• July 10, 2014

On January 19, 2010, James Wallar returned to Nathan\r\nAssociates as Senior Vice President of the firm?s International Group. From 2006-2008, Mr. Wallar was Chief of Party\r\nand resident trade specialist for the\r\nfirm?s ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility at the ASEAN\r\nSecretariat in Jakarta.

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An Enlightening Year in Iraq

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In 2009, Jim ventured to Iraq as the U.S. Treasury Attaché\r\nin the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, where he led 20 civilian and military experts?the\r\nPublic Financial Management Assistance Group?in tackling budget and financial\r\nissues with the Government of Iraq, provincial governments, and\r\nthe Central Bank of Iraq. He was honored with the Commander?s Award for\r\nDistinguished Public Service and the Secretary of Treasury?s Honor Award at the\r\nend of his one-year assignment. Jim?s experience in Iraq shaped his decision to\r\nrejoin Nathan Associates:

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I departed [Iraq] with a profound\r\nrespect for the determination and resilience of Iraqi officials and population\r\nwho suffer terrible hardships as they seek greater security, political\r\nstability and prosperity. My experience?also gave me deeper appreciation\r\nof the value of private sector consultants. This is one reason I returned to\r\nNathan Associates. Private consultants have the skills and flexibility to\r\naddress specific needs at particular times that USG employees are not\r\nwell-positioned to provide.

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A Distinguished Career

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Earlier, Jim enjoyed a distinguished career with the U.S.\r\nTreasury Department?first as an economist with the Office of Tariff and Trade\r\nAffairs, then as Deputy Director of the Development Policy Office, and finally\r\nas Director of the Office of Trade Policy. He developed and coordinated trade\r\npolicies, including negotiating positions for the Uruguay Round and NAFTA, and\r\nfor bilateral and regional issues with respect to the EU and Asian countries.\r\nJim was the US Treasury Representative for European Affairs in Frankfurt for\r\nfive years and was the Treasury Attaché to Russia, Germany, and Switzerland.\r\nJim negotiated the first GATT import licensing agreement, led the USG economics\r\nand investment team at the US Mission to the OECD in Paris, and was a senior\r\nadvisor to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Group in Kabul.

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A Natural Fit

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Jim also rejoined Nathan Associates because his long-held\r\ninterest in economic development and economic policy is reflected in the firm?s\r\ndedication to applied economics. He\r\nparticularly admires the values that keep the firm ?involved in policy debates?\r\nincluding on foreign assistance? and the Nathan employees who contribute ?every\r\nday to fulfilling the firm?s mission.?

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With 35 years of professional experience, Jim Wallar is a\r\nnatural fit to take the helm for Nathan?s International division, whose work\r\nranges from raising the competitiveness in Africa?s trade corridors to\r\nsupporting the APEC Leader?s Meeting in 2010 to producing ?the ever-valuable\r\ncountry analytical assessments?like the one on Iraq I used while in Baghdad.?

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Welcome back, Jim!

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