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Biography of Jeffrey Avina

Jeffrey Avina is the Director of Citizenship and Community Affairs Director for Microsoft Middle East and Africa, a region covering 79 countries. Jeffrey and his team promote Microsoft in its keen desire to spread the benefit of IT throughout all communities.  His principal counterparts are Government Ministries, International Development agencies (including the World Bank, European Community, African Development Bank, USAID, the UN etc.), international and national NGO’s.  His work focuses on helping these organizations use IT effectively to help these partners meet the development needs and challenges of the diverse populations in this region, particularly, youth, women, and the poor and disenfranchised.


At the United Nations, he served a Director of Operations for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. In this capacity, he oversaw global network of 30 field offices and 4 regional desks promoting knowledge-based expertise in the context of sustainable development and human security, anti-corruption and facilitating the development by Governments of effective counter-measures against drug abuse, illicit drug production and trafficking, human trafficking and other forms of transnational organized crime.  Also at the UN, Jeffrey carried out assignments in Africa, Asia and Latin America at the level of Deputy Director, Representative and Deputy Representative level. 


Having worked in both the both public and private sectors, Jeffrey has focused on developing fast growing programs on cross-cutting issues affecting national economic growth and effective public administration, good governance employment generation and poverty reduction across the Middle East and Africa Region.

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