Leena Rikkilä Tamang Director for Asia and Pacific at the International IDEA
Ms Leena Rikkilä Tamang is Director for Asia and Pacific at the International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance). For 2007-2013 she was managing IDEA’s programme on Supporting Constitution Building Process in Nepal. The objectives of this initiative are to support national initiatives aiming at forging consensus on political reform and to develop capacity of Nepalese stakeholders on constitutional options. Prior to Nepal, Leena was working at the South-Asia Program, including Burma/Myanmar at IDEA. Leena is former Secretary-General of Finland's Advisory Board for Relations with Developing Countries (Ministry for Foreign Affairs). She is a member and former chair (2001-2002) of Network Institute for Global Democracy (NIGD). Amongst her work with NIGD, she has co-ordinated the projects promoting North-South Dialogues on democracy and globalization and been involved in the World Social Forum (WSF) process. She is also a former Board Member of Asia –Europe (ASEF) Foundation and has been teaching at the University of Tampere in the Department of Political Science and International Relations from where she graduated. Leena has worked in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Vietnam and on Burma/Myanmar and published about democracy at the global level and on inclusive democratic processes.