Founder and CEO
Robert Smith is a fifth generation investment executive whose family has been creating financial vehicles in divine service to others for over 100 years, introducing financing systems such as the mortgage and college loans, awards that fueled the Harlem Renaissance, and grants to build parks in over 30 states.
Robert began his career managing traders at the world’s largest market making firm and the world’s leading proprietary trading firm, achieving 66 months of consecutive profitability. After witnessing the attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, something shifted in Robert and it was not long before he retired from trading to pursue a meaningful career with human connection.He identified early on working in institutional sales that family offices were underserved by most investment banks and there was a strong appetite for investing with impact. Over the next 10 years, Robert built equity capital markets and international equities divisions at boutique investment banks, serving impact investors globally and participating in more than 200 private placements and public offerings.In 2014, having built a trusted network, Robert founded ICV to connect family offices and institutional investors to evaluate opportunities that create a social impact beyond a financial return.
Robert serves as Advisor to International Peace Institute, New Frontier Bio, the UNCDF, and Thomas Jefferson University. He also serves as International Trustee for Religions for Peace and Senior Advisor to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Carrying on his family’s mission to provide inspirational and tangible help for young people, he serves on boards of the Africa Rising Foundation, the Chaeli Foundation, Childhood Cancer Kids, The Children’s Village, St. Clair Butterfly Foundation, and Tuesday’s Children. Robert also serves as President of The Harmon Foundation, founded in 1922 by his great, great grandfather, William E. Harmon. In 2018, Robert was recognized as one of The 100 Visionary Leaders leading us towards a better world by Real Leaders Magazine and he was inducted as a member of Evolutionary Leaders.