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 received his BA in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T., where his research focused on interactions between high technology, globalization, and government policy. 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. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a director of the French-American Foundation. In 1994, Ferguson founded Vermeer Technologies, one of the earliest Internet software companies and created the first visual Web site development tool, FrontPage™. He is the author of four books, his most recent being Predator Nation, which focuses on the roots of the financial crisis and rising economic inequality, released by Random House / Crown in May 2012.