Stephen Robert, Director on the International Board of the U.S./Middle East Project

Stephen Robert
Currently, Mr. Robert focuses much of his attention on Source of Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization he founded with his wife to provide aid to individuals in need around the world.

Journalist, business executive, and philanthropist Stephen Robert’s distinguished career has included a number of prominent positions with leading financial and academic institutions. Mr. Robert joined Oppenheimer & Co., one of the world’s leading investment banks, in 1968 as a Portfolio Manager, and quickly rose to become the company’s President by 1979. In 1983, he took over the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and, through a management buyout, Mr. Robert became the bank’s principal owner in 1986.

Stephen Robert’s career in finance has provided him the background necessary to report on the financial sector for a variety of leading publications. In 2010, Mr. Robert wrote a piece for Forbes Magazine entitled The Fed’s Japanese Mistake Kicks Working People in the Teeth. In the article, he offered his opinion about the Federal Reserve’s decision to drive down long-term interest rates while increasing inflationary expectations. Mr. Robert warned of the dangers such a policy could portend, and openly wondered how the nation’s top bank learned nothing from a similar circumstance involving Japan’s economy during the mid-1990s.

A political as well as a financial journalist, Stephen Robert wrote a piece for The Nation in 2011 that examined the political strife between Israel and Palestine. Having taken several pilgrimages to Israel, Mr. Robert discussed his uneasiness at witnessing the Israeli government’s treatment of the Palestinian people. He concluded his article by recommending a two-state solution, and by stating his hope that President Obama will lead an effort to unite the two warring groups. He again addressed this issue in an article he wrote for Israel’s oldest newspaper, Haaretz, called Can Moral Nations Abandon Palestine?



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