James Thomson

James currently works at Act for Peace, Australia as the National Advocacy Officer for the Program on Refugees and Displaced People, and is currently Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy.

James was the Rapporteur for UNHCR’s Annual Consultations with NGOs in 2007 and 2008, and he has attended the Ministerial Consultations and the DIAC-NGO Dialogue on Humanitarian Issues for the past seven years. James co-chairs the ACFID Protection Working Group, is the founding member and chair of the ACT International Protection Advisory Group, and is heavily involved in refugee rights work.

Prior to his current position he spent five years in Ethiopia and Eritrea working as a journalist and in the development field.

James is currently a member of the Governance and Finance Committee with IDC.