James Slezak - Ascent Conference James Slezak - Ascent Conference

James Slezak

James is a social entrepreneur and managing partner at New Economy Lab, where he leads new experiments at the intersection of advocacy and digital media and advises clients on growing organizations to create meaningful social value.

He was previously COO and co-creator of the global digital division of The New York Times, where he worked with designers, journalists, technologists, marketers and others to build the next generation of experiences for hundreds of millions of people who read The New York Times around the world. He was also a founding partner at New York-based social change agency Purpose, a strategy consultant at McKinsey, and co-founded the sharing economy organization Peers.org.

Originally from Australia, James moved to the U.S. to earn a PhD in experimental physics at Cornell University. He was appointed by Harvard as an affiliate to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and has been a fellow at Australia’s Center for Policy Development. He co-authored the book Climate Change and Australia. In 2015, Origin Magazine named him “one of the top creatives changing the world”.

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