Anthony Smith
Anthony joined WFD in August 2014. He is responsible for the overall direction and performance of the Foundation.

He has delegated authority from the Board for approval of programme proposals and helps to establish and manage relations with key stakeholders – funders, partner organisations and experts that implement WFD’s work.

He is a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Board on Human Rights and of the Board of the European Partnership for Democracy.
Anthony’s role in WFD builds on his international experience. He was previously a member of the Diplomatic Service and a Civil Servant. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1986, served in the Embassy in Madrid and worked on a range of European policy issues including the Balkans, trade policy and Common Foreign and Security Policy.

In 1996 he moved to the Department for International Development (DFID) where he worked on Environment Policy, Europe and Southern Africa, as well as being Private Secretary to Clare Short when she was Secretary of State for International Development.

Anthony returned to the FCO as Director for European Political Affairs from 2006-2008 before becoming International Relations Director at DFID from 2008-2014, responsible for DFID’s policy on EU development issues, DFID’s funding to the UN system and the Commonwealth, engagement with the G20 and G8, and relations with development partners.
Devin O’Shaughnessy
Devin O’Shaughnessy
Director of Programmes
Devin O’Shaughnessy is responsible for the strategic, technical, and operational management and overall leadership of WFD programmes.
Including management of WFD’s Technical Advisory Unit and five regional teams (Africa, Asia, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean). Devin also oversees WFD’s Business Development department, including seeking funding opportunities for new programmes, preparation of external bids, and creation of new partnerships. His principal field of expertise is in democracy and governance, including: supporting representative, executive, and political institutions; civil society strengthening; electoral processes and observation; citizen participation; state building in fragile contexts; women’s political empowerment; and qualitative research.

Devin has nearly 20 years’ experience in the field of international development, with a specific focus on democracy assistance. Before joining WFD, Devin worked for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) for nearly six years, both abroad and in their headquarters. His last position with NDI was as Country Director in Indonesia, and previously acted as their Deputy Country Director for Afghanistan and Senior Programme Manager for the Horn of Africa. In addition to NDI and WFD, Devin has worked for a number of leading development organisations, including Action on Armed Violence, Global Communities, and the US Peace Corps, among others. He has also worked in US politics, serving as a Co-Campaign Manager and Constituent Advocate for US Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).
Louise Collings
Louise Collings
Head of Finance
Louise leads the UK based finance team, responsible for operational finance, finance business partnering, and ensuring a strong control environment and compliance with statutory reporting requirements.
Louise is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and qualified auditor. Louise trained in practice and gained commercial experience before moving to the not for profit sector, working for a large international development charity for a number of years before joining WFD in September 2017.
Chris Lane
Chris Lane
Director of Operations
Chris is responsible for supporting the CEO to coordinate day-to-day corporate business; promoting internal policy and good practice across the organization; developing our systems; driving change and innovation; leading on business development, planning, and delivery; and overseeing risk, compliance, and facilities. He is also WFD’s Company Secretary.
Prior to joining WFD in November 2018, Chris was the Chief Operating Officer at the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, a new charity started in 2015 as part of the Save the Children group, where he worked for nearly seven years in a variety of roles. Chris was a lawyer for over 8 years, both in private practice and for in the charity sector, and he remains a practicing solicitor.
Dina Melhem
Dina Melhem
Regional Director MENA
She is responsible for providing strategic direction for WFD programming development and design, and relationship management in MENA and Asia and supporting WFD programmes in Latin America.
Dina also advises on new policy issues and programme opportunities in the region she covers and contributes to developing fundraising strategies and bids as well as oversee the programme management and assure quality assurance for programme delivery. Dina’s principle field of expertise is supporting parliaments, including expertise in legislative drafting and analysis, financial oversight, public policy evaluation, as well as her extensive expertise in Rule of Law and Human Rights and gender-based violence.
Dina’s has specific focus of expertise on MENA region and she previously led the establishment of WFD’s portfolio in MENA region since 2006. She studied law and has a PhD in Public Law from the University Paul Cezanne in France. Before joining WFD, Dina was Research Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies (IREMAM-CNRS) in Aix-en-Provence and was involved heavily with research on the League of Arab States, International Human Rights Law, Islam and Human rights. Dina has also worked at the European Parliament office in Marseille on the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Dina speaks fluently Arabic, English and French.
Tom Cormier
Regional Director, Asia
Tom joined WFD in February 2019. He is part of WFD’s senior leadership team and Regional Director for Asia, providing leadership and strategic direction for a growing team in the region.
Tom is a democratic governance professional with close to 30 years of experience in the Americas, Europe, Eurasia, Asia and Africa working to ensure citizen voices are at the centre of democratic political discourse. Involved in national politics in Canada for over a decade, Tom participated in numerous election campaigns and worked as an adviser to several Members of Parliament, including serving as Executive Assistant to a member of Cabinet.

Over the last 19 years, Tom has designed, directed and evaluated numerous initiatives in a variety of transitional democracies to provide skills building for parliamentarians and staff; to foster reform of democratic institutions; to strengthen political parties and civil society organisations; to encourage peaceful political dialogue; to support inclusive elections; and to deepen citizen engagement in democratic processes – particularly women and marginalised groups.

Tom has worked for numerous international organisations that focus on supporting democratic transition, serving as Country Director in Ukraine, Regional Representative in Southern Africa, Director of Governance Programs in Indonesia, Head of Mission in Myanmar and Director of Programs in headquarters among other senior assignments.

Tom speaks English, French and Swedish as well as conversational Bahasa Indonesia.
Chris Levick
Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia
Chris is our Regional Director for Europe & Central Asia and joined WFD in September 2015. He has overall responsibility for the region and is part of WFD’s senior leadership team.
Chris has overall responsibility for delivery of our regional portfolio, strategic approach and ensuring effective leadership of the regional teams. Prior to his current role, Chris served as our Senior Programme Manager for Europe & Central Asia (2015-18) and headed our Muti-Party Office. He brings experience of working with various parliaments and parliamentary groups in the UK, having spent 7 years working in various roles in the Westminster Parliament and devolved institutions. He has contributed to and led governance programming across Europe, Central Asia, Africa and MENA.
Graeme Ramshaw
Director of Research and Evaluation
Graeme joined WFD in 2014 as Director of Research and Evaluation. He is responsible for the development and management of WFD’s monitoring and evaluation systems, as well as advising on the strengthening of programme quality and cross-organisational learning.
Graeme also heads WFD’s research programme, overseeing a portfolio of partnerships and activities linked to democracy and governance research. He presents regularly at international conferences and workshops, sharing WFD’s lessons and findings.

Graeme has over 12 years of experience in international development, with a specific focus on governance and democracy support. Prior to joining WFD, he was a Learning Advisor for the UK Department for International Development’s Governance and Transparency Fund. Previous assignments include work with the World Bank, International IDEA, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Brookings Institution, the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, and others. Graeme holds a BA from Princeton University; a MA from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and a PhD from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.
Sophia Fernandes
Commonwealth Programme Director
Sophia joined WFD in November 2017. She is responsible for leading WFD’s Commonwealth wide programme, an initiative stemming from the UK’s Chair-in-Office period of the Commonwealth from 2018-20.
Sophia’s role in WFD builds on her international experience. She was the Programme Manager for International IDEA’s Support to Electoral Processes and Democracy programme based in Myanmar. During this period she also designed and secured funding for a parliamentary support programme working with the Joint Public Accounts Committee. Sophia spent three and a half years working in Myanmar before moving to the UK.

Prior to this, Sophia worked for the Federal Parliament of Australia for five years, with the Senate Committee Office serving on the Finance and Public Administration Committee and subsequently as a Researcher with the Parliamentary Library of Australia.

Sophia is a published researcher on election systems and processes, and on parliamentary procedure and has particular interest in inclusive politics. Sophia holds a Master of Public Policy (Policy Analysis) from the Australian National University, awarded with Merit and a Bachelor of Arts (Gender Studies) from the University of Melbourne.
Head of Communications
Fulvio Menghini
Head of Communications
Fulvio leads WFD’s Communications Department, providing external and international communications as well as managing stakeholder engagement globally.
Fulvio’s background includes managing UK Government campaigns and advising Ministers on media relations. Prior to joining the Civil Service he led on communications and engagement for environmental NGO Global Legislators Organization (GLOBE) and served as Chief of Staff and Senior Parliamentary Assistant in the UK House of Commons. Fulvio holds an MSc in Politics and Communications from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Political Science from LUISS (Rome).
Jon Spence
Jon Spence
Head of HR
Responsible for WFD’s HR function, ensuring effective systems, frameworks and practises to support strategic and operational plans.
Shannon O’Connell
Shannon O’Connell
Senior Gender & Politics Adviser
Shannon is WFD’s leading in-house expert on issues of gender equality, women’s political empowerment, political processes and institutional development.
She is responsible for developing tools and resources to advance women’s political participation and influence, working with programme teams to design various forms of technical assistance that support better outcomes for women, girls and other under-represented groups, as well as initiating research and policy efforts that support the same results. (ENTER) Shannon has extensive experience in politics, policy advocacy and elections.

She has worked on more than two dozen electoral campaigns, largely for women candidates. She served as Senior Advisor to Dawn Purvis MLA, former leader of the Progressive Unionist Party.

She was also an advisor and campaign manager for the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition in their first elections after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Globally, Shannon has served as a policy and strategy advisor to elected officials and political party leaders, both in government and opposition, as well as a coach for candidates and strategist for political parties. She has worked in more than 20 countries worldwide, including as Country Director for National Democratic Institute in the West Bank and Gaza.
Franklin De Vrieze
Franklin De Vrieze
Senior Governance Adviser
Franklin De Vrieze is Senior Governance Adviser at the Technical Advisory Unit of WFD.
He offers context analysis assessment, programme quality assurance and parliamentary advice to WFD country teams in Europe and Central Asia, MENA, and South Asia. He conducts research on new and innovative themes for parliamentary programming.

Franklin De Vrieze has worked on governance issues for 20 years. Before joining WFD, he has worked for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), European Union Delegations, Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), National Democratic Institute (NDI) and other governance and parliamentary strengthening institutions. He has been leading parliamentary identification, formulation and evaluation missions. He has worked on parliament’s role in anti-corruption, constituency offices feasibility and regional parliamentary cooperation. He is the author of several academic and policy publications.
Victoria Hasson
Senior Parliamentary Adviser
Victoria Hasson is Senior Parliamentary Adviser at Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
Victoria provides technical expertise in the design and development of WFD programmes. She leads on our Political Economy Analysis and conducts technical assessments, delivers learning experiences related to core areas of parliamentary strengthening, produces research papers and develops new products for WFD. Victoria provides advisory support to the Africa, Latin America and Asia programme teams.

Victoria has ten years of parliamentary experience. Victoria holds a doctorate on parliamentary procedure and democracy from the University of Sheffield, and worked in the National Assembly of South Africa for four years before joining WFD. Further details relating to Victoria’s work and experience can be found on her LinkedIn page: Victoria.Hasson.
Tanja Hollstein
Senior Elections Adviser
Tanja is the Senior Elections Adviser for Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
Tanja is an elections and democratisation expert with 16 years of relevant experience in post conflict and transition countries. Her areas of expertise include the development and management of electoral support and democratic governance projects addressing capacity building of electoral management bodies, electoral system analysis and management as well as local government structures, parliamentary processes and participatory mechanisms.

Prior to joining WFD, Tanja worked as Chief Technical Adviser for the UNDP Election Project in Moldova (2016-2018) and headed the OSCE Governance Department in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2015-2016). In the last 18 years Tanja continuously worked for UNDP electoral support projects in Afghanistan (2006), Nepal (2007 and 2013), Sudan (2009) and Liberia (2012). Additional to the practical field work Tanja also taught Democratic Development and Electoral Assistance at the University of Duesseldorf.

During her career, she worked for international as well as national organisations engaged in democratic development and supporting electoral processes like the OSCE, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (2001-2002), and the EU. Tanja holds a Master Degree (MA) in Political Science from the University of Muenster and a Master Degree (MSc) for Development Studies from University of London.
Julia Keutgen
Senior Transparency Adviser
Julia is the Senior Transparency adviser for Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
Julia has technical expertise designing and implementing programmes, and advising on inclusive political processes, accountability,transparency, and rule of law. Her specialisation is transparency and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) as well as enhancing the role of civil society in public policy making and government oversight.

Julia has over 15 years of experience working on governance issues in Eastern Europe, Africa and the MENA region, with long-term, in-country support in Burundi and Morocco. She previously worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Brussels Liaison Office, where she focused on parliamentary development, including parliamentary openness and innovation. Before that, she worked in the UNDP Democratic Governance Group in New York on anti-corruption and judicial integrity issues, providing policy advice and programme support to UNDP country offices.

Her previous positions included adviser in the Cabinet of the Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation and governance programme officer at the Belgian Technical Cooperation. She graduated with a master’s degree in law from the University of Leuven in 2002 and in international politics from the University of Paris in 2005. She holds an MS in International Relations, European Studies and Laws.