Sam van der Staak

Head of Programme, Regional Europe
Europe, impact of the coronavirus pandemic within European Union, state of democracy in Europe


Sam van der Staak is the Head of International IDEA’s Europe Programme. His work focuses on responding to democratic developments in Europe, with a special emphasis on the topics of political parties, money in politics, and ICT in democracy.

Van der Staak manages International IDEA's Regional Europe Programme, in which capacity he leads International IDEA’s representation to the European Union in Brussels. Sam has been involved in International IDEA publications on Cybersecurity in elections, Citizen movements, Money in politics, and Political party dialogue. He makes regular media contributions for national and international media.

Engage with Sam van der Staak on Twitter at @samvanderstaak.

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MA in International Relations (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), and MA in Dutch Language and Literature (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
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Brussels, Belgium