James Rickards is the author of the national bestseller, Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis and a Partner in JAC Capital Advisors, a hedge fund based in New York. He is a counselor and investment advisor and has held senior positions at Citibank, Long-Term Capital Management and Caxton Associates. In 1998, he was the principal negotiator of the rescue of LTCM sponsored by the Federal Reserve.
Ed Viesturs is America’s leading high altitude mountaineer, having climbed many of the world’s most challenging summits, including ascending Mount Everest six times. He recently completed a 16-year quest to climb all 14 of the world’s highest mountains (above 8,000 meters) without the use of supplemental oxygen. In doing so, he became the first American and the 5th person in the world to accomplish this. He reached the summit of his 14th peak, Annapurna, on May 12, 2005.
Kent Moors is Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University, where he is also Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Energy and the Environment. An internationally recognized expert in oil and gas policy/finance and risk assessment, Dr. Moors is also president of ASIDA, Inc, a global oil and gas consulting firm, and executive managing partner of Risk Management Associates, International, LLP, a global management advisory and training service.