Henry Atem Oben, MA


Henry is the Executive Director at the United States Center for Electoral Support (USICES) and directs the programs and projects of USICES. Before his appointment, Henry served as USICES Senior Elections Advisor (2017-2018) and provided expert-based policy directions to the Board and management of the organization. Henry is a career elections expert with over ten years of professional experience in election administration, monitoring and assistance. He has served within an Election Management Body (EMB), Intergovernmental and International Nongovernmental Organizations both at National and International levels. He possess expertise in designing, implementing, and evaluating election related processes across the election cycle and has in the last five years engaged in election assistance programs and advice  mainly in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Henry has served the United Nations Development Programme (2016) as Elections Consultant, conducting assessments and policy advice to direct election assistance interventions.  He served with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (2013) as a capacity development consultant where he conducted training need assessments, developed customized training contents, and facilitated training programs for election officials from over fifteen nations in Africa. He also worked with the African Union (2013) and the Carter Center (2014-2015) in their International Election Observation Missions, assessing the conduct of elections in various countries and suggesting recommendations for improvements. At the domestic level, he served as Director (2011-2013) at the Center for Democracy and Electoral Studies (CDES), Cameroon, and oversaw the implementation of over 40 training programs for women and youth leaders, media professionals including leaders of association of PWDs and IDPs, advocated for the historic increase of women in Cameroon legislature and local governments and monitored the conduct of electoral processes with recommendations to improve the process. Before joining CDES, he worked as Head of Electoral Operations for Fako Division (2010-2011) with Cameroon’s Electoral Commission (ELECAM). He equally served as Election Projects Officer (2008-2010) with the Global Network for Good Governance; a Cameroon based civic engagement organization.

Henry is an active member of the ACE Election Knowledge and Practitioners Network and have shared expert advice to many junior and aspiring election professionals and contributed to the ACE web content. He is a contributor to the Washington based Electoral Violence Prediction Market, an initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for Conflict Stabilization Operations. Henry has written and contributed to publications relating to the conduct of elections including an “Assessment of Electoral Violence in Cameroon”, “Road Map to Credible Elections in Algeria”, “Fake News and Disinformation: An Election Integrity Issue”. As an accredited BRIDGEinternational trainer, he has facilitated many training programs for election officials across the globe. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Election Administration from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota (U.S.A.), an MA in Electoral Policy and Administration from the School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy, and an MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University, United States of America.