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EIUC avails itself of a wide range of experts who have trained in the past five years more than 150 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..
Concha Fernández de la Puente
Concha Fernández de la Puente has worked in the EU institutions since 1996 with a focus on EU foreign policies and development cooperation. She has followed a number of foreign affairs dossiers in Brussels and was posted as Political Counselor in the EU Delegation to Brazil from 2013 to 2017.
Since September 2017, she works as electoral observation desk in the European External Action Service.
Andreas Jordan holds an M.A. in Social Anthropology and another one in Psychology. He works for a Human Rights organization in Austria. During the last 18 years he has participated in more than 40 Election Observation Missions with the European Union, among them 25 times as a Long Term Observer and seven times as a Core Team member.
Additionally he has worked with electoral missions of the OSCE, the United Nations and a few NGOs. He has either organized or observed elections in more than 30 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Balcans.
Giacomo Montemarani is a junior diplomat at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. He is assigned to the CFSP/CSDP Unit, where applications of Italian observers are selected and forwarded to the EU Election Observation Missions.
Vladimir Misev has a background in political science. He is working as an Election Adviser in ODIHR since 2015 and as an election consultant since 2004.
Vladimir worked as a lecturer of political science and as a researcher in a several think-tanks in the Balkan region. He has over 15 years’ experience in the field of democratization, research and management, and elections.
Vladimir has been part of more than 25 ODIHR missions in different countries in different capacities.
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).