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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.
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 15 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.
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 co-founded and chairs the democracy strengthening and electoral reform advocacy group wahlbeobachtung.org (election-watch.eu).