Dr. James Mackie is a specialist on EU development policy with a career of some 30 years in international development cooperation. In January 2012, under ECDPM’s new 5-year Strategy, he was appointed as a Senior Adviser on EU Development Policy in the Centre. He is also a member of ECDPM’s Management Team. For nine years, since he joined ECDPM in 2002, he served as one of the Centre’s Heads of Programme. His most recent programme responsibility was as head of the former DPIR (Development Policy and International Relations) Programme.
Dr Mackie is also a Visiting Professor at the International Relations and Diplomacy Department of the College of Europe in Bruges where he teaches a Masters level course on the EU & International Development. Originally from Edinburgh in Scotland, James Mackie has British nationality, but has spent much of his life abroad. He gained a PhD in Geography at the School of Oriental & African Studies of the University of London in 1982 for a thesis on regional development in India.
He also holds a BSc in Town & Country Planning from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Prior to joining ECDPM, James Mackie developed his knowledge of EU development cooperation while working for ten years as Secretary-General of the NGDO-EU Liaison Committee in Brussels (now CONCORD), the umbrella organisation of EU development NGOs representing their interests to the European Institutions. From 1982 to 1992 he worked for VSO, the British NGO specialising in low-cost technical assistance, both in Asia (Philippines, Maldives, Sri Lanka) as a country representative and programme manager and then at the headquarters in London, on programme funding.