James (Jim) is a development professional with a focus on smallholder agricultural development and food security.
From 2015 to 2017 he was Assistant Executive Director for Operations Management at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). He joined WFP in 2012 as Chief of Staff to the Executive Director.
Between 2007 and 2012 he was UK Ambassador to the UN food and agriculture agencies in Rome (FAO, IFAD and WFP). In this role he served as IFAD Governor and President of the WFP Executive Board.
Before moving to Rome Jim was Head of Profession for the Livelihoods Advisers group at the UK Department for International Development. He joined DFID in 1990 and was based in East Africa and the UK.
In his earlier career Jim lived in Botswana, Sudan, Syria and Yemen working on smallholder farmer livelihoods. He carried out many shorter assignments in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Jim has an honours degree in Agriculture.