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Abraham Joseph 

Senior International Advisor at Public Service Institute, University of Oklahoma

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Summary
In this Professional Development podcast, Professor Abraham Joseph, author of Timor-Leste: The History and Development of Asia’s Newest Nation, speaks about his lengthy career with the United Nations and his position as Chief/Senior Socio-Economic Affairs Advisor of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) (2007–2011). Speaking of his role, Dr. Joseph notes that this office is not usually part of peacekeeping missions, but was established at the request of Timor-Leste to advise the government. Despite many challenges, including limited human and institutional capacity, Timor-Leste was able to move in a short time from crisis, to recovery, to development. One of the government’s greatest accomplishments during this time was the 2009 closing of the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. This period also saw a sharp increase in GDP growth and the establishment of a central bank in Timor-Leste. Dr. Joseph also notes that local NGOs and CSOs were highly influential in developing capacities. Such influence is notable in the government’s unusual decision to consult with NGOs and CSOs.  Upon his retirement from UNMIT, Dr. Joseph remained in Timor-Leste for a short time as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs where he assisted in the preparation for Timor-Leste’s accession to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As Alistair Edgar notes, this position was the culmination of Dr. Joseph’s extensive UN career focused on development policy and practice. Now that he has retired from the UN, Dr. Joseph is Senior International Advisor, Public Service Institute at the University of Oklahoma and Co-Founder of the NGO Development Goals Global Watch.

Resources
Timor-Leste: The History and Development of Asia’s Newest Nation
ACUNS Books by Members 

Biography
Dr. Abraham Joseph is an international expert on Development Policy and Practice. He has been a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Timor-Leste. Prior to that he was the former Chief/ Senior Socio-Economic Affairs Advisor of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. He had served in various capacities at the United Nations Headquarters, notably Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination, Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, Small Island Developing States; Secretariat of the Chief Executives Board for United Nations System Coordination; Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa.

Dr. Joseph holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics. He conducted his advance research work under the Japan Foundation Fellowship Program with the late eminent economist, Dr. Saburo Okita. He participated in several special training programs/courses which included organized by Folke Bernadotte Academy , Sweden on “Economic Actors in Conflict Prevention and Peace Building”; the US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California on “Promoting Livelihoods in Conflict -Affected Environments” and the USAID’s Inter-Regional Project Program on “Trade Protectionism”. Dr. Joseph attended the “White House Summit on Global Development” at Washington D.C. on July 20, 2016.

Dr. Joseph has recently co-authored a book with Takako Hamaguchi “Timor-Leste: The History and Development of Asia’s Newest Nation’. His first book was on “India’s Trade with Japan: Challenges and Opportunities”. .

Dr. Joseph now serves on the Board of a number of organizations including: Senior International Advisor, Public Service Institute, University of Oklahoma, USA; Dr. Joseph is a member of the American Economic Association, USA; Academic Council of the United Nations System, Canada; and the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, Australian National University.