Robert Breen

Robert is a banker and economist from Sydney, having spent 9 years as a relationship manager or analyst for banking deals, including private equity, merger & acquisitions, project finance, property, and ordinary corporate lending deals. During his career he has been engaged in a broad range of development projects for new banking systems and processes. Robert also has experience in community not-for-profit management including board positions. He's always had a passion for global development and it's been a long-term goal of his to get involved in the sector. Robert has been a believer in the potential of microfinance since he studied it as part of his Economics degree. He fell in love with Kiva as soon as he discovered the organisation via a Vlogbrothers’ YouTube video. Robert is a hopeless technophile, so Kiva’s combination of crowdfunding and social media with microfinance really appeals to him. He's excited to help Kiva develop and grow Kiva Zip across the US and beyond and can’t wait to meet and work with the rest of the Kiva team. In his spare time, he loves to cook, ski, keep fit, and read.

Fellows Blog Posts by Robert Breen

Apr 21, 2014 US United States

Robert Breen and Mary Ellen Taylor bonding over lettuce & Kiva Zip. Photo by Ralph Alswang.
"It is overwhelming to me to feel that from a lending community, from people that I do not know, who are so generous and so giving, helping me to improve and grow my success in this business. It’s just awesome. We talk about it every day, what we’re going to do with the money. People are donating to us from Australia, from all parts of our country and across the world. It’s just fabulous to be able to send endless... Continue Reading >>