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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

Patrick Merloe
Senior Associate and Director
Election Programs

John M. Palien
Director
Human Resources

Sandra Pepera 
Director
Gender, Women and Democracy 

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

James van der Klok
Director of Philanthropy

Silicon Valley

Daniel Swislow
Senior Partnerships Officer

International-based Senior Country Representatives

Asia

Afghanistan
Diana Bowen

Bangladesh
Rishi Datta

Burma/Myanmar
Richard Nuccio

Cambodia
John Cavanaugh

Hong Kong/China
Kelvin Sit

Indonesia

Nepal
Kenza Aqertit

Pakistan
Sandra Houston

South Korea
Kay Seok

Thailand
Deborah Healy

Eurasia

Armenia
Gegham Sargsyan

Belarus
Michael Murphy
(based in Lithuania)

Georgia
Laura Thornton

Kyrgyzstan
Alan Laing

Moldova
Andrew Young

Russia
Reid Nelson 
(based in Estonia)

Turkey
Dilek Ertukel

Ukraine
Mary O'Hagan

Uzbekistan
Erica Breth

Europe

Albania
Ana Kovacevic Kadovic

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nenad Simovic

Brussels

Kosovo
Alex Chavarria

Macedonia
Chris Henshaw

Romania
Alice Ratyis

Serbia

Slovakia
Zuzana Dzurikova Papazoski

Latin America and the Caribbean

Colombia
Francisco Herrero

Guatemala
Eduardo Nuñez

Haiti

Honduras
Deborah Ullmer

Mexico
Keila González

Nicaragua
Julian Quibell

Peru
Victor Rojas

Middle East and North Africa

Algeria
Marie-Ève Bilodeau

Iraq

Jordan
Ariant “Niti” Shehu

Lebanon
Heather Therrien

Libya
Mary O’Donoghue

Mauritania
Hugo Zsolt de Sousa

Morocco

Tunisia
Nicole Rowsell

West Bank/Gaza
David Larson

Yemen
Laura Nichols

Sub-Saharan Africa

Burkina Faso
Aminata Kassé

Côte d’Ivoire
Christiane Pelchat

Democratic Republic of Congo
Eve Thompson

Guinea
Arsène T. Gbaguidi

Kenya
Lisa McLean

Liberia

Malawi
Taona Mwanyisa

Mali
Badié Hima

Niger
Jan Nico Van Overbeeke

Nigeria
Jasper Veen

Somalia

South Africa
Xoliswa Sibeko

Uganda
Simon Osborn