Joshua Lincoln has twenty-five years of experience in non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, academia, and civil society in the areas of governance, government relations, peace and security, diplomacy, and multilateralism. He is currently interested in global governance, peace and security, and climate change.
Dr. Lincoln served as Secretary-General of the Bahá’í International Community (2013-2019). Based in Haifa, Israel, he represented the international governing council of the Bahá’í community in its external affairs. He carried primary responsibility for negotiation, representation, and advocacy, developed multi-year programs and partnerships, and managed relations with governments, municipalities, universities and civil society.
Between 2007 and 2013, he served at the UN as Directeur de Cabinet to the Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva and as Senior Officer in the Executive Office of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, supporting his global peace and security initiatives. Between 2000 and 2007, he worked in mediation and preventive diplomacy with the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission and in peacekeeping and peacemaking with UN field missions in Ethiopia/Eritrea and Sudan.
Earlier, as a researcher and consultant, he carried out projects for the World Bank, the Carter Centre, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He holds a BSFS from Georgetown University’s Walsh School, and both an MALD and a PhD in International Relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School. He is bilingual in English and French, and speaks basic Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish.