Biography & Resume

Overall Mission
Via his writings and websites, Mr. Robins aims to:

1) Bring new insight into today's failing economics.

2) Help investors enjoy greater investing success and personal fulfillment by encouraging them to incorporate their higher values in investing decisions.

Mr. Robins' desire to help shine a new light on economics arose in the 1970s upon realizing its inability to provide sustainable affluence and happiness for everyone. At that time he also recognized the extraordinary neglect of human consciousness and values apparent in economics.

Paralleling this interest was his desire to help individuals incorporate their higher values (ethical, spiritual and ecological etc.) in investing. He foresaw this could eventually yield superior returns over conventional investing methodologies. There is increasing evidence that such higher returns are possible. Surveys in developed countries show that investors favour this approach as well.

Brief Biography
Mr. Robins has been an economics and financial columnist for Alrroya (now Alroeya.com), a leading Middle Eastern business portal; has written articles for numerous financial and business publications; and writes for, and administers the globally popular and respected ethical investing site, Investing for the Soul.

Additionally, he writes the Enlightened Economics blog whose promise is to bring greater success to economics. It offers a revolutionary approach to economics by integrating consciousness, natural law, and free-market theory.

His current writing activities include a book, with the working title, "Resolving America's Economic Quagmire," with subtitle, "People Gaining Inner Fulfillment is THE Key!"

In 2010, Mr. Robins was asked by Bloomberg to be an expert commentator for them on Islamic finance.

Beginning in 1969, Mr. Robins held investment industry positions in securities analysis, over-the-counter trading, and global private equity sales. During the 1990s he was regarded as North America's most successful marketer and instructor of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique to financial executives.

His education includes business and spiritual studies at institutions of higher learning in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada and the United States. Among his many qualifications are an MBA degree and Honours standing in the Canadian Securities Course.

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Detailed Biography
Recent Accomplishments & Activities
Mr. Robins has been an economics and financial columnist for Alrroya (now Alroeya.com), a leading Middle Eastern business portal; has written articles for numerous financial and business publications; and writes for and administers the globally popular and respected ethical investing site, Investing for the Soul.

Additionally, he writes the Enlightened Economics blog whose promise is to bring greater success to economics. It offers a revolutionary approach to economics by integrating consciousness, natural law, and free-market theory. 

His current writing activities include a book, with the working title, "Resolving America's Economic Quagmire," with subtitle, "People Gaining Inner Fulfillment is THE Key!"  

In 2010, he was asked by Bloomberg to be an expert commentator for them on Islamic finance.

To help fulfill his mission, he founded Investing for the Soul in 2001 and created its website in 2003.

By 2005, he had developed and began offering (through Investing for the Soul) a suite of unique Ethical Investing Workshops and Ethical Investing Services, and subsequently received widespread interest and media coverage of his activities.

The workshops and services offered by Investing for the Soul assist investors and investment professionals in finding, researching, and evaluating investments according to a set of desired personal values they determine.

In 2006, Mr. Robins began writing editorials on ethical investing for Investing for the Soul. In 2007, he added Ethical Investing News & Commentary to the site, an e-newsletter The Soul Investor, and commenced posting to his Enlightened Economics blog. In 2010, he started writing a finance and economics column for alrroya.com.

Education
Mr. Robins' education includes business and spiritual studies at institutions of higher learning in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada and the United States. Among his many qualifications are an MBA degree (joint major in finance and marketing), and Honours standing in the Canadian Securities Course.

Prior Investment Industry Experience
Mr. Robins has held investment analyst positions at two leading investment firms. The first was at Bongard Leslie & Co. Ltd.—now for many years part of BMO Nesbitt Burns, Canada. This was followed by a more senior analyst position at Babson Canadian Reports, a distinguished Canadian investment advisor and manager in the 1970s that had an arms-length relationship to the prestigious U.S. investment firm, David L. Babson & Co. Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts. At Babson’s, Mr. Robins also edited their influential weekly investment newsletter.

In the late 1990s, he worked for five successful years in a small Toronto investment boutique in global private investment securities sales to the wealthy.

Teaching TM to Executives
Ron Robins practicing TM,
Royal York Hotel, Toronto
Toronto Star photo 1993
Mr. Robins became an instructor of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation (TM) programme in 1972 and taught it full or part-time for almost thirty years. During the 1990s, he was regarded as North America’s most successful marketer and instructor of the programme to executives, having delivered over 2,000 TM sales presentations and seminars.

He taught TM at leading North American corporations such as the Toronto-Dominion Bank and The Bank of Nova Scotia; at elite health clubs including Toronto's Granite Club and The Fitness Institute; and has been a keynote speaker at functions of many organizations, Chambers of Commerce and Rotary Clubs.

Furthermore, his studies in spirituality involved years in seclusion. It is his inner experiences and values that also motivate him on his present path and mission.

Participation in the Media
Mr. Robins has achieved significant media successes by authoring, publishing and promoting numerous articles and media stories on economics and finance, the TM programme, and spirituality. Media who have interviewed, quoted him, or he has appeared on, include: The Wall Street Journal; MarketWatch; Forbes; The Financial Post; BNN; The Globe & Mail; The Toronto Star; Rogers Television's Money Line; CBC Radio One's Metro Morning; 680 News Radio; ENN Radio, Healthy Directions Magazine; The Catholic Register; Heraldscotland; and Canadian Business Magazine.