Director, Regional Europe Office and Senior Political Finance Adviser
Magnus Ohman has worked with political finance issues since the late 1990s, specializing in effective disclosure and oversight, public funding systems and sustainable solutions. He has researched both country analyses and macro-level trends and practices in political finance regulation, and has assisted legislators, implementing agencies, civil society, media outlets and political parties. He was also the lead writer of the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) module on political finance.
Serving as senior political finance adviser at IFES, Ohman has supported political finance initiatives in countries such as Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Egypt, Georgia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, North Macedonia, the Maldives, Moldova, Montenegro, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Nigeria, the Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Ukraine, United States, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
Ohman is also the director of the IFES Regional Europe Office in Prague, the Czech Republic. This office serves to bring together people working with electoral issues broadly defined for professional development events featuring experience sharing, innovative approaches, evidence-based solutions, and peer-to-peer learning. So far, the Regional Europe office has held events for people from the Eastern Partnership Countries and Western Balkans on issues from monitoring abuse of state resources and election integrity assessments and election integrity management planning to increasing political and electoral access for persons with disabilities and stakeholder engagement in political finance oversight.
Ohman has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Uppsala University, Sweden.