Vice Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, USA
James O'Brien


James O’Brien is the US’s Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs and Vice-Chair of the global strategic advisory firm the Albright Stonebridge Group, with special focus on business in transitional states, including Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He is on the management committee of Albright Capital Management, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. He was previously Special US Presidential Envoy for the Balkans, involved in the Dayton Agreement and the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and Principal Deputy Director of Policy Planning in the US State Department, charged with post-conflict planning. He has negotiated agreements protecting intellectual property rights for scientific cooperation with China.