Jim Pickup is President and CEO of the Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII) which he helped found in 2005.  Mr. Pickup is based in the Washington, DC headquarters office where he also serves as General Counsel of the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue.  From 1997 to 2013, Jim was an associate and partner at DLA Piper, an international law firm where his practice focused on federal law and policy and international development.  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 made 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 from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.  He is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow.