Juliette Schmidt, Senior Election, Political Process and Conflict Specialist
Based in Canada, Juliette Schmidt is a senior election, political process and conflict specialist at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). She supports electoral reform programming in countries undergoing political transitions under very different conditions. She is focused particularly on election conflict and security, conducting electoral security and political risk assessments and contributing to innovative program development, and monitoring and evaluation.
Schmidt has 15 years of international program management experience spanning the Middle East, Asia, Africa and North America. She is also an experienced trainer, creating curriculum and facilitating workshops for media, government, civil society and religious leaders in four continents.
Prior to joining IFES, Schmidt was director of the Partners in Humanity Program at the international non-profit Search for Common Ground, where she worked to promote Muslim-Western understanding and reduce extremism and radicalization globally. She was also editor-in-chief of the international news syndicate the Common Ground News Service. Schmidt’s non-profit experience includes the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue, both in Beirut, and she has private sector marketing and public relations experience in Canada and the UK.
Schmidt holds a bachelor's degree with honors in political science from the University of Waterloo in Canada and a master's degree in international affairs and conflict resolution from the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. She is fluent in French.