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Robin Radin: Doing Business with North Korea

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Doing Business with North Korea. Presented by Robin Radin.

Robin Radin was founder of a minerals distribution company (White Gold Mountain Partners LLC), an unprecedented business joint venture between private US and North Korean interests. He brings that experience, along with his deep knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region, to Bookstore1 to share with us in an informative presentation.

Robin is a graduate of the University of Chicago, UC-Berkeley, and Harvard Law School, and also studied at Tokyo and Kyoto Universities. He started his professional life as a scholar and teacher of Japanese history and was the founder and director of the Japanese Studies Program at the University of Miami (1972-76). After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1979, he pursued a career linking law and his knowledge of Asia, first at a leading international law firm in NYC, then as head counsel in the US of Marubeni, one of the largest Japanese general trading companies; and later (1987-96) as general counsel for Asia-Pacific at two of the largest global financial institutions, including Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse-First Boston, based in Tokyo and Hong Kong,

Later, Robin returned to academe, teaching Japanese financial law and regulation at Harvard Law School, and directing and building its Program on International Financial Systems from 1996 to 2003.

In more recent years, he’s been a founder and manager of a biotech company (CropTech LLC), a pioneer high-tech mobile app technology company that served leading US and European museums (Toura LLC), and the minerals distribution company that resulted in a joint venture with North Korea.

Robin lives on Longboat Key, where he plays tennis as often as possible, tends his art collection featuring works of Asian, Oceanic and contemporary art, and does his best to enhance the richness of community cultural life as a sponsor of programs at the Sarasota Orchestra, Ringling College of Art & Design, the Hermitage Artists Retreat, and the Sarasota Concert Association, among others.

In his volunteer cultural endeavors elsewhere, he has served as chairman of the leading Asian-American theater company in NYC (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre); as a director and officer of the Japan Society of Boston, as board Secretary and on the Performing Arts Advisory Committee of Japan Society in New York; and the producer of concerts in New York for a renowned Japanese classical pianist, Harumi Hanafusa.

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