Robert Hall, currently President of GEN Europe, and representative on the GEN International Board, was born in Los Angeles and grew up in rural northern California. He received his Bachelors in International Relations from the University of California, Davis; a Bachelors in Economics from the Lund University, Sweden and an International Masters in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm.
Interested in global development issues, Robert has worked for the Swedish government, EU, OSCE and the UN, living at least one year in eight different countries. Visiting Svanholm Ecovillage, Denmark in the late 1980's Robert became fascinated with the ecovillage concept. After 20 years of visiting ecovillages all over the world, he finally help found Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage in Sweden 2008, which led to his involvement in the revival of the Swedish national network ERO in 2010, and then the creation of the regional Baltic Ecovillage Network in 2011. He was elected into the GEN Europe council in 2010 for 2 years. He became involved as well in GEN International and witnessed the birth of GEN Africa in 2012 before being elected as GEN Europe's Managing Director by the membership in 2014. Since 2013 Robert has been assisting with the launch of the more-inclusive European ECOLISE network of local initiatives on behalf of GEN Europe. As the former Managing Director of GEN-Europe, Robert also initiated the move of the GEN Europe Main Office to Arterra Community, Spain where it is to remain through 2018. He shifted roles to President of GEN Europe in Summer of 2015. He continues to be fascinated by ecovillages and the wisdom that they collectively create and the potential they offer for the wider society's transition to resilience.