Fabio Bargiacchi is the ideator of ECES and the co-founder together with Abbot Apollinaire Malu Malu. He is a member of ECES’ Management Board and has been serving as Executive Director of ECES’ Management Unit since July 2011. Over the last 10 years in this position, he together with his colleagues have led ECES to become one of the three most important electoral assistance providers, implementing projects funded by the EU and recognised as one of the most important actors in the field globally, along with UNDP, IDEA, IFES, NDI and IRI.
As Founder/Executive Director, he led ECES to obtain the TRACE and ISO 9001 certifications for its financial and quality management standards having implemented more than 80 framework contracts in over 50 countries mostly, but not only limited to Africa and the Middle East. He has played and maintains a strategic role in resource mobilisation which has resulted in ECES’ funding coming mainly from the EU and its Member States as well as other donor agencies and multinational Corporations.
Fabio also led ECES to obtain ten copyrighted certificates including innovative methodological tools for the implementation of ECES’ strategy, called the “European Response to Electoral Cycle Support” (EURECS), of which he is the main author. These copyrights include the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), ECES Communication & Visibility Guidelines, the Electoral Political Economy Analyses (EPEA), the Electoral Security Threat Assessment, the project approach contributing to Preventing Election-related Conflicts and Violence (PEV), the two cascade electoral management training curricula known as the "Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders, LEAD" and "Leadership and Quality Management Skills for Electoral Administrators, LEAD-Q" respectively, the Innov-Elections project and the Electoral Translator.
Fabio’s work in the elections field dates back to the early 1990s. From 1997 onwards, he has continuously extended his expertise in the field of electoral support at the international level. In the period 1997-2004 he held a variety of posts in the field of electoral assistance and observation with the EU, the UN and the OSCE. He operated for long term assignments in countries such as Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, West Bank and Gaza, Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria, Haiti, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo Suriname and Indonesia where he worked as Senior Election Operations Expert, Training/Reporting Advisor and Coordinator of EU Election Observers, among other senior positions.
Fabio also developed a deep knowledge in project cycle management, particularly in the Democratic Governance field as explicitly shown by his experience working for the European Commission at the Delegation of the EU in Maputo (Mozambique) from 2001 to 2003 and at the EU Headquarters (European Commission, EuropeAid) in Brussels between 2004 and 2006 as Election Specialist. From January 2007 to December 2010, Fabio served as Coordinator of the "Joint EC UNDP Task Force On Electoral Assistance" (JTF) and Senior Electoral Assistance Advisor at the UN/UNDP Brussels Office. During this period, he contributed to the establishment of the same Joint Task Force and oversaw its activities for the identification, formulation and support for the implementation of all the EC-UNDP electoral assistance projects. From October 2004 to December 2006, he worked as Election Specialist at the Directorate for Operations Quality Support of the EuropeAid and he was the coordinator and main author of the "EU Methodological Guide on Electoral Assistance". Fabio was, thus, involved in more than 70 UNDP projects amounting up to a sum of more than 600 million EURO from October 2004 till December 2010. Bargiacchi was also at the forefront of the conception and delivery of all the Joint EC UNDP IDEA effective electoral assistance, face-to-face and distance e-learning training from September 2005 till February 2011. From January 2011 to February 2012, he worked as Chief Technical Advisor for the EU funded "Project in Support of the Electoral cycles for the five Portuguese Speaking Countries in Africa (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe) and Timor Leste", implemented by the UNDP. This was the first ever trans-national electoral assistance project that focused exclusively on capacity development.
Considering his experiences with OSCE, UN/UNDP, EU and ECES, Fabio has dealt with electoral and democratisation processes in over 60 different countries and worked on the identification, formulation, implementation or evaluation of more than 100 electoral assistance projects since 1997.
From 2014 until 2019 Fabio was a Member of the Board of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), serving as Vice President and Acting President from 2015 to 2017. EPD is one the most important network of European civil and political society organisations working on democracy assistance.
Fabio is a BRIDGE accrediting training-facilitator and the main creator of the training curriculum "Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders, LEAD" conceived together with the Centre for Creative Leadership. He is a graduate of Political Science following studies at the University of Florence (Cesare Alfieri) and at the "Universite Libre de Bruxelles" and holds a Master of Arts on Society, Science and Technology after studies at University of Roskilde (Denmark) and University of Oslo (Norway). In the last 14 years, he has authored, coordinated, co-authored and contributed to a series of election-related publications and papers:
- Delivering Electoral and Democracy Support during the COVID 19 period. ECES preparedness and response: Innov-Elections (2020)
- ECES Standard Operating Procedures for the Implementation of the European Response to Electoral Cycle Support (2019)
- ECES Communication and Visibility Guidelines (2019)
- “The potential of EU Funded electoral assistance to support the prevention of election related conflict and violence: Lessons from the Southern African Region”
- EURECS - A European Response to Electoral Cycle Support (2016)
- Using International Standards. Council of Europe Handbook for Domestic Election Observers (2013)
- Essential Consideration of Electronic Voting published by International IDEA (2011)
- ISPI Working Paper on the Electoral Cycle Approach: Effectiveness and Sustainability of Electoral Assistance (2011)
- EU and Peace building, Policy and Legal Aspects: EU Electoral Support: (2010)
- EC-UNDP Operational Paper on Procurement Aspects of Introducing ICTs in Electoral Processes: the specific case of biometric voter registration (2010)
- EC-UNDP Operational Guidelines. Implementation of Electoral Assistance Programmes and Projects (2006 and 2008)
- ACE Focus on Effective Electoral Assistance (2007)
- UNDP Electoral Assistance Implementation Guide (2007)
- EC Methodological Guide on Electoral Assistance (2006)
Languages: Italian, French, English, Portuguese and Spanish.