Chandanie Watawala, Executive Director

Chandanie Watawala is the Executive Director of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL). She has been involved in organizing several of ANFREL’s election observation missions as Mission Coordinator, and was the manager in charge of ANFREL’s Myanmar office from June 2015 to August 2016. She has been participating in i nternational election observation missions since 2007 and has observed 15 elections. Prior to her work in ANFREL, she has been with different organizations. She started her NGO activism in Sri Lanka as a National Human Rights Coordinator to Caritas Sri Lanka (SEDEC), a Program Associate for the Southeast Asia Program of Forum Asia, and as a Fund Raising Adviser at the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). She concurrently serves as a Steering Committee Member of Asian Democracy Network (ADN), an umbrella organization of various regional networks in Asia.

Mr. Amaël Vier, Senior Program Officer for Capacity Building and International Election Observation

A graduate from the Institute of Political Studies of Grenoble and the Faculty of Law of Aix-en-Provence (France), Amaël specializes in the analysis of electoral systems and legal frameworks for elections. Throughout his academic years, he had the opportunity to learn about elections up-close by working for a member of the French Parliament. He first joined ANFREL as an electoral analyst during the observation mission for the 2017 Cambodian commune elections and has since coordinated election observation efforts in Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan.

Mr. John Reiner Antiquerra, Program Officer for Outreach and Communication

John Reiner Antiquerra is a Filipino who has worked as a multimedia journalist before joining ANFREL. He has worked with various television networks and independent media organizations covering labor rights, gender rights, digital rights, among others. He has also worked on press freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of information advocacies. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of the Philippines.

Mr. Lee Chung Lun, Program Officer for Campaign and Advocacy

Lee Chung Lun is the program officer for campaign and advocacy at ANFREL. Before joining ANFREL, he was the program officer at the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) in Malaysia where he worked on electoral reform advocacy and election monitoring. He also worked for human rights at Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) as the coordinator in Penang. Chung Lun holds a bachelor's degree in applied statistics from Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Ain Nasiehah, Program Officer for Capacity Building

Ain Nasiehah specializes in gender and development. She previously worked with migrants, refugees, young indigenous communities, young professionals, grassroots leaders and budding professional leaders to build the community’s capacity by empowering their knowledge and rights. She had experiences working with Malaysian civil societies, state government’s think tank, Parliament’s think tank and global civil society organization. She is also a member of Asian Youth Peace Network (AYPN) and alumni of 2021 Community Solutions Programme (CSP) and Center for Women, Faith and Leadership Fellowship Programme (2020). She believes gender, diversity and inclusivity (GEDI) framework should be at the center of development work.

Ms. Sirirak Preedametawong, Finance Officer

Sirirak Preedametawong has been working with ANFREL since 2005. She is working as Financial office who work on the Organization's finances.She has worked on finances Elections in Afghanistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nepal and Myanmar and will work with the external Accountants and Auditors as required.

Ms. Suneerat Sangthong, Administrative Officer

Ms. Suneerat Sangthong has worked with private corporations prior to joining a women’s rightz organization called Committee for Asian Women (CAW), which she worked with for 8 years as bookkeeper. Her involvement with democracy work started with her stint as the Finance and Administrative officer of Heroes of Democracy Foundation, an organization which supported democracy fighters in Thailand. Currently, she serves as the Asian Network for Free Elections’ Administrative Officer.


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