Rubenstein Fellow, Duke University; Co-Founder, Global Brightlight Foundation; Trustee, The Aspen Institute
Jim Rogers is a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University, where he co-teaches a graduate seminar entitled Renewables and the World’s Poor. He co-founded the Global Brightlight Foundation, which delivers solar-powered lanterns capable of charging cell phones to rural communities. Rogers was most recently CEO of Duke Energy, created from a series of mergers and acquisitions he was involved in as a CEO in the electric utility industry for almost 25 years. Rogers authored Lighting the World and serves on the boards of the Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution, The Nature Conservancy, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Newsweek named him one of the 50 Most Powerful People in the World in 2009.