Dr. Joshua W. Walker rejoined the German Marshall Fund (GMF) as a non-resident transatlantic fellow with the Asia program in September 2013. In addition to his work with GMF, Walker is the president and CEO of the USA Pavilion at World EXPO 2017, and senior vice president of Global Programs at APCO Worldwide in the office of the CEO, specializing in foreign policy, international affairs, and public-private partnerships.
Before joining the private sector, Walker was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow serving as a senior advisor to a variety of executive branch principals. He worked at the U.S. Department of State in Secretary Kerry’s Office of the Chief Economist in 2013 and served in Secretary Clinton’s Global Partnership Initiative as the senior advisor on the Middle East and North Africa in 2012.
Prior to his work with the U.S. State Department, Walker was a transatlantic fellow at GMF responsible for the Turkey program and Japan portfolio of the Asia team. Active in bridging the academic and policy worlds since his childhood in Japan and pursuing a Fulbright Fellowship in Turkey, he 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 along with being a Foreign Policy Initiative Future Leader and Truman National Security Project Fellow. He was selected as a Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leader and Young American Turkish Society Leader.
Walker has worked for the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey Desk at the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. He has been affiliated with and taught at Brandeis University, George Mason University, Harvard Kennedy School, Middle East Technical University, Istanbul Sehir Merkez, Tokyo University, the Transatlantic Academy, Princeton University, University of Richmond, and Yale University.
Walker earned his Ph.D. in politics and public policy with a specialization in international relations and security studies at Princeton University. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and speaks both Japanese and Turkish fluently in addition to his native English.