Nicole Rowsell currently serves as Acting Vice President and Special Assistant to the President. Ms. Rowsell has more than 20 years of experience supporting democratic transitions, with particular emphasis on complex conflict transformation, inclusive political processes, and evidence-based policy development to promote and protect democratic values.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Rowsell served as Senior Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa, Senior Country Director in Lebanon and Tunisia, and has coordinated organizational change processes including review of the Institute’s vision, mission and values, and global strategic objectives. Since joining NDI in 2006, Ms. Rowsell has designed, implemented and provided overall leadership for efforts to enhance political parties’ responsiveness, strengthen citizen oversight of political processes and create openings for women, young people and other marginalized groups to effectively engage their representatives and improve governance. An opinion researcher, Ms. Rowsell has also designed and prepared numerous qualitative and quantitative studies to inform policy-makers, government officials and political and civic leaders. Ms. Rowsell co-edited Civic Participation Terminology: A Guide to Frequently Used Terms and Phrases, authored Tunisia: Foundations for Democratic Compromise and Tunisie, deuxième république: chronique d’une Constituante, 2011–2014.
Ms. Rowsell has also held senior positions with Partners for Democratic Change and World Learning, contributing to community organizing and advocacy efforts throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution.