Founder

Robin Winkler

Robin has lived and worked in Taiwan since 1977.

Starting out at local commercial and intellectual property firms in the 80s, Robin established a consulting practice focused on intellectual property, lobbying, media, and telecommunications in 1989.

For the next ten years, Robin built a wide-ranging practice that anticipated Taiwan’s accession to the WTO. Many of his new clients sought to enter highly regulated sectors such as cable television, advertising, financial services and licensing. He served on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei and chaired its Committee on Intellectual Property for many years while also playing an active role in the European Chamber of Commerce Taipei.

Since founding Winkler Partners in 2002, Robin has almost exclusively practiced environmental law. He founded Taiwan’s first environmental legal defense fund, the Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association, as well as an association of law professors, students, lawyers and other legal professionals, the Environmental Jurists Association. Through these organisations, Robin has worked to draw international attention to the multiple environmental threats endangering a small population of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins off of Taiwan’s west coast.

In 2005, Robin was appointed by the premier to serve a two-year term as one of 14 members from the private sector on the Executive Yuan, Environmental Protection Administration’s Environmental Impact Assessment Committee. In this role, he was responsible for reviewing the environmental, economic and social impact of major infrastructure projects worth billions of U.S. dollars. These included science and industrial parks, harbors, rail, highways and airports, schools, housing, government building developments as well as coal fired, nuclear and wind power plants.

Having joined the Green Party Taiwan in 2004, Robin organized a 22-member delegation from Taiwan to attend the Global Greens Second Congress in São Paulo Brazil in 2008, was the co-convenor of the 2010 Asia Pacific Greens Network Congress in Taipei, Taiwan. He was co-convenor of the Green Party Taiwan for 2011-13 and currently serves on the board of supervisors.

Robin is also frequently featured in Taiwan’s Chinese-language media for Winkler Partners’ innovative on-site day care program, rooftop garden, partnerships with local organic farmers and other community work. Robin retired at the end of 2015.

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