Board of Directors

Koul Panha (Cambodia), Chairperson of ANFREL, and Executive Director of Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL)

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Koul Panha is the Executive Director, COMFREL (Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia). He is serving as Vice Chairman of ANFREL since 2008. He joined the task force on Cambodian elections in 1993 and COMFREL in 1997 with experience in Cambodia post-conflict project design, promotion of human right democracy, and elections. Coming from Human Rights Organization namely Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), where he served as a program manager of human right education, publication 1991-1996. 1993-1994. Koul Panha was a lecturer on chemical industry at High Technology Institute in Phnom Penh. He was also a team leader of a UNTAC voter registration station in a district of Phnom Penh. He was the editor in chief of Neak Chea bulletin and is an edition advisor for numerous articles of Neak Klom Meul and annual reports on elections, democracy, reform, and reports on decentralization in Cambodia. He joined the International Election Observation Missions of ANFREL to many countries such as Indonesia, Afghanistan, East Timor, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, Hong Kong, Philippine, Taiwan and Bangladesh. Koul Panha was graduated from human rights course from Australia in 1993, and was involved in the human rights movement at early 1990s. He has a M.A. in Politic of Alternative Development from the Institute of Social Study in the Hague, Holland and an Engineer Degree in Chemical Industry from the High Technology Institute in Phnom Penh. Koul Panha received the 2011 Ramon Magsaysay Award which recognizes his tireless, independent work in building the kind of citizen action in elections and governance in Cambodia.


Muddassir Rizvi(Pakistan), Vice Chairperson of ANFREL, and Head of Programs of Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA-FAFEN)

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He is an election and governance specialist with a particular expertise in civil society development and public outreach and advocacy. He is currently working as Head of Program at Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability- Free and Fair Election Network (TDEA-FAFEN) in Pakistan, an organization he has headed since its inception in 2007. TDEA-FAFEN is one of the most credible networks of civil society organizations working to strengthen all forms of democratic accountabilities in the country. He stewarded as Chief Executive Officer the transformation of FAFEN from an informal election monitoring network to a legal entity with exemplary organizational systems implementing around $50 million of multi-dimensional governance and democracy programming. The organization is currently implementing a $45 Million Citizen Voice project under a Contract with USAID and has implemented projects directly funded by DFID, EU and The Asia Foundation. He led FAFEN to Pakistan’s most extensive domestic election observation exercises that included the world’s largest parallel Vote Tabulation in February 2008 with more than 19,000 trained observers and in 2013 with more than 40,000 trained observers. He specializes in designing and executing election-, governance- and democracy-related programs with focus on citizen group and civil society development for long-term sustainability. Earlier, he worked with several leading national and international non-governmental organizations, including Pattan Development Organization, The Network for Consumer Protection and International Crisis Group. He started his career in 1992 as journalist and has worked at senior positions with Pakistan’s leading English language newspaper The News (News Editor) and wire service NNI (Editor). He has written editorials for The News between 2002 and 2006. He has been published by prestigious local and international publications including Inter Press Service, Himal, Newsline, Pulse, The Way Ahead, VSO’s Orbit magazine, DFID’s Developments, Multinational Monitor, Out There News, CSE’s Down to Earth, New Internationalist and Adbuster.


Rohana Nishanta Hettiarachchie (Sri Lanka), Secretary General of ANFREL, and Executive Director of People Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL)

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Rohana Hettiarachchie is a prominent figure in the CSO circle in Sri Lanka, and besides being the Executive Director of People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), he is also entrusted with the position of Secretary General of ANFREL. He is also vice-chairman of the largest CSO in Sri Lanka, Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya, a member of the executive committee and the official committee of Sarvodaya, and a board member of Santhi Sena Sansadaya. Rohana obtained his B.A. from the University of Sri Jayawadanapura and his master at the University of Kalaniya, both in Sri Lanka.


Damaso G. Magbual (Philippines), Spokesperson of ANFREL, and Executive Committee Member of the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL)

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Damaso G. Magbual is a retired corporate executive and a former professor of Philosophy and Political Science at St. Louis University in the Philippines. He is a member of the National Council of the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) since 1987, and is part of its seven-man Executive Committee. He is the former Chairperson of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), and is currently the organization’s Spokesperson. He was also the first Chairperson of the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM). He served as a resource person, trainer and consultant on election monitoring, electoral systems and administration in more than a dozen countries since 1987. He has written a number of articles on election monitoring and observed several elections in the Asia-Pacific region. He is past chapter president of the Philippine Jaycees and a past president of the Rotary Club of Makati-Legazpi.


Sakool Zuesongdham (Thailand), Treasurer, Representing Poll-watch

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He is an executive committee member of ANFREL and a board member of the Poll Watch Foundation in Thailand. Mr. Sakool has worked previously with the Election Commission of Thailand’s Bangkok division for four years. He is the Chair of Arom Pongpangan Foundation, an organisation working for the rights of workers and trade unions.


Adilur Rahman Khan – Bangladesh, Secretary of Odhikar

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He is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, a former Deputy Attorney general for Bangladesh (Oct 2001 – May 2007) and a founder, and at present, the secretary of Odhikar. Adilur hold Masters in law degrees from Dhaka University and Vrije Universities, Brussel in Belgium. Adilur Rahman Khan is a prominent human rights activist, He has been actively engaged in defending the human rights of the Bangladeshi people and is active in the Asian region with regard to the promotion of a democratic culture through participation in election monitoring in Asia. He is extremely vocal with regard to denouncing the practice of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment by law enforcement agencies.Adilur Rahman Khan was abducted by plain clothes detective Brach of police and alter detained in jail on August 10, 2014, after he released fact-finding report on allegations of extrajudicial killings during an operation carried out on May 5-6, 2013 by security forces in Dhaka. Adil released from detention in October 11, 2013 after he spent 62 days in detention by the effort of collective intensive campaign by various organization worldwide.

Adilur Rahman Khan is the Board Member of ANFREL Foundation ( and Executive Member of FORUM-ASIA ( He is one of the Council Members of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) and also a SOS-Torture Network Member of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT). He is the key person in forming a national Human Rights Defenders Network and the South Asian Network against Torture and Impunity. He has shown integrity and commitment in the defence of human rights. Adilur Rahman Khan has come under constant surveillance, threats and intimidation by intelligence agencies for being vocal against enforced disappearance, torture and extrajudicial killings. He has been awarded Gwangju Prize for Human Rights in 2014 and the 31st Annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in recognition for defending human rights in Bangladesh.


Ms.Oyuntuya Sumiya, Executive Director, Women for Social Progress

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Oyuntuya Sumiya is currently Executive Director of Women for Social Progress. She has worked for WSP for over 15 years and served as Executive Director since 2012. Ms. Sumiya received her law degree from the National University of Mongolia.)



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