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Avril Haines
Former Principal Deputy National Security Advisor

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Ms. Haines is currently a Senior Research Scholar working on Columbia World Projects, which attempts to bring extraordinary scholarship to bear on the most basic fundamental challenges that we are facing today. She is also a fellow at the Human Rights Institute and National Security Law Program at Columbia Law School. Ms. Haines has extensive government experience, most recently having served as Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. Just prior, she was the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and before that she served as the Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. Before joining the NSC, she led the Treaty Office at the Department of State, was the Deputy Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, worked for The Hague Conference on Private International Law, and served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to obtaining her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Ms. Haines founded and for five years ran a successful bookstore café, was President of the Business Association of Fells Point, served on the executive board of the Baltimore East Harbor Empowerment Zone, and won an award for dedicated community service in Baltimore for her work in a number of areas. Ms. Haines received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago and is published in the area of private international law and international humanitarian law.

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