2nd, 1943 in Kudassanad (Ottalil House)/Alappuzha District, Kerala (India).
Father: Varughese Kochukunju
Mother: Saramma, née Chacko (Edayanethu House, Venmoney)
Joy has been married to his wife, Annamma, née Poweth Varkey,
Children: Prince (*18th June 1974) and Regina (*16th August 1977)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science and Public Administration (Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh)
French Interpretership Course (School of Foreign Languages, Government of India, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi)
Pre-University (University of North Bengal, Siliguri)
Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) (NSS High School for Boys' Pandalam) held by the Board for Public Examinations, Department of Education, Kerala State
October 2002 – November 2008
Internal Audit of the Church Development Service (Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst - EED)
EED is an Association of the Protestant Churches in Germany. By means of financial contributions, personnel involvement, scholarships and consultancy services EED supports the development work of churches, Christian and secular organisations. In this worldwide partnership, EED is participating in establishing a just society. It takes and promotes action to arouse and enhance people's willingness to stand up to overcome need, poverty, persecution and violence.
the Army Ordnance Corps (A.O.C) immediately after graduating from
the High School in 1960. Served in various stations, beginning from
Secunderabad, Jabalpur, Kirkee (Poona), Jammu, Dehu Road (Poona),
Siliguri (West Bengal), New Delhi, Chennai (Madras) and Jodhpur.
in the Special List (SL) cadre as Battalion Quartermaster (BQM);
Lieutenant, Armed Forces of India (with over 1.3 million soldiers,
India has the fourth largest army in the world, after China, the
Russian Federation and the U.S.). Underwent training at the Officers’
Training Academy at St. Thomas Mount in Madras. Last, served as
the Battalion Quartermaster of an ASC Battalion in Jodhpur.
the Army during (1) the liberation of Goa (1961), (2) the great
Chinese betrayal of invading an unprepared India on two fronts.
In the west in Ladakh and in the east across the McMahon Line in
the then North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) on 20 October 1962, thus
inflicting devastating humiliation on the psyche of India. In Operational
Areas during (3) the Indo-Pak War (1965), and (4) liberation of
commission in 1976 to join the family in Bonn, Germany.
Working at the Church Development Service (Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst
EED is an Association
of the Protestant Churches in Bonn, Germany. EED supports the development
work of churches, Christian organisations and private agencies through
funding, seconding qualified personnel and by offering consultancy
services. Within the framework of a global partnership network,
EED plays its role in creating a just society. It assists those
who live in abject poverty and need, whose dignity is violated or
whose lives are threatened by war or other disasters.
May 1978 – September 1998
Office Manager, Environmental Law Centre of the International Union
for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN –
The World Conservation Union) in Bonn.
IUCN is the
world’s largest conservation-related organisation, bringing
together more than 900 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), States
and Governmental Agencies as well as some 12,000 scientists and
experts from over 130 countries.
During the same
period assisted the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL),
an international non-profit organisation seeking to promote the
exchange of information on legal, administrative and policy aspects
of environmental conservation.
1998 – February 1999
Assistant to President and CEO, Maschinenbau Halberstadt in the
State of Saxon-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt) in the former German Democratic
Just briefly, Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt) is the home state of the great reformer Martin Luther. River Elbe flows on it at a length of more than 300 km and is characterised by the Harz low mountain range. Castles, stately homes, cathedrals and churches along the "Strasse der Romanik" (Romanesque Road Tourist Route) express the history of Saxony-Anhalt, surrounded by beautiful landscape.
June to October
Assistant to Ambassador, Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic
of Ethiopia in Bonn. Liaised with Commissions of the German Federal
Parliament, such as Human Rights Committee, German-African Parliamentary
Group, Foreign Relations Committee, etc. as well as political parties,
such as the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Social Democratic
May – August 2001
Hospitant at the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Adademischer
Austausch Dienst – DAAD), one of the largest and most well
known institutions for academic exchange and international scientific
cooperation world-wide. DAAD promotes the technical and personal
qualifications of outstanding German students, postgraduates and
young scientists who are selected by independent scientific commissions
out of a multiplicity of applicants. It promotes the improvement
and introduction of selective, internationally competitive studies
and research projects for qualified foreign students, postgraduates
and scientists, who, in turn, contribute to further the teaching
and research studies in Germany.
at two Francophone African Embassies (Burundi and
Togo) in the mid-seventies.
(My dear Joy):
I am pleased to note that you have left the army with pleasant memories.
Your leaving has certainly been a loss to the Army, as much could
be derived from you in the times to come…
Lt. Joy is intelligent,
straightforward and extremely hard working. Has a pleasant personality
and pleasing manners. Possess plenty of drive and confidence. He
willingly accepts responsibility and can be relied upon. With his
personal qualities he will do well in any assignment.
Joy has been
a stalwart of the Environmental Law Centre for over 20 years. He
worked well both independently and as part of a team. He is accurate,
and highly reliable. His colleagues and we regret his departure.
Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin (Director, IUCN-ELC)
Joy is well
organised and computer literate. He was well liked by colleagues
and appreciated for his administrative skills. We will miss him
and wish him well in his personal and professional future.
E. Burhenne (Executive Governor, ICEL)
Joy is well
mannered and has clear communication skills. His professionalism
and dedication to work will be remembered. He was also well liked
by the diplomatic corps as well as by other colleagues whom he came
in contact with.
Tensay, Ethiopian Ambassador to Germany
worked in the areas of event management, database entry, and university
publications. As a result of having extensive experience gained
in different organisations, Mr. Kochukunju brought in a massive
wealth of professional knowledge into our organisation. He was single-minded
and developed an overview of goals and programs of the DAAD in a
very short time. His participation in the regular staff meetings,
“Jours-Fixes” and discussion with various department
heads was enrichment to our organisation.
took part in the preparation of GATE-Fairs, which included the participation
of different universities. These fairs aim at funding scholarships
for foreign students, particularly from India, and improving the
international attractiveness of Germany’s educational and
He kept in touch with foreign missions and was involved in the evaluation of different events abroad ( Thailand , Vietnam , Chile and Hong Kong ).
As an independent project,
worked in the investigation and updating of study information of
German Universities for interested foreign students and organised
the corresponding data in a computerised database. This project
has been of immense value for the DAAD website in the area of “information
for foreigner students.
is a team player and has good knowledge of the education and university
systems, as well as scholarships and funding opportunities for foreign
students in Germany.
is well mannered, as well as diplomatic, with a profound knowledge
in various languages, German, English, French, Hindi, Malayalam.
This is an additional qualification for him to work in international
Stahl, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Bonn-Germany
Samar Seva Star
1965, Raksha Medal 1965, Sangram Medal, Sainya Seva Medal with Clasp
Jammu & Kashmir, 25th Independence Anniversary Medal and 9 Years
Long Service Medal.
English, French, German, Hindi, Malayalam (Mother tongue).
Electric Organ and Key Board.
Travelled extensively in India, Europe, Egypt (Cairo), Hong Kong, Mexico City, Israel, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States of America (USA).