The Board of Advisers consists of eminent personalities and experts who assist the Council of Member States in its governance of International IDEA.
Sergio Bitar (Chile)
has been a member of the Board of Advisers since 2015.
He currently serves as President of “Fundación por la Democracia”; President “Chilean Council for Prospective
and Strategy”; and senior nonresident fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue
and Director of “Global Trends and Latin America´s Future” Programme.
His previous positions include: Minister of Public
Works (2008-10); President Party pro-Democracy (PPD, 1992-94, 1997-2000,
2006-8); Minister of Education (2003-2005); Senator (1994-2002); and Minister
of Mining (1973).
He is co-editor of Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders (2015).
Christine Bell (United Kingdom)
Bell has been a member of the Board of Advisers since
She currently serves as Assistant Principal (Global
Justice); Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Edinburgh; and
Founder and Director of Global Justice Academy.
Her previous positions include: Co-founder and
Director Transitional Justice Institute (2004-2011); Professor of Public
International Law at the University of Ulster (2003-2011); Foundational
Chair in law, University of Ulster (2000-2003); and Director, International
and Comparative Human Rights Law Centre, Queen’s University of Belfast
She is author of On
the Law of Peace: The Lex Pacificatoria
has been a member of the Board of Advisers since 2014.
She is a Dutch politician Member of the European Parliament
representing the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Group since
1994. She is primarily concerned with democracy and civil rights, including
women’s rights in Turkey.
Her previous positions include: Senior
Advisor for international, national and local authorities and governments for
RADAR (2001-2004); and Publisher/Communications
Manager at Rathenau Institute (1997-2001).
She co-authored resolutions on Syria, Gaza, West Bank,
East Jerusalem, Palestine, Arab World and North Africa, Cuba and Ukraine.
has been a member of the Board of Advisers since 2013.
She served as Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Mongolia and is a member of the State Great Khural (The Parliament of Mongolia); Chair of The
Standing Committee on Petitions of SGK; and Chair of MONPAC (Mongolian Parliamentarians
Her previous positions include: Non staff Advisor to
the President of Mongolia (2009-2012); Public committee member by the
(2009-2012); and Executive Director, Women
for Social Progress Movement.
include: A Voter’s Guide to Parliamentary and Presidential Elections (multiple editions); a series of Election
Commissioner Manuals for the Parliamentary, Presidential and Local
elections; a series of Poll-Worker Manuals for the Parliamentary,
Presidential and Local elections; and A Comprehensive Guide to Regulations
for Election Management.
Modibo Diarra (Mali)
Diarra has been a member of the Board of Advisers since
He is Chairman of
the Africa Legal Network; Goodwill ambassador for
UNESCO and ISESCO.
His previous positions include: former Prime Minister of the Republic of Mali
(2012); Former Chairman of Microsoft Africa (2006-2011); President of the
Africa Virtual University (2002-2006); Director, Path Finder (1999-2002); NASA
Mechanical Engineer (1988-1999).
Diarra has received various honors
and decorations and in 2015 he has been the recipient of the
Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus award.
Norris (United Kingdom)
Norris has been a member of the Board of Advisers
She is a comparative political scientist. She is the
Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy
School of Government, Harvard University; Laureate Fellow and Professor of
Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney; and
Director of the Electoral integrity Project.
She is the former Director of Democratic Governance at the United Nations Development Program in New York
and she has also served on the executive bodies of the British Politics Group
of APSA, the International Political Science Association (IPSA), and
the Political Science
Association of the UK.
She was a consultant to the UN, OSCE, IDEA, UNESCO, the Council of
Europe, NED, and UNDP. She has held visiting appointments at many
universities, including Otago, Oslo, Essex, Columbia, California-Berkeley,
Cape Town, Sydney, and the Australian National University.
An author and international public speaker, she has published more than 45
books, of which the most recent one is “Why Elections Fail” (2015).
Honors include the 2014 Karl Deutsch prize awarded
has been a member of the Board of Advisers since 2014.
She currently serves as Professor of English and Comparative
Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. She is also
a founding member and current Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the
Women and Memory Forum.
Her previous positions include: Chair in the Study of the Contemporary
Arab World, the University of Manchester (2005-2011), President of the Association of Middle
East Women’s Studies (2012-2014), and Co-Director of the Centre for the
Advanced Study of the Arab World in the United Kingdom (2006-2011).
She co-founded and co-edited Hagar, an interdisciplinary journal in women’s
studies published in Arabic (1992-1998).
She was a member of the 50-Committee that drafted the Egyptian
constitution endorsed in a referendum in January 2014.
Antonio Nuñez García-Sauco (Spain)
Nuñez García-Sauco has
been a member of the Board of Advisers since 2010.
He is a
Spanish Diplomat who joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1971. Between
1973 and 1984 he served in the Spanish Ministry of Education and Sciences in
various posts, among others Secretary General and Director General of the
National Institute for Special Education, Secretary General of the Royal
Association for Education and Care of Disadvantaged, with the rank of
Secretary of State.
was Ambassador of Spain in Sweden (2010-2011), the Republic of Ecuatorial Guinea (1984-1987), Romania (1988-1991) and
Australia (1992-1995). In 2000 he was nominated as Ambassador Permanent
Representative of Spain to the International Organizations in Vienna, where
he was chairman of the IAEA Board of Governors.
Nicholas Fink Haysom (South Africa)
Haysom has been a Member of the Board of Advisers since 2013.
He currently serves as Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan
His previous positions include: Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan (2012-2016) Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (2007-2012); Head of the Office of Constitutional Support in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) (2005-2007); and Chief Legal Adviser throughout Nelson Mandela’s presidency until 1999.
Haysom has written on constitutional, human rights and related matters in various academic publications and is co-author of Fundamental Rights in the Constitution: Commentary and Cases.
He is a recipient of the South Africa Playwright of the Year award (1987).
has been a member of the Board of Advisers since 2012.
She is a political scientist by training and
professor of International Relations at Paris University. She is the
Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative and she led the Governance
and International Cooperation Programme for the
Middle East in North Africa at the Ford Foundation. In August 2011, Kodmani participated in the founding of the Syrian National
Council and became a member of the Executive Bureau and Head of the Foreign
Relations Bureau until 2012.
She was the recipient of the 2011 Raymond Georis Prize for innovative philanthropy for the role of
the Arab Reform Initiative in promoting democracy in the context of the Arab
has been a Member of the Board of Advisers since 2012.
He is Professor Emeritus at Thammasat
University, co-chair of the Commission on Human Security, Honorary
Advisor under the King Prajadhipok Institute and serves the Future Innovative
Thailand Institute as the chairman.
Pitsuwan served as Secretary General of the Association of South
East Asian Nations (ASEAN) (2008-2012); a member of the parliament
of Thailand since 1986. He served as Thailand's minister of foreign affairs
(1992-2001), and has also served as deputy foreign affairs minister and
assistant secretary to the minister of the interior.
Pitsuwan has been a Trustee of The Asia Foundation since 2003.
S.Y. Quraishi (India)
has been a member of the Board of Advisers since 2012.
He assumed charge as the 17th Chief Election
Commissioner of India on 30th July 2010. Quraishi
earlier held the position of Election Commissioner since 30th
Prior to his joining the Commission, he was Secretary, Ministry of Youth
Affairs and Sports, Government of India and Special Secretary (Health) &
Director General of the National AIDS Control Organization. Quraishi also pioneered India’s biggest AIDS awareness programme and IEC campaign called Universities Talk AIDS.
Quraishi has a number of books,
articles and talks to his credit on issues related to democracy, elections,
HIV AIDS and family planning, social marketing, women and child development
and Youth. His book Social Marketing
for Social Change (1998) broke new ground in the field of Development
Communication. He is also the author of An
Undocumented Wonder - the Making of the Great Indian Election (2014).
Kabeberi has been a member of the Board of Advisers since 2015.
Kabeberi is the Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa, CEO of the Civil Society Reference Group (CSO-RG) and she chairs the board of the International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC).
Her previous positions include: Executive Director of the Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CMD-Kenya) (2004-2015), Development coordinator for East & Southern Africa for Amnesty international (1997-2004); Board member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (1993-2006); founder of the Citizens Coalition for Constitutional Change (1994-1996).
Kabeberi was awarded several prizes, among the others ILO Wedge Award in 2010 in recognition of her work to Increase Women Rights in Kenya, the Humanity Award by the Frankfurt Chamber of Lawyers in Germany, and a Democracy Ribbon in the Netherlands in 2009.
Her publications include various papers presented in the area of human rights, good governance, political party development, women in politics, constitutional discourse, leadership and integrity.
Pierre Schori (Sweden)
Ambassador Schori has been
a Member of the Board of Advisers since 2014.
He is a Swedish diplomat with vast experience in
foreign affairs, international development cooperation and peacekeeping
operations. He is member of the European Council on Foreign Affairs and Chair
of the Board of International Alert.
His previous positions include: Special Representative of the UN
Secretary-General and Head of Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (2005-2007); Prime
Minister Olof Palme´s foreign policy advisor
(1973-1976) , after which he joined
the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
is the author of several books including The
Way out of Afghanistan (2010); Ivory
Coast – a Challenge for the United Nations and the African Union
(2011); The Memory and the Fire- a
political memoir (2014).
Honorary Board Member
Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy in Burma and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (biographical sketch)
Former Board Members
The following members of the board have completed their terms of office:
|Martti Ahtisaari (Finland)
Ignacio Astarloa Huarte-Mendicoa (Spain)
Azyumardi Azra (Indonesia)
Michelle Bachelet (Chile)
Brigalia Bam (South Africa)
Jermyn Brooks (United Kingdom)
Jerzy Buzek (Poland)
|Cheryl Carolus (South Africa)
Thomas Carothers (United States)
Charlotte Cederschiöld (Sweden)
Annie Chikwanha (Zimbabwe)
|Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner (Spain)
|Henry de Boulay Forde (Barbados)
|Adama Dieng (Senegal)
|Kaci Kullmann Five (Norway)
Jos van Gennip (Netherlands)
Ashraf Ghani (Afghanistan)
|Manohar Singh Gill (India)
|Frene Ginwala (South Africa)
Andreas Gross (Switzerland)
Lena Hjelm-Wallén (Sweden)
|Harri Holkeri (Finland)
|Colin Hughes (Australia)
Kuniko Inoguchi (Japan)
|Monica Jimenez de Barros (Chile)
Subhash Kashyap (India)
Legwaila Joseph Manson John Legwaila (Botswana)
Soledad Loaeza (Mexico)
|Manmohan Malhoutra (India)
Lethebe Maine (Botswana)
Lourdes Flores Nano (Peru)
|Erling Olsen (Denmark)
Adebayo Olukoshi (Nigeria)
Maureen O'Neil (Canada)
Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland)
Shridath Ramphal (Guyana)
Rafael Roncagliolo Orbegoso (Peru)
Andrés Rozental (Mexico)
Cheryl Saunders (Australia)
Henning Scherf (Germany)
Hugh D. Segal (Canada)
Lourdes Sola (Brazil)
Lord David Steel (United Kingdom)
Thorvald Stoltenberg (Norway)
Cassam Uteem (Mauritius)
Margot Wallström (Sweden)