Asplund is a Programme Officer in the Electoral Processes Programme, International IDEA. His current focus includes Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) project, Electoral Risk Management as well as Electoral Management Design with a focus on electoral training, education and resource facilities.
Asplund worked as the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network Coordinator from 2015 until 2016. He has worked directly with over a dozen EMB’s in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia on various electoral capacity development projects.
Asplund has also worked with the Democracy Assessment and Analysis Programme with a focus on the State of Democracy and State of Local Democracy citizen-led democracy assessments. Before joining International IDEA, he worked for Tostan in the Gambia on Democracy and Human Rights projects. He has also worked for several think tanks including the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Asplund holds a Master’s in International Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden. B.Sc. Economics, Stockholm University, Sweden. B.A. Modern History, Economic History and Politics, Royal Holloway University of London, UK.