Ms Juliette Schmidt

Ms Juliette Schmidt

Senior Conflict and Security, Elections and Political Processes Specialist, Independent Consulting


Juliette Schmidt is a seniour expert in conflict and security, elections and political processes, consulting with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Previously she was IFES’ Deputy Regional Director for Asia, responsible for electoral reform programming in ten countries undergoing political transitions under very different conditions. She focuses on election conflict and security, conducting electoral security and political risk assessments, and contributing to innovative program development, monitoring, and evaluation. She is also a member of the senior management team.

Prior to joining IFES, Juliette Schmidt was Director of the Partners in Humanity Program at the international non-profit organization Search for Common Ground, where she worked to promote Muslim-Western understanding and reduce extremism and radicalization around the world. She was also Editor-in-Chief of the international news syndicate the Common Ground News Service. Ms Schmidt’s non-profit experience includes the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue, both in Beirut. She also has deep insights into private sector marketing and public relations from her work in Canada and the UK. Juliette Schmidt has 15 years of international program management experience spanning the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and North America. She is also an experienced trainer, creating curriculums and facilitating workshops for media, government, civil society, and religious leaders in four continents.

Juliette Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Political Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada and a master’s degree in International Affairs and Conflict Resolution from the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Electoral Engineering: Legal Challenges Posed by Technological Developments

Conference room B

This panel will look at implications of legislation on the potential use of robotic networks in support of electoral process. The discussion will center on issues concerning the visibility of political activities of networks supported by proxies. Can political activities online be submitted to the same rules currently applied to traditional media?