James Leitner is president of Falcon Management Corporation, where he manages absolute return portfolios. He has worked as an FX trader at Morgan Guaranty, Chief Dealer at Bank of America International, Vice President for proprietary trading at Shearson Lehman, and Managing Director in the Global Trading Department at Bankers Trust. James Leitner grew up in Germany and Turkey. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Yale University, where he concentrated on Russia and Eastern Europe. He also holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, where he specialised in International Finance, and a JD from Fordham University Law School. He is a member of the Yale Investment Committee, the Dean’s Council of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and the Dean’s Planning Council and the Crowley Advisory Committee at Fordham University Law School.