A Harvard Law graduate, Robert has worked as a McKinsey & Company consultant, global-law-firm partner, private-equity Principal, and public-policy expert for Tony Blair Associates and The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has advised governments, international organizations, and Fortune Global 500 companies across North America, Europe, and Asia. Robert currently teaches as Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, and serves Of Counsel with Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Robert is a member of the California, Illinois, and Missouri bars.
Robert has written and spoken extensively on business, law, geo-policy, and economic development. His books include: The Right Way to Win: Making Business Ethics Work in the Real World (Rowman & Littlfield, 2020); 20 Questions to Ask about Wills & Estates (Career Press, 1st. ed., 2005; Greensfelder, 2nd ed., 2019); The OECD White Paper on Corporate Governance in Asia (OECD Press, 2004 (uncredited)); and The Corridors of Power: An Alex Broadman Mystery (BookBaby Press, 2014 (fiction)).
We engaged in international team [including Robert Zafft] in development of this draft law, and in this regard, they provided us with truly very great assistance in synthesizing international experience and analyzing Kazakhstani legislation in this sphere,
— Berik Imashev, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan,
in a speech to Parliament.
“Creative, practical, and engaging!”
Robert’s ‘Saga of the St. Louis Thread Company’ attracted an overflow crowd. He delivered a two-hour ethics CLE presentation that was creative, practical, and engaging.
— David Lander, Professor of Practice,
St. Louis University School of Law
“Who says ethics is boring?”
Zafft’s book grabs you from the start, reads like a novel, and is totally real.
— Yuen Teen MAK, Associate Professor,
National University of Singapore
“Zafft persuasively links how a business behaves with how it performs.”
His real-world perspective and light, conversational style [are]…insightful and entertaining.
— John M. Howell, Vice President,
CX & Marketing at Centene Corporation
“The Right Way to Win provides”
...what might be the first managerial guidebook for executives seeking to make ethical business decisions
— Ed Zajac,
James F. Beré Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management
“The Right Way to Win delivers great substance that's user friendly.”
Online training/certification tools make it ideal for companies of all sizes.
— Melissa Di Donato, CEO,
“We’ll have Robert work on that, right?”
— Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister
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