iOS app Android app

Jim Luce
GET UPDATES FROM Jim Luce
 
Jim Luce (www.lucefoundation.org) writes and speaks on Thought Leaders and Global Citizens.

Bringing 26 years management experience within both investment banking and the non-profit sector, Jim has worked for Daiwa Bank, Merrill Lynch, a spin-off of Lazard Freres, and two not-for profit organizations and a foundation he founded.

As Founder & CEO of Orphans International Worldwide (www.oiww.org), he is working with a strong network of committed professionals to build interfaith, interracial, Internet-connected orphanages in Haiti and Indonesia, and creating a new, family-care model for orphans in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

Jim founded the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation to support young global leadership impacting positive social change and the NGOs that support them.

He speaks often before college audiences and at the United Nations. He has been honored twice by the U.S. Congress.

Jim holds an East Asian Studies degree from the College of Wooster, and studied at Waseda University, Tokyo, Centro de Estudiar Colombino-Americano (Bogotá), and through AFS at Max-Plank Gymnasium (Bielefeld, Germany).

Entries by Jim Luce

Pratham: Chelsea Clinton on Board USS Intrepid for Education in India

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 1:21 PM

In looking back at 2013's most successful Manhattan events, the one gala that stands out for me took place on the U.S.S. Intrepid along the West Side Highway in early October. Although I have attended numerous galas on the Intrepid, nothing prepared me for the scale and impact of Chelsea...

Read Post

Autism Conference in Washington Highlights Hope

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 2:34 PM

Having written about being wowed by youth leader Joey Lowenstein (HuffPo), a teen living with and conquering autism, and preparing to award him the 2014 Luce Leadership Award from our foundation, after writing about the David Lynch Foundation several times, and after getting to...

Read Post

Indo-American Arts Council at Fifteen with Who's Who of South Asian Celebrities

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 12:54 PM

No one in Manhattan can throw a gala like Aroon Shivdasani, and the fifteenth anniversary fete of her Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) was everything I had hoped for and more.

More than 250 of New York's crème de la crème packed the Angel...

Read Post

Close to My Heart, Habitat for Humanity Launches IndiaBUILDS

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 1:22 PM

Habitat for Humanity International was very important to my father. He had been a college professor and loved to build houses during the summer as his hobby. Eventually he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, becoming our hometown's construction supervisor.

At his funeral in 2007, a professional...

Read Post

At Clinton Forum, Western Union Highlights 'NGO GlobalPay'

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 12:43 PM

I was delighted to breakfast with my friends at Western Union (WU) at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, including its President and CEO Hikmet Ersek who I met last year at CGI, and Luella Chavez D'Angelo who I have interviewed in the past (

Read Post

United Gala for Orphaned Children in Developing World

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 9:35 AM

Orphaned children--especially in poor countries--face daunting odds against succeeding in life. In many countries they have little, if any, opportunity to obtain an education or training that would enable them to become independent, contributing members of their society. Many organizations work to offer hope. This fall, two groups are collaborating...

Read Post

Possibility of Museum on NYC's 'New' Roosevelt Island

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 7:39 AM

Not often does an important new museum open in New York City. One is possible now because the Roosevelt Island Steam Plant is about to be decommissioned. This plant supplies energy to the two long-term care hospitals on Roosevelt Island, one of which will combine with the other...

Read Post

Polish Cultural Salon for All Opens in New York City

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 7:33 AM

I first met cultural icon Barbara Plewińska -- "Basia" to her many friends in New York and around the world -- after she passed recently from cancer. I met her through the dozens of people I have encountered this summer who speak of her with such reverence and enthusiasm it...

Read Post

Jonathan Hollander's Battery Dance Company 38 Years Later

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 9:36 AM

I've always considered myself fortunate to meet the people who are doing big things--positively impacting lives in meaningful ways. Recently I met a kindred spirit, Jonathan Hollander, founder and director of Battery Dance Company. His lower Manhattan-based dance company demonstrates the tremendous public good that the arts can...

Read Post

SAMAA Dedicated to Keeping Indian Classical Music Alive

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 7:37 AM

Preserving the classics is a noble endeavor. Jazz, for example, is an original American music art form that once dominated the airwaves, dance halls, and nightclubs of an earlier generation. Today, this once popular music is relegated to small ensembles at intimate gatherings. I admire and applaud the tireless efforts...

Read Post

Bringing Food for the Soul: God's Love We Deliver

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 3:22 PM

Growing up, my family had traditions centered around the holidays. I remember delivering frozen turkeys at Thanksgiving with my local Rotary club. Last Thanksgiving my family was given the opportunity to do something quintessentially New York: we delivered delicious Thanksgiving meals to New Yorkers living with severe illnesses.

I have...

Read Post

PlayMusician Committed to Promoting Diverse Musical Talent

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 8:01 AM

Variety is wonderful, and that is exactly what you get at PlayMusician Jam Nights (PM-jamnites). For audiences open to experiencing an array of musical styles, these events are filled with exciting anticipation.

During a recent session at Dorrian's Pub in Jersey City, rockers, hip-hoppers and Bollywood dance musicians stepped...

Read Post

NYS Prisons: Scrapheaps or Repair Shops?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 4:40 PM

New York, N.Y. A staggering two million children have one or more parents incarcerated in the United States. New York State -- with the fifth highest population of incarcerated men and women in the nation -- has an exemplary organization that works in partnership with individuals, families, and communities to...

Read Post

Fountain Gallery Raises Funds, Boosts Artists with Mental Illness

(6) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 1:50 PM

It was raining. Torrents. But the atmosphere was anything but damp at a recent fundraising wingding where I joined in a high-spirited soiree featuring an extravaganza of original artworks for auction by more than forty artists of Fountain Gallery, the premier venue in New York City representing artists...

Read Post

Communist Comedy of Manners in Upper East Side Art Salon

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 7:07 AM

I have several token conservative friends and acquaintances just to prove to myself that I am indeed liberal. One of them is a former New York Post writer named Doug Dechert. Doug inherited his views -- and his wit -- from his father William John Dechert, an industrialist I understand...

Read Post

New Indian Wines Add to New York's Diverse Cuisine Scene

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 1:13 PM

One of the things I love most about New York City -- why I moved here 30 years ago -- is its dynamic multicultural scene. European immigrants long ago contributed to this diverse milieu, and today new groups are contributing to our increasingly global melting pot.

In recent years, I...

Read Post

First Person: A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro's Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Taking my shoes off in the private alcove of the exclusive Japanese dining room, I open the shoji screen to reveal a beautiful 12-tatami mat room complete with alcove, ikebana, foot-tall table with sunken floor - complete with emergency lighting and modern ventilation. An auspicious opening to a dinner with...

Read Post

With Dosa Hunt, Filmmaker Amrit Singh Emerges as Generational Voice

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 6:13 PM

The closing gala for this year's New York Indian Film Festival (HuffPo), held in a banquet hall above NYU's Skirball Auditorium, was alive with artists, actors, filmmakers, and thinkers with work clearly committed to making the world better - and celebrating the illuminating power of film. I was fortunate...

Read Post

NY Indian American Film Festival Triumphant in 13th Year

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2013 | 4:04 PM

The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the winners of its competition categories at a ceremony at NYU's Skirball Center last week, in the final event for the monumental festival. I was delighted to attend for the fourth year - a relative latecomer to this well-established cultural smorgasbord....

Read Post

Prince Harry: From Polo in Connecticut to Orphans in Africa

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 1:33 PM

Not often do I have the chance to meet with royals who care deeply about orphans. Unable to get out of meetings in Manhattan, I did the next best thing: I requested one of the Global Advisers and patrons of our foundation, Sara Herbert-Galloway, to represent us. Sara...

Read Post