Robert W. van Zwieten
Asian Development Bank, Director Private Sector Capital Markets
Robert van Zwieten is a pro bono member of the Advisory Board of OLPC. He works with the senior management team principally on financing solutions globally and business development in Asia.
He is also the Asian Development Bank’s Director of Private Sector Capital Markets. ADB’s mission is poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific. Robert covers all of ADB’s 39 developing member countries. Major themes in his work include access to finance, climate change and capital mobilization through new partnerships. He has been directly involved in incubating and establishing four new financial enterprises since joining ADB in January 2009.
Robert has 25 years of global senior executive experience in financial services, having conducted business and led teams, transactions and projects in financial markets in the United States, Europe, Asia (both developed and emerging markets) and Australia. He has worked for Royal VOPAK, ABN AMRO Bank, General Electric, Lehman Brothers and the Singapore Exchange. His domain expertise is in corporate, commercial and investment banking, securities brokerages and exchanges, debt capital markets, alternative asset management, emerging and frontier financial markets, corporate finance and treasury.
Robert also serves on the Board of Trustees of International House in New York and on the Board of Advisors of Doctors Without Borders/MSF (USA). He was educated in Europe and the United States, holding an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business, having obtained his J.D. and M.A. degrees from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and having an LL.M. degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York. He is a citizen of both the United States and the Netherlands.