Ioana Cosma, Country Director, North Macedonia

IFES staff Ioana Cosma

Ioana Cosma has served as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) country director in North Macedonia since December 2015. She has extensive experience in designing, managing, implementing and evaluating democratic governance projects and programs in the Balkans. She has worked with a wide variety of stakeholders, including government officials at central and local levels, international donor agencies, international organizations and domestic implementing partners.

Cosma’s areas of expertise include program development and management, capacity building, institutional development and electoral reform. In 2010, she joined the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Skopje as a democratization and election officer and later served as chief of the Democratic Governance Unit and then head of the Human Dimension Department. Prior to that, Cosma worked with the OSCE in Kosovo as a program officer in the Elections Department in 2001 and 2002 and then in the Democratization Department and Head of Mission’s Office from 2002-08. She has also served as an elections adviser for IFES in providing assistance to Central Election Commission of Kosovo’s Counting and Results Center.

Cosma holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in European studies from Babeș-Bolyai University in Romania.



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