On Tuesday, July 14, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) President and CEO Bill Sweeney will testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa on “Tunisia’s Fragile Democratic Transition.” Since 2011, IFES has worked with the Tunisian election commission, various components of the Tunisian Government, political parties and
In this post-election Q&A, IFES Program Manager Julia Hedlund discusses why the outcome of the Nigerian 2015 general elections were so important for democracy in the country; security concerns on Election Day; the performance of new technologies; and the legacy of outgoing Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Attahiru Jega.
A Canadian-born attorney, Christian Nadeau has worked in international development and democracy promotion for twelve years in more than thirty countries. As a Division Director in Moscow and Washington, D.C. for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), he analyzed strategic plans and legal frameworks for tribunals, election commissions, and NGOs.
Mariela López-Vargas has more than 25 years of international experience in international development, facilitating complex electoral processes with expertise in strategic communications, program implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
A former Senior Development Manager at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Triona O’Connor has over 15 years of experience in transforming strategic ideas into specific tactical procedures. Her in-depth knowledge in business development, marketing, program planning and communications has been beneficial to a number of organizations.
A former Senior Program Manager at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), 1989-2003, Laurie Cooper specializes in conflict resolution and rule of law. She has worked in more than fifteen countries in Africa, as well as the West Bank and Gaza. Most recently, she was Chief of Party for the Liberia Land Conflict Resolution Project.
Robert David Irish has analyzed and advised electoral processes in Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean and the Middle East since 2005.
Lindsay Lee served as former Inclusion Intern for Program Development Innovation at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), focusing on the rights of people with disabilities. She recently received her B.S. in mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also majored in Spanish and minored in Portuguese.
In December 2013, Gerardo de Icaza Hernández was appointed Director of the Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) for the Organization of American States (OAS). He is also a founding partner and Director of International Affairs for Democracy Building International (DBI).