Hayya Ahmed serves as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) deputy country director in Sudan. She has over 25 years of experience working with a diverse array of international organizations and public sector institutions in areas ranging from developing and strengthening governance mechanisms to citizen engagement, policy advocacy and civic and voter education in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. Hayya’s IFES experience includes conducting training on countering fake news and disinformation in Zimbabwe, supporting parliament in Pakistan and providing technical assistance to election management bodies in Liberia, Nigeria and Malawi as IFES’ Head of Office. Hayya has several years of experience managing diverse program teams and highly intensive grants in post-conflict countries.
Hayya holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English Literature and a master’s degree in Mass Communication.