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James Rose

As a writer and advisor, James Rose has written or ghosted features, commentary and analysis for various publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the International Herald Tribune, the Far Eastern Economic Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Washington Post and, the South China Morning Post. His work has also appeared in various periodicals and academic journals.

He has published around 400 comment articles around the world under his byline and those of his clients.

For 18 months he wrote a seminal weekly column on corporate ethics for the influential Australian financial newsletter Investorweb, and for two years wrote a popular weekly column on China for the widely read Hong Kong newspaper, The Standard, for which he was nominated for an award for Editorial Excellence by The Society of Publishers in Asia. He has also acted as a stand-in columnist for The Age newspaper in Australia.

James is founder of Random Ax, a media company which focuses on generating media and communications strategies for pro-sustainability and pro-social justice clients. He has been responsible for gaining his clients news placement in major regional and global media outlets, including the BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, the Independent, ABC, SBS, Radio Australia, Voice of America, CNN and Fox.

Among his clients are, or have been, the Burmese government in exile, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Zimbabwe opposition MDC and, the Western Sahara independence movement (“the last colony in Africa”).

He is also founder of the Better World Cup, a charity delivering fair trade soccer balls and equipment to challenged communities worldwide.

He also writes two blogs on human rights issues: The Human Rights Report and The Burma Report.

In 2006, James was advisor to the Special Ambassador to the United Nations World Food Program.

Between 2003 and 2006, he was Asia-Pacific editor and regional correspondent for the specialist corporate responsibility website and magazine Ethical Corporation, a market leader in the field, based in London.

In the mid-1990’s, James was an advisor to the Australian Democrats political party.

In 1999, James started Integrative Strategies, which was one of Australia’s first socially responsible research and analysis companies. By 2001, the company had expanded to offer corporate responsibility consulting and training services. Among the clients of the company were World Vision, Greenpeace, David Jones, ING, Santos, and the Australian Business Council.

James’ book Ethical and Active Shareholding - an Australian investor’s guide, the first of its kind published in Australia, was launched at the Australian Stock Exchange in 2001. This book was rated one of the best investment books of the year by Personal Investor magazine.

He has travelled widely and spoken at conferences around the world and is often called on to speak to media outlets.

He has an Arts degree from Griffith University and a Masters degree in International Politics from Sydney University, where his thesis was on Palestinian political society.

He is 45 and lives with his wife Clare and daughter Aceda on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane.

Author's website: The Kick Project

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