Election Day core team

Luca Splendore Di Gennaro

Luca Splendore Di Gennaro, PhD

Statistics and Big Data Expert
Luca is a Statistical Consultant for the European Union. Since 2013 he has taken part in several electoral observation missions in Kenya, Honduras, Kosovo, Tunisia, Nigeria, Peru, Angola, Armenia and Liberia. He has presented his electoral observation activities at New York University, at the European Parliament (Brussels, 6-7/5/2015) and at European Survey Research Association. Between 2006 and 2011 he was Associate Professor of Statistics at the Pompeu Fabra University in  Barcelona, Spain. He holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Bologna in Italy.
He has worked in: Italy, Denmark, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Malta, Kenya, Honduras, Kosovo, Tunisia, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Angola and Armenia.
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Simone Cossu

Digital Marketing Expert
Since 2009, Simone has been a Director and Co-Owner at Esario, an agency specialised in Digital Marketing based in Barcelona. From 2007 to 2009, he ran his own consulting agency, iKune, to develop complex databases for companies and universities. From 1997 to 2008, he spent eleven years working at research institutes as an IT Service, Database Design and Development Manager.
He has worked/lived in: Italy, Canada, Romania, Switzerland and Spain.
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Aliénor Benoist

Political Expert
Aliénor is a Political Analyst working in election observation with the EU, the OSCE and NDI. She has specialised in political propaganda analysis, political islam and the participation of women in politics through her long term experience in the Balkans, the Arab world and Africa. She studied at Science Po Paris and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in France, and at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in Spain.
She has worked/lived in: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Yemen, Tajikistan.

Saleh Edine Gragba

Data Scientist and Big Data Expert
Saleh is a Statistics and Data Analysis Engineer, graduated from the Higher School of Statistics and Data Analysis of Tunis. He has spent the last three years working as a Data Scientist acquiring considerable experience in designing, developing and maintaining dashboards and reports providing actionable business intelligence. He uses complex mathematical tools to interpret and present data to decision makers.
He has worked/lived in: Tunisia
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Sonia Judith

Chief Financial Officer
Sonia is a Finance and Administration Expert who has over ten years of experience in Financial Controlling and Accounting. She has worked in diverse sectors such as Aeronautics, Pensions and Mining sectors. Her enquiring mind and ambition led her to hold various positions including Accounts Officer, Accountant and Financial Controller.
She has worked/lived in: Malta, Luxembourg and France.
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Francesco Tucci

Politics Expert
Francesco is a Professor in Geopolitics specializing in parliamentary rules, journalism and geopolitics. He has worked closely with the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and the National School of Intelligence of Peru and for several years, worked for the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament. He has also collaborated with the World Bank, various press agencies and political think tanks.
He has worked/lived in: Italy and Peru.
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Election Day partners

Adele Ravidà

Election Expert
Adele has been working in the field of electoral assistance and election observation for the past 8 years, serving for international organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union in Africa, Latin America and Europe. She owns a Master Degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Bologna, Italy and a post-graduate master in Peacebuilding and Conflict Management from the University of Trento, Italy.
She has worked/lived in: Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, France, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Liberia, Malta, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Spain, Tunisia and Venezuela.

Ever Fernandez

Computer Scientist
Ever is a Computer Scientist with a specialization in Projects and Procurement. He was the IT Expert in the European Union election observation mission in Peru in 2016. From 2009, he worked for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Peru and Argentina. He also worked for State Procurement Supervisory Agency (OSCE) in Peru.
He has worked/lived in: Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, Honduras, Nicaragua, Argentina and Netherlands.

Maria Teresa Mauro

Electoral expert
Maria Teresa has worked at European Center for Electoral Support/European Union, the United Nations (Department of Peace Keeping, and High Commissioner for Refugees), the Council of Europe-Venice Commission, the OSCE, IFES/ USAID, Creative International/USAID, NDI, the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Maria Teresa has an extensive experience in electoral observation missions.
She has worked/lived in: Italy, Liberia, Afghanistan, Mali, Sudan, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, Cambodia, Central African Republic and many more.

Luca dello Ioio

Communication Engineer
Luca is a Project Manager at a leading telecom company in Paris, France. He has worked for over fifteen years in major telecom companies such as Nokia, Ericsson, Vodafone and Orange as an Engineer, mainly in mobile networks. Previously he worked as a Radio, Transmission and Core Network Expert.
He has worked/lived in: Italy, France, Belgium and Ecuador.

Maria Vittoria Leardi

Maria Vittoria works as a Senior Consultant in Statistics for the Statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat). She has previously worked as a Statistician for the Italian retail confederation Confcommercio and the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. More recently, she has been involved in the development of machine learning algorithms at leading companies in business analysis. She holds a Degree in Statistics from the University of Bologna, Italy and a post-graduate Master in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Venice IUAV, Italy.
She has worked / lived in:: Italy, Holland, Luxembourg and Brazil.

Philippos Louis

Philippos Louis, PhD

 Institutional Design Expert
Philippos is a Lecturer at the Economics Department of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia. He uses behavioral economics and experimental methods to study how social networks form opinions and how voting rules and public information influence outcomes in elections. He participated in the European Union electoral observation mission in Zambia in 2011.
He has worked/lived in: Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, USA, Belgium and Zambia.

Jofre Rocabert

Political Expert
Jofre is a Researcher at the European Politics division of ETH Zurich. He works on the politicization of international organizations and the emergence of international parliaments at a global level, using both in-depth case knowledge and automated text analysis. He studied at Pompeu Fabra University in Spain, University of British Columbia in Canada and University of Konstanz in Germany.
He has worked/lived in: Spain, Canada, Germany and Switzerland

Francesco Grillo

Business Developer
Francesco is the CEO of Steel Available, a startup focused on innovating steel industry supply chains. He has been living in Asia for the last eleven years where he has been managing commercial and manufacturing branches of leading companies in the mechanical industry. He has developed a deep understanding of both Muslim and Chinese worlds. He holds a Law Degree from the University of Milan, Italy.
He has worked/lived in: Italy, Pakistan, China and Hong Kong.

Giorgio Cossu

Giorgio Cossu

Language and Communication Expert
Giorgio was graduated in Foreign Languages and speaks Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English fluently. He has worked for Ferrari and Ducati where he ran communication projects. He currently manages various private ethnographic photographic projects and financial and commercial communications of real estate properties.
He worked/lived in: France, Netherland, Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico, Brasil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Paul Omaetxebarria

Business Developer
Paul has worked in several industries such as steel, cutting tools, machinery, auxiliary railway and IT. He holds a degree in International Commerce from Pompeu Fabra University in Spain and a Master’s Degree in Digital Business from the University of Pamplona in Spain. He is also a postgraduate in East Asian Business & Economics (Open University of Catalonia in Spain).
He has worked/lived in: Spain, Sweden, Romania and Germany.