Robert Shelton is President of The Shangri-La Group, a holding company owned by Rinaldo and Lalla Brutoco to oversee a portfolio of operating companies and innovative projects that endeavor to exemplify in action the “quadruple bottom line” perspective advocated for over three decades by the World Business Academy of serving people, planet, and purpose in addition to profit. Shangri-La’s diverse activities include organic food production, health-related organic product manufacturing, microgrid and other green energy-related activities, and engineering for several next-generation technologies including a freight transport craft that is lighter-than-air and focusing on climate-related responses. Prior to his joining Shangri-La in late-2017, Robert served as CEO of Private Access, Inc., which he founded in 2006 to develop enterprise grade technology to simultaneously improve personal privacy while also making it possible with permission for researchers and others to access sensitive and otherwise confidential information such as personal medical records and genomic data significantly faster and more easily.
Robert’s work as a serial entrepreneur integrates a great number of his experiences, including as the father of a child who was prenatally diagnosed with a rare chromosomal variation; serving for seven years as Chairman of a national non-profit disease advocacy organization addressing several genetics-based conditions; and as a developer of large scale public-private projects including the Palm Springs Convention Center and a lifestyle entertainment center located immediately across from the main entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Robert is the inventor and recipient of seven issued patents as well as a number of currently pending applications addressing improved privacy-related controls over data held in search engines and in data mining, that are being used in the service of support organizations, tens of thousands of individual participants and medical researchers.