James Turton – Head of Office, Amman
James is Integrity’s Head of Office in Amman and provides senior leadership and management for the company in Jordan. With a mix of Project Director, client management and operational responsibilities – James directly supports Integrity’s regional and coherent approach across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
James is a senior manager and Middle East area specialist with over 10 years’ experience designing, implementing and evaluating humanitarian, early recovery and stabilisation programmes in conflict and post-conflict settings. Since 2006, James has worked in programme management and technical advisory roles with the Australian Government’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Humanitarian and Stabilisation Division) – as well as with international non-governmental organisations – leading teams to deliver programme outcomes in complex and dynamic environments. James’ work has primarily focused on Syria since 2012 (including establishing and implementing humanitarian operations inside Syria between 2015 and 2017). Prior to this, he responded to the crisis in Libya during 2011 and, more broadly, has been involved in a range of MENA political economy and policy initiatives.
James holds a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Middle East Studies and Arabic Language from the University of Sydney. Since 2004, he has lived and worked in countries including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Libya – as well as outside the MENA region in Afghanistan, Cambodia, East Timor and Uganda.