Our People

International IDEA is a global organization of nearly 200 staff members. Meet the people who are working across our 17 offices to support stronger democratic institutions and processes, and sustainable, effective and legitimate democracy.


Senior Advisor, Democracy and Inclusion
Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu
Senior Policy and Programme Advisor
Budhi Karki
Head of Finance and Operations
Tonderai Mazingaizo
Head of Mission, Peru
Percy Medina
Head of Programme, Mozambique
Miguel Orlando Mendes de Brito
Head of Budget and Programme Performance
Joakim Molander
Financial Controller
Gideon Nhundu
Head of Electoral Processes
Therese Pearce Laanela
Head of Sudan Programme
Sami Abdelhalim Saeed
Head of Democracy Assessment
Seema Shah
Head of North America and Deputy Permanent Observer of International IDEA to the United Nations
Annika Silva-Leander
Senior Advisor
Antonio Spinelli
Senior Expert
Peter Wolf
Senior Programme Officer
Olufunto Akinduro
Senior Programme Officer
Erik Asplund
Senior Programme Officer - Facilitation
Yaya Bawa
Senior Programme Officer
Monia Belarbi
Programme Manager
Charles Brasseur
Finance and Operations Manager
Richard Busingye
Finance and Administration Manager
Mutale Chileshe