James Shinn is Chairman of Teneo Intelligence, Lecturer at Princeton University and regular contributor to Institutional Investor magazine on political risk. In addition to his role at Teneo, Dr. Shinn advises several technology firms.
Jim worked as a general manager and then entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, first at Advanced Micro Devices, a Sunnyvale, California-based integrated circuit producer, and then at Dialogic, a Parsippany, New Jersey-based software firm, which he co-founded. Dialogic did an IPO in 1992. In the public sector, after posts in the U.S. Department of State, he served as the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the Central Intelligence Agency. He became Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia at the Pentagon from 2006 – 2008, where his area of policy responsibility ranged from Herat to Honolulu and included, notably, the War in Afghanistan.
Jim currently serves on the advisory boards of CQS, a London-based hedge fund; Kenshō Financial, a Cambridge-based data analytics firm; and Predata, a New York-based digital signal processing start-up. He has a BA from Princeton, MBA from Harvard, and a PhD from Princeton.