Special Advisor,
Public Service Institute, University of Oklahoma, USA


Areas of Expertise
Climate Change, Economic Development, Fragile States, Global Food Security, Globalization, International Development, International Financial and Trade Organizations, International Trade, Millennium Development Goals, Post 2015 Development Agenda, Post-conflict reconstruction and development, Poverty and Inequality, Small Island States, Sustainable Development, The Private Sector and Private-Public Partnerships, United Nations

Dr. Abraham Joseph is an international development expert on Socio-Economic Policy and Development 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 (UNMIT). He had served in various capacities at the United Nations Headquarters, notably Office for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Support and Coordination, Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS); Secretariat of the Chief Executives Board for United Nations System Coordination (CEB); Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa (OSCAL); UN/DIESA’s Division for Policy Analysis and Research; and UN Center for Transnational Corporation (UNCTC).

Before his tenure at the United Nations, Dr. Joseph worked in the Indian Planning Commission under leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh, then Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission (former Prime Minister of India) and at the India’s Ministry of Finance’s Department of Economic Affairs in New Delhi.

Dr. Joseph holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics. He conducted his advance research under the Japan Foundation Fellowship Program with the late eminent economist, Dr. Saburo Okita, former Chairman of the Japan Economic Research Center, Tokyo who was later the former Foreign Minister of Japan. 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 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Inter-Regional Project Program on “Trade Protectionism”.

Dr. Joseph now serves on the Board of a number international/national organizations/ institutions including: Senior International Advisor, Public Service Institute, University of Oklahoma, USA; Special Advisor, Educational and Training Institute (ETI), Oklahoma, USA; Special Advisor, NITL Foundation, Timor-Leste; and Women in Sovereign Entities Inc. (WSE), USA. Dr. Joseph is a member of the American Economic Association (AEA) and Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS).

Recent Publications
“Timor-Leste: The History and Development of Asia’s Newest Nation”, 2014, Lexington Book Publishers, USA.

Updated March, 2015