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Mr. James Sternlicht

CEO & Founder, The Peace Department

Growing up to entrepreneurial parents and with a passion for the environment, James Sternlicht found himself at the intersection of the worlds of investing, marketing, and philanthropy from a young age. As he studied the intersection of these various fields during his time at Dartmouth College, he developed a love of the systems thinking model of the world, and this has informed his work with many of the organizations that he has worked with, including Oceanic Global, where he serves as Director of Strategic Development, helping bring together impactful initiatives for reducing the impacts of humanity on the natural world through reducing waste and bringing in alternative solutions.

Through explorations of fields of emerging technology, including blockchain and artificial intelligence, he began to find intersections and gaps in the approaches taken by many of the players in the space -and found a critical failure in the coordination of efforts between research institutions, non-profits, multilateral organizations, and the private sector in building out a comprehensive approach to tackling the greatest problems facing our world today – climate change and inequality. Recognizing this, he engaged with experts in various fields to build out a working model for a theory of change which would allow for the coordinated deployment of philanthropic and investment capital, aligned with data-driven and common-sense public policy approaches, which serves as the basis for the founding of Peace Department – a platform dedicated to elucidating a critical path for humanity and shepherding stakeholders onto that path.

Now, pulling from deep networks and wide access to resources, he seeks to drive this vision forward with a team of like-minded individuals dedicated to optimizing the effectiveness of efforts towards a bright and omni considerate future, a world in which people and planet live in partnership, and where humanity has a stable platform to build from in our explorations of the art of the possible.