Annika Silva-Leander

Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General


Annika Silva-Leander advises the Secretary-General on matters relating to the research of International IDEA, political trends around the world, relations with external stakeholders, internal and external events and speeches, and the strategic directions of the organization.

Her research interests have focused on civic engagement in governance and democratization processes, civil society participation in anti-corruption reform, as well as community-driven development and social protection schemes.

Prior to joining International IDEA, Silva-Leander worked for eight years as a Social Development Specialist at the World Bank in Washington DC, in Indonesia and most recently in Cambodia. During that time, she conducted analytical work and managed projects on civic engagement and participation, social accountability in governance and service delivery contexts, community-driven development, poverty reduction with marginalized groups and most recently in social protection and public health. She has also done various assignments for UN institutions, including UNICEF and UNDP.

Prior to the World Bank, Silva-Leander worked as a Programme Manager at the AVINA Foundation’s regional office in Costa Rica. She has experience from working in Latin America, South and South-East Asia and Africa.

Her doctoral thesis analyzed the role of Non-Governmental Organisations in anti-corruption reform in Indonesia. Annika is a Swedish and French citizen.

BA in Political Science (University of Stockholm, Sweden); MPhil in Development Studies (University of Sussex, UK); MSc in Latin American Public Policy (University of Oxford, UK); and PhD in Social Policy (London School of Economics, UK)
Contact Information: 
Stockholm, Sweden