The Secretariat

The Secretariat is based at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, DC.

We organize our global assemblies, facilitate networking both globally and regionally and conduct projects, such as the Defending Civil Society project and the Civic Space Initiative.




Ryota Jonen, Director

World Youth Movement for Democracy and Hurford Youth Fellowship

Defending Civil Society Project and Civic Space Initiative

Global Assemblies


Troy Johnson, Senior Manager

Defending Civil Society

World Youth Movement for Democracy

Hurford Youth Fellowship

Global Assemblies


Marianne Tshihamba, Project Manager

Global Assemblies

Digital Communications

Logistics & Procurement


Yelena Viner, Project Officer

Digital Communications

Global Assemblies


Eric Baker, Logistics & Procurement Officer