San Francisco and Kabul, December 9, 2008 — Today, The Asia Foundation announced the appointment of Mr. Michael Haines as Deputy Country Representative in Afghanistan, effective January 4, 2009. A skilled manager with expertise in governance and economic development issues, Mr. Haines brings a diverse public, private, and non-profit sector background to the position, as well as over 18 years of representational, program management, and administrative experience that will contribute to the Foundation’s ongoing programming in Afghanistan.
Mr. Haines is currently the Associate Country Director for the Eurasia Foundation in Azerbaijan, a position he has held since June 2007. From October 2006 to April 2007, Mr. Haines served as the Civil Society Program Director for the International Republican Institute in Baghdad, Iraq. From June 2003 to June 2005, Mr. Haines served in the Ukraine as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer working on business and economic development, and as a fundraising consultant and a trainer with organizations such as Freedom House, Institute of Competitiveness, and the Youth Communication Action Network. From 1990 to 2003, Mr. Haines worked as a business development manager in the private sector for companies including Mohawk Industries in Seattle, Washington, and International Service Systems in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mr. Haines served in the United States Army Reserve during 1987-1995 and saw active duty during Desert Shield/Storm in 1991. He is a recipient of several individual and unit commendations.
Mr. Haines has a Masters Degree in International Relations and European Studies with an emphasis on democracy development and security studies from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, and certificate degrees from the London School of Economics; Peking University in Beijing, China; and American University in Lebanon. He speaks Danish, Russian, Arabic, and Spanish.
Since 2002, The Asia Foundation’s Kabul office has assisted Afghans in their efforts to rebuild the country through the establishment of an interim government, the development of a new constitution, and the implementation of national voter registration, civic education, media monitoring, and planning for the 2004 Presidential and 2005 National Assembly and Provincial Council elections. Since the elections, the Foundation has been providing long-term support for strengthening various parts of the executive branch of government, enhancing educational opportunities for women and girls, and supporting development of higher education.