Robert Lamb, founder of Com+, master of the trade, a friend that we will miss
Just a few days ago, my dear friend and colleague, Robert Lamb, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.
I had a long talk with him last December. In spite of his weakness, his level of energy was still high. “What are the plans for Rio+20? If necessary, I could do a short trip….,” he told me. And, then, after outlining some conference plans we moved into soccer, one of our favorite topics --and the subject of many heated debates between us.
We watched several World Cup matches together and when England got eliminated he turned into a sort of cheer leader for Uruguay, something that I really appreciated. He was ecstatic when we won the Copa America in Argentina last year --he was never able to forgive Maradona for the "hand of God" incident that ultimately gave Argentina a win over England in the 1986 World Cup.
He was one of a kind. A top-notch story teller, film maker, producer and journalist, he was a master of the trade with the ability to reach millions of people with simple and clear messages.
Robert was a universal Brit, a friend of the developing world and its causes. A friend of the weakest in society always looking for fairness and opportunities for all groups, especially those in disadvantage.
He excelled at explaining sustainability in simple, non-elite terms that were always close to the people –an achievement that can be rightfully described as the Robert Lamb Brand.
Innovative, with the rare ability of getting people together to work on initiatives that looked impossible at the outset, Robert would always have the courage, the vision and leadership to make them work out in the end, to everybody’s surprise.
Oh, and he was opinionated for sure. He was not into shades of gray. He preferred the black and white, right or wrong approach, and most of the time he was on the right side of the issues.
And he was irreverent, especially with regards to the powerful, to the elites, to the snobs.
An enthusiastic founder of our COM+ Alliance seven years ago, Robert will always be with us.
Sergio Jellinek- Chair of the Steering Committee, COM+Alliance
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