Olufunto Akinduro is Senior Programme Officer – Elections in the Africa and West Asia team, based in Addis Ababa since 1 April 2020.
Akinduro serves as the electoral processes lead expert for the Africa and West Asia region, responsible for providing thematic support to the regional and country offices, designing and managing election support projects and contributing to knowledge production. Her research and professional interests include election assessment, election management and campaign finance.
Olufunto has worked in the field of elections and democracy for over 15 years with specific focus on election assessment, project design and management, advocacy, research and training.
Previously, Olufunto worked in different capacities at the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) from 2011 to February 2020, including her role as Head of Elections and Political Processes. She was responsible for developing and strengthening EISA’s electoral support approach across the continent. She managed EISA’s continental electoral support programmes and strategic partnerships with the African Union and African Regional Economic Bodies. Olufunto also worked in Nigeria, where she managed the secretariat of the Electoral Reform Network (a civil society advocacy coalition) for five years during one of Nigeria’s most challenging elections in 2007. Olufunto is passionate about supporting electoral stakeholders in Africa to achieve the goal of conducting credible elections.
International IDEA Publications:
- ‘Case Study on The Role of EMBs in Electoral Reforms: Nigeria’ in ACE Electoral Knowledge Network Encyclopaedia (2014).
- ‘Case Study on Election Management Bodies - Nigeria, Independent National Electoral Commission’ in International IDEA’ Handbook: Electoral Management Design and ACE Electoral Knowledge Network Encyclopaedia (2014).