Deborah Healy, senior country director for Nepal, has more than 25 years of experience related to political party strengthening and electoral processes. Currently, she oversees programming focused on supporting political parties to develop inclusive and responsive policies and strengthening parliamentary capacity to implement effective legislation. Ms. Healy previously served as the resident director in Thailand from 2008 until 2018, where she was responsible for NDI programs that focused on the restoration of democratic institutions, conflict resolution and supporting political party strengthening and citizen participation in political and democratic processes. Ms. Healy has coordinated with political parties, key government bodies and program stakeholders on the design and implementation of NDI programs, and managed relationships with program donors.
From 2003 to 2008, Ms. Healy served as senior program manager with NDI in Bangladesh focusing on political party programs. She was in charge of the design and implementation of technical assistance programs for political parties in Bangladesh, working with party leaders on approaches to strengthen political parties, including the development of constituency outreach systems. She led trainings to prepare political party poll agents and conducted campaign trainings for women political leaders. Ms. Healy has coordinated with political parties, key government bodies and program stakeholders on the design and implementation of NDI's programs, and managed relationships with program donors.
A native of Ireland, Ms. Healy has been involved in Irish domestic politics from 1988 to 2002. She has worked on several presidential, parliamentary and local campaigns. She was the personal administrator for David Andrews, a member of the Irish parliament who held a number of senior ministerial positions including the defense and foreign ministry portfolio. For many years, she managed the parliamentarian's constituency (district) office and served as chief liaison between the minister and government departments. She also directed voter and media relations during electoral campaigns, trained canvassers and organized canvassing operations. Ms. Healy holds an MA in International Relations and post-Cold War World Order from the University of Leicester in the U.K.