W. Paul Rowland, Chief of Party, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands
Paul Rowland has more than 30 years of experience working on elections, democracy and governance. In that time, his work has taken him to more than 30 countries on five continents.
Prior to his post in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Rowland worked as a country director and senior adviser for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and as a consultant for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and other international organizations. With three decades of leadership experience, he has worked with senior government officials, including heads of state and government, ministers, electoral commissioners and members of parliament, as well as business leaders, civil servants and diplomats at all levels.
He has been an accredited international observer or provided technical support to more than 25 elections, many of which were in a conflict or post-conflict context in Europe, North Africa and Asia, including Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Lebanon, Tunisia, Timor-Leste, Nepal and Indonesia. Prior to his international career, Rowland worked in government, parliament and on 15 electoral events and referendums in his native Canada.
As an analyst and public speaker, he has worked in the areas of elections, political economy, public policy, security, defense and aviation. He is a member of the ACE Network of Electoral Practitioners, a former associate at the Centre for Democratic Institutions in Australia and a former fellow at the Institute for Peace and Democracy in Indonesia.