Robin Kleiner

Robin Kleiner

Robin is from Geneva, Switzerland. He has a background in Business Administration and he is currently enrolled in his Masters in Management at the University of St-Gallen. Within this field, he is particularly fascinated by private sector actions undertaken to encourage sustainable development, like social entrepreneurship. Outside the classroom, he has twice organised the oikos Model WTO as co-head of the team. The Model WTO is a one-week simulation of ministerial negotiations, held at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, on the principle of the World Trade Organization for some 70 internationals students with the involvement of WTO experts and ambassadors at the University of St.-Gallen. He had short experiences in banking sector and is currently enjoying the chance to work for the Hub Singapore, a co-working space for social entrepreneurs with international network of some 3000 people over the world. Robin has also participated in the two week program for social entrepreneurship for economic development (SEED) in Bandung, Indonesia. Curious, sportive and exciting by discovering new cultures and divers ways of thinking, he is looking to travel in China at World Resources Forum 2012 to share thoughts and ideas for a green revolution in our global economy.

Recent Posts

Why We Need Agile Servant Leaders

Do world leaders have the big picture and a good understanding of the world we live in? A Q&A with Gilbert Probst from the World Economic Forum on his new book, “Tackling Complexity.”

Powering Startups Beyond Silicon Valley

Nowadays, booking a flight is as simple as sending an email. But why is it so easy to plan your next flight when coordinating land transportation, an even more common mode of travel, is far more complicated? Australia-based Jayride would like to solve this problem by building a new platform for mobility. As with land travel, sometimes the best routes in industry are the most obvious ones. So Jayride co-founder and CEO Rod Bishop chose a clear-cut path: Why not create a unique booking platform for mobility that groups all available car pools, ride shares, shuttles and public transportation routes under one roof?

A Multilateral Approach to Regional Resource Scarcity

Protectionism, keeping the resources for yourself and maybe your neighbour – is that today still a considered strategy? At the World Resources Forum, the answer was clear. The energy supply chain today is more international than ever before. Countries are more interdependent  than ever before. But countries are still looking at energy in terms of national self-reliance.

Whoever said Sustainable Change isn’t Within our Grasp wasn’t at WRF Beijing.

At the World Resources Forum (WRF) in Beijing, all environmental experts agree on the fact that today we need to take actions to tackle the problem of resources scarcity. Problematic, however, is to pinpoint who should lead the change. Prof. Munashinghe, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner, gives a very pragmatic answer: “ Market share is the key element to understand where governmental policy should focus.” If the market has oligopolistic characteristics, policy actions should focus on the supply side. In an oligopsonic market, the opposite policy maker should take actions on the demand side to make the consumer aware about possible solutions path for the environmental issue. This solution is very important because it give a simple tool for policy maker to focus their strategy on the right market actors and therefore gain in efficiency.

The social entrepreneur – a sustainable business model?

Making a better world. All citizens should contribute to improve the welfare of society. This is no longer an idealist point of view anymore but a new perspective that many people support, as Muhammad Yunus remind us. This new thought current denotes a strong critic vis-à-vis the individualization tendency in our society. Happiness is not always correlated with individual amount of money accumulated but more with impact of individuals on their environment, according to the Nobel Peace Price winner.