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The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), is the only inter-governmental organization supporting democracy around the world. It aims to support journalists with up-to-date information and impartial analysis. Our experts are on hand to talk to media and have been cited in the likes of The New York Times to the BBC, Le Monde and the Mail & Guardian. Our reports are also available online, including our flagship Global State of Democracy Report. Be among the first to learn about our announcements and new reports by signing up for our press releases and regular newsletter on this page.

Here are some of our experts who are available for interviews on our new Global Monitor of COVID-19's Impact on Democracy and Human Rights.


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Kevin Casas-Zamora

Secretary-General

Expertise: Global overview of democracy, consequences of coronavirus pandemic for democracy in general, geopolitics, civil liberties, Latin America

Languages: English, Spanish


Directors

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Gideon Nhundu

Acting Director of Executive Division

Expertise: Finance, planning

Languages: English


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Daniel Zovatto

Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Expertise: Money in politics, Elections, Democracy and Development

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish


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Leena Rikkilä Tamang

Director for Asia and the Pacific

Expertise: Participatory constitution-building processes, gender, South-Asia, South East Asia

Country/Region Focus: Asia & the Pacific

Languages: English, Finnish, French, Nepali, Swedish


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Adebayo Olukoshi

Director for Africa and West Asia

Languages: English


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Keboitse Machangana

Director of Global Programme

Expertise: Democracy assessment, gender equality and women´s human rights, programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; process facilitation using adult learning methodologies.

Languages: English, Setswana


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Karin Gardes

Director for External Relations and Governance Support

Languages: English, French, Swedish


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Andrew Bradley

Director of the Office of International IDEA to the European Union

Expertise: Sustainable development, bi- and multi-lateral negotiations, political dialogue and conflict management.

Languages: Dutch, English, French


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Adam Boys

Director of Corporate Services

Languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, English


Mark McDowell

Head of Mission, Myanmar

Expertise: Public diplomacy, e-government, democratic transitions, Indigenous affairs, environmental issues and environmental politics

Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian


Adina Trunk

Special Adviser to the Secretary-General

Expertise: Democracy development, Eastern Europe, political parties, authoritarian regimes, gender equality and diversity mainstreaming, project management, communication and European Union

Country / Region Focus Eastern Europe, Sweden

Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Swedish


Massimo Tommasoli

Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the United Nations

Languages: English, Italian


Annika Silva-Leander

Head of Democracy Assessment and Political Analysis

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Swedish


Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu

Senior Programme Manager

Expertise: Gender equality and women’s empowerment, politics, media, constitutions, electoral processes and governance, parliamentary development and legislative formulation, women’s human rights advocacy and community development.

Languages: English, Shona


Carolina Floru

Programme Officer

Expertise: Electoral processes and gender

Country / Region Focus Bolivia

Languages: English, French, Spanish


Alfonso Ferrufino

Senior Adviser

Expertise: Political Parties and Constitution-Building

Country / Region Focus Bolivia

Languages: French, Quechua, Spanish


Sumit Bisarya

Senior Programme Manager

Expertise: Law and constitution-building

Languages: English


Elliot W. Bulmer

Programme Officer

Expertise: Institutional design, constitutional responses to oligarchic democracy and civil society training on constitutionalism

Languages: Arabic, English, French, German


Adhy Aman

Senior Programme Officer

Expertise: Law, legal framework review, electoral systems, electoral justice, electoral reform, political party development and citizen’s participation

Country / Region Focus Fiji and Mongolia

Languages: English


Adem Kassie Abebe

Associate Programme Officer

Expertise: Constitution-building, electoral system design, political parties, federalism and decentralization, international and regional human rights systems and public international law

Country / Region Focus Ethiopia and Africa

Languages: Amharic, Dutch, English