An experienced professional in international security and diplomatic crisis management, Ray Baysden began his career in 1967 as a Captain in the United States Army, serving in Military Intelligence. After leaving the Army in 1973, he joined the US State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security as a Special Agent. Gaining considerable experience in liaison activities with international government officials, he then became a Counselor with US Embassies in Haiti, Pakistan, Syria, and the Ivory Coast. In 1985, Ray Baysden received the Emergency Assistance Award for his aid following the September 1984 bombing in Beirut. Three years later, he received the Superior Honor Award for crisis management leadership in the evacuation from Haiti of two wounded ABC news reporters, 120 international election observers, and a delegation of US Congressmen. Ray Baysden joined the United Nations in 1995, applying his emergency procedures and security expertise in service of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Office of Emergency Programmes, and the UN Military Observer Mission in Liberia. Mr. Baysden also undertook risk assessments in Columbia and Haiti, and represented the US State Department on secondment at the Rwanda War Crimes Tribunal. Following security support positions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Chemonics International, Ray Baysden once again joined the United Nations in September 2007 as Security Coordination Officer for the West Africa desk of the Department of Safety and Security (DSS). While serving in this role, he successfully maintained security levels in all area duty stations following the December 2007 bombing in Algiers. In August 2008, Mr. Baysden's experience in Haiti led to his reassignment as Chief of the Joint Mission Analysis Center, supporting the Stabilization Mission with intelligence and security advisement to the leadership team and UN Secretary General. Ray Baysden holds two Master's degrees, having completed studies in National Security and Strategic Studies from US Naval War College and International Relations at Salve Regina College, both of Newport, Rhode Island. Mr. Baysden also holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science and Government from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina.
United Nations, Military, International Security