Our Team.

Meet Our Leadership

We are proud of our committed and diverse staff.

Our Team.

Meet Our Leadership

We are proud of our committed and diverse staff.

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Dr. Roukaya Kasenally

Chairperson 

Roukaya Kasenally is a democracy scholar and Associate Professor at the University of Mauritius. Kasenally is associated with several institutions namely she is the Chair of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), a member of the International Advisory Board of the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP) as well as Series Editor of ‘Small State Studies’ (Routledge). Kasenally has researched and published in the area of democratic and media governance, elite non accountability, intrusive technology, and Chinese soft power. She is the co-founder of a number of think tanks in Mauritius that support citizen capacity building on democratic rights and responsibilities. She was a Reagan – Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in 2011 and a Draper Hills Fellow, Centre on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law, Stanford University (2015). She holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield.

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Baïdessou Soukolgué

Executive Director

Baïdessou Soukolgue is the Executive Director of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA). Before joining EISA in 2009, he worked on reinforcing Civil Society Organisations’ Capacities and interaction with the Government in Chad within the framework of a national project funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and was a lecturer at the National Administration School of Chad and an assistant lecturer at the University of N’Djaména. Since 2009, he has assumed continuous and increasing responsibilities within EISA. He was successively Programme Officer in Chad (2009 – 2013), Electoral Expert in Madagascar (2013 – 2014), Electoral Expert and thereafter Country Representative in Central African Republic (2015 – 2016), Elections and Political Transition Specialist covering Mali and Madagascar (2017 – 2019), Electoral Expert in Democratic Republic of Congo (2018 – 2019), Country Director in Burundi (2020 – 2021) and Head of the EISA Elections and Political Processes Department in Cote d’Ivoire (2021). He has implemented and coordinated various support programmes for civil society organisations, political parties and parliaments in the fields of elections and political processes and democratic governance. Furthermore, he has accompanied and supported expert or election observation missions of the African Union and other sub-regional organisations in numerous African countries and provided a range of expertise to various partners of EISA. He has published or contributed to various articles for the use by political parties and civil society. He holds Masters Degrees in Public Law (University of N’Djaména/Chad), Political Science (Catholic University of Central Africa, Yaoundé/Cameroon), Development and Project Management (Catholic University of Central Africa, Yaoundé/Cameroon) and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations (National School for Administration, ENA, Strasbourg/France). In addition, he is a BRIDGE facilitator.

EISA Board of Directors

EISA’s board of directors consists of a diverse group of experts in the field of African elections and good governance from a wide array of backgrounds, including academia, government and non-governmental organisations, and Business.

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Martha Chizuma
Martha Chizuma is the current Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Malawi effective from 1st June, 2021, the first ever female to hold the position in the country. The Bureau is mandated to fight corruption through prevention, public education, and law enforcement. She holds a Masters in Law from UK and Bachelor in Law (Hon) Degree from Malawi. With Corruption fight being on top of the Government agenda and corruption being generally regarded as a national crisis, Martha is responsible for providing strategic leadership to operational and administrative processes at the Bureau in a manner that ensures that positive and substantive inroads are being made against corruption in Malawi and also that a correct moral tone is set for the country in as far as issues of integrity are concerned. Before joining the Bureau Martha served as Ombudsman of Malawi. In that role, Martha implemented a number of strategies which improved, strengthened and enhanced the operations of the Ombudsman Office in Malawi. Martha has won several awards in recent years including being woman of the year and personality of the year, female public servant of the year. In 2021 Martha was named one of the 12 Anti-Corruption Champions across the globe by the US State Department.
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Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei
Ms. Charlotte Osei is a highly accomplished Ghanaian Business Lawyer, Legal and International Elections Consultant with over 28 years combined experiences in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors within and outside Ghana. Charlotte is the Founder and Managing Consultant of Cyrus Law, a modern boutique business law firm with expertise in corporate and commercial transactions, wealth management, dispute resolution, property, family-owned businesses, intellectual property protection, among others. Charlotte is a graduate of Queen’s University, Ontario Canada with a Master of Laws degree (LLM).  She holds a second master’s degree in business leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa, Pretoria; a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Ghana Legon; and a Qualifying Certificate of Law (QCL) from the Ghana School of Law. She has been enrolled in Ghana as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court since 1994.As a woman, Charlotte has shattered many glass ceilings in her professional life.
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Tadjoudine Ali-Diabacté
Doctor Ali-Diabacte is the former Deputy Director of the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations (UN) in New York from 2007 to 2016. He was Chief the Mission of the UN Panel of Experts for the self-determination referendum of New Caledonia from 2018 to 2021; Political and electoral adviser of the European Union in Niger from 2019 to 2021; Head of missions for the elections in Algeria, the general elections of the USA (2008, 2012 and 2016) and Burundi (2015). Dr. Ali-Diabacte was also Head of Electoral Needs Assessment Missions in several countries around the world and represented the UN in several electoral meetings with CARICOM, ECOWAS, African Union, Arab League, SADC, and the European Union. Prior to his posting in New York, Dr. Ali-Diabacte was the Director of Elections for the UN Mission in the Congo (MONUC) from 2003 to 2007; and Senior Technical Advisor (CTP) for UNOPS and UNDP in Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea (Conakry), Comoros, Madagascar and Chad from 1998 to 2003. Prior to joining the UN, Dr. Ali-Diabacte worked from 1991 to 1998 as Senior Electoral Adviser in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany in West Africa and for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) of the USA in Benin, Gambia, Guinea, in Haiti, Mali and Morocco. In his country of origin, Togo, Dr. Ali-Diabacte was a teacher-researcher in Philosophy and Social Sciences at the University of Lomé from 1985 to 2000 and vice-president of the National Electoral Commission (CNE) of Togo from 1994 to 1998. Holder of a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Jean-Moulin University of Lyon III (France), and a DEA in Sociology of Education from the University of Lyon II (France).

EISA Head Office Management

EISA in an African organisation with a Head Office in Johannesburg guiding and supporting the work driven by our regional and field offices across the continent.

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Baïdessou Soukolgue
Executive Director
Baïdessou Soukolgue is the Executive Director of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA). Before joining EISA in 2009, he worked on reinforcing Civil Society Organisations’ Capacities and interaction with the Government in Chad within the framework of a national project funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and was a lecturer at the National Administration School of Chad and an assistant lecturer at the University of N’Djaména. Since 2009, he has assumed continuous and increasing responsibilities within EISA. He was successively Programme Officer in Chad (2009 – 2013), Electoral Expert in Madagascar (2013 – 2014), Electoral Expert and thereafter Country Representative in Central African Republic (2015 – 2016), Elections and Political Transition Specialist covering Mali and Madagascar (2017 – 2019), Electoral Expert in Democratic Republic of Congo (2018 – 2019), Country Director in Burundi (2020 – 2021) and Head of the EISA Elections and Political Processes Department in Cote d’Ivoire (2021). He has implemented and coordinated various support programmes for civil society organisations, political parties and parliaments in the fields of elections and political processes and democratic governance. Furthermore, he has accompanied and supported expert or election observation missions of the African Union and other sub-regional organisations in numerous African countries and provided a range of expertise to various partners of EISA. He has published or contributed to various articles for the use by political parties and civil society. He holds Masters Degrees in Public Law (University of N’Djaména/Chad), Political Science (Catholic University of Central Africa, Yaoundé/Cameroon), Development and Project Management (Catholic University of Central Africa, Yaoundé/Cameroon) and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations (National School for Administration, ENA, Strasbourg/France). In addition, he is a BRIDGE facilitator.
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Drake Orurach
Head of Finance
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Melanie Meirotti
Research and Quality Assurance Manager
Melanie Meirotti is the Manager of Research and Quality Assurance at EISA’s Head Office. She has experience working for private and non-profit organisations, conducting research as well as project design and management. Melanie has worked predominantly in the areas of good governance in Africa with a focus on elections, democratic processes, public participation, and security in transitional democracies. She holds BA degrees in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Pretoria. While working at the Institute for Security Studies, Melanie received a Chevening Scholarship and subsequently completed a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused on Governance and Development from IDS at the University of Sussex in 2012.

EISA Field Office Directors

The EISA Field offices are established to pursue specific objectives aligned to the organisations mission of promoting credible elections, citizen participation, and strong political institutions for sustainable democracy on the continent.  These offices pursue specific objectives, on a permanent bases where these are broad, or on a temporary basis when objectives are more circumscribed.

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Ms. Marie Laure Digbeu
Country Office Director, Central African Republic (CAR)
Marie Laure Digbeu is the Country Representative for EISA in the Central African Republic. An expert in Communication for development, she has been working for many years to mitigate political, social, and economic discrimination against vulnerable people and for inclusive policies. She has observed various electoral processes in Africa including in post conflict and fragile contexts and has contributed to recommendations for improving the legal and institutional framework for elections. Prior to working at EISA, Marie Laure is an accomplished media actor and public relations expert specialized in current affairs production and strategic communication. She has worked in renowned international corporations such as the BBC, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and the west-African countries’ central bank. She holds an executive master’s degree in political sciences, from Science Po of Paris.
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Dr. Pierre Kadi Sossour
Country Office Director, Chad
Pierre Kadi Sossou is the Country Representative for EISA Chad. Prior to working at EISA, he held several positions in UN peacekeeping missions and international organizations that promote democracy, governance and election. Among others, he has been a Field Political Expert at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Deputy Country Director at Invisible Children in the DRC, Deputy Chief of Party at Counterpart International in the DRC, and Country Representative for the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) in Mauritania, leading strategies, and activities for the implementation of programs related to elections, civic engagement and conflict transformation. He graduated from the University of Lomé, and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration publique du Quebec; was awarded a DAAD doctoral scholarship to study at the University of Hannover; received a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship to conduct research at the University of Ottawa, where he taught and coordinated the Canada Research Chair on Literary and Cultural Transfers. He published books and several papers.
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Mr Grant Masterson
Country Office Director, Liberia
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Mukenyi Badibanga
Country Director, Sudan
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Mr. Valdiodio Ndiaye
Country Office Director, Madagascar
Valdiodio Ndiaye is a legal expert with a master’s degree in public law and a master’s degree in Parliamentary Law. Currently pursuing a Ph. D in International Relations and Diplomacy. He is a seasoned electoral expert with over fifteen years of experience. He has specialized in the essential components of electoral processes in Africa (research, needs assessment of electoral processes, observation, file audit, analysis, monitoring of electoral violence, media monitoring and civic education) and peacebuilding, including pre- and post-election assessment missions. He has collaborated in the electoral field with almost all regional and sub-regional institutions in various African countries. He has coordinated more than four large-scale elections programs funded by various donors and others in democratic governance and social cohesion. Valdiodio is currently the Country Representative of EISA Madagascar. He is a BRIDGE-accredited trainer with a specialization in administrative, financial and personnel management.
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Aimé Konan
Country Director, Niger
Aimé Konan is currently EISA Resident Director in Niger since 2021. He studied law and obtained in 2007 a master degree in Human Rights. After two years of practice as trainer in Human Rights at the Centre for Research and Action for Peace (CERAP) in Abidjan, he joined in 2009 the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) in Cote d’Ivoire. Since then, his career within the organisation led him to work successively in Burundi, Chad, Madagascar, DRC, Mali, CAR and Niger. As EISA senior staff, he developed and/or implemented projects in the fields of support to political parties and parliament, citizen and international election observation, voter education, as well as election mediation and early warning. He conducted several training and Technical Support Missions to the African Union (AU) and ECOWAS Observers. In Niger, Aimé KONAN is working in electoral assistance provided to EMB and the Media Regulator.