Suren Avanesyan

Professorial Lecturer
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Suren Avanesyan currently serves as Acting Division Chief of the Democracy and Governance Division and Senior Advisor for Rule of Law, Governance and Anti-Corruption in the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As Division Chief, he is responsible for managing a team of senior technical advisors, project support staff and for determining strategic direction and priorities of the Democracy and Governance Division.

Mr. Avanesyan is a senior foreign policy and foreign assistance expert with significant experience working in the inter-agency, advising and guiding senior staff, managing complex programs and leading teams of seasoned professionals. He has nearly two decades of experience working in Russia, Ukraine, the Former Soviet Union, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe.

Mr. Avanesyan served as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Office of Russian Affairs in the Department of State. A senior USG Russia expert, Mr. Avanesyan actively participated in the interagency and was a member of numerous NSC-led IPC and sub-IPC processes. A recognized authority in rule of law, he provides technical oversight of USAID rule of law and anti-corruption programs in a dozen countries.

Mr. Avanesyan directed complex justice sector reform programs and managed a staff seasoned professionals in Kosovo. He is a fluent Russian speaker. Prior to joining USAID, he worked in the World Bank and in several for-profit and not-for-profit international development organizations in Washington, DC. Mr. Avanesyan has worked in Armenia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Sub-Saharan Africa.



MA (1998) and JD (1999), the University of Wisconsin-Madison
LL.M. in International Legal Studies (2001) at New York University School of Law.