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Joel Hickman

Deputy Director, Transatlantic Defense and Security

Joel Hickman is the Deputy Director of the Transatlantic Defense and Security program at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Prior to joining CEPA, Joel was a British diplomat posted to Pakistan where he led the UK government’s serious organized crime strategy, policy, and programming across South Asia. Previously, Joel has worked as a senior policy advisor in the UK Home Office, Ministry of Defence and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office across a range of national security priorities, including counter terrorism, hostile state actors, and military operations in Afghanistan. Joel was directly responsible for overseeing the UK’s response capabilities during several domestic terrorist attacks in 2017. He has also managed a number of multi-million dollar capacity building programs in fragile states. In 2014, Joel was posted to NATO where he led multilateral negotiations on key transatlantic defense and security issues, including Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. Before joining the UK Civil Service in 2012, Joel managed publicity campaigns and fundraising initiatives for a national charity. He graduated in 2009 from the University of Nottingham with a First Class joint honors degree in Philosophy and Theology.