Senior Global Electoral Adviser and Country Director, IFES Ukraine
Peter ERBEN is the Senior Global Electoral Adviser to the election committee and the Country Director at IFES Ukraine, a leading authority on electoral management and strengthening of democratic institutions. He is one of few international experts ever called upon to direct national elections for other nations. Previously, he has held similar positions in Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, and Palestine. Mr. Erben served as the Chief Electoral Officer of Afghanistan during the country's 2005 parliamentary and provincial council elections. Before that, he directed two out-of-country elections: the 2004 Afghan presidential election for Afghans living in Pakistan and Iran, and the 2005 Iraqi parliamentary elections for Iraqis living in 14 countries worldwide, including Sweden, Syria, Jordan and the U.S. Mr. Erben was the Associate Director of Elections and the Director of Elections for the first two post-conflict elections in Kosovo in 2000 and in 2001. From 1996 to 2000, he worked with a team that managed the first four post-conflict elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, serving as the OSCE's Chief of Staff in the last two years.