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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 Masters 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 for the OSCE in Kosovo and for IFES in South Sudan 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.
Eric Des Pallières
Eric has over ten years experience in democratization, elections and conflict resolution. He has worked in both technical assistance and election observation for the EU, the UN and the OSCE in central and south-east Asia, central Africa and the Balkans.
From 2005-06 he was the Deputy Chief Observer for the EU EOM to the Democratic Republic of Congo and has also worked as election and legal expert for EU EOMs to Mauritania (2007) and Burundi (2005). Eric has master's degrees in both international politics and management.
Charlemagne Gomez has over 10 years experience of working in democracy and gender mainly in a post-conflict setting. She has participated in over 15 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 is currently working as a Gender and Legal Advisor to the National Parliament of Timor-Leste.
Radek Khol is a Policy Officer at the Democracy and Election Observation Division, European External Action Service (EEAS). He has been responsible among else for the EU Election Observation Missions in Afghanistan, Madagascar, Kosovo, Tanzania, The Gambia and Zambia.
Prior to taking up his post at the Democracy and Election Observation Division in 2013 he worked in 2006-2013 in the crisis management structures of the EU institutions, most recently in the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate of the EEAS.
In 1996-2006 he worked in the Institute of International Relations, Prague, including as a Head of its Centre for Security Analysis since 2001). He graduated from Department of War Studies at King's College London and from Department of International Relations, Charles University Prague.
RMirella has a background in social/political science and for over 20 years has been a media researcher at Osservatorio di Pavia, an Italian institute specialised in media analysis at theoretical and empirical level, which conducts media monitoring projects and analysis on the role of mass media, in particular in the electoral process.
Mirella has been Media Analyst in a number of observation or assessment missions with the OSCE/ODIHR and EU. Mirella has also worked on technical assistance media monitoring projects, most recently in Ghana.
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.
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 over 30 countries, and his writings on political finance have been translated into 16 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 IDEAFunding 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 has worked in the field of elections, democratization and good governance in a variety of organizations including the UNDP, EU and OSCE/ODIHR for the past 15 years.
As a political scientist he researched for his Master's degree at the Universities of Cape Town and Western Cape in South Africa. During a postgraduate scholarship at the European University Institute in Florence/Italy his work focused on European parliamentary elections and the European Union's foreign policy.
He concluded his PhD about the EU's foreign policy concepts of good governance and regional integration at the University of Innsbruck/Austria.
He has been covering the full electoral cycle, including exploratory and follow-up missions, and worked in a variety of observation mission positions.
Ana Rusu currently serves as Senior Election Adviser with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Lawyer by background, she occupied since 2003 several positions with the Council of Europe including lawyer to the Groupe of States against Corruption (GRECO), programme manager for the development of a School of Magistrates in Georgia (2004 - 2005), Co-secretary of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors and Secretary of the Lisbon Network in Strasbourg (2006 - 2009), referendaire to the European Social Charter (2009 - 2010) and programme manager for electoral assistance in the countries of Eastern and South Eastern Europe (2012 - 2017).
On behalf of ICON INSTITUTE (Germany) she was also involved in consultancy activities in Kazakhstan in the field of judiciary reform and in Uzbekistan in the field of parliamentary democracy (2010 - 2012).
Ana Rusu holds a master degree in law and a university diploma for administrator of elections from the University Paris 1 - Pantheon Sorbonne. She is fluent in French, Romanian, Russian and English.