James is a career expatriate, having worked for the majority of his career in Strategy and Finance. His most recent position was Chief Strategy Officer of Angola Telecom, based in Luanda, Angola. Having worked his way up from the lowest level analyst roles, James has made his way to more senior positions such as Director of Finance in Latin America or Operations Director for the Global Wholesale Business at British Telecom. James has an MBA in International Business and Finance and Bachelor degrees in Journalism/Marketing as well as Business Administration. He speaks English, German, French, Russian, and Portuguese as a result of living / working in the USA, France, Austria, Germany, Brazil and Russia. When not hard at work, you can find James concentrating on growing the non-profit Global H2O.
Moving Mountains: How the Dream to Climb the Seven Summits Transformed Into the Charity Global H2Oby James Wilde
How my dream to climb the seven continental summits (Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Aconcagua, McKinley, Vinson, Everest, Kosciuszko) and Cho Oyu transformed into the quest to bring clean drinking water to those in need in the Northern Province of Uganda. In 2010 I set out to climb Everest from the north side and complete climbing the seven summits (climbing to the highest point of every continent). During my training in the Himalaya, I discovered the water crisis and it changed me. It was then in 2009 when I fell ill with dysentery on Cho Oyu, forcing me to turn back during my attempt to reach the 6th highest peak on the planet. During the time I was sick, I experienced what other people without clean drinking water experience on a regular basis. Upon my return home to Munich, I dedicated my climb of Everest to the water crisis and founded a 501(c)3 entity in the USA. I focused an entire year of my life to reaching the highest point on the planet and creating an all-volunteer organisation with the goal to provide clean drinking water to the people of northern Uganda. What was originally a personal goal turned into a quest to deliver clean drinking water to the thirsty millions of war-stricken northern Uganda. Through this story, the charity, Global H2O was born.
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Reviewed by Donna Wharton for Readers' Favorite Mountain climbing is a topic I have never been very familiar with other than knowing you are scaling up the side of a large steep rock dependent on a rope and skill … eek! James Wilde, in Moving Mountains decided to give us an inside view of what it is like to climb a mountain with a passion, because that is what it takes to accomplish the grueling tasks needed if one is going to make it to the top. In Moving Mountains we are taken first through raising/saving the amount of funds it takes to go on the quest and be able to take the time off. Plus it is something that must be thought out approximately 9 months to a year in advance. Not only does James Wilde help us see the cost for the trip itself, but also for necessary equipment. Then he helps you realize on a daily basis what he goes through for each summit as he endures them. I was impressed by the fact that Mr. Wilde was not ashamed to admit he failed to accomplish summit climbing on the first try in some cases and explains why the failure. This gives a well-rounded picture of how difficult this can be. During the time of the final summit planning, Mr. Wilde began to explore options to finance his trip, such as sponsors, etc and found himself moving in a new direction, along with his mountain climbing. At the time he had been going on his expeditions many times he noticed a deficiency of water in regions for the local people or contaminated water in the area with illness among the local people. Putting the two important matters together would produce the perfect way for him to build on both horizons, trip to finance and helping people throughout the world. Therefore, he began by setting up a charity to raise money to finance new wells in areas around the world that most needed fresh drinking water. Please read so you can learn how he IS accomplishing this today.