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Five new Board Members join International IDEA

April 26, 2024 • By Luzia Rump
International IDEA’s Council of Member States appointed five new Members to the Board of Advisers at its meeting on 24 April 2024.

The Board, composed of leading experts in their fields, provides strategic advice and supports the Institute with partnership-building, fundraising and outreach efforts. International IDEA is delighted to welcome a new cohort of Board Members and looks forward to a close collaboration in the coming three years.

From 1 May 2024, the Board of Advisers will be joined by:

Kwasi Anin-Yeboah is a Ghanaian judge and was appointed Chief of Justice of Ghana from 2020 to 2023. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Governing Council of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Before that, he held roles as member of the General Legal Council, Chairman of the Board of Legal Education and Chairman of the Judicial Council. Anin-Yeboah has also attended programs on electoral reforms in Sierra Leone and Kenya and won several awards.

Thant Myint-U is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Christ’s College, Cambridge University, and Visiting Professor at Lee Kuan Yew School, National University of Singapore. He has worked in different capacities in the UN system, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He has published several award-winning books on topics related to democracy and nation-building and worked as an adviser to the previous government in Myanmar. Myint-U is the grandson of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations U Thant.  

Megan Price is the Director of the Conflict Research Unit at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’. Previously, she worked in different capacities with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held a management role in the Knowledge Platform for Security and Rule of Law from 2017 to 2021. She developed several knowledge products for the United Nations Development Programme. Price has facilitated and supported the development of organizational learning strategies and contributed to International IDEA’s Learning Agenda.

Tom Rogers has served as Australia’s Electoral Commissioner since 2013. He is a globally respected figure with strong networks in the field of electoral management, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. He previously chaired the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators Network and has worked closely together with International IDEA in the context of the Canberra Series on Electoral Integrity.

Rizal Sukma is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Indonesia. He is a well-known academic with research focus on the regionalization of ASEAN, democracy building in Southeast Asia, democracy and Islam as well as civil-military relations and democracy. He served as the Chairman of International Relations at the Muhammadiyah Central Executive Board, one of the largest Islamic NGOs in Indonesia. Previously, Sukma served as Indonesia’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the International Maritime Organisation.

The new Members will join the ten incumbent Board Members Christian Leffler (Chair), Isabel Aninat (Vice Chair), Hussein al-Taee, Sunil Arora, Eva Maria Belser, Laura Chinchilla, Tsogtbaatar Damdin, Samson Itodo, Julia Leininger, and Lindlyn Moma.

International IDEA would also like to express its sincere gratitude to the four outgoing Board Members Mariska van Beijnum, Adam Bodnar, Nicole Goodman, and Celso Lafer who left the Board in late 2023 and early 2024. The Institute thanks the departing Board Members for their lasting contributions to International IDEA’s work and wishes them all the best for the future.

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Luzia Rump
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