Jim’s research addresses the interconnections between knowledge, values and action. He has served in several positions of responsibility in that regard at the European Commission, as member of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers to the President and at the European Political Strategy Centre notably. At the European Commission he heads the team tasked with Ethics in Science and New Technologies, he is the Secretary-General of the EC International Dialogue on Ethics and Bioethics, and the envoy to the international organisations dealing with the ethical implications of science and new technologies.
He is engaged in service to the community as well as academic and international public administration activities. His involvement as facilitator and convenor also extends to the voluntary sector, in particular in inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue, social justice and peace building, locally as well as internationally. His life to date has been about probing far-reaching questions and cultivating public debate and collective intelligence, bringing people together in a situation where they are able to learn from each other and to carry out changes that matter.
His degrees are in physics, philosophy, politics, the life sciences and environmental studies, he received the Fulbright Scholar Award, was Harvard Boas Fellow, Ramón y Cajal Scholar, and was pre- and post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and with the program on Science, Technology, and Society. He has taught at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, Sciences Po Paris, Harvard University, and the universities of Brussels, where he is currently based. Under the Obama administration, he was made the first Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center, with fellows chosen based on their record achievements as authorities in their field. He is also a Distinguished Scholar of the Free University of Brussels (VUB).
Jim is also an award-winning game designer and author. His latest game, Robby One, on human-machine relations and human-human relations, is coming out in 2019. His latest book, What world do we want to live in together?, yes that really is what it’s about, is coming out in 2019.