Sam van der Staak

Senior Programme Manager
Political parties, money in politics and ICTs.


Sam van der Staak's work focuses on responding to democratic developments in Europe, with a special emphasis on the topics of political parties, money in politics, and ICTs. Van der Staak also manages International IDEA's Wider Europe team.

Van der Staak’s previous work experience includes supporting political parties, electoral commissions and other state institutions in countries such as Georgia and Kenya. He has been involved in International IDEA publications on citizen movements, money in politics, and political party dialogue. He makes regular media contributions in the form of Op-Eds and commentaries for national and international media. Prior to his involvement in democracy assistance, Van der Staak worked in the Netherlands's House of Representatives. 

Engage with Van der Staak on Twitter at @PartiesDigital or @samvanderstaak .

Recent Op-Eds:

MA in International Relations (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), and MA in Dutch Language and Literature (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Contact Information: 
The Hague, The Netherlands