Executive Director James Ingram served for two terms of office from April 1982 to his retirement in April 1992. A citizen of Australian born in 1928, Mr. Ingram studied economics and political science at Melbourne University and began a career in the Australian foreign service in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Ingram served in the Australian representation to the EEC, Indonesia, and the United Nations before being appointed as assistant secretary of the ministry’s Asian and Pacific Department. Appointed ambassador to the Philippines (1970-3), high commissioner to Canada and several Caribbean states (1973-4) and director general of the Australian Development Assistance Bureau (1975-82), during which he served as Australia’s alternate governor of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and IFAD, and Australian representative at the high level meetings of ORCD’s Development Assistance Committee, a member of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, and a member of the North-South Round Table and of the Tidewater Group.
He was the first Australian to head a United Nations (UN) body and, at the time of his appointment as the World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Mr. Ingram received Australia highest civil honour for his services to his country. He received the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award for his work as WFP Executive Director and served on the governing body of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). On his retirement, he became director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, has written on arrangements for the provision of international humanitarian assistance, and is writing on Australian policy toward the UN at the Australian University in Canberra.