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.
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).
Jiv Sekhon is currently Assistant Director, International Services Section at the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). In that role, he is responsible for the AEC’s international projects in the Pacific region, including AEC support for the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators network (PIANZEA) and AEC assistance in Tonga, Solomon Islands and Fiji.
On July 9, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa Programs Zeinab Abdelkarim took to Capitol Hill to provide testimony to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on political pluralism in the wake of the Arab uprisings.
Gerald Oriol was appointed Haiti’s Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities in October 2011. He oversees a staff of approximately 50 personnel working from five offices throughout the country, providing services to an estimated one million persons with disabilities.