Juliette Schmidt, Deputy Regional Director, Asia-Pacific
Juliette Schmidt is the Deputy Regional Director for Asia-Pacific at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), responsible for electoral reform programming in nine countries undergoing political transitions under very different conditions. She is focused particularly on election conflict and security, conducting electoral security and political risk assessments and contributing to innovative program development, and monitoring and evaluation. She is also a member of the senior management team.
Schmidt has 15 years of international program management experience spanning the Middle East, Asia, Africa and North America. She is also an experienced trainer, creating curriculum and facilitating workshops for media, government, civil society and religious leaders in four continents.
Prior to joining IFES, Schmidt was Director of the Partners in Humanity Program at the international non-profit Search for Common Ground, where she worked to promote Muslim-Western understanding and reduce extremism and radicalization globally. She was also Editor-in-Chief of the international news syndicate the Common Ground News Service. Schmidt’s non-profit experience includes the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue, both in Beirut, and she has private sector marketing and public relations experience in Canada and the UK.
Schmidt holds a B.A. with honors in political science from the University of Waterloo in Canada and an M.A. in international affairs and conflict resolution from the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. She is fluent in French.