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Asian Investment Conference 2023

Rob Kaplan

Founder and CEO, Circulate Capital

Rob Kaplan

Rob Kaplan is Founder and CEO of Circulate Capital, a Singapore-based investment management firm dedicated to financing companies, projects, and infrastructure that prevent the flow of plastic waste to the world’s oceans and advance the circular economy in emerging markets.

Circulate Capital mobilizes catalytic capital to invest across the entire circular plastic value chain, from innovative materials to advanced recycling technologies. It was established in partnership with leading global corporations including PepsiCo, Dow, Danone, Chanel, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Company and Mondelez International. Circulate Capital invests in local innovators and operators implementing solutions on the ground to connect them to the global supply chains. It aims to prove that investing in the sector can generate competitive returns, while preventing plastic pollution, mitigating climate change, and improving livelihoods across South and Southeast Asia.

Mr. Kaplan currently sits on the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership and on the board of directors at The Circulate Initiative and Delterra -- independent nonprofits driving system change in recycling. His expertise also led him to be a Forbes contributor and a recognized speaker at high level events addressing the role of investors in advancing the circular economy to fight the plastic pollution and climate crises.

Prior to Circulate Capital, Mr. Kaplan co-founded Closed Loop Partners, an investment manager focused on the North America circular economy. As Managing Director, he oversaw the firm’s strategy and new business model development, as well as its day-to-day operations.

Mr. Kaplan also served as the Director of Sustainability for Walmart where he was responsible for sustainable packaging, customer engagement and integration within the consumables business. He led Walmart’s cross-functional efforts to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas from the supply chain.

Before joining Walmart, Mr. Kaplan led corporate responsibility and brand strategy for the Brown-Forman Corporation, which produces and markets spirit brands including Jack Daniel’s. He developed marketing strategies to engage consumers, improve social and environmental performance and advance business objectives.

He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Haas School of Business, University of California - Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Communication from The George Washington University.