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NDI

The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

NDI Staff

This guide offers links and background information on the Institute’s senior staff, including department heads and office directors. To reach these and other people working at the Institute, use our contact form or dial our main telephone number: 1-202-728-5500.

Washington-based Staff

Kenneth Wollack
President

Shari K. Bryan
Vice President

Aaron Azelton
Director
Citizen Participation Programs

Robert Benjamin
Senior Associate and Regional Director
Central and Eastern Europe Programs

Leslie Campbell
Senior Associate and Regional Director
Middle East and North Africa Programs

Ivan Doherty
Senior Associate and Director
Political Party Programs

Christopher Fomunyoh
Senior Associate and Regional Director
Central and West Africa Programs

Jennifer Ganem
Counsel

Kathy Gest
Director
Public Affairs

Joe Gleason
Director
Global Security and Operations

K. Scott Hubli
Director
Governance Programs

Robert Hurd
Director
Program Development

Keith Jennings
Senior Associate and Regional Director
Southern and East Africa Programs

Laura Jewett
Regional Director
Eurasia Programs

Peter Manikas
Senior Associate and Regional Director
Asia Programs

Susan Markham
Director
Women's Political Participation

Mary Markowicz
Director
Program Coordination

Patrick Merloe
Senior Associate and Director
Election Programs 

John M. Palien
Director
Human Resources

Sander Schultz
Chief Financial Officer
Finance

Hernani Snyder
Director
Office Administration

Chris Spence
Chief Technology Officer
Technology

Linda Stern
Director
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Jim Swigert
Senior Associate and Regional Director
Latin America and Caribbean Programs

Stephen Whisnant
Director of Philanthropy

Silicon Valley

Sarah Oh
Partnerships Representative

International-based Senior Country Representatives

Asia

Afghanistan
Ans Zwerver

Bangladesh
Rishi Datta

Cambodia
Laura Thornton

Indonesia
Sherrie Wolff

Nepal
Kenza Aqertit

Pakistan
Sandra Houston

South Korea
Kay Seok

Thailand
Deborah Healy

Eurasia

Armenia
Gegham Sargsyan

Estonia
Reid Nelson

Georgia
Luis Navarro

Kazakhstan
Jess Turk-Browne

Kyrgyzstan
Scott Kearin

Lithuania
Michael Murphy

Moldova
Andrew Young

Russia
Reid Nelson 
Temporarily based in Lithuania

Turkey
Dilek Ertukel

Ukraine
Catherine Cecil

Uzbekistan
Oskars Kastens

Europe

Albania
Ana Kovacevic Kadovic

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nenad Simovic

Brussels
Daniel Mitov

Kosovo
Alex Chavarria

Macedonia
Chris Henshaw

Romania
Alice Ratyis

Serbia
Tom Kelly

Slovakia
Zuzana Dzurikova Papazoski

Latin America and the Caribbean

Colombia
Francisco Herrero

Guatemala
Eduardo Nuñez

Haiti
Jane Hurtig

Honduras
Salvador Romero

Mexico
Keila González

Nicaragua
Julian Quibell

Peru
Victor Rojas

Middle East and North Africa

Algeria
Carin Mirowitz

Iraq
Elvis Zutic

Jordan
Ariant “Niti” Shehu

Lebanon
Samantha Smoot
Sally Abi Khalil

Libya
Carlo Binda

Mauritania
Marie-Ève Bilodeau

Morocco
Francesca Binda

Tunisia
Nicole Rowsell

West Bank/Gaza
David Larson

Yemen
Laura Nichols

Sub-Saharan Africa

Burkina Faso
Aminata Kassé

Côte d’Ivoire
Dominique Dieudonne

Democratic Republic of Congo
Eve Thompson

Guinea
Arsène T. Gbaguidi

Kenya
Lisa McLean
Mohamed Abdirizak

Liberia
Aubrey McCutcheon

Malawi
Taona Mwanyisa

Mali
Badié Hima

Niger
Jan Nico Van Overbeeke

Nigeria
Jasper Veen

South Africa
Xoliswa Sibeko

South Sudan
Antoinette Pearson

Uganda
Simon Osborn