Vassia Stoilov, Program Manager, Africa
Vassia Stoilov has been working in the elections field for 10 years. At the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), where she is currently Program Manager for Africa, she has served as Deputy Chief of Party, Senior Program Officer and Program Officer for the program in Iraq. This program has included building local capacity of the Independent High Electoral Commission, increasing the participation of women and political awareness of Iraqi citizens, and out-of-country voting for the March 2010 parliamentary elections.
Prior to IFES, Stoilov worked at the Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM) at American University. While at CDEM, she worked in a variety of capacities on many projects, including organizing election management and election observation training institutes; implementing student poll worker recruitment and training programs; and organizing 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.
Stoilov has also worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation 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.
Stoilov 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.