Elisenda Ballesté Buxó is the Project Coordinator for the EU co-funded Global Monitor of COVID-19´s impact on Democracy and Human Rights project of the Democarcy Assessment Unit.
She manages the online monitoring tool of COVID-19 measures adopted by the 162 countries covered in the Global State of Democracy Indices. The country profiles provide information on the democracy and human rights implications of COVID19-related measures, according to the 29 aspects of democracy in the Global State of Democracy Framework and are updated every two weeks.
Elisenda is responsible for the Middle East subregion in the Global State of Democracy Report, producing analysis and assessment on democratic trends and issues. Between 2018 and early 2020, she was also in charge of the communications and outreach efforts of the Global State of Democracy knowledge products and tools, tracking the efforts through regular results reports.
Prior to joining International IDEA, Elisenda was an academic in various universities in Mexico, including UDLAP and Tec de Monterrey, which ranks among the best private universities in the country, and she eventually became Director of the BA in International Relations for the latter. She earned her master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from El Colegio de Mexico and spent time in Yemen perfecting her Arabic and her knowledge of the cultural and religious aspects of the region. She has cooperated closely with NGOs and presented lectures at several international conferences. Her work on Middle East and her experience on education, earned her the invitation from the UN to present a lecture on how education can be used as a tool on the effort on the resolution of the Arab-Israel conflict, in the UN Meeting of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace.