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The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), is the only inter-governmental organization supporting democracy around the world. It aims to support journalists with up-to-date information and impartial analysis. Our experts are on hand to talk to media and have been cited in the likes of The New York Times to the BBC, Le Monde and the Mail & Guardian. Our reports are also available online, including our flagship Global State of Democracy Report. Be among the first to learn about our announcements and new reports by signing up for our press releases and regular newsletter on this page.

Here are some of our experts who are available for interviews on our new Global Monitor of COVID-19's Impact on Democracy and Human Rights.


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Kevin Casas-Zamora

Secretary-General

Expertise: Global overview of democracy, consequences for democracy in general, geopolitics, civil liberties, Latin America

Languages: English, Spanish


Directors

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Adebayo Olukoshi

Director for Africa and West Asia

Country / Region Focus: Africa and the Middle East

Languages: English


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Leena Rikkilä Tamang

Director for Asia and the Pacific

Expertise: Democratic transitions/backsliding in the region

Country / Region Focus: Asia and the Pacific

Languages: English, Finnish


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Laura Thornton

Director for Global Programme

Expertise: Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on democracy promotion globally; the former USSR sphere and Asia-Pacific; disinformation, security apparatus, public opinion polling, parliamentary oversight, political parties and campaigns, election observation, and citizen advocacy and participation

Country / Region Focus: The former USSR sphere and Asia-Pacific

Languages: English


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Sam van der Staak

Head of Programme, Regional Europe

Expertise: Europe, impact of the coronavirus pandemic within European Union

Country / Region Focus: European Union

Languages: Dutch, English


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Daniel Zovatto

Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Expertise: Latin America, impact of the coronavirus pandemic on electoral processes

Country / Region Focus: Latin America

Languages: English, Spanish


Adhy Aman

Senior Programme Manager

Expertise: Senior Programme Manager, Asia and the Pacific and Country Programme Manager for Fiji and Mongolia

Country / Region Focus: Fiji and Mongolia

Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English


Sumit Bisarya

Head of Constitution-Building Processes

Expertise: Emergency powers and democracy, impact on the rule of law

Languages: English


Elliot W. Bulmer

Senior Programme Officer

Expertise: Emergency powers (comparatively), constitutional design, comparative constitutions, estminster Model / commonwealth countries, Small Island States, values and principles in public life.

Languages: English


Alfonso Ferrufino

Senior Adviser

Expertise: Political parties and Constitution-building in Bolivia

Country / Region Focus: Bolivia

Languages: English, Spanish


Carolina Floru

Programme Officer

Expertise: Electoral processes and gender

Country / Region Focus: Bolivia

Languages: English, Spanish


Jennifer Guachalla

Coordinator for the Electoral Processes Project

Country / Region Focus: Bolivia

Languages: English, Spanish


Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu

Head of Political Participation and Representation

Expertise: Gender equality and women’s empowerment, politics, media, constitutions, electoral processes and governance, parliamentary development and legislative formulation, women’s human rights advocacy and community development.

Languages: English, Shona


Adem Kassie Abebe

Programme Officer

Expertise: Elections and constitutional governance, Ethiopia and Africa

Country / Region Focus: Ethiopia and Africa

Languages: Amharic, English


Miguel Angel Lara Otaola

Head of the office for Mexico and Central America

Expertise: Elections, election management, electoral justice, democratic accountability, political parties, money in politics

Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish


Mark McDowell

Head of Programme, Myanmar

Expertise: Public diplomacy, e-government, democratic transitions, Indigenous affairs, environmental issues and environmental politics

Country / Region Focus: Myanmar

Languages: English


Therese Pearce Laanela

Head of Electoral Processes

Expertise: elections and electoral assistance, electoral systems, and political financing

Languages: English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Swedish


Annika Silva-Leander

Head of Democracy Assessment and Political Analysis

Expertise: Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global state of democracy and civic space

Country / Region Focus: Europe, Asia, Latin America

Languages: English, Spanish, Swedish


Parvinder Singh

Senior Program Manager

Expertise: India and democracy

Country / Region Focus: India

Languages: English, Hindi


Massimo Tommasoli

Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the United Nations

Expertise: United Nations and democracy assistance response, Implications for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Country / Region Focus: New York

Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish


Adina Trunk

Special Adviser to the Secretary-General

Expertise: Global State of Democracy, political parties, gender & women’s political empowerment,democratization processes, democratic backsliding

Country / Region Focus: Eastern Europe, Sweden

Languages: English, French, German, Romanian, Swedish