Beverly G. Hagerdon, Country Director, Sri Lanka
Beverly G. Hagerdon, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' (IFES) country director for Sri Lanka, has 20 years of experience working in the election field, including in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Iraq, the Maldives, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
As IFES Sri Lanka country director, Hagerdon leads two programs: the United States Agency for International Development-funded “Improved Election Management Program” (IEMP) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-funded "Promotion of Women’s Electoral Representation" (POWER) program. IEMP works to share international electoral standards, principles and best practices with Sri Lanka’s Election Commission. Under IEMP, IFES is working with the Election Commission to facilitate professional and leadership trainings; further develop the electronic national voter register; provide technical input on voter education planning; and conduct media trainings to increase journalists’ understanding of and ability to report on electoral reforms and processes. As part of the POWER program, IFES is working to enhance women’s participation in local governance through numerous activities, including conducting women’s leadership trainings ("She Leads SL"); implementing a public awareness campaign that promotes women as decision-makers; conducting gender sensitization training for police, media and political parties; and developing monitoring tools to assess and address violence against women in elections.
Previously as IFES Maldives chief of party, Hagerdon oversaw the "Maldives Women and Youth Program" in working with national civil society organizations, state institutions and other local partners to provide civic education for young people, promote women’s political participation and advance the integrity of electoral and political processes through electoral reform. As former IFES Philippines chief of party, she coordinated with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, Republic of the Philippines Commission on Elections, civil society and other stakeholders to support democratic transition in the Bangsamoro and the implementation of national electoral modernization and reform programs. As senior electoral expert, Hagerdon contributed to ongoing programming in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea while also giving presentations on electoral reform issues in Indonesia and South Africa. She has liaised with the National Election Commission of South Korea on the Association of World Election Bodies, while also working in support of regional election bodies such as the Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials and the Association of Asian Electoral Authorities.
Hagerdon previously held the position of chief of party in IFES’ former Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, office, where she championed the establishment of the Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina and conducted capacity-building programs for municipal election officials. Hagerdon began her career in election administration and management with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997, where she worked in operations to conduct three electoral exercises and designed and implemented professional development programs. She has also served as head of operations for the International Organization for Migration's "Out-of-Country Registration and Voting Program" for the Afghanistan presidential election in 2004, as well as senior operations officer for the "Out-of-Country Voting Program" for the Iraqi national elections in 2005. She has observed elections in Armenia, Croatia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the United States.