Roel is a leading international expert on supporting democratic transitions and consolidation. For three decades he has worked for the advancement of democracy in over 30 countries on all continents. An active participant in the major international democracy networks, he has worked with all leading international organisations with mandates to support democratic governance.He was the first executive director of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and led the organisation for nearly 10 years. Prior to NIMD, he held a senior executive position at the Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance (International IDEA) and initiated the establishment of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD). He helped pioneer the inclusive dialogue methodology in his work at IDEA and NIMD. Based on full local ownership – recognising that democracy has to be built from within – these dialogues result in substantial consensus about national democratic reform agendas, including links to necessary economic reforms.Roel is also a contributor of Democracy Works Foundation, a Johannesburg-based think-tank which provides citizens with the tools to make democracy work.
From a democratic perspective nobody can, in all honesty, be satisfied with the process that now results in the inauguration of Donald Trump.