Academic Board and Senior Advisor

The Academic Board is coordinated by the Master Director and composed by the Professors responsible for the single modules of the Master curriculum. Members will act as advisors upon all academic matters and questions affecting the educational policy the MA, including the organisation of teaching, examining, research, and courses of instruction.

Mr. Jeff Fischer acts as Senior Advisor of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna for the MEPA.

Jeff Fischer currently serves as Senior Advisor for the Electoral Education and Integrity Practice Area at Creative Associates International, Inc. At Creative Associates, Mr. Fischer’s professional focus in on electoral conflict and security.  Mr. Fischer was the lead writer for the Electoral Security Framework – Technical Guidance Handbook for Democracy and Governance Officers, a methodology for electoral conflict analysis; and co-author of the Best Practices in Electoral Security – A Guide for Democracy and Governance Programming, both for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Mr. Fischer has held three internationally appointed election directorships in post-conflict electoral transitions.  In 1996, he was appointed by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to serve as Director General of Elections for the first post-conflict elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1999, Mr. Fischer was appointed by the United Nations (UN) as Chief Electoral Officer for the Popular Consultation for East Timor.  And, in 2000, Mr. Fischer received a joint appointment from the UN and OSCE to head the Joint Registration Taskforce in Kosovo and served as the OSCE’s Director of Election Operations for municipal elections held that year. Mr. Fischer teaches a graduate-level course in the Democracy and Governance Studies Program at Georgetown University on International Electoral Policy and Practice.  In the fall semester 2014, Mr. Fischer will be teaching a course at Georgetown on Electoral Violence.  Mr. Fischer has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, teaching a Policy Workshop on Elections in Fragile States (2006 – 2010) and Elections and Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa (2012).  He holds a Master of Science degree from George Mason University in Peace Operations Policy.