James describes himself as 'an historian of the future' with a close interest in key trends and strategic challenges facing current and future business up to Horizon 2020 and beyond. He is a regular choice as a speaker at high level conferences around the world, has published a number of books and special reports on the world of tomorrow and has worked within high-level consultancy teams on projects with a future perspective. He was the first British staff member of the US-headquartered futurology 'think tank' the Hudson Institute, taking a senior role at the Institute's European division based in Paris. The institute developed a wide range of scenario studies working with multi-disciplinary teams embracing economics, econometrics, sociology, statistics, urban planning, international currency, trade and defence relations and other academic specialisms.
He also acts as moderator at major events across Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. He has more than twenty-five years experience as a TV broadcaster, presenting The Money Programme for BBC TV for three years before moving to Newsnight and Panorama and then to ITV. He was subsequently a newsreader at Financial Times Television and Sky News for seven years, heading up their financial and business coverage. James has a Masters in law and history from Cambridge and a PhD from the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, founded by Nobel Laureate Glenn Theodore Seaborg.
What he presents:
Emerging new balance of world economic power
Impact on business strategy of new technologies and the wireless and connected world
New business 'eco-systems'
Shape, style and psychological characteristics of tomorrow's company
Future of work and the workplace
'New Normal' - new economic and social realities
Life and work in the digital age
Global demographic revolution and its future impact
Building the post-carbon economy
Business challenges of the green agenda