Executive Council

Mr. Muddassir Rizvi (Pakistan), Chairperson
Email: mud.rizvi@tdea.pk

Mr. Rizvi 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 Programs 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.

Mr. Kaka Suminta (Indonesia), Vice Chairperson

Kaka Suminta is the Secretary General of Independent Committee for Election Monitoring (KIPP) Indonesia. He started his activism in 1996 as a citizen observer for KIPP and eventually became a coordinator for West Java Province of Indonesia in 1998.

Before joining KIPP Indonesia, Kaka was part of the local peasant movement in some regions in West Java Province, ans was active in his home land, Subang. In Subang, he first worked with the peasant movement advocating for "Land for People', and found SOPAN (North Subang Peasant Movement) in 1992.

Mr. Rohana N. Hettiarachchie (Sri Lanka), Secretary General
Email: rohana.paffrel@email.com

Mr. Hettiarachchie has more than 20 years of election monitoring & observation experience locally & internationally. Specialized in Asia-Pacific regional election monitoring, and also Common Wealth liaison with election management bodies and other relevant stakeholders. He is currently the Secretary General of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and the Executive Director of People's Action for Free & Fair Elections (PAFFREL) which was formed in 1987 primarily to observe election in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, he is the Governor of the Marga Institute (Research Organization), Governing Council Member of National Peace Council, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Sri Jayawardenepura. He is a founder of the March 12 Movement which leads towards clean politics in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Hettiarachchie graduated from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and has a Masters in Sociology from the University of Kelaniya.

Mr. Sakool Zuesongdham (Thailand), Treasurer
Email: sakoolzue@gmail.com

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

Mrs. Elberel Davaa (Mongolia), Executive Council member

Mrs. Davaa is the Executive Director of Women for Social Progress/Voter Education Center, an organization working towards democratic development in Mongolia since 1993. She started as a program officer working her way up as the organization’s executive director.

A mother of seven, she is well experienced in the areas of women’s participation and leadership, citizen’s engagement in decision making, voter education, and free and fair election. Having worked in the civil society sector for over eight years, she values the principles of democracy and participation which became her passion in life to advocate democracy by sharing and learning as she plans to work for the cause intensively throughout her life.

Prof. Kapil Shrestha (Nepal), Executive Council member

Mrs. Davaa is the Executive Director of Women for Social Progress/Voter Education Center, an organization working towards democratic development in Mongolia since 1993. She started as a program officer working her way up as the organization’s executive director.

Prof. Kapil Shrestha is an academic-activist, educationist, socio-political analyst, human rights advocate and practitioner.

Kapil is a senior professor of Political Science, human rights and democratization at Central Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal since 1977. He has also been engaged as a visiting professor of Human Rights and Democratization in Kathmandu University School of Management, Kathmandu School of Law, University of Sydney, Australia and Mahidol University, Thailand.

Mr. Shrestha has conducted extensive research on the field of human rights issues, Nepali politics, democracy building and its consolidation process, Nepal’s peace building process, electoral models, free and fair elections (based on these studies and numerous dialogues with different stakeholders.

He has written on a wide variety of topics like political theory, human rights, democratization process, mainstreaming youth in development, right-based development, women’s participation in politics, civil society, human rights issues in difficult places like Tibet(China) etc. He has also contributed to establish many reputed NGOs and organizations in Nepal and Asia-Pacific networks and agencies like Asian Cultural Forum and Development (ACFOD), South Asian Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR), Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL).

Mr. Shrestha has been appointed by Government of Nepal as a member of National Human Rights Commission (2000-2005), many high level task forces and committees and in other responsible positions. He has led many organizations like National Election Observation Committee (NEOC), Human Rights Organization of Nepal (HURON), Nepal University Teachers’ Association, Tulsi Meher UNESCO Club, Political Science Association of Nepal, Nepal Water for Health etc.

Mr. Kim Chhorn (Cambodia), Executive Council member

Mr. Kim Chhorn is since 2019 the Executive Director of COMFREL (Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia). He has worked for COMFREL for over 18 years of management experience where he is responsible for the COMFREL’s program covering and between election including organizing network, capacity building of network, human rights defenders, election observers, conducting public forum and monitoring of elected official performance. He is also supervising for media campaign and social media for civic voter education. KIM Chhorn joined the International Election Observation Mission of ANFREL and other to countries such Philippine, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Japan. KIM Chhorn, has a Master of Business Administration/MBA at Pannasastra University, Phnom Penh, and also Diploma of Medical doctor in Faculty of Medicine in Phnom Penh in Cambodia.


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