David Martin has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1984, and is Scotland's most senior MEP. He was Vice President (1989 - 2004) and latterly Senior Vice-President of the European Parliament with special responsibility for relations with national parliaments and parliaments of constitutional regional Assemblies. He was Leader of the British Labour delegation from 1987-88 and has served on the National and Scottish Executives of the Labour Party. He is a full member of the European Parliament International Trade committee, Constitutional Affairs committee and Human Rights subcommittee, as well as a full member of both the Korea delegation and the African Caribbean and Pacific Joint Parliamentary Assembly. He is Chair of the European Parliament Working Group on Innovation, Access to Medicine and Poverty-related Diseases, and Chair of the Cariforum - EC Parliamentary Committee, monitoring the implementation of the Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement. His areas of interest include development and aid for trade, global access to medicine, human rights, institutional reform and animal welfare. He has authored over 30 European Parliament reports including the EC - Korea Free Trade Agreement, the EC - Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement and on the Maastricht and Amsterdam Treaties of the European Union. He recently rewrote Parliament’s rules to bring them into line with the Lisbon Treaty and drafted the Parliament's report on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Currently he is authoring reports on Economic Partnership Agreements and the legislation to reinstate trade preferences to Burma/Myanmar. He was Chief Observer to the EU EOM to Tanzania in 2010. David Martin holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and an MA in European Management and Employment Law. Prior to being elected to the European Parliament he served as a Regional Councillor for the Scottish region “The Lothians", as a charity campaigner and was employed in a Stockbroker's office.
Dimitra Ioannou has a degree in law and a postgraduate degree in human rights and international law. She has extensive experience in election observation and technical assistance. She took part in over thirty missions with the European Union in Africa and Asia in various core team and field positions and with OSCE/ ODIHR in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Dimitra Ioannou has been Deputy Chief Observer for the EU EOM in Afghanistan (2009) and Deputy Head of Mission for OSCE/ODIHR in Belarus (2010) and Spain (2011). She was the team leader for EU Exploratory Missions in Afghanistan (2010), Nigeria (2010) and Zambia (2011). In 2010, she served as International Election Observers Coordinator providing assistance and advice to the independent High Election Commision of Iraq (IHEC) for the Parliamentary elections. Most recently, she participated in the EU EOMs to Zambia (2011) and Algeria (2012) and in the OSCE/ODIHR EOM to Ukraine (2012).
Dr. Ron Herrmann is an international senior researcher on and consultant for electoral processes, democracy support and peacebuilding. In this capacity, he also lectures as an Associate Professor of political sciences and provides expert training for national and international election related organisations. Most recently, he has acted as an election/legal expert in China and for the European Union inter alia in Palestine, Lebanon, Sudan and Indonesia. As Head of the Monitoring Mission of the EU in Montenegro, he was EUMM’s chief observer for all elections on the Western Balkans from 2002 to 2004. He also works as a senior electoral advisor for the United Nations, the OSCE, Council of Europe, Interpeace, GIZ and NDI in the Middle East, in Africa, South East Europe, and in Central/ South East Asia.
Renata Tardioli has extensive and long standing experience in the legal and in the electoral field in both observation and technical assistance. She participated in over 25 electoral missions and served in various capacities in different international organisations including EU, UN, OSCE/ODIHR and IFES. Renata Tardioli has also worked for International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance) dealing with the normative aspects of the electoral process, electoral management and the consolidation of democracy, with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in Rome and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Rome and with the Leadership Academy of the United Nations University in Amman, Jordan in the year 2000. Renata Tardioli holds a Degree in Law from University of Perugia and a Master of Philosophy Degree (M.Phil) in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Philippe de Bard possesses extensive professional experience of more than fifteen years, mostly with the United Nations, the OSCE and the European Commission. He has served in various capacities in the political and electoral fields at senior level, in numerous war-torn and post-conflict countries, notably in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, the Caribbean, the Middle-East and North Africa region, while he has had the opportunity to work for the United Nations at the headquarters in Geneva and New-York. Most recently, he was the team leader of two electoral missions, respectively in Yemen and Egypt. Philippe de Bard has studied a various range of disciplines, primarily with French higher education institutions such as the Paris Institute of Political Studies and Paris Dauphine University. He holds three post-graduate degrees respectively in Law, Public Policy and Political Economy. He was also a research scholar at Duke University where he carried out his doctoral studies in international economics.
Pietro Tesfamariam holds a Master’s degree in Political and social communication. He has been working as media analyst and researcher in media and election projects at the Osservatorio di Pavia (Italy) and in a number of election related missions with EU, OSCE/ODIHR and NDI, most recently in Sudan, Moldova, Morocco and Senegal. Previously Pietro also worked in Uganda as a communications officer with UNDP and as a programme manager for an Italian NGO.
Eberhard Laue is a media and communications professional with over 25 years experience in print and electronic media, media development/media analysis and international organisations. He headed media development programs for the OSCE and others in the Balkans, was Temporary Media Commissioner in Kosovo and served in international missions as Spokesperson and Press Officer; for the EU most recently in Sudan and Nigeria.
Martin Ščerbej has a background in economics and international relations. He has been involved in election observation for the past seven years. Martin Ščerbej has participated in several EU EOMs in Africa, Asia and Central America both as an observer and as a member of a core team. More recently, he worked as an LTO in the DRC and in Ivory Coast or as an observers‘ coordinator in Chad.
Robert Bystrický has a degree in Physics. He is a freelance consultant in the field of election, election systems, quantities methods, statistics and analysis. He is working on his PhD in Applied Mathematics and Political Science. He has worked as university teacher of mathematics for more than 10 years. From 2001, Robert Bystrický served as an election supervisor and observer with OSCE and EU in more than 15 missions in the Balkans, former Soviet republics, Africa, Asia including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kosovo, Georgia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Uganda Zambia, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza.