Mathieu Mérino has been involved in election observation and technical assistance as electoral and political expert for the past 14 years. He has participated in 15 election observation assignments from 2001-2014, including serving on 5 European Union Election Observation missions as Electoral Expert or Political Expert (Togo 2010, Guinea 2010, DRC 2011, Algeria 2012, Kenya 2013), 3 Election Expert and Exploratory Missions as Team Leader (Kenya 2012, Guinea-Conakry 2013, Algeria 2014) and 6 EU EOMs as a short- medium or long-term observer (DRC in 2006, Togo 2007, Kenya 2002 and 2007, Ghana 2008, Malawi 2009). Mathieu has overseen planning and operational activities in the context of election assistance in the 2011 general elections in Tunisia (from design through implementation, related to the role of domestic observation by civil society groups) and in the in the SADC region in 2013 (Preventing Electoral Violence in the SADC region project in collaboration with, and to the benefit of, the SADC-Electoral Support Network).
Mathieu is a Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) in Paris and at the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) based in Nairobi (Kenya) and has been extensively involved in teaching and researching as a University Fellow (University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and University of Pau). Since 2021, he is the coordinator of the program on post-conflict management in the African Great Lakes for the Delegation for Strategic Affairs (France). Mathieu holds a PhD in Political Science at the University of Pau in collaboration with IFRA-Nairobi. His research has focused mainly on Africa, with special interest on Elections Related-Violence in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Languages: French, English, Spanish, Swahili.