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Oren Schlein, CEO

Oren brings 15 years experience as an attorney and development practitioner to Robin Hood Asia.  After an early career as a banking and corporate attorney, Oren moved into the development field, working first for the United Nations Association, the largest advocacy organization supporting UN causes in the US, and later for for UNDP and UNICEF.  He has engaged numerous multinationals and international foundations in disaster relief and long-term development initiatives and worked with the UN Global Compact, the Bush-Clinton Tsunami Fund, and several other public and private groups.

Oren’s fieldwork includes extensive travels through Asia and Africa to support efforts to eradicate landmines and address the socio-economic implications of mines on affected communities. Most recently, he served as head of UNDP’s External Relations Office in the Maldives following the 2004 Asia tsunami, which involved significant partnership development opportunities with the corporate sector.

Oren established the Adopt-A-Minefield Campaign, which gained wide public attention through the support of its Goodwill Ambassador, Sir Paul McCartney. As Executive Director in the late 1990s, he raised millions of dollars from the public and private sectors for the landmine cause and he developed one of the first online fundraising sites that linked donor funds to specific field projects — a precursor to many of the models adopted by today’s charities.

Prior to this, Oren advised companies on business opportunities at the United Nations and he authored a book on How to Do Business with the United Nations. His media contributions cover the Asia-Pacific, American and European markets.

Oren is admitted to both the New Zealand and New York bars.


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