Sam van der Staak

Head of Programme, Europe
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 ICT in democracy. Van der Staak manages International IDEA's Europe Programme, which includes both country programmes and the Office to the European Union.

van der Staak’s work also focuses on negotiating and managing financial resources with donor agencies. He is International IDEA’s point of contact with the European Union in Brussels. Sam has been involved in International IDEA publications on citizen movements, money in politics, and political party dialogue. He makes regular media contributions for national and international media. Prior to his involvement in democracy assistance, van der Staak worked in the Netherlands' House of Representatives. 

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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