Elin Falguera

Elin Falguera is the Acting Senior Programme Manager for the Political Participation and Representation Programme at International IDEA.

Falguera is the creator of the 2012 International IDEA Political Finance Database and the editor and co-author of several works on political finance including: Political Funding and Women’s Participation in Colombia (2016 forthcoming); Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns: a Handbook on Political Finance, International IDEA (2014); Funding of political parties and elections: Getting the system right in Commonwealth Governance Handbook (2014/15); Political Finance Regulations Around the World, International IDEA (2012); Regulating Political Party Financing: some insights from the praxis, International IDEA and NIMD (2012).

In addition to researching and writing about the impact of money on politics, Falguera has assisted in legal and regulatory reform through legal advice and capacity building workshops in Myanmar, Bhutan and Sweden.

She is a regular commentator on political finance in national and international media and forums. Falguera holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Seema Shah

Seema Shah is an Electoral Processes Programme Officer at International IDEA. Her work focuses on media and elections, with a special emphasis on the role of social media in electoral processes. Shah’s previous work includes advocacy and research related to campaign finance reform, voting rights and electoral violence in the United States, Kenya and Sri Lanka.

Shah is the lead author of Media Assistance and Elections: Toward an Integrated Approach and Guidelines for the Development of a Social Media Code of Conduct for Elections, International IDEA (2015).

She received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Samuel Jones

Samuel Jones is a Programme Officer at International IDEA's Political Parties, Representation and Participation Programme and works primarily on political finance issues. Jones has written and presented extensively on the topic of money in politics and is co-editor of Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns: a Handbook on Political Finance, International IDEA (2014). Jones is currently developing a tool to assist political finance oversight agencies build online platforms for the receipt and publication of political party and candidate financial reports.

Previously, Jones worked with International IDEA's Democracy and Development Programme on projects related to programmatic political parties and democratic accountability, and also with ACE: The Electoral Knowledge Network. In addition, Jones has worked for one of Sweden's political party foundations and has field work experience from Nepal and Palestine, where he worked for The Carter Center and the World Council of Churches respectively.

Jones holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Warwick and bachelor degree in History from the University of Nottingham, both in the United Kingdom.

Catalina Uribe Burcher is a Programme Officer for Democracy, Conflict and Security at International IDEA. She focuses on research and policy-oriented analysis regarding the threats that transnational illicit networks pose to democratic processes in Latin America, West Africa and the Baltic States. In 2014, Uribe Burcher co-authored the book, Illicit Networks and Politics in Latin America, in 2013 the report, Illicit Networks and Politics in the Baltic States.

In 2012 she was awarded the Drugs, Security and Democracy fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. Uribe Burcher has also contributed various articles to inter alia ISN, OpenDemocracy and InSight Crime, as well as conferences at IPI, the UN and ODI. Currently, she is editing and co-drafting four reports to be released later this year about how organized crime affects political parties, elections, local democracy, and service delivery and accountability, respectively. Presently, Uribe Burcher is leading the design of a tool that assesses the threat of nexus between organized crime and democratic politics. This tool is being piloted in Peru and will be available globally in 2017.

Uribe Burcher is a Colombian lawyer, who specializes in Criminal Law. She holds a LL.M degree in International and Comparative Law from Uppsala University in Sweden. She has more than 10 years of professional experience and has worked in Sweden, the United States, Latin America, West and Southern Africa, and the Baltic States.


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