James is a partner at Purpose and founder of the New Economy Practice.
has been responsible for scaling the impact and reach of Purpose's work, including the funding, corporate structure, and growth of the organization, and is currently heading our work on consumer activism and the new economy.
Prior to Purpose, James led major projects on sustainability, technology and economic development for McKinsey & Company, including developing green stimulus proposals for the Australian Prime Minister and former US Vice President Al Gore, developing strategy for a major global anti-poverty group in Washington DC, and leading the Russian national carbon efficiency project in Moscow.
During the 2004 US presidential elections, James
ran online strategy for a widely publicized campaign opposing Bush administration foreign policy that raised millions of dollars in small online donations.
An Australian native, James attended the University of Sydney and holds a PhD in Physics (experimental) from Cornell University, where he discovered a new relationship between the geometry and quantum mechanics of high temperature superconductors.
technical work was published in peer-reviewed journals including Science and Nature.
also worked on development economics and game theory before realizing he'd rather spend more time outside of labs.
He is a fellow at Australia's Center for Policy Development and an affiliate at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.