Nicola Schmidt

Executive Team

Director of Programmes

As Director of Programmes, Nicola provides strategic leadership to DRI’s programmes and staff across our seven country offices. She brings more than 20 years of experience in international affairs, democratisation, human rights and elections. Before joining DRI, she advised on human rights and electoral and legislative reform, devised methodologies and conducted training workshops. She has notably worked with the German Foreign Office and the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. She has lived and worked in many countries and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.