Life President

James co-founded The National Holocaust Centre and Museum in 1995 with his parents and brother Stephen. He initiated the East Midlands Kosovo Appeal in 1995 and worked with the International Medical Corps in Albania as a volunteer physician. He co-founded the Aegis Trust in 2000, and with the UK Foreign Office in 2002 staged the first major international conference on genocide prevention.  In 2004 he established the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda’s capital, at a site where 250,000 victims of the 1994 genocide lie buried. It receives tens of thousands of visitors each year, world leaders among them. James visited Darfur in 2004 and was the first NGO head to call for its referral to the International Criminal Court.  He is an author, editor and contributor to multiple films and publications on the Holocaust and genocide. In 2013 he was awarded the CBE for his distinguished and innovative contribution to Holocaust education and genocide prevention.