For the past 35 years, Ray Baysden has distinguished himself as a trusted professional in diplomatic security and international crisis management. He has worked with the United States Army, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and a number of other national and international organizations, including the United Nations (UN). From 2008 to 2010, Ray Baysden served as Chief of the Joint Mission Analysis Center (JMAC) for the UN’s Stabilization Mission in Haiti. In this role, he directed and maintained deployment of all JMAC military personnel, liaising with a variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies to ensure effective operations. Mr. Baysden also provided the UN Secretary General's Special Representative and Senior Mission Leadership Team with intelligence and strategies regarding the progress of the Mission.
Prior to his assignment in Haiti, Ray Baysden served the United Nations as Security Coordination Officer of the West Africa desk from late 2007 into 2008. In response to the December 2007 bombing in Algiers, Mr. Baysden undertook a Global Vulnerability assessment of all worldwide UN activities, with particular attention to security preparedness levels of all West Africa duty stations.
Ray Baysden had previously worked with the United Nations from 1996 to 2001, serving in security leadership roles with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Military Observer Mission in Liberia. During this time, he also conducted emergency preparedness and risk assessments in Columbia and Haiti, also receiving secondment to represent the U.S. State Department at the Rwanda War Crimes Tribunal. Mr. Baysden had served with the State Department in prior years as Chief of Current Intelligence Staff and Deputy Director of the Office of Intelligence Support from 1989 to 1991, and as a Special Agent to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security from 1975 to 1979. Ray Baysden holds membership in the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Special Agents Association, and has served as Counselor to a number of United States Embassies, including Haiti, Pakistan, and the Ivory Coast.