My Name is Núria Sancho (@nsanchoa). I was born in Barcelona 38 years ago. I hold a BA in Political Sciences by the UPF and a Master in International Relations and European Integration by the UAB. I am based in Barcelona and frequently travelling around the world on assignments related to electoral affairs, governance and human rights. Currently I am working in the #Comoros Islands with ECES in the electoral assistance project funded by the EU – PACTE II. I am the project coordinator in the island of Moheli.
I started my professional career in 2001 working in development projects in Central America with Spanish NGOs. During the Second Intifada I carried out humanitarian projects supporting the @PalestineRCS, assisting Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Lebanon, and victims of torture in South Lebanon. Afterwards I moved to the governance field as Senior Political advisor at the Barcelona City Council. For the last 10 years I have been working in civic education, public consultation processes, and electoral assistance and observation projects in Barcelona, the Middle East and Africa. After the fall of Mubarak and Ben Ali, I have worked as political analyst and long term observer in Egypt and Tunisia for The Carter Center and Democracy International. I have observed elections in countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, fYROM and Ecuador with The Carter Center, the EU, the OAS and the OSCE. I have also worked as electoral affairs project manager for the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia.
When not on assignment, I am based in Barcelona. Originally from the Besòs neighborhood, I live in Poblenou. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by the sea, so many important industrial heritage sites, new architectural spots and a very particular way of life based in strong community links and civic engagement. I am a water sports lover: I do sailing, SUP and kayak in the Barcelona Centre Municipal de Vela.
Through this week I will share my experience as expatriate in the #Comoros working in the electoral assistance field. Not always easy due to logistic difficulties, but always passionate of Africa and of my job.