Melika Atic, Deputy Director, Asia-Pacific
Melika Atic is the deputy director with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Asia-Pacific department. With over 18 years of experience across the non-profit and private sectors, Atic currently manages a diverse portfolio of IFES programs in Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste, among others. Prior to joining IFES, Atic spent four years with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) working in elections and post-conflict development in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and eight years with a private organization in New York managing corporate social responsibility programs.
While at the OSCE in Sarajevo, Atic worked in various capacities on the first four post-war elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, initially developing the “Train the Trainer” modules for municipal and assembly elections; training over 300 international and local trainers and 2,000 international polling supervisors on the polling and counting procedures; and later joining the senior management team in the chief of staff’s office.
Since joining IFES in 2012, Atic has contributed to a wide array of technical assistance projects, including building the world’s largest national voter database in Indonesia, supporting the first local elections in 20 years in Nepal, and re-establishing IFES’ presence in Sri Lanka. Atic managed IFES’ field operations in Indonesia for two years after which she joined the headquarters team. She has contributed to numerous briefing papers and publications including the upcoming Electoral Ink: Insights on the Use of Electoral Ink in the Voting Process white paper. In addition, Atic manages the Elections Operations knowledge management initiative, one of the groups at IFES developed to improve the management and sharing of substantive knowledge on programmatic service delivery across the organization.
Atic holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and peace and conflict studies from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.