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James Lambright is Professor of Practice at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy & Strategy and an advisor to energy and financial businesses pursuing business models driven by changing technology and policy. His earlier leadership roles include serving as the presidentially-nominated Chairman & President of the US Export-Import Bank. There, he oversaw a USD 60 billion portfolio of loans and guarantees to over 150 countries, transformed the Bank into a self-financing entity free of the government budgeting process, and participated in the first five China-US Strategic Economic Dialogues. During the financial crisis of 2008-9, he served as Chief Investment Officer of the US Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (“TARP”). He chaired the TARP Investment Committee and led the structuring, negotiation, and execution of 600 investments in financial and automotive companies, including AIG, Citigroup, and GM. He has also held senior roles in the energy sector, as COO, CFO, and Board Director of a venture-backed renewable energy company and as Senior Vice President of Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy holding company with utility, LNG, and midstream businesses. Jim is on the boards of United Capital and PeacePlayers International. He earned a law degree with honors from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Stanford University. Jim is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.