James oversees the FCDO-funded Early Recovery Initiative (ERI), and the Immediate Stabilisation Fund (ISF), both based in Somalia. These programmes are focused on early interventions in areas where al-Shabaab are defeated to build confidence in recovery and set the conditions for governance to return. James is based in Nairobi full time, where he has lived for two years, previously working as a consultant for Albany. Prior to this, he was based in Kigali for two and a half years, working across Rwanda, DRC, Nigeria and Kenya. James holds a BA in Marketing from Newcastle University, and is studying for an MA in International Affairs at King’s College London, with a focus on VEO ideologies. His geographic areas of interest are the Horn of Africa, East Africa, and the Middle East, and he has expertise in strategic communications, PCVE and project management.