James Barklamb

James Barklamb


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James is a recent graduate of Beijing’s Tsinghua University, where he studied a Master of Management Science (public policy) and focused on opportunities for reform in the health and technology sectors. He brings experience developing policy proposals and programs, managing digital databases and leading teams. He has a keen interest in societies in conflict, having written policy and drafted legal analysis at the United Nations, the Global Public Policy Institute and in a Rwandan government office.

Influential work

  • Drafted recommendations on a Freedom of Information Act framework for a Middle Eastern democracy, advising on legislative and administrative models and necessary risk mitigation on the effects for bilateral intelligence partnerships
  • Developed policy proposals for pharmaceutical and government partners to improve efficiencies and address administration barriers in China’s rural provinces, supporting a major expansion of the vaccine schedule
  • Mapped evidence of violence and assisted trial hearings in a major case before a United Nations Tribunal
  • Developed and implemented a mental health support program for graduate students, managing engagement and engaging university administration and an international advisory board
  • Managed a digital database of government responses to COVID-19 as a country editor reporting on economic, health and emergency management interventions.

Outside of Nous

At Tsinghua University James sat on student government and worked with the Gates Foundation advising the People’s Congress on the 2019 Vaccine Law. He completed field research in Guizhou province for his thesis exploring surgical outcomes for children with oral cleft.

Previously, James studied Arts and Law degrees at Melbourne’s Monash University, where he focused on governance in post-conflict environments, and was selected by DFAT as an inaugural scholar for Myanmar under the New Colombo Plan.

In his spare time...

James enjoys writing, running and is in search for the perfect tiramisu recipe. He is a volunteer forecaster with the Centre for Security and Emerging Technology and is working on a book on platform technologies.