Course dates:

6 – 8 May 2022

Registration deadline: 20 April 2022

The technical assistance training course is coordinated by Demetrio Lazagna and tutored by election experts whose pluriannual experience in this field will guide participants throughout the various sessions.

Scientific coordinator

Demetrio Lazagna

Election expert

Demetrio Lazagna

Extensive experience in international relations particularly focused on Technical Assistance and Electoral Observation worldwide. After his Civil Service as Legal Assistant in an Immigration Center and following his Master Degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Genova, he has coordinated development programmes in Bosnia Herzegovina and emergency relief projects in Albania. He has provided strategic advice and direct technical assistance to National Stakeholders in transitional and sensitive political environments on behalf of EU, OSCE and IFES.

From 2000 he has designed, planned and executed elections observation missions worldwide and contributed to elections operations in the Balkans, West Africa, Middle East and North Arica, Central and South America, Southern Asia, providing managerial support, political analyses and punctual recommendations on reforming to national stakeholders.

He was Head of the OSCE Antifraud Unit during the 2004 General Assembly election. He worked for the foundation (IFES) in South Sudan as referendum adviser (2011) and in Tunis as elections operations adviser to the Libyan EMB (2014-2016).

Most recently, on behalf of EU, he was providing direct Technical Assistance to Electoral Management Bodies, National Civil Registries, Constitutional Assemblies and Civil Society organizations in Tunisia, Libya, Cambodia and Honduras contributing to fostering stakeholders dialogue and promoting institutional reforms based on sustainability and rights.

Since 2012 has been the scientific coordinator of the training course on International Election Observation at the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice.

 
 

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Experts

Diana Atamaint

President of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador

Diana Atamaint

A national leader, she has been the President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Ecuador since November 2018. During her administration, she has led and carried out the organization of the 2019 Sectional Elections and the 2021 General Elections. The latter is considered the second election of the region that was carried out in the context of the pandemic and whose success has made the CNE a benchmark for good electoral practices in the region.

From January to November 2007 she served as a congresswoman and between 2009 and 2013 as an Assembly Member of Ecuador. Between 2014 and 2018 she was a Member of the Plurinational and Intercultural Conference on Food Sovereignty (COPISA).

With regards to her academic career, she has a Master's degree in Development Management from the Simón Bolívar Andean University (UASB) in Quito and a Commercial Engineering degree from the State University of Cuenca. She has also been a professor within the Program to Strengthen Parish Councils of the UASB and has also served as Regional Undersecretary for the Amazon of the Ministry of Agriculture.

 
 

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Eric des Pallières

Election expert

Eric des Pallières

Eric des Pallières has worked in democracy and electoral support for over 20 years with the United Nations, the European Union and the OSCE in post-conflict and transitional democracies in Southeast Asia, Africa, Maghreb and Eastern Europe.

Beside the design, management, and evaluation of a variety of international technical assistance projects in the field of electoral support and democratisation, Eric has contributed to numerous election observation and assessment missions with the EU as Deputy Chief Observer, Team Leader and Analyst. Senior advisor to the Cambodian electoral commission in 2008-2009 and 2016-2017, he promoted critical reforms pertaining to the voter registration and electoral dispute resolution processes.

In Tunisia and Madagascar, he led EU-funded support to the civil society ahead of transitional elections, developing comprehensive support and training programs for citizen observation, and the training of lawyers and magistrates on electoral dispute resolution. Since 2020, he is heading the EU Technical Assistance to the electoral process in the Central African Republic.

 
 

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Elisa La Gala

EEAS

Elisa La Gala

Elisa is a professional with 18-year experience in the field of development cooperation and policymaking. She holds a master in International Relations from the Orientale University (Naples). She currently serves as Sr policy officer on the EU - Gulf Countries relations at the European Union External Action Service.

From 2015 to 2020, she worked for the Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission (DG NEAR) as International cooperation Officer. In that capacity, she designed and managed complex programmes on migration governance and legal migration.

Previously, she had worked for international organisations, NGOs and private sector as programme manager and expert on programmes supporting governance, institution building, and electoral assistance in North Africa and Middle East. In particular, as Team Leader of the EU-funded Public Administration Facility Libya, she developed and supervised technical assistance for key Libyan Institutions, including the High National Election Commission, the Constitutional Drafting Assembly, the National Assembly and selected line Ministries.

Elisa actively advocates for women empowerment through photographic projects that she develops in cooperation with local associations and municipalities. She is completing a 5-year diploma in Photography at the École des arts d’Ixelles in Brussels.

 
 

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Maria Teresa Mauro

Election expert

Maria Teresa Mauro

Maria Teresa has an extensive and precious experience in electoral technical assistance and observation and governance among others. She holds a M.Phil. in International Relations/Law from the Graduate Institute of Geneva/Switzerland, a Master in International Affairs and a Honors Degree in Political Science.

Among her numerous electoral technical assistance/observation missions, can be mentioned the ones in Liberia, Afghanistan, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, Cambodia, and more. From 2015 to 2017 Maria Teresa has been working in the Central African Republic providing electoral assistance to the “Autorité National des Elections" (ANE) under the auspices of the European Union (EU)/ECES. From 2018 to 2020 she worked with the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EUSDGN) and was appointed as Programme Coordinator of the EUSDGN (electoral) in Nigeria. In 2022 she worked as a Project Expert for IBF International Consulting Bruxelles-Belgium.

Ms. Mauro has been employed with relevant international organizations such as EU (European Union)/ECES, the United Nations (Department of Peace Keeping Operations), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Council of Europe-Venice Commission, the OSCE, IFES/USAID, Creative International/USAID, National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Graduate Institute of International Studies-Geneva/Switzerland.

She is fluent in English, French and Italian and has working knowledge of Spanish. Maria Teresa has been also a Human Rights Expert, and a Political Analyst. In 2004 she worked in Iraq with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Due to her deep knowledge of the Balkans, she was cooperating with the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia as an Expert Witness from 2006 to 2008. Maria Teresa has been analyzing electoral laws of several countries (i.e. Georgia, Armenia) on behalf of the Venice Commission. She has already taught at the Global Campus courses.

 
 

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Ronan McDermott

International consultant on elections and technology

Ronan McDermott

Ronan has worked extensively with elections management bodies in developing and post-conflict countries for over twenty years, in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and in the Pacific. He has participated in regional and global electoral support initiatives and has contributed to many publications and competence development efforts.

In several countries, he developed and delivered voter registration, results management and poll-worker management systems. In others, he has helped elections management bodies and their international partners to specify, develop, procure, deploy, secure and support a variety of technologies, including biometrics, in support of electoral processes, particularly voter registration and results management systems.

He was lead author of the joint EU/UNDP publication "Electoral Results Management Systems: Catalogue of Options". He was team leader and co-author of IFES 2019 "Feasibility Study on the Introduction of New Elections Technology for Ukraine" on behalf of the Ukraine Ministry of Digital Transformation. He co-authored "Pakistan's Internet Voting Experiment", which was Best Paper – Practitioner Track at the 2019 eVoteID conference, Bregenz, Austria.

 
 

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