Rola Abdul-Latif, Senior Manager, Research Evaluation & Learning
As IFES’ Senior Research Evaluation & Learning Manager, Rola Abdul-Latif specializes in designing and implementing public opinion and evaluation research projects to inform and support IFES’ core functions in elections and democracy assistance.
Since joining IFES in 2007, Abdul-Latif has conducted over 50 complex quantitative and qualitative research projects to support gender programming aimed to enhance women’s political, economic and social participation and track trends in opinions on socio-political issues, as well as inform election commissions about voter knowledge and readiness, and evaluate the effectiveness of civic and voter education programs.
Abdul-Latif was the lead researcher of the Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa (SWMENA) project—one of the first gender and capacity-building projects in the MENA region to utilize a data-for-advocacy approach in Lebanon, Morocco, and Yemen. Abdul-Latif’s extensive field research experience covers countries such as Armenia, Bangladesh, DR Congo, Egypt, Georgia, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and Yemen.
Before joining IFES, Abdul-Latif worked as Research Manager for InterMedia, implementing complex media surveys in the MENA region. Abdul-Latif is a native Arabic speaker and is fluent in French.