Former International IDEA Staff

Gregory Kehailia

Former Senior Program Manager
Elections, Multilateral diplomacy, programme design and management, business development, human rights, support to civil society, intercultural dialogue, decentralization, inclusion, civic education.


Gregory Kehailia’s work focused on leading the implementation of International IDEA’s EU-funded STEP Democracy programme in Myanmar, with a special emphasis on providing senior advocacy and technical expertise to the Union Election Commission.

Kehailia’s previous work experience includes assisting electoral and political processes for almost two decades, mostly in war-torn, post-conflict and transitional countries. He has supported electoral institutions, civil society organizations and human rights defenders with the United Nations, the European Union, the Anna Lindh Euromed Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

He has worked in Europe, United States, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia and his field assignments include Syria, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Myanmar.

Kehailia has received IFES “You Make a Difference” Award in 2011 and 2013. He has authored research papers on cultural dialogue in politics (Warmongers, Peacemakers: the political uses of cultural identities, International and Strategic Relations Institute IRIS, 2008) as well as on electoral security (Countering Electoral Violence with Electoral Education, IFES, 2014) and given interviews on Congolese and Myanmar political processes (Interview "Signale des Friedens an das Militär“, TAZ 2016).

Diploma in Political Science of the Higher Studies Institute “Science Po” (Bordeaux, France) - Major: Sociology and Political Studies, June 1997 - Master’s thesis on "Political Islam in Tunisia: a Maghreb vanguard?" (June 1997 – 104 pages)