Andrew Bruce became the Executive Director of Electoral Reform International Services (ERIS) in September 2012, following twelve years working for international organisations. Most recently, he served as a Political Affairs Officer in the UN Department of Political Affairs in New York, where he focused on developing UN policy on preventing and responding to election-related violence.
Prior to that, he served as a Policy Desk Officer in the Human Rights and Multilateral Relations Directorate of DG External Relations in the European Commission, based in Brussels, where he managed the deployment of EU election observation missions.
Before that, he served as an Election Adviser for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), based in Warsaw, where he was responsible for managing the ODIHR’s election work in a number of OSCE participating States.
He started his career at ERIS in 1994, where, as the first full-time employee, he served as Programme Officer and Programme Manager, with responsibility for co-ordinating British election observation teams. Andrew co-edited the European Commission’s Handbook for European Union Election Observation and the OSCE/ODIHR Handbook for Domestic Election Observers. He holds an MA in Politics and Geography from the University of Edinburgh and an MSt in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.