SOMO and OECD Watch
Dr. Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, Ph.D., was born on the 18 November 1978, in Wilmington, North Carolina (USA). In 2001, Joseph graduated from the University of North Carolina with two Bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish, both with honors. His thesis, based on empirical research in Ecuador, examined political graffiti as an alternative form of political participation in the developing democracy of Ecuador. After working at the US embassy in Madrid, Spain, Joseph returned to the US to complete a Master’s degree in political science from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2004. His thesis, based on fieldwork in Costa Rica, explored the relationship between the structure and sustainability of energy systems and political institutions in various Central American countries. In 2005, Joseph began work as a researcher at the Amsterdam-based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and Coordinator of the OECD Watch network. Joseph currently leads SOMO’s research and policy advocacy on energy, extractives, and public services and is a founding member of SOMO’s Human Rights and Grievance Mechanisms program. He also serves as an Independent Advisor to the International Corporate Responsibility Committee of the Social and Economic Council (SER) of the Netherlands. In 2013, he earned the degree of Ph.D. from the University of Twente’s Centre for Studies in Technology and Sustainable Development (CSTM) with a dissertation on sustainable development and corporate accountability in the global energy sector.