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The Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) avails itself of a wide range of experts who have trained in the past seven years more than 400 future international electoral observers. In addition, we have included among the pool of experts, presentation from representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs who have given their patronage to the training courses.
Extensive experience in international relations particularly focused on electoral Technical Assistance and Electoral Observation worldwide. After his Civil Service as Legal Assistant in an Immigration Center (91-93) and following his Master Degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Genova, he has coordinated development programmes in Bosnia Herzegovina (1997-1999) and emergency relief projects in Albania.
He has supervised elections and provided technical assistance on behalf of OSCE, IFES and EU, by providing coaching to the Electoral Management Bodies, to the local political parties and the local NGOs in caring on civic and voter education. He was Head of the OSCE Antifraud Unit during the 2004 general Assembly election. On behalf of the EU he has observed several electoral cycles in Africa, Asia, Central and South America covering different position and roles, as an Observer and as member of the Core Team.
Alice Colombi has been an independent consultant in media analysis within electoral projects for the past 10 years. She has worked with several Italian and international institutions, including Osservatorio di Pavia, institute specialized in mass media communication and international democratization processes' analysis.
She was Media Expert in several election observation missions and technical assistance projects in Eastern and Western Europe, Central Asia, Africa, Central and South America with the European Union, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Prior to election observation and electoral assistance she worked for Italian and international NGOs implementing programs related to social development, promotion of human rights, conflict prevention and resolution, intercultural mediation, networking and medical support in countries facing conflicts, such as Ireland, West Bank, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Cambodia.
Charlemagne Gomez has a degree in European Law and a masters degree in Human Rights and Democratization from EIUC. She is currently finalizing a second masters degree in Evaluation of public policies and programs in Madrid.
She has over 17 years experience of working in democracy and gender mainly in a post-conflict setting. She has participated in over 25 election observation missions both as an observer as well as a core team member for the EU, OSCE, the Carter Center and a Dutch NGO.
She has also provided technical assistance to the Electoral Commissions of Afghanistan and South Sudan, the Human Rights Commission in South Sudan and worked as a Gender and Legal Advisor to the National Parliament of Timor-Leste. Since 2013 she has worked as freelance consultant, conducting trainings on election observation, female political participation and carries out evaluations of democratic governance projects and projects on gender on behalf of the UN, EU and other key international organizations working on these issues.
Florian Hobdari has an experience of almost 15 years of working with elections. Since 2007 he is the head of Electoral Reform Unit at the OSCE Presence in Albania, being responsible for providing expert advice and recommending policy decisions on electoral matters.
He works in close cooperation with the parliamentary specialized committees, state bodies, Central Election Commission, political parties and civil society organizations in Albania on a broad variety of electoral reform topics. In addition, he contributes to the formulation and implementation of technical assistance projects that have supported the national authorities in implementing the OSCE/ODIHR recommendations. He has also been an observer with a number of OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Missions.
Joining the OSCE Presence in 2000, he first worked as National Legal Officer with the Rule of Law and Human Rights Department until 2005 (monitoring, among others, election-related court cases) and then as National Election Legal Officer with the Democratization Department until 2007. He has graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Bucharest (Romania) and holds a Master’s degree in International Business Law from the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary).
Maria Krause is an independent election expert from Bucharest, Romania. She has been participating in Election Observation Missions since 2005, as Short-Term Observer and Long-Term Observer and later as Coordinator of Long-Term Observers.
Since then she has observed elections on various occasions with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, Serbia, Moldova, Latvia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Albania and Montenegro, with the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations in Georgia and with The Carter Center in Nepal, Mozambique and Guyana. In recent years, she has been working as Election Expert for the domestic non-partisan election observation project FiecareVot in her home country.
Maria holds a degree in Language and Literature and her areas of interest are elections, human rights, democratization and good governance.
Raul Muresan is a Romanian national and holds a degree in Sociology. He has a 20-year experience in election operations, assistance and observation with UN, OSCE, EU, IFES and ODIHR in more than 20 countries.
He participated in 25 ODIHR election observation missions, as Deputy Head of Mission, Team Leader, Election Analyst and Long-term Observers Co-ordinator. He has also worked in ODIHR Election Headquarters as Election Adviser. Additional experience includes post-conflict work, civil affairs and democratic governance for UN and CSOs. Since 2017, he is co-ordinating the ODIHR project “Support to Elections in the Western Balkans”. The project supports institutions and civil society in their efforts to follow up on election observation recommendations, assisting the region in bringing the conduct of elections closer in line with OSCE commitments and other international obligations and standards for democratic elections.
Magnus Ohman has worked with political finance issues since the 1990s with focus on effective implementation, disclosure and public funding systems and sustainable solutions. His practical work includes assistance to legislators, implementing agencies, civil society, media and political parties.
Among others, he has advised the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters at the Australian House of Representatives, the Parliament of Montenegro, the National Election Commission of Liberia and the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan.
Serving as the Director of the Regional Europe Office and Senior Political Finance Advisor for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Dr Ohman has worked with political finance initiatives in some 35 countries, and his writings on political finance have been translated into 20 languages.
His research includes both country analyses and macro-level studies of trends and experiences in political finance oversight and related areas. Dr Ohman was lead writer of the BRIDGE module on political finance and the IFES Political Finance Oversight Handbook, which is part of the Training on Detection and Enforcement curriculum. He also co-edited the International IDEA Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns, and the IDEA database on political finance regulations worldwide. Dr Ohman holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Uppsala in Sweden.
Armin Rabitsch studied at Universities in Austria (Innsbruck, Vienna), South Africa (Cape Town, Western Cape), Italy (European University Institute) and the UK (London School of Economics) and holds a PhD in international relations.
Armin is a senior governance expert with over 20 years of experience in democratisation and governance support; especially in the areas of parliamentary support, electoral assistance, election observation, implementation of a rights-based approach and governance reforms.
Armin gained experience as IFES Chief of Party, OSCE/ODIHR Senior Election Adviser and as UNDP Governance Analyst and has been covering the full electoral cycle. He led or participated in EU or OSCE/ODIHR electoral missions (project formulation-, exploratory-, needs assessment-, expert-, observation-, follow-up- and evaluation missions) and further implemented electoral assistance projects with special focus on strategic planning, preparing polling and counting procedures, preparing training curricula/materials for all polling staff, as well as biometric voter registration implementation. He gained electoral experience in more than 30 countries in Africa, America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific. In Austria he has been engaged in democracy strengthening and electoral reform advocacy and chairs the civil society organisation wahlbeobachtung.org (election-watch.eu).
Sylvain Schultze has worked in the field of election observation and electoral technical assistance for the past 10 years. From 2008 to 2012, he was involved in the implementation of numerous EU Election Observation Missions (EU EOMs), including Malawi, Mozambique (2009), Togo, Burundi, Tanzania (2010), Zambia, Nigeria (2011).
After this experience, he moved to the EU Delegation to Togo where he was in charge of developing and implementing governance related cooperation programme, including projects supporting civil society capacities for election observation and reform of the electoral law.
In 2015, he joined the European External Action Service (EEAS) as policy officer for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua where he had the opportunity to follow numerous EU election missions (EU EOM to Honduras in 2017, El Salvador in 2018). Since September 2018, he is working in the EEAS Election Observation and Democracy Division as focal point for elections in Latin America. In this context, has coordinated the EU EOM to El Salvador in 2019.