Robert P. Smith was the founder and managing director of the Boston-based Turan Corporation, which specializes in trading and investing emerging market debt.

A graduate of Bowdoin College and Boston University Law School, Smith served as a loan officer and economic liaison for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Vietnam, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil. He later joined Deltec Bank in São Paulo, Brazil as a lender. 

Smith was a noted authority on emerging country world debt and has been cited or quoted in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barrons, Financial Times, and various other publications. He has written a bi-monthly column for The Providence Journal as well as other publications. He is the author of Riches Among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy and his website is

Smith has served as a trustee of various nonprofit organizations, including the Roxbury Latin School, Caribbean Central American Action, Oxford Academy, the Fessenden School, Plimoth Plantation, and the Massachusetts Trade Advisory Board. He is a benefactor of the David Saul Smith Union at Bowdoin College and the Robert P. Smith Art Center and Theater at the Roxbury Latin School.

Last Updated: February 6, 2019