Dr. Joshua W. Walker, director of global programs, is based in APCO Worldwide’s Washington, D.C., office and specializes in business diplomacy, international affairs and public-private partnerships.
Before joining APCO, Dr. Walker served as an international affairs fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was senior adviser to numerous officials in U.S. federal departments and agencies. He served at the U.S. Department of State in Secretary Kerry’s office of the chief economist and previously served in Secretary Clinton’s Global Partnership Initiative as the senior adviser on the Middle East and North Africa. He has also worked for the U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey Desk at the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.
Dr. Walker’s accomplished career has helped him to create deeper connections between the worlds of academia and public policy. Prior to the State Department, Dr. Walker was a transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, responsible for its Turkey program and Japan portfolio of the Asia team. He also co-founded the Yale Journal of International Affairs; Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in New York; and the Project on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations at Princeton, in addition to being a Foreign Policy Initiative Future Leader and Truman National Security Project fellow.
He has taught at Brandeis University, George Mason University, Harvard Kennedy School, Middle East Technical University, Istanbul Sehir Merkez, Tokyo University, Transatlantic Academy, Princeton University, University of Richmond and Yale University.
Dr. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University and a Ph.D. in politics and public policy from Princeton University. Raised in Japan, Dr. Walker is a native English speaker and speaks both Japanese and Turkish fluently.