The Chancellor Stephen Robert Fellowship

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Stephen Robert
When not writing, Stephen Robert spends time working with his humanitarian organization, Source of Hope Foundation.

A journalist with a background in finance, Stephen Robert has written articles for a variety of leading national publications. As a financial commentator for Forbes magazine, Mr. Robert wrote a piece entitled “The Fed’s Japanese Mistake Kicks Working People in the Teeth,” in which he offered his opinion about the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise inflationary expectations, while driving down long-term interest rates. Stephen Robert warned in his article that such a decision could slow the nation’s economic recovery from the 2008 financial crisis and help to spur speculation in the commodities market, which could become the next asset bubble. These concerns echoed an earlier piece Mr. Robert wrote for the website The Daily Beast called “Don’t Repeat Japan’s Mistake.” In this article, Stephen Robert suggests that the Treasury Department would be better off handling the ’08 crisis in a manner similar to the way it dealt with the savings-and-loan crisis of the early ’90s, instead of handling the situation like the Japanese did during their own financial crisis in the ’90s.

Stephen Robert has also written several articles about the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel. For the political magazine The Nation, Mr. Robert’s article, “Apartheid on Steroids,” discusses his own experience as a Jew returning to the Holy Land and his disappointment at what he personally witnessed in the West Bank. Mr. Robert describes the dire conditions faced by Palestinians living in the West Bank and concludes the article by expressing his hope that President Obama will lead an effort to unite the two warring groups in a two-state solution. Stephen Robert readdresses this issue in an article he wrote for Ha’aretz, the oldest newspaper in Israel, entitled, “Can Moral Nations Abandon Palestine?” Here, Mr. Robert argues that the U.S. has lost moral standing in the eyes of the world by not publicly condemning Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people.


Author: stephenrobertny

Stephen Robert co-founded Source of Hope to promote educational, occupational, and health initiatives to those in need of aid. With a global outreach, the organization works directly or in partnership with other charities to foster opportunities in the United States and abroad. With a mission statement of helping those in “desperate need,” Source of Hope provides necessary funds and develops programs such as the construction of aquifers, clinics, and educational facilities. The organization was established by Stephen Robert and his wife Pilar Crespi Robert and focuses on projects that advance the future of the communities it serves. A graduate of Brown University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Stephen Robert continues to work on behalf of the school. In recognition of his history of service, the Corporation of Brown University in 1988 elected him to the position of Chancellor. The position, which he held for nearly a decade, required him to oversee many of the university’s planning and development plans. He remains active in its activities as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. A former Director of Xerox and the NAC Reinsurance Corporation, Stephen Robert currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NEXAR Capital Group. Prior to his retirement in 2008, he held the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance Institutional Management LLC, an investment firm that advises high net-worth and institutional investment clients. For nearly 30 years, Stephen Robert worked at Oppenheimer and Company. He rose through the firm’s ranks from the position of Portfolio Manager of the Oppenheimer Fund to that of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In 1986, he participated in a management buyout that made him the principal owner of the 105-year-old Oppenheimer & Company. He stepped down from the post of Chairman and CEO in 1997 after selling the firm to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.