Tenu Avafia

Policy Adviser, HIV, Health and Development Practice, Bureau for Development Policy

UNDP New York

United States
Health, HIV AIDS, Human rights, Trade

Tenu Avafia is a policy adviser on law, human rights and treatment access issues in the HIV, Health and Development Group in UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy. His responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law Report. He also leads a UNDP programme to increase the access and delivery of new health technologies for neglected tropical diseases in low and middle income countries.

Mr. Avafia joined UNDP in 2006. He was previously based in Johannesburg where he worked on intellectual property rights, innovation and trade issues with UNDP’s HIV and AIDS Group in the Regional Service Centre for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Before joining UNDP, he worked for the Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa as manager of the Namibia country programme before working on research focusing on intellectual property rights, international trade negotiations and regional integration. Prior to that, Mr. Avafia was a lawyer at the Legal Assistance Centre in Namibia where he worked on rights-based litigation and research into constitutional, civil and socio-economic rights issues.

Mr. Avafia is a Namibian national. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence and an LLB from the University of Namibia and an LLM in international trade law from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.