is COO of
Shackleton Energy Company.
Jim has been a leader of top-level international teams in the aerospace, finance, and technology sectors for almost 20 years. An expert in space systems and infrastructure, Jim combines a deep knowledge of international business and technology trends with practical expertise in building cross-cultural teams that cut across diverse sectors.
In the early 1990s, he was responsible for establishing a commercial space development office in Moscow where he led a team of ten senior Russian engineers and staff members. He helped lead the effort to transform the Russian launch industry from centralized planning to free market economics. In 1998, Jim became Launch Manager at the Surrey Space Centre in England, handling launch operations for commercial and governmental clients worldwide — including NASA, ESA, and the United States Air Force. Jim worked with the Surrey team to assist emerging nations in establishing local space capabilities — including engineering facilities, spacecraft fabrication centers, and national space agencies.
In 2004, he left Surrey to lead cross-cultural teams that focused on capital intensive projects in infrastructure finance and development. This executive experience gave Jim a unique perspective on the establishment of large scale programs.
Moving to Silicon Valley, Jim successfully raised venture capital for one of his companies creating a 3D information architecture and he is on the board of space and software technology companies that he has cofounded. Jim is also a member of Faculty at Singularity University for Technology Synthesis and Mapping, Chairman of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics San Francisco Section, a member of the Economics, and Investment Committee of the International Astronautical Federation.
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