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Robert Rubinstein

Authentic Eccentric Impact Investing Change Agent

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Robert Rubinstein is a longtime resident of The Netherlands. In 1999, he founded a company to introduce the then-radical concept of sustainable investing. This concept became the foundation of TBLI Group – Triple Bottom Line Investing. From its early days, the aim of this small company was and is unabashedly global: To create an inclusive values based economy. The aim is to maximize investment flows into sustainability initiatives by showing the opportunities triple bottom line investing offers to investors. It seeks nothing less than to reeducate the financial world that on the opportunities triple bottom line investing offers to investors. TBLI pushes forward the notion that a truly sound investment is one that provides, not just financial rewards, but social and environmental ones, as well. Since then, the concept is now a household name in the financial world. For more than 20 years, TBLI Group has built the ecosystem for the Impact Investing and ESG community through advisory, educational and networking services. Mr. Rubinstein is the Chairman and Founding Partner of TBLI Group Holdings B.V. with headquarters in The Netherlands. The Company was founded in 1998 with the mission of integrating ESG and TBLI into the culture and strategy of international corporate business and investment companies. Mr. Rubinstein has been instrumental in championing Sustainable and IMPACT investment dedicated to solving social issues. Prior to TBLI, Mr. Rubinstein had an extensive career in publishing. He founded the first bicycle magazine in The Netherlands, FIETS in 1981, and Source magazine in 1995, a publication focused on integrating “profits and principles” as a message to the business community. FIETS and Source were based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. FIETS was sold to VNU Magazines and it is still in circulation today. Mr. Rubinstein taught courses in Sustainable Finance at the Rotterdam School of Management from 2003–2006 and in his career has delivered many lectures at international business schools and universities. Rubinstein is a tenacious public speaker on both TBLI and ESG at global conferences and has been asked to speak at numerous engagements including the Global Reporting Initiative, the inaugural Impact Investing Israel Summit and World Pension Council in Singapore. TBLI was invited at the request of Natural Step, a leading advisor on Sustainability for the Swedish corporate sector attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Rubinstein, who lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two sons, was the founding publisher/editor of five magazines, the most recent of which was Source, the first European management magazine devoted exclusively to corporate social responsibility. Rubinstein was Chairman of the Swift Prize of the King Boudewijn Foundation and a commissioner for the State of the World Commission on Globalization. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Ethical Markets TV editorial advisory board, IMSA (International Sustainability Consultancy), the 3IG International Interfaith Investment Group, the BNP Paribas Investment Partners (ESG), and the ASN Foundation. ROBERT RUBINSTEIN Chairman & Founding Partner

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