James R. Lee (b. 1981) founded Lee & Partners, an international strategic advisory and private investment firm in 1998. More recently, Lee has also assumed the position of Chairman of Stoic A/S, a Copenhagen-based branding and advertising agency.
Shortly after becoming the youngest graduate to date of the US Army & Naval Academy (age 13), Lee received an ‘Unconditional Offer’ to King’s College, Department of War Studies. Lee has since been trained in Mandarin, Economics and International Relations at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, including the Beijing Language/ Culture University, Lancaster University, The London School of Economics and Georgetown University. Lee’s guest lectures and visiting professorships have included China University of Political Sciences and Law, the Danish Design School and the Copenhagen Business School. Today, Lee is a Fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the boards of the Wharton Future of Advertising Project, the Wharton Fellows Global CEO Advisory and Wharton Middle East North Africa.
Lee & Partners works with leading public and private sector organisations on strategies for innovation and on new business and growth models with emphasis on interdisciplinary co-creation and different market entries. Lee has led overseas expansion and diversification efforts on behalf of companies such as Li & Fung (HK), LG, and POSCO. His strategy for combining business and design whilst bridging sustainability and market productivity has been credited for the parallel success of marketing Asian companies in the West and vice-versa. Lee is also the Chairman of Samsung Design & Innovation (DK) / Samsung Design Revolution (DK). In 2005, Lee was honoured by Index, the world’s largest design prize, as one of the “Top 30 Creative Leaders in the World.”
Lee is the Chairman of the Six Days of Peace initiative between Israel and Palestine and an advisor to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Trade and Investment. Lee has recently taken up a more permanent role in the tech industry as a partner of LetsGoPublic.com, an online platform that plans to change the face of fundraising internationally through the power of celebrity, gamification and incentivized micro-philanthropy. Lee is a member of President William Jefferson Clinton’s “Millennium Network” and a Founding Curator of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. In 2011, Lee was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.