Bach Avezdjanov is the Program Officer for Columbia Global Freedom of Expression. Prior to joining the initiative, he has worked in Kyrgyzstan for Freedom House, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Tian Shan Policy Center at the American University of Central Asia. Much of his work focused on legislative reform pertaining to torture prevention. He also worked on strengthening public assembly, religious freedoms, minority rights, and women’s rights. After, Bach joined the UNHCR operation in Kassala, Sudan, a city on the border with Eritrea. In the capacity of a protection officer, he monitored refugee rights issues and designed projects to ensure that those issues are resolved. Bach is fluent in Russian and holds a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.