Eric James, PhD is an entrepreneur, aid worker, author and lecturer specializing in the management of humanitarian relief and disaster response. Eric began his career in international development with USAID in 1995 and has since worked for a number of NGOs including IMC, IRC, RI and ChildFund as well as the UN. This professional experience spans over twenty countries including Afghanistan, Albania, Burundi, East Timor, Iraq, Liberia, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. His research interests include improving humanitarian assistance, NGO management and civil-military relations. He taught previously at the University of Manchester's Institute of Development Policy and Management, DePaul University's School for Public Service and is a Lecturer at University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In addition to academic articles, he is the author of Managing Humanitarian Relief: An Operational Guide for NGOs (Practical Action 2008).