Jérôme Leyraud, Chief of Party, Georgia
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Georgia Chief of Party Jérôme Leyraud is an election specialist with over 20 years of experience working in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central and South Asia, Central America and the Pacific. With a wide-ranging field of expertise, he has developed a thorough understanding of international cooperation issues with specific emphasis on governance, democratization and peace building.
He specializes in electoral operations in a post-conflict environment and worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina, East-Timor, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan, where from 2009 to 2011 he served as IFES country director, helping the country implement two of the three elections stipulated in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Following the Arab Spring in 2011, he led the European Union electoral assistance team in Tunisia.
Leyraud brings in-depth knowledge of electoral processes, having advised many election management bodies and assessed numerous electoral operations. In particular, he conducted short- and long-term assignments in Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Comoros, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conarky, Iran, Côte d’Ivoire, Lesotho, Macedonia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra-Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Zambia. In other capacities, he also worked in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, and Palestine.
Leyraud has collaborated and worked with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the United Nations Development Programme, the European Union, International IDEA, the Council of Europe (Venice Commission) and various donors. He is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies and the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies.