Meredith Applegate, Program Adviser, Ukraine
Meredith Applegate serves as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) program adviser in Ukraine. She brings over 10 years of experience developing, managing and implementing IFES’ programs in headquarters and the field. She is particularly focused on gender equality, civil society advocacy and development, voter and civic education, and disability rights. Applegate is an experienced trainer and an accredited Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) trainer, with experience creating curricula and facilitating workshops for governments, election commissions and disability and women’s rights organizations, as well as designing and implementing leadership programs.
Applegate provides program oversight, advice and support to all IFES Ukraine activities, with an emphasis on gender mainstreaming and social inclusion. For IFES Myanmar, which grew with her support into the largest election support initiative in the country, Applegate helped establish IFES’ program, forming relationships with the election management body, government officials and civil society. Ahead of Myanmar’s 2015 elections, Applegate implemented programs ranging from women’s leadership trainings to voter education. She was critical in establishing a network of over 3,000 women leaders across the country and oversaw a voter education effort that reached approximately 30 million voters.
For IFES Indonesia, Applegate worked on a broad election portfolio that included a regional network to increase access for and monitor the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. She has also worked on short to mid-term assignments on civic education, curriculum development and violence against women, including for United Nations Women in Sierra Leone, the United Nations Development Programme in Moldova and IFES projects in Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, Nepal and Timor-Leste.
Applegate holds a master’s degree in gender, development and globalization from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and English from Northwestern University.