, and local government. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him to serve on the President’s Export Council, where he was Vice Chairman of the Trade Promotion and Advocacy Subcommittee, as well as a member of the Small and Medium Sized Business Engagement Subcommittee. Ambassador Mandell was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a family-owned homebuilding business from 1998 until 2005.
Ambassador Mandell served as Chairman of the State of Florida Environmental Regulation Commission from 1987-1990; Chairman of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority in 1990 and 1991 and Vice Chairman from 1992 to 1995. He has also served on several Blue Ribbon Task Forces in Central Florida.
In addition to his government service, Ambassador Mandell has also served on several non-profit boards of directors, including the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research of La Jolla, California, the Vermont Studio Center, and Florida Hospital, a 2000-bed, acute care hospital in Florida and part of the Adventist Health System.
The Ambassador is a 1969 graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in advertising and, in 1972, a Juris Doctor degree. He is an “AV” rated lawyer in the Martindate-Hubbell legal list. In addition, he graduated from the Harvard Business School’s OPM Executive Program in 2000.