Burma, Pakistan, South Asia

Brian Joseph

Senior Director, Asia and Global

Brian Joseph is Senior Director for Asia and Global Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy, a Congressionally-funded nonprofit grant-making organization.  He has over 20 years of experience working to advance democracy and human rights in Asia.  At the Endowment, he directs an 11-person professional staff that manages more than $34,000,000 in grants to over 325 organizations.  Prior to assuming his current job, Brian was responsible for the development and management of the Endowment’s grants programs in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet and Burma, among other countries.

Brian has spoken widely and written about Burma, Pakistan, Thailand, human rights in Asia, and democracy promotion in closed societies.  His areas of interest include philanthropy, opposition movements, independent media, and minority rights.  He appears regularly in the media, including on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the Diane Rehm Show, The World, CNN and Aljazeera and his articles have been published in the Journal of Democracy, The Chronicle Review, The International Herald Tribune, and the SAIS Review.

Brian has testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, and the Canadian Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International trade, provided high-level briefings for State Department officials, and lectured at the Foreign Service Institute. He has also participated in pre-assessment and election monitoring missions. Brian formerly served as a volunteer South Asia regional coordinator for Amnesty International USA and he is a member of the International Human Rights Funders’ Group and the Burma Donors’ Forum. He has a BA in History from Colorado College and an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Areas of Expertise: Burma, Pakistan, South Asia