Hon. Irena Hadžiabdić, Board Member
Irena Hadžiabdić has spent the past 19 years in the field of election management, first with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), then as executive director of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). She was also the executive director of the Association of Election Officials in BiH (AEOBiH). In 2007, she was appointed by the BiH Parliamentary Assembly as a member of the BiH Central Election Commission (BiH CEC). On April 27, 2016 she was reappointed member of the BiH CEC after the expiration of her first seven-year mandate, and she is serving as the president of the BiH CEC since January 1, 2017.
She represented the BiH CEC at the Executive Board of the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) and at the Oversight and Audit Committee of the Association of World Election Bodies (AWEB). She has observed and assessed elections in 14 countries with OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute. In 2013, she received an International Electoral Award for outstanding achievements in election management.
Irena Hadžiabdić graduated from the Belgrade Faculty of Law. She holds a M.S. in European Union policy, law and management from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and a Ph.D. in juridical science from the Faculty of Law in Zenica.