Vassia Stoilov, Senior Program Manager, Africa
Vassia Stoilov currently serves as senior program manager for Africa. She has been working in the field of election administration since 2001. Currently, Vassia manages programs in Nigeria focused on strengthening the capacity of the Independent National Commission and the State Independent Electoral Commission as well as supporting electoral dispute resolution and monitoring electoral violence. She also manages programs in Zimbabwe focused on the capacity building of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, civil society organizations, and community based organizations. Previously, Vassia served as IFES’ deputy chief of party in Iraq for three years and prior to that served as program officer and senior program officer for the Iraq and other programs at IFES’ Middle East and North Africa division.
Prior to IFES, Vassia worked at the Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University where she organized election management and election observation training institutes, implemented student poll worker recruitment and training programs and organized election observation missions for international lawyers. She conducted research for the Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III.
Vassia has also worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Bulgarian Parliament and the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was an adjunct professor at American University and has published on election administration topics in a variety of publications.
Vassia holds a doctorate in public administration and a master’s degree in international peace and conflict from American University’s School of Public Affairs and School of International Service, respectively. She also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American University in Bulgaria.