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The European Union Election Assessment Team Libya 2012

Alexander GRAF LAMBSDORFF (Germany) - Head of the Election Assessment Team

Alexander GRAF LAMBSDORFF Alexander Graf Lambsdorff has been a member of the European Parliament since 2004 and currently serves as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Group (ALDE). He also leads the German Free Democrats' delegation (FDP). Lambsdorff is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and of the Committee for Culture and Education. In addition, he is a member of the Parliamentary Delegations for relations with China, Turkey as well as the ACP states. Lambsdorff has focused on EU enlargement and the United Nations, while actively engaging in democracy support policies by leading EU Election Observation Missions. He was appointed Chief Observer of the European Union Mission to the general elections in Kenya (2007), to the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh (2008) and the presidential elections in Guinea Conakry (2010). He is the co-founder of the Atlantic Initiative Germany as well as of the German-Turkish Foundation. Lambsdorff studied history, constitutional law and international relations at Bonn University in Germany and at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1995, he joined the German Foreign Service and served in the Policy Planning Staff, at the German Embassy in Washington D.C. and at the Political Department before leaving the Foreign Service for the 2004 European Parliament election campaign. Lambsdorff was born in Cologne, Germany in 1966 and is married with two children. The European Union Election Assessment Team Libya 2012

María ESPINOSA (Spain) - Team Leader

María ESPINOSAMaria Espinosa has an extensive experience in electoral technical assistance and election observation, and in that capacity, she has taken part in more than 20 missions in the Balkans, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Maghreb; more recently in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Mauritania, Rwanda, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. She has been working for over 15 years in several aspects of the promotion of democracy. Before joining the team in Libya, Maria Espinosa has been Deputy Chief Observer in Sudan, in Cote d’Ivoire, Niger and Tunisia. In addition, she has been engaged for many years in civic education, in institutional communication and in the training of Spanish election observers. She lectures at several universities on issues pertaining to Islam and the Orient, and coordinates seminars on Islam and democratisation and on conflict prevention and resolution. Maria has a Masters in Middle Eastern Sciences and Semitic Philology.

Margarida ALVES (Portugal) - Election Analyst

Margarida ALVESMargarida Ramos Alves is an independent election consultant having worked in the field of elections since 1994. She has participated in EU, OSCE/ODIHR, NDI and UN missions in Africa, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East both as an election observer and as a Core Team member. She has also worked on electoral technical assistance projects and as a NEEDS trainer for observers. She holds a degree in International Relations and European Studies. Her most recent EOMs include Lebanon, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Stephane MONDON (France) - Political/Country Analyst

Stephane MONDONStephane Mondon has extensive experience in election observation, electoral technical assistance, rule of law and programs aiming at promoting and supporting democracy. He has participated in several election missions with the European Union, UNDP and the Carter Center. His most recent missions include expert missions in Iraq, Benin, observation missions in Ethiopia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Specialized in democratization and rule of Law, he has conducted substantive field work and NGO programming across Africa. Prior to be involved with elections, he worked as a lawyer in Japan and France. He was also Director of Operations at Lawyers without Borders in Brussels. Stephane holds a master's degree in international business law from the University of Aix-Marseille in France and a degree in economy from Otaru University of Commerce in Japan. The European Union Election Assessment Team Libya 2012

Eirini GOUNARI (Greece) - Legal Analyst

Eirini GOUNARIEirini holds a university degree in law and a master’s degree in International and European Union Law. She has been working as an international consultant on democracy support, rule of law and human rights and has participated in a number of election-related missions with the OSCE/ODIHR, EU and UNDP. Most recently, she worked as Team Leader of the EU Voter Registration Assessment Mission for the Southern Sudan Referendum, Legal or Election Analyst with the EU in South Sudan and in Nigeria and as LTO in DRC, and as Election Analyst with the OSCE/ODIHR EAM in Poland and Serbia.

Marek MRAČKA (Slovakia) - Media Analyst

Marek MRAČKAMarek Mračka has a background in social science and works as a project coordinator of the Slovak NGO MEMO 98. He observed elections or referenda in over a dozen countries in Europe and Central Asia in the capacity of OSCE/ODIHR Media Analyst and he was a Media Expert of the EU EOM for the 2007 Presidential elections in Nigeria. In the last five years, he was involved in implementation of the media monitoring efforts conducted by NGOs or international organizations in Egypt, Jordan, Madagascar, Maldives, Rwanda, Somalia and Yemen. Recently, Marek participated in the technical assistance projects in Georgia and Moldova.

Mariusz WOJTAN (Poland) - Field Coordinator

Mariusz WOJTANMariusz Wojtan holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from Wroclaw University in Poland where he specialised in democratisation and conflict resolution. Since 2004 he has been involved in election observation activities, working with EU, OSCE and The Carter Center, most recently in Sudan and Liberia.

Elham ALLAN (Denmark) - Human Rights and Women Participation Analyst

Elham ALLANElham Allan holds a Master Degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic with a specialization in gender studies and an elective module in psychology from the University of Copenhagen. Since 2006 she has worked in the EU Delegation to Syria as a Programme Manager and with the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Jordan as a gender officer.