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James Georgalakis - Director of Communications and Impact

Directorate and Development Office
T: +44 (0)1273 915781
E: j.georgalakis@ids.ac.uk

James is the Director of Communications and Impact at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), with overall leadership of the Institute’s communications, impact and engagement work. James works with the Director and IDS members and partners to lead the development and refinement of major strategic goals in this area.

Previously the Head of Communications at IDS, James was responsible for managing the Central Communications team, overseeing the publications program, web and social media strategy and media and public affairs activities.

James has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 2000, predominantly in media and advocacy communications roles. He joined the international development sector in 2005. Since joining IDS in 2010 he has played a key role in ensuring that IDS research has a real and lasting impact on policy and behaviours and strengthening the positive external perceptions and identity of the Institute.

Previous experience includes three years with international charity EveryChild. James successfully helped to raise their profile in the media and with opinion formers and policy makers and contributed directly to raising child protection up the international development policy agenda. He was also the convener of the DFID CSO Child Rights Working Group.

The communications team he led at EveryChild was short-listed in 2009 for the Third Sector award for the charity sector's Best Communications Team. James has extensive experience of travelling with journalists, photographers and film crews in developing countries and has facilitated communications workshops in many locations in South and Central Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the UK.

Other previous positions include Media Manager at Sightsavers International and Media Relations Manager at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

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