Silja Paasilinna, Senior Election Adviser, Timor-Leste
Silja Paasilinna is currently the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' (IFES) Senior Election Adviser for Timor-Leste. Paasilinna bring over 10 years of program management, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation experience along with six years of staff management experience. She brings technical capabilities in democracy and governance, women’s political participation, civil society, gender mainstreaming, conflict analysis and peacebuilding.
Paasilinna formerly held the role of Chief of Party in Bangladesh and Program Manager at IFES HQ, overseeing election support programs in Pakistan, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. Since leaving that role in 2011, she has provided consultant expertise to IFES as well as other to organizations for projects in Bangladesh, Maldives, Libya and Egypt. Prior to her work with IFES she held roles with CHF International, Relief International, International Medical Corps and International Project for Peace and Prosperity. Paasilinna obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lund University in Sweden, both in political science.