Rob KaplanFounder & CEO at Circulate Capital
Rob is Founder and CEO of Circulate Capital, a Singapore-based 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 in South and Southeast Asia (SSEA).
With 60% of the plastic waste in the oceans originating from Asia, Rob moved to Singapore from the US to be closer to the core of the world’s plastic crisis in Asia.
In December 2019, the Singapore-based Circulate Capital Ocean Fund (US$106M) will be launched. Circulate Capital along with investors from several leading corporations; PepsiCo, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Danone, Dow, Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Company, and Unilever aim to prevent the flow of plastic waste into the ocean through financing Asia’s waste ecosystem and incentivize private capital investment in the recycling value chain across the region.
Prior to founding Circulate Capital, Rob was the Co-Founder of and Senior Advisor to Closed Loop Partners, an innovative platform for impact investing, sustainability, and the circular economy focused in North America. He 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.
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.