As president and CEO, Azzedine Downes is responsible for IFAW’s strategic vision. In his previous role as IFAW's executive vice president, Downes oversaw both the Programmes Team and International Operations. His coordination of these key areas led to an increased global impact on animal issues and led to the expansion of IFAW’s work to the more than 40 countries in which IFAW is found today. He was responsible for designing and launching IFAW’s Prevention of Wildlife Trafficking (Wildlife Law Enforcement) program. His leadership on international illicit trade in wildlife has resulted in the development of IFAW’s Wildlife Crime and Consumer Awareness program. Prior to IFAW, he was chief of party, USAID:AMIDEAST, Morocco, chief of party, USAID:AMIDEAST, Jerusalem, and acting regional director for Eurasia and Middle East Region of the United States Peace Corps. Holding degrees from Providence College and Harvard University, he is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.