Mr. Johnston Barkat, Assistant Secretary-General
United Nations Ombudsman and Head of Ombudsman and Mediation Services
Mr. Johnston Barkat is the Assistant Secretary-General heading the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services. In this role, he serves as an independent senior advisor reporting directly to the Secretary-General. Mr. Barkat oversees offices in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, Bangkok, Santiago, Entebbe and Goma.
With over 20 years of experience in mediation and conflict resolution, Mr. Barkat is an internationally recognized expert in the field of mediation, dispute resolution and preventive diplomacy.
Mr. Barkat has previously served as a negotiations instructor and advisor on reforms to the Administration of Justice at the UN. He has taught conflict resolution and mediation at the International Centre for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University in New York and served as Ombudsman at Pace University in New York. Mr. Barkat was named as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pace University and is an honorary faculty of dispute resolution for the University of Granada, School of Law in Granada, Spain. He has also served as an instructor of management at various other colleges and graduate schools in the U.S.
Mr. Barkat has worked as a mediator in New York State Courts for more than fifteen years and has served on the board of the Westchester Mediation Centre. He has held leadership roles for the American Bar Association, the Association for Conflict Resolution and the International Ombudsman Association. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Mr. Barkat received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he completed research on strategies to create negotiation ripeness in seemingly intractable conflicts. He also holds an M.P.A. in government from Pace University and a B.A. in psychology from The King’s College.