Denis K. Kadima
Denis K. Kadima has been serving as the Johannesburg-based Executive Director of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) for over 10 years (since December 2002).
Before this, he
was, among other things, the Regional Senior Programme Manager at the National Democratic Institute
(NDI) in Namibia (2001-2002) and Country Director for NDI
in Lesotho (2002).
From July 2010 to July 2011 Mr Kadima took a leave of absence from EISA to work for the United Nations as the Director of the UN Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division leading a team of 340 staff for the self-determination referendum in Southern Sudan, and as the Elections Chief Technical Advisor for UNDP-Tunisia respectively.
and has been involved in over 50 electoral processes in Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America.
has conducted needs assessment missions for the UN
Electoral Assistance Division in Côte d'Ivoire (2004), Nigeria (2005) and Mauritania (2006) and, as a UNDP-Tanzania consultant, helped develop the Zanzibar Electoral Commission's first 5-year Strategic Plan (2005-2010).
has provided expert advice to electoral management bodies, political parties, civil society, parliaments and local councils.
He is the founder of the Journal of African Elections and has extensively published on electoral systems and processes and political party systems.
has diversified the content and scope of EISA's work to include local governance, parliamentary work, political party support and other relevant Democracy & Governance areas while expanding the geographical coverage to encompass the whole of Africa.
and in previous positions he
has conceptualised and implemented democracy building programmes, particularly in conflict and post-conflict countries such as Angola, Burundi, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, DR Congo, Egypt, Libya, Madagascar, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe as well as regional and continental programmes in the Democracy & Governance field.
has developed regional and continental programmes in support of regional economic communities, such as the African Union
, the Pan-African Parliament and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Mr Kadima is the founding Chairperson of the Board of the Southern Africa Trust, an independent funding agency that supports deeper and wider engagement in regional policy dialogue to overcome poverty.