James A. Joseph

Ambassador James A. Joseph is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke University and founder of the United States – Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke and the University of Cape Town. Ambassador Joseph has served in executive or advisory positions for four U.S. Presidents. He was confirmed by the United States Senate and appointed Under Secretary of the Interior by President Jimmy Carter and United States Ambassador to South Africa by President Bill Clinton. Both President Ronald Reagan and the first President George Bush appointed him to presidential advisory commissions.

The only U.S. Ambassador to present his credentials to President Nelson Mandela, Joseph was awarded the Order of Good Hope in 1999, the highest honor the Republic of South Africa bestows on a citizen of another country. In 2006, he was honored by his home state as a Louisiana Legend and in 2008 he was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame. He serves presently as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation established by the Governor of Louisiana.

James A. Joseph Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke University

James A. Joseph

Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke University

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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