The Urgent Need for Electoral Reform in Indonesia


Thursday, December 1, 2011, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Peter Erben, Senior Electoral Advisor

About the Seminar
At this seminar, Senior Electoral Advisor Peter Erben will discuss how the 2014 national elections in Indonesia may well present a highly competitive contest and hence a risk of a challenged or even compromised election. This is a risk not only to the investment made in the election itself, but to significant parts of the overall achievements realized since 1998. A relatively minor investment in strengthening the electoral process in Indonesia certainly constitutes a worthwhile insurance against a potential electoral crisis in 2014. A light lunch will be served.

About the Speaker
Peter Erben is a senior electoral advisor who specializes in the management of electoral projects and in assistance to the strengthening of democratic institutions in post-conflict, transitional, and developing countries. Erben is currently the country director for IFES in Indonesia. He has previously been the chief electoral officer and electoral commissioner of Kosovo and Afghanistan and directed the out-of-country elections for both Afghanistan and Iraq. Based on this experience he has managed numerous large-scale electoral programs; acting as a senior advisor and providing assistance to electoral institutions in many countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Palestinian Territories, Nepal, and Pakistan. In between these longer assignments, Erben has been utilized throughout the world; participating in and leading electoral missions to Lebanon, the Philippines, Iraq, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and other countries. All in all, over the past 18 years, Peter Erben has been deeply involved in the holding of 16 high profile elections in eight different countries and made a significant contribution to strengthening the democracy of many other nations.

Peter Erben is a citizen of Denmark. He is married and has two sons. He graduated from the Copenhagen Business School. In 2005 the former King of Afghanistan, Mohammed Zahir Shah, awarded Peter Erben the Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Superior State Medal for his contributions to Afghanistan. In 2008 Queen Margrethe II of Denmark knighted Peter Erben for his contribution to furthering democracy around the world.