Rob is Founder and CEO of Circulate Capital, an impact investment management firm dedicated to financing companies, projects, and infrastructure that prevent the flow of plastic waste to the world’s ocean and advance the circular economy.
As a Co-Founder of and Senior Advisor to Closed Loop Partners, an innovative platform for impact investing, sustainability, and the circular economy, Rob oversaw strategy and new business model development, as well as day-to-day operations. The Fund has deployed more than $40M into recycling and circular economy investment opportunities focused in North America.
Prior to Closed Loop, Rob also served as the Director of Sustainability for Walmart Stores, Inc. where he was responsible for packaging, customer engagement and integration with the Consumables business, including personal care and household cleaning. Rob led Walmart’s cross-functional efforts to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas from the supply chain.
Before joining Walmart, Rob helped lead corporate responsibility and brand strategy for the Brown-Forman Corporation, which produces and markets spirit brands such as Jack Daniel’s. Rob developed marketing strategies to engage consumers, improve social and environmental performance and advance business objectives.
Rob received his MBA from the Haas School where he studied marketing, corporate responsibility and social entrepreneurship. During his undergraduate studies, Rob was the State Communications Director for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California and a political consultant for M&R Strategic Services in Washington, DC. Rob received his undergraduate degree in political communication from the George Washington University where he learned that perception is reality.
Karoline Andaur graduated as a social anthropologist from the University of Oslo, and has worked with WWF-Norway since 2009. She previously worked for the Norwegian parliament's committee administration. After leading WWF Norway's marine & Arctic programme for many years and heading WWFs Corporate Partnership work, Karoline is now the organisation's Deputy CEO.
As part of a global organisation Karoline has extensive experience form global ocean work and is known for being a critical friend of the maritime and marine industry. Karoline is a board member of GRID-Arendal and the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund, as well as sitting on various advisory board.
Kristian has more than two decades of strategic and senior management experience in the areas of ocean policy and science, environment, sustainability and development. He has broad international high-level experience in more than 35 countries, negotiating and managing projects in the public and private sectors.
In addition to serving as director of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative at WRI, Kristian is head of the Friends of Ocean Action for the World Economic Forum. Until early 2018, he was the senior marine adviser to the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, and the director of engagement for the Ocean Unite network, an initiative of the non-profit arm of the Virgin Group. From 2012 to 2016, he was the director of global engagement at the Global Ocean Commission. Kristian has also served as vice president of SeaWeb (2009-2012), where he was responsible for sustainable-markets, science, and Asia-Pacific programmes, head of the marine programme at UNEP - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (2006-2009), and director of the International Coral Reef Action Network (2001-2009).
Kristian is on the boards of several environmental, development and social initiatives, and the editorial board of the journal Aquatic Conservation. He has degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Cambridge University.