Former Deputy Representative, Afghanistan

Michael Haines was formerly The Asia Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative in Afghanistan. Previously, Mr. Haines was the Associate Country Director for the Eurasia Foundation in Azerbaijan, a position he held since June 2007. There, he managed a staff of 25 and oversees a multi-million dollar local governance private-public partnership initiative supported by the United States, British, and Norwegian governments, and by several private foundations and enterprises. In this capacity he also managed an Islam and Democracy project and was responsible for women’s empowerment programs.

From October 2006 to April 2007, Mr. Haines served as the Civil Society Program Director for the International Republican Institute in Baghdad, Iraq, and implemented a project called “Post Election Democratic Transition.” From June 2003 to June 2005, he 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 (1987-1995) and saw active duty during Desert Shield/Storm in 1991. He is a recipient of several individual and unit commendations. He is fluent in Danish; speaks intermediate Russian; and has basic skills in Arabic and Spanish.

Education: Masters Degree in International Relations and European Studies, Central European University in Budapest, Hungary; 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.