IFES Names New Vice President

Publication Date: 
19 Feb 2008

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IFES President and CEO Jean-Pierre Kingsley announced today that Carina Perelli, an international electoral specialist, will serve as IFES’ new vice president of development and outreach starting on March 31.  

Ms. Perelli comes to IFES following an extensive and high-profile career with the United Nations, having most recently served as the director of the Electoral Assistance Division responsible for operations in some 60 countries. She played a direct role in the electoral transitions of countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. She also led efforts to develop a comprehensive regional strategy for political and electoral transition in the Middle East.  

“I am delighted to be part of IFES’ dedicated team of professionals, who like me have committed their lives to supporting democracy worldwide,” said Ms. Perelli. “I welcome the opportunity to help IFES reach its full potential.”  

As vice president of development and outreach, Ms. Perelli will focus on managing relationships with existing funders, promoting IFES’ brand recognition and coordinating with program management on strategic and development initiatives, and diversifying and expanding IFES’ funding sources.  

William J. Hybl, the chairman of IFES’ board of directors, said Ms. Perelli will lead efforts to further internationalize IFES’ funding and scope.  

“The 20th anniversary of IFES is a great time for a new chapter in development and Carina is the perfect person to advance international recognition,” he said.  

Peter Kelly, the vice chairman of IFES’ board, said Ms. Perelli is a welcome addition to the IFES team.  

“Carina brings a tremendous amount of experience and professionalism to the IFES team. I am confident that through her leadership IFES will experience a new level of growth and innovation.”  

Mr. Kingsley, noting Ms. Perelli’s commitment to promoting democracy, said he welcomes her expertise to IFES’ mission in building sustainable democracies worldwide.