Alan Wall, Senior Election Adviser, Timor-Leste
Alan Wall has over 30 years of experience in electoral management and democracy development. Since January 2017, he has been the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) senior election adviser in Timor-Leste; his second posting leading projects in the country. Formerly, he was chief of party for IFES in Kosovo and country director in Nepal. In addition, he was chief of party for IFES in Azerbaijan from 1999-2000 and in Indonesia from 2000-2004, managing a portfolio of projects. He covered electoral law and administration reform, local government reform, electoral training, judicial development, constitutional review, electoral inclusion, opinion polling, mass media development and civic education.
From 2005-2010, Wall served as senior adviser to Democracy International. He was country director for Democracy International’s local government election assistance programs in Indonesia and was an adviser to the Aceh Election Commission for the 2006 post-conflict elections. Between 2006 and 2009 he directed Democracy International’s opinion polling programs in Indonesia and implemented Democracy International’s Timor-Leste Research Development Program, developing quantitative research skills within universities and other institutions.
Prior to IFES, Wall held management positions with the Australian Electoral Commission from 1985-199, in the fields of voter registration, election operations, systems development and audit and evaluation. He also served with the United Kingdom-Australia-Commonwealth Secretariat Technical Assistance Group advising on structures and elections for South Africa’s first fully representative local government bodies. He was deputy chair of the Transitional Election Commission set up by the United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia and the United Nations Technical Adviser to the Independent Nigerian Election Commission.
His recent consultancies, for organizations such as the International Mission for Iraqi Elections, AusAid, the United Nations Development Programme and Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, included reviews of: voter registration in Iraq; electoral assistance for Fiji; worldwide practices in absentee voting; potential voter registration frameworks for Ukraine; and implementation of voter registration systems in Africa.
Wall is a co-author of Electoral Management Design: The International IDEA Handbook (2006). He was the initial lead writer for the ACE Electoral Encyclopedia’s section on voting operations and a writer for its sections on electoral management and voting operations. In 2007, Alan held a fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Multi-Party Democracy (NIMD), designing an online knowledge base and co-authoring NIMD’s guide to electoral systems. He speaks English, French, Italian and conversational Bahasa Indonesia.