Team Leader, HIV, Health and Development Team
United Nations Development Programme
United States of America
Tenu Avafia leads the Human Rights, Key Populations and Treatment Access team within UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Group. His responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of the Global Commission on HIV as well as UNDP’s partnerships with the Government of Japan around health technology innovation and access including the UNDP-led Access and Delivery Partnership. Before joining UNDP, he worked at the Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa focusing on regional and multilateral trade negotiations and regional integration. He also worked with the Legal Assistance Centre in Namibia where he undertook rights-based litigation and research into socio-economic issues including the right to health. He holds an LLM in international trade law from the University of Stellenbosch and a PhD in intellectual property law from Queen Mary, University of London.