Since 2008 Jeffrey M. Avina has been director of the Middle East and Africa Division of Microsoft International’s Citizenship and Community Affairs Department. Based in Istanbul, he has responsibility for setting Microsoft’s corporate social responsibility strategy in 79 countries in the Middle East and Africa, linking activities to government and donor expenditures in health, education, governance, and disaster management.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Avina’s held several positions with the U.N. He was director of operations of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna from 2006 to 2008. For two years previously he was deputy director for Africa and deputy assistant secretary general of the United Nations Development Program. In other assignments with the U.N., he was resident coordinator for four years in Honduras, deputy resident representative for five in Laos and assistant resident representative for five in Bhutan.
Mr. Avina earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University. He holds an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the boards of U.S. - North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity and End Human Trafficking Now. He is also a member of the New York and Connecticut State Bar Associations. Mr. Avina speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese and Lao/Thai. His most recent publication was an article on corporate social responsibility in the Journal of Financial Crime, published by Cambridge University.