Robert has been running rivers around the world from Ecuador to Tibet with his father since he was fourteen. His experience guiding on the Futaleufú and the knowledge that there were plans to dam all the the rivers in Patagonia led him to pursue a career in environmental law. Robert graduated law school in Chile at the top of his class. For his compulsory government apprenticeship he won the prestigious "Tribunales de Familia" award as the top new attorney in Santiago. Upon passing law bar in Chile, Robert moved to New York to work for the environemntal group, HudsonRiverkeeper. While at Riverkeeper he submitted a proposal to the Waterkeeper Alliance to launch a Riverkeeper on the Futaleufu. After the proposal was accepted, Robert returned to Chile to make his vision a reality and began developing strategies to address threats to the Futaleufu watershed, assembled a dynamic team to run the organization and worked to establish its legal status as a non-profit in the United States and Chile. As the President of Patagonia's first Riverkeeper, Robert is responsible for leading the organization, overseeing legal strategies, engaging in outreach with Chilean and international donors and strengthening institutional relationships with the Waterkeeper Alliance. This past year, Robert traveled back to the U.S. with his wife Karime and completed a U.S. Master of Law degree (LL.M.) at Columbia Law School in New York where he sat on the board of the Columbia Environmental Law Society and interned at the United Nations on the Climate Change Initiative. Robert will be taking the bar in New York in 2014. Robert leads Earth River's Futaleufu treking trips and shoots video and guides on the rafting trips. When not guiding expeditions on the Futaleufu he is working to protect the watershed and the community that depends on it. Robert's daughter, Amanda, was born this past November. If you do a Futaleufu trip you will more then likely have both Robert Jr. and his father, Robert Sr. on your expedition.
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