Robert Hall (President of GEN Europe; Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage, Sweden) was born in Los Angeles and grew up in rural northern California. He received a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, a Bachelor of Economics from Lund University, Sweden, and an International Masters of 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 for at least a year in eight different countries. After visiting Svanholm Ecovillage, Denmark in the late 1980s Robert became fascinated with the ecovillage concept. After 20 years of visiting ecovillages all over the world, he finally helped found Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage in Sweden in 2008. This 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.
Robert was elected onto the GEN Europe Council for two years in 2010. He also became involved in GEN International and witnessed the birth of GEN Africa in 2012 before being elected GEN 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 Managing Director of GEN-Europe, he initiated the move of the GEN Europe office to the Arterra Community, Spain where it is to remain through 2018. He continues to be fascinated by ecovillages and the wisdom that they collectively create and the potential they offer for wider society's transition to resilience.