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James Alex de Jager
Founding Director: Artemis Debate , Education Sector
Cape Town, South Africa
Consulting, research, and writing in Political Economy & Development. Teaching experience in over a dozen countries, specialising in critical thinking and advocacy. Including lecturing development economics and third world politics at university. Extensive experience as a researcher and has published for the World Bank. Strong analytic and communication skills and experience in project management.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Communications, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Government, Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
- Experience in research, consulting, and writing on issues of political economy and development economics, including publication of WORLD BANK paper on South African Fisheries Reform. Significant experience in analysis on a range of development and justice issues.

- Lecturer & Tutor 2nd year Development Economics, 3rd year African Political Thought, 1st year Introduction to Politics (UCT). Research Assistant for Graduate Governance course at University of Cape Town.

-Work Experience for Qatar Foundation, Dipont Education China, Oman Debate Association, South African Schools Debate Board, South African Institute for International Affairs, University of Cape Town, World Schools Debate Academy in Palestine, Russia, and Slovenia.

- Taught debate skills (including analytic & critical thinking, public speaking, argumentation, and advocacy) to youth and professionals. This included high levels of success including coaching the top speakers and teams in the world.

- Ran several major educational events and managed teams. This includes starting new grassroots youth organisations in South Africa and the Middle East, as well as managing international projects.

- Experience in development training materials, editing and proofreading academic papers and corporate (KPI) reports.

- Experience in working around the world with diverse teams, having done work in Australia, Bahrain, China, Palestine, Russia, Slovenia, and South Africa among others.
2019 - 2020:
PG Cert Global Development Challenges (University of Edinburgh

M.Sc. (incomp) International Development at Edinburgh University completing coursework (2:1 aggregate) in "Politics & Theories of International Development", "Global Development Challenges", and "Analysing Development"

2010 - 2012:
M.Phil. (incomp) Politics, Philosophy, Economics at University of Cape Town completing all coursework (2:1 aggregate) including "Globalisation, Industrialisation, and Development", "Topics in Rational Decision Making", "International Organisations", and "Governance & Growth".

B.Soc.Sci (Hons) Politics, Philosophy, Economics at University of Cape Town (2:1) with thesis on Political Economy of South African Development Agenda. Coursework including "International Political Economy", "Development Economics", "New Directions in Democratic Theory", "Comparative Analysis of Case Studies", "Public Opinion Analysis", "Introduction to Social Research", and "Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis"

*US Graduate Recruitment Exam (GRE) 89th percentile for Verbal Reasoning and 96th percentile for Analytic Writing
Affiliations and Achievements:
Experienced debate & speech competitor: Oxford University; Inter-Varsity Debate Tournament; Cambridge University Inter-Varsity Debate Tournament; Hong Kong Debate Open; University of Witwatersrand Jozi Rumble Debate Championship (finalist) Southern African University Debate Championship (finalist); Justice Edwin Cameron Invitational Debate Championship (winner); and 4-times winner of the UCT Debate League.

I have adjudicated to the knock-out stages of the: World University Debate Championship; World Schools Debate Championship (twice-finals judge); Eurasian Schools Debate Championship; Heart of Europe Debate Championship.

Extensive International Experience having worked, attended conferences/events, or
travelled to: Angola, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, China (Mainland & Hong
Kong/Macau), Croatia, Czechia, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy,
Jordan, Lesotho, Namibia, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, Singapore,
Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Zambia, and

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Afrikaans
    South Africa
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