Jim Butcher, Founder and Managing Partner
As a strategist, innovator and advisor, Jim Butcher has over 25 years’ experience providing key insights and engaging decision makers and leaders to make better decisions across corporate, governments, academic, research, civic and non-profit sectors. Having worked globally worked in and with leading Fortune 100 companies, government, foundations to innovative start-ups, he uses advanced strategic thinking and scenario planning approaches, innovation, and customized engagement and leadership models for improved results and lasting solutions.
Previously, Jim served as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and a Senior Partner with the Global Business Network (GBN), the world’s leading global scenario planning consultancy. In both roles, he developed deep expertise in strategic and scenario planning across all industry sectors, complex systems, sustainability, leadership and social and sustainable impact investing and finance. His early career with the Ford Foundation, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and working with the Clinton Administration provided a broad foundation in new public and civic sector strategy, foresight and innovation approaches, leadership development, social justice and more effectively addressing complex, system leadership issues that cross traditional institutional boundaries.
His most recent work includes helping corporate clients with developing new strategies in automotive, rapid digital technology convergence and acceleration, food and agriculture, energy (both oil & gas and renewables) and healthcare. Across all sectors, rapid digital technology is a major driver for most clients. In healthcare, clients are perplexed at how the U.S. healthcare system may evolve in coming years. In higher education, he has worked with state, academic and non-profits around the challenges facing higher education. Around complex problems such as climate change or food supplies, he has worked with government and non-profit groups around new innovative, collaborative approaches to provide more system leadership. And, for new start-up companies, such as Internet of Things (IoT), biotech and social impact investing, he has been an advisor for capital raising, growth, management teams, leadership and new financing from foundations, angel investors, private equity, venture capital and impact wealth advisors.
A compelling speaker and world-class facilitator, Jim shares his experience and expertise in a variety of settings, as well as a guest lecturer at leading universities and business schools, including University of Oxford (Said Business School), Yale, Stanford, and Cornell Universities.
Jim received his M.A. and B.A. degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), with advanced economics focus, at Oxford University, England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His undergraduate degree is in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University. He has served on various advisory panels, including the National Academy of Sciences, American Water Foundation, and the Leadership Council of the Corporate Eco-Forum (CEF).