Practice Area Lead and Technical Director
Robert Underwood has over 20 years of experience as an international development professional and corporate lawyer with a strong management background as a senior-level director of rule of law projects on behalf of Tetra Tech. In his current role as practice area lead and technical director, he provides leadership and guidance to MSI’s rule of law and anti-corruption initiatives and oversees a technical team responsible for the management of democracy and governance contracts in South Asia, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.
In addition to rule of law and justice sector reform, his technical qualifications include legal and regulatory transitions, institutional and policy development, commercial law infrastructures and business climate reform. As a former Chief of Party on several USAID-funded projects, he brings an extensive background as a rule of law program design specialist and an established record of collaboration with U.S. government and host country counterparts. He holds a Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida.