Richard Soudriette

Chairman of advisory board

Richard W. Soudriette is the chairman of the SGO Smartmatic International Elections Advisory Council. He is a founding member and adviser to the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO).
From 2009 to 2015 he served as president of the Center for Diplomacy and Democracy in Colorado Springs.  From 1988 to 2007 he was the founding president of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Washington, D.C.  Under his leadership, IFES became one of the premier providers of international democracy assistance.
He served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion from 2006 to 2008.  He was a founder of the Global Election Organization Conference (GEO) in 1999 and the ACE Knowledge Network in 1998.
Prior to joining IFES, Mr. Soudriette served as chief of staff for a member of the U.S. Congress and director of the U.S. Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and in Paraguay.
The International Centre for Parliamentary Studies and the University of Paris have honored him for his work in elections.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Soudriette is the author of many articles and publications on elections.