Stephen Robert and his wife, Pilar Crespi Robert, founded Source of Hope Foundation

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.

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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About Stephen Robert

Stephen Robert
Stephen Robert

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Overseers for the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, Stephen Robert works to bring social issues to light and to find solutions for some of the most important problems facing America and the world. As a member of the Investment Committee of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Stephen Robert helps raise awareness about public policy issues, including the United States’ response to the financial crisis and the massive growth of both national and personal debt.

Major media outlets such as Forbes.com, The Nation, The Periscope Post, and The Daily Beast frequently publish Mr. Robert’s views on various issues relating to domestic and foreign policy. He often compares the downturn of the U.S. economy to that of Japan in the 1990s, urging America not to repeat Japan’s mistakes. Stephen Robert’s article “Apartheid on Steroids,” describing his concerns about human rights abuses stemming from the continuous conflict between Israel and Palestine, appeared in The Nation in August 2011.

The founder of Source of Hope Foundation with his wife, Pilar Crespi Robert, Stephen Robert promotes a holistic approach to supplying sustainable resources, including micro-lending, better health care, nutritious food, clean water, and a basic education, to poverty-stricken areas of the world. Reaching out to the world’s desperately poor populations, Source of Hope provides aid in Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Palestine, Haiti, and other people in need, including underserved residents of New York City. In New York, Stephen Robert and Source of Hope support Henry Street Settlement, a social service agency that provides a broad range of programs to more than 60,000 residents of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Joining Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in 1968 as a Portfolio Manager, Stephen Robert worked his way up through the company, becoming President in 1979, Chairman and CEO in 1983, and the principal owner by 1986. After selling the firm in 1997, Mr. Robert spent three years as Chairman and CEO of Renaissance Institutional Management LLC. The Brown University graduate has also served as Chancellor, Fellow, or Trustee of the university since 1984.

Stephen Robert, Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Overseer at the Watson Institute for International Studies

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In 2010, Stephen Robert wrote a piece for Forbes Magazine entitled The Fed’s Japanese Mistake Kicks Working People in the Teeth.

Stephen Robert is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has chaired several study groups for that organization. He is an overseer at the Watson Institute for International Studies. He was Chancellor of Brown University from 1998-2007 and has been a Brown Trustee or Fellow since 1984. He is a trustee of the New York Presbyterian Medical Center and a former Board member of the New York Philharmonic and of Thirteen/WNET. Mr. Robert is also a member of the Foreign Policy Program Leadership Committee (PLC) at The Brookings Institution, a Director on the International Board of the U.S./Middle East Project, and a member of the Investment Committee of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Stephen and his wife Pilar Crespi Robert are the founders of The Source of Hope Foundation. Its philanthropic mission is to aid desperate populations, particularly in providing food, water, health care, education and micro finance opportunities. To date, the Foundation’s activities have been primarily in sub Sahara Africa, Haiti and New York City. Mr Robert is a Director of Millennium Promise, a humanitarian aid organization with extensive activities in Africa.

Stephen Robert joined Oppenheimer & Co. in 1968 as a portfolio manager of the Oppenheimer Fund. In 1979, Mr. Robert became President of the firm and in 1983, assumed the role of Chairman and CEO. In March of 1986, he became the principal owner of Oppenheimer through a management buyout. He resigned from the firm in 1997, after selling it to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. From 2005-2008 he served as Chairman and CEO of Renaissance Institutional Management LLC. Mr. Robert is a member of the Board of the NEXAR Capital Group and a former Director of the Xerox Corp and of the NAC Reinsurance Corporation.

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?