On January 19, 2010, James Wallar returned to Nathan Associates as Senior Vice President of the firm’s International Group. From 2006-2008, Mr. Wallar was Chief of Party and resident trade specialist for the firm’s ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.
In 2009, Jim ventured to Iraq as the U.S. Treasury Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, where he led 20 civilian and military experts—the Public Financial Management Assistance Group—in tackling budget and financial issues with the Government of Iraq, provincial governments, and the Central Bank of Iraq. He was honored with the Commander’s Award for Distinguished Public Service and the Secretary of Treasury’s Honor Award at the end of his one-year assignment. Jim’s experience in Iraq shaped his decision to rejoin Nathan Associates:
I departed [Iraq] with a profound respect for the determination and resilience of Iraqi officials and population who suffer terrible hardships as they seek greater security, political stability and prosperity. My experience…also gave me deeper appreciation of the value of private sector consultants. This is one reason I returned to Nathan Associates. Private consultants have the skills and flexibility to address specific needs at particular times that USG employees are not well-positioned to provide.
Earlier, Jim enjoyed a distinguished career with the U.S. Treasury Department—first as an economist with the Office of Tariff and Trade Affairs, then as Deputy Director of the Development Policy Office, and finally as Director of the Office of Trade Policy. He developed and coordinated trade policies, including negotiating positions for the Uruguay Round and NAFTA, and for bilateral and regional issues with respect to the EU and Asian countries. Jim was the US Treasury Representative for European Affairs in Frankfurt for five years and was the Treasury Attaché to Russia, Germany, and Switzerland. Jim negotiated the first GATT import licensing agreement, led the USG economics and investment team at the US Mission to the OECD in Paris, and was a senior advisor to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Group in Kabul.
Jim also rejoined Nathan Associates because his long-held interest in economic development and economic policy is reflected in the firm’s dedication to applied economics. He particularly admires the values that keep the firm “involved in policy debates… including on foreign assistance” and the Nathan employees who contribute “every day to fulfilling the firm’s mission.”
With 35 years of professional experience, Jim Wallar is a natural fit to take the helm for Nathan’s International division, whose work ranges from raising the competitiveness in Africa’s trade corridors to supporting the APEC Leader’s Meeting in 2010 to producing “the ever-valuable country analytical assessments…like the one on Iraq I used while in Baghdad.”
Welcome back, Jim!