Our People

International IDEA is a global organization of nearly 200 staff members. Meet the people who are working across our offices in 18 countries to support stronger democratic institutions and processes, and sustainable, effective and legitimate democracy.


Yves Leterme
Executive Director
Fiona Rowley
Director of Global Programme
Keboitse Machangana
Director for Africa and West Asia
Adebayo Olukoshi
Director for Asia and the Pacific
Leena Rikkilä Tamang
Director for Latin America and the Caribbean
Daniel Zovatto
Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the United Nations
Massimo Tommasoli
Head of Programme, Myanmar
Mark McDowell
Financial Controller
Gideon Nhundu
Head of Programme, Nepal
Antonio Spinelli
Senior Adviser Member States and External Relations
Petra Auer-Himberg
Head of Constitution-Building Processes
Sumit Bisarya
Senior Adviser
Alfonso Ferrufino
Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development
Caroline Fox
Head of Programme, Paraguay
Lourdes González Prieto
Head of Political Participation and Representation
Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu
Head of Programme, Mexico
Miguel Angel Lara Otaola
Head of Mission, Peru
Percy Medina
Senior Regional Adviser
Pinkie Mekgwe
Head of Programme, Mozambique
Miguel Orlando Mendes de Brito