John Samuel is the Head of Global Programmes on Democratic Governance Assessments at the Bureau of Development Policy at the UNDP headquarters, New York and a senior Democratic Governance Advisor at the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre.
John Samuel has around 25 years of experience and expertise in strengthening democratic governance, human rights advocacy and sustainable development in India, Asia and internationally. Prior to joining the UNDP, he was the International Director of Action Aid, based in Bangkok, leading its global thematic work on just and democratic governance and heading the Asia-pacific region. He helped to establish and served as the Chief Executive of the National Centre of Advocacy Studies in India. Mr. Samuel holds Master degrees in Social Science and Public Policy, English Literature and Socio-Linguistics and a first degree in science. He was a visiting fellow at the Institute of development Studies, University of Sussex and at the Advocacy Institute, Washington DC. He has published extensively on issues related people-centered advocacy, democratic governance and civil society.