Niklas Kabel, Country Director, Libya
Niklas Kabel currently serves as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' (IFES) country director for Libya. Kabel is an electoral management expert with a wide range of experience in development programming in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Before rejoining the Libya program in 2016 based in both Libya and Tunisia, he was working from Denmark where he was responsible for the management of all MENA activities of the Danish Institute for Human Rights, including projects in Egypt, Iran, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. Prior to that he was based in Amman, where he worked on IFES’ election projects in Jordan, Yemen, and in Turkey with the Syrian opposition. He previously also worked in Libya as IFES’ senior elections and operations manager, helping Libyan stakeholders to prepare and implement the first post-revolution elections in 2012 and 2014.
Kabel has also worked with the Carter Center in Sudan, directing the international observer mission and the Center’s political analysis of the country’s political transition. Prior to that, he worked with IFES in Sudan in support of South Sudan’s referendum on secession.
Kabel is member of the Peace and Stabilization Unit, a rapid response roster for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Agency, and has worked as a cultural adviser on Middle Eastern affairs for the Danish armed forces. He received his master’s degree in political science from the University of Copenhagen and a linguistic officer’s degree from the Danish Royal Defence College. Kabel is fluent in Arabic, Danish and English.