James Skinner

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"James Skinner is an economist actively engaged in renewable energy and sustainable transport initiatives, both working through his own companies Bristol Electric Railbus Ltd., Sustraco Ltd. and AgGrowGas Ltd., and as a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation and Founder of The Travel Foundation. A graduate of Oxford University, he has extensive previous business, economic and agricultural development experience overseas, particularly in Africa." [1]

"After being educated at Eton College, Oxford University and Florence University, James Skinner spent the early part of his career in Africa. As a journalist in Africa he wrote mainly for the Observer and the Economist, before becoming the representative of the Economist Intelligence Unit in the Indian Ocean area, based in Dar es Salaam. Later he was responsible for managing and developing the commercial investments of the Tanzanian Government with more than 70 businesses in his care. With his own company James Skinner went on to create a range of prestigious hotels in Africa and the Middle East before returning to London. He stood for both the Westminster and European Parliaments as a Liberal Democrat in London, where he now lives. As well as being a pragmatic businessman with a wide range of practical experience in property and other creative and innovative business developments, he is multi-lingual and has also been involved with several influential think-tanks." [1]

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  1. Organic Research Centre Charity, organizational web page, accessed April 13, 2012.