Jim Pickup is President and CEO of the Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII) and General Counsel of the Aspen Institute. He is also a founding partner of Impact Capital Strategies, a consulting firm focused on impact investing. At the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue, Jim serves as the organization’s primary attorney. He is also a member of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Strategy Group and was an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. In 2000 and 2001, Jim served as Senator George Mitchell's representative when the Senator chaired the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee, an international committee established to examine the crisis between the Israelis and Palestinians and make recommendations to prevent its recurrence. He played a significant role in the committee's activities and the drafting of its report which has become known as the Mitchell Plan. Jim graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, received a Master in International Affairs degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and graduated with honors (M.A. hons.) from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.