Nicholas Matatu, Country Director, Burkina Faso
Nicholas Matatu is the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) country director for Burkina Faso, where he leads the implementation of the “Promoting Peaceful, Democratic, Transparent and Inclusive Elections in Burkina Faso” program.
Matatu has been working in the area of electoral assistance since 2004. Before joining IFES in Burkina Faso, Matatu worked extensively across the African continent providing technical assistance and designing capacity building programs for election management bodies or EMBs; initiating regional and national policy dialogues on current and emerging challenges to electoral processes and contributing to publications on issues related to electoral management. He has previously worked on Africa-wide regional projects as well as on country-level projects in Somalia, Ethiopia, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia to support electoral operations, electoral training, civic and voter education and electoral risk management.
He holds an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies and a BA in Government from Colby College, USA. He is fluent in English and French.