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Daniel N. Robin

Daniel Robin is In3 BioRenewables founder and managing director. Since 1996, In3 has delivered market analysis, business planning and strategic advisory services to help build the bio-renewable economy. Mr. Robin brings more than 25 years business experience to this work as an analyst, investor and venture catalyst, with clients in diverse Fortune 500 and "Future 500" industries.

Mr. Robin serves on the board of several In3-funded ventures, is partner in SustainabilityWorks, sustainability performance management consulting and training, and co-founder and managing partner of the Renewable Energy Investor Forum (REIF), a renewables project finance group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also founding principal of Daniel Robin & Associates, an international management consulting, training and mediation firm established in 1985.

Mr. Robin is adjunct professor of strategy and management at Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM), whose Fisher International MBA Program ranked in the top 15 schools in the US (out of more than 2,300) for the fourth straight year from Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review (see Sept 23, 2009 news story). Mr. Robin conducts workshops on investing, entrepreneurship and innovation for sustainability. Mr. Robin is past board member and current faculty for the Sustainability Academy, a public benefit "think do teach tank" based on the Monterey Bay, CA.

With formal education and professional experience in high-tech (University of California at Santa Cruz, bachelors in Computer & Information Science), product marketing, and international business (UC Berkeley), Mr. Robin began In3 as a collaboration between US and German venture capital and technology transfer interests, which led to the current platform for innovative and sustainable "biorenewable" technology commercialization worldwide.

Mr. Robin has published more than 150 articles and papers on leadership, communication, social sustainability (coaching skills, dealing with conflict), and management issues, and authors a widely-read San Francisco Bay Area business column, "Sustainable Business: A Healthy Workplace" as well as numerous blogs and Ezines.

Mr. Robin conducts workshops and seminar, keynotes and guides companies, groups and individuals to reach sustainability-related goals. Past chair of conferences such as Intertech-Pira's 2007 Commercializing Bioresins, and invited speaker at three prior biopolymers symposiums, coupled with successful client engagements in related cleantech fields, Mr. Robin has gained perspective on the state of the fast-growing biomaterials industry.

Mr. Robin has also served as a public policy and private business mediator, negotiated resolution of international disputes (Government of Kuwait), moderated and facilitated public debates (panels at the Central Coast Angel Network, Agriculture Innovation Summit in Salinas and the Agriculture Technology Investment Forum), and enjoys a good controversy every now and then.

   Bachelors in Computer & Information Science, University of California at Santa Cruz (1981); graduate studies in International Business and Quality Management, University of California at Berkeley (1984).
   Communication and Facilitation: Trained and certified in the Syntax of Effective Communication, public speaking, and as a facilitator of Dr. Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
   Conflict Resolution: Community Board of San Francisco, psychologist Dr. Arnold Mindell, and U. C. Extension’s certificate program in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
   Professional Certification: Certified practitioner and applications trainer of NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP Comprehensive, Colorado); graduate of the Coaches Training Institute of San Francisco; ISO 9000 & ISO 14000 / EMS (University of Caliornia at Berkeley Extension); trained in martial arts (Brazil’s Capoeira).

Areas of Expertise

  Balanced Scorecard / Fiscal Management

  Facilitating Organizational Change
  Branding, Competitive Analysis   Negotiation, Mediation & Conflict Mgmt.
  Business Plan Presentation   Public Speaking / Presenting Skills
  Collaborative Leadership Skills   Entrepreneurship & Management Skills
  Group Facilitation and Training   Strategic Planning and Marketing
  Guidelines for Sustainable Development   Structuring private equity transactions
  Evaluating Business Case Potential   Sustainable Investment Strategy

Recent Clients

Chemcial Fabrics & Film Association
City and County of Santa Cruz, CA
Cities of San Jose, Watsonville, and Palo Alto, CA
Government of Kuwait
Diversey-Lever Corporation (now JohnsonDiversey)
ExxonMobil Chemical
Hewlett Packard Company
McKee Foods Corporation (Tennessee)
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Oak Grove School District (San Jose, CA)
Pacific Gas & Electric (P. G. & E.)
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Save Our Shores (not-for-profit in Santa Cruz, CA)
Seagate Technologies (CA)
Spa Fitness Centers (CA)
Superior Foods
Threshold Enterprises, Ltd. (Scotts Valley, CA)
WISE Solutions, Inc.

For a summary of the projects associated with the above clients, go here

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