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Open Data for Afghan Elections - Panelist Bios & Photos

Open Data for Afghan Elections


Andy Campbell - Asabiyya Consultants

Andy Campbell is a senior partner at Asabiyya Consultants, and has just returned from Afghanistan, having conducted an open data assessment mission for USIP. In addition to being experienced in every facet of electoral management at a senior level including voter registration, operational planning, boundary delimitation, counting and judicial complaints, he is also experienced in managing Electoral Observation Missions and Out of Country Voting programmes. He has intimate experience and involvement in the electoral and political process of Afghanistan. His experience includes Head of Field office (2004 Presidential Election), Regional Election Coordinator for RC South, (2005 Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections), LTO and Senior Analyst (2009 Presidential and Provincial Council Elections) and EOM Director (2010 Wolesi Jirga Elections). In addition to electoral and political process management he has also completed Counter Insurgency Team Leader training in Afghanistan.

In 2010, as Afghanistan Country Director of NDI, Campbell ensured that the website was expanded to include election data from 2004, 2004 and 2010 in order to promote transparency and accountability in the electoral process. Campbell has extensive experience and knowledge of the Middle East and South Asia as well as the Pacific Islands, with a particular reference to those states in transition. He has over 20 years’ experience in a wide variety of organisations including NDI, the United Nations, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Asia Foundation, as well as various agencies in the Australian Government. 


Michael Dwyer - United States Institute of Peace

Michael Dwyer is a Senior Program Officer at USIP’s Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding. He joined USIP in 2012. He previously developed and managed broadcast and social media development programs at Internews, in Washington DC as Vice-President of Afghanistan programs, and in Bangkok as Regional Manager for South Asia programs. In this latter role he supervised programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, and designed new programs in Nepal and Malaysia.  Dwyer worked in Afghanistan from 2004-2008, as Country Manager of the UNOCHA IRIN humanitarian radio and news service, and as Program Manager of a national program to rebuild journalism training capacity within Afghan universities, including establishing campus radio stations and media production facilities.  Prior to 2004, Dwyer worked as a journalist and producer in radio and online media for 10 years.


Eric Gundersen - Development Seed

Eric led the team behind the 2009 presidential and 2010 Wolesi Jirga open data and mapping work at Development Seed, in partnership with the National Democratic Institute, which looked at election results in context of demographic, security, and other relevant data. Working on election monitoring, open data infrastructure, and community development, Eric has traveled to Afghanistan four times between 2009 and 2011, most recently to map the local media sector and violence against journalists with Internews. Eric is passionate about open data and building open source visualization tools focused on speed and design. Now as CEO of MapBox, Eric coordinates product and business development.

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