Julian Quibell is NDI's resident director in Nicaragua, having previously served as the director of the Institute's offices in Mexico (2004-2012). These programs have worked to support domestic election observation, electoral reform, civic education and civil society advocacy. In addition, Quibell has designed and implemented programs to strengthen the organizational capacity of political parties and increase the political participation of women and youth. He co-edited Best Practices for Effective Political Parties, an NDI diagnostic tool and series of training manuals that help political parties assess their current structures and practices for renovation and reform. He has participated in several election observation missions, including a 2005 NDI/Carter Center municipal election monitoring program in the West Bank. He previously served as a program officer with the Washington, D.C.-based Latin America and Caribbean team of the Institute, managing the Political Party Network and NDI projects in Bolivia.
Before joining the Institute in 2002, Mr. Quibell served as executive director of the Political Database of the Americas and as an intern with the Africa and Near East team at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Mr. Quibell also worked for nearly three years as an urban youth development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Ecuador and as an editor at San Francisco Bay Area-based Ask Jeeves Inc. Quibell earned a master's degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in anthropology from Pomona College. In addition to his native English, Mr. Quibell speaks fluent Spanish.