Charles Ferguson

Film Director, Producer, Academy Awardee for Best Documentary Feature in 2011
No End In Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq

Charles Ferguson is the founder and president of Representational Pictures, Inc., and director and producer of Inside Job, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011, and No End In Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq, which was nominated in the same category in 2008.

Ferguson was originally trained as a political scientist and received his BA in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and obtained a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T., where his research focused on interactions between high technology, globalization, and government policy. Following his Ph.D., Ferguson conducted postdoctoral research at MIT while also consulting to the White House, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Defense, and several U.S. and European high technology firms. Ferguson spent several years as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of the French-American Foundation, and supports several nonprofit organizations. He has been an independent consultant to Apple, Xerox, Motorola, Intel, and Texas Instruments, among other technology companies.

In 1994, Ferguson founded Vermeer Technologies, one of the earliest Internet software companies, with Randy Forgaard. Vermeer created the first visual Web site development tool, FrontPage™. In early 1996, Ferguson sold Vermeer to Microsoft, which integrated FrontPage into Microsoft Office. After selling Vermeer, Ferguson returned to research and writing.

He is the author of four books, including High Stakes, No Prisoners: A Winner’s Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars and Computer Wars: The Post-IBM World (co-authored with Charles Morris). His most recent book is entitled Predator Nation, which focuses on the roots of the financial crisis and rising economic inequality and was released by Random House / Crown in May 2012.

The French-American Foundation will honor Charles Ferguson, Academy Award-winning film director and Founder and President of Representational Pictures, as the inaugural recipient of the Young Leaders Achievement Award. For more than 30 years, the French-American Foundation has selected promising leaders from both sides of the Atlantic, giving them a unique opportunity to collaborate and learn from one another. The Young Leaders Achievement Award acknowledges a member of the Young Leaders network who has made a significant impact on the global community.

Read an interview with Charles Ferguson