Vasu Mohan, Regional Director, Asia-Pacific
Vasu Mohan currently serves as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Regional Director for Asia Pacific.
Mohan has over 16 years of experience in democracy, governance and human rights programming with a focus on post-conflict elections and democratic inclusion. He has been with IFES since 2001 in the headquarters and the field and has supervised programs and field offices in over 22 countries in Europe and Asia, partnering with a wide variety of international donors and local stakeholders.
Mohan also serves as IFES’ technical lead on electoral security, providing thought leadership on innovative programs and tools to prevent and mitigate violence throughout the electoral cycle. Since 2002, he designed, managed and implemented programs in Afghanistan on electoral assistance and women’s leadership in the post-conflict context.
Throughout his career, Mohan’s work has focused on political, social and legal empowerment of disenfranchised or marginalized individuals – youth, women, ethnic and religious minorities and persons with disabilities. He was responsible for IFES' flagship Women’s Legal Rights Initiative and Garima Projects in India (2003- 2011) on gender equality and women’s empowerment, which expanded the dialogue on women’s rights and legal resources available to women. Mohan has also served in various voluntary capacities related to women’s empowerment, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit working to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the United States from gender-based violence.
Mohan is co-author of Gender Equality and Election Management Bodies: A Best Practices Guide and Sehr: A New Dawn Breaks, a book highlighting IFES' Muslim Women's Initiative in India (fall 2015). He is also working on a translation of vignettes of the history of Sri Lanka from Tamil into English. Mohan is fluent in Tamil and Hindi and conversant in Sinhala and Urdu.