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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

Jerry Hartz
Director
Government Relations and Communications

K. Scott Hubli
Director
Governance Programs

Geoff Hughes
Director
Global Security and Operations

Robert Hurd
Director
Program Development

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

Laura Jewett
Senior Associate and Regional Director
Eurasia Programs

Peter Manikas
Senior Associate and Regional Director
Asia Programs

Patrick Merloe
Senior Associate and Director
Election Programs

Sandra Pepera 
Director
Gender, Women and Democracy 

Sander Schultz
Chief Financial Officer
Finance

Hernani Snyder
Director
Office Administration

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

Judy Woods-Curran
Interim Director
Human Resources

Silicon Valley

Daniel Swislow
Senior Partnerships Officer

International-based Senior Country Representatives

Asia

Afghanistan
Diana Bowen

Bangladesh

Burma/Myanmar

Cambodia
John Cavanaugh

Hong Kong/China

Nepal
Kenza Aqertit

Pakistan

South Korea
Kay Seok

Thailand
Deborah Healy

Eurasia

Belarus
Michael Murphy
(based in Lithuania)

Georgia
Laura Thornton

Kyrgyzstan
Alan Laing

Moldova
Andrew Young

Russia
Jess Turk-Browne
(based in Estonia)

Turkey
Dilek Ertukel

Ukraine
Mary O'Hagan

Europe

Albania
Ana Kovacevic Kadovic

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nenad Simovic

Hungary
Violeta Vajda

Kosovo
Alex Chavarria

Macedonia
Chris Henshaw

Poland
Zuzana Dzurikova Papazoski

Romania
Alice Ratyis

Serbia
Marko Ivkovic

Slovakia
Tomas Hrustic

Latin America and the Caribbean

Colombia
Francisco Herrero

Guatemala
Eduardo Nuñez

Haiti
Leo Spaans

Honduras
Deborah Ullmer

Mexico
Keila González

Nicaragua
Julian Quibell

Middle East and North Africa

Algeria
Gaby Senay

Iraq
Lisa McLean

Jordan
Ariant “Niti” Shehu

Lebanon
Nicole Rowsell

Libya
Julie Hughes
(based in Malta)

Morocco
Jane Hurtig

Syria
Elvis Zutic
(based in Turkey)

Tunisia
Marie-Ève Bilodeau

West Bank/Gaza
Emily Harding

Yemen
David Rolfes
(Acting director)

Sub-Saharan Africa

Burkina Faso
Aminata Kassé

Central African Republic 
Paul Amegakpo

Côte d’Ivoire
Kevin Adomayakpor

Democratic Republic of Congo
Dany Komla Ayida

Guinea
Raphael Ouattara

Kenya
Dickson Omondi

Liberia
Laura Nichols

Malawi
Sandy Quimbaya

Mali
Badié Hima

Niger

Nigeria
Jasper Veen

South Africa
Xoliswa Sibeko

Tanzania
Bodunrin Adebo

Uganda
Simon Osborn

Zambia