M.P. Joseph is originally from the 1978 batch IAS Kerala Cadre. He was earlier in the 1977 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS). Joseph holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development from the Global Development Institute of the University of Manchester, UK and a Masters Degree in Solid State Physics from the Cochin University of Science and Technology.Joseph was until recently Advisor to Government (Labour Reforms, Industrial Relations), in the Rank of Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala and Executive Vice Chairman of Bhavanam Foundation Kerala a public sector non-profit Company fully owned by the Government of Kerala.
Joseph had an illustrious career in the IAS as Sub Collector Trichur, District Collector, Ernakulum, Mayor of the Corporation of Cochin, Labour Commissioner, Kerala for (nearly 6 years) the longest ever period for any Labour Commissioner in the state. He was also Managing Director of the Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Corporation. During the first Gulf War, Joseph headed a team of the Ministry of External Affairs that worked with the Indians fleeing from Kuwait through the Iraq Jordan border. As leader of the Government of India team he organized relief work at the Ruweished desert camps for over 40 days and contributed to the safe return of over 150,000 Indians fleeing the Iraqi invasion. He won a special citation from the Government for his work in the safe return of the Kuwait Indians.
As District Collector, Ernakulam and Mayor of Cochin Joseph received HH Pope John Paul II during the Pontiff’s first ever visit to Kerala. He was responsible for the over-sight of the Pontiff’s visit.
M. P. Joseph joined the United Nations and in the 1990s and started up the in India the ILO’s programme to fight child labour and promote school education. M. P. Joseph He spent over a dozen years in the most rural and backward districts and states of the country sensitizing parents, communities, employers, schools and school teachers, educationists, trade union leaders, politicians, administrators, media, NGOs etc. on the economic need for ending child labour and sending all children to schools, in order to augment the human resource of the country. His work is assessed as having directly ensured that over ten lakh of the poorest of the poor children who would otherwise have been child labourers were admitted in schools and retained there. The indirect impact of his work would be many times that number. During the period Joseph has worked closely with Sri. Kailash Sathyarthi Nobel Peace Laureate for many years working to end child labour in India.
Later Joseph moved to the ILO in Cambodia. Combining initiatives for building close political relationships within governance with policy changes, technical innovations and approaches, Joseph has been able to bring up child labour as a major area of political and policy concern in Cambodia, putting the country confidently on the road to 2016. For his work, he has won Cambodia’s prestigious Saha Meitrei Sena Award from the Prime Minister of the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia.
He is an excellent public speaker in Malayalam, English and Hindi. He has conducted and anchored programmes on TV in English and Malayalam. His recently concluded Youth Xpress for young people on Asianet News was a run-away success amongst young people in Kerala, the Gulf and in the West. He has also been a sports commentator on TV. He was the Live Malayalam Anchor for 14 continuous days for Doordarsan for the 27th National Games held in Kerala in February this year. Joseph speaks, writes and understands many languages including Malayalam, English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, French, Khmer etc.