Dr. Abraham Joseph is an expert on International Economic Policy Development and Practice with over 30 years of experience with the United Nations Senior and the Indian Government. As Senior Socio-Economic Adviser with UN, he actively contributed to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (2000 -2015) and also contributed inputs to the formulation of the United Nations Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the 193 countries.
A highlight of Dr. Joseph’s career has been an extended relationship with Timor-Leste (East Timor) as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Timor-Leste in 2011. Prior to this assignment, he was Chief/ Senior Socio-Economic Affairs Advisor of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). At the UN, he served notably with the Office for Economic and Social Council 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; Secretariat of the Chief Executives Board for United Nations System Coordination; Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa; UN/DESA’s Division for Policy Analysis and Research. Before his tenure at the UN, Dr. Joseph
worked in India’s Planning Commission under the leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh, (former Prime Minister of India) and at India’s Ministry of Finance.
Dr. Joseph holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics. Dr. Joseph recently (December 2017) co-authored a chapter with Takako Hamaguchi “Promoting Peace Through Employment and Income Generation in Post-Conflict Countries” in an edited volume titled “Globalization and Economic Justice”. They co-authored a book (2014) titled “Timor-Leste: The History and Development of Asia’s Newest Nation”. Dr. Joseph’s first book (1984) was on “India’s Trade with Japan: Challenges and Opportunities”.