Alban has more than 17 years of professional experience and a dual profile in international development and in communication for development. He has been involved – and is currently undertaking, a wide range politically charged tasks that require diplomacy and stringency. He has taken part in or led numerous governance and election-related expert missions in various capacities in Eastern Europe/CIS, the Middle East and in a dozen African countries. Alban notably worked 6 years for Europeaid and was the Political Officer at the EU Delegation in Jerusalem until 2007. He has significant experience in the fields of electoral and democratic processes assistance, political analysis and dialogue, civil society capacity building and engagement, and human rights promotion, in terms of identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring, assessment and evaluation of large international cooperation missions and projects.
He has worked closely on a number of occasions with religious and political leaders in the context of several assignments, notably in the Middle East. Also, in 2009, he conducted an appraisal and formulation mission of the EU support to the electoral process in Tanzania. More recently, he served as long-term special advisor to the President of the CENI-T in Madagascar between 2012-2014, playing a crucial role during the organization of national elections in a context of political crisis, and directly contributed to revising the legal framework for elections in the Union of Comoros. Alban is also currently part of the team of experts contracted by the EU to evaluate EU support to democratic process in third countries (period 2009-2014).
In a complementary career, Alban manages Collateral Creations, an audiovisual agency that he founded in Paris to generate original documentary content by bringing together expertise and creativity on a variety of development issues for study and communication purpose. In this capacity, he has directed the production of several videos, notably the visibility film for IDEA in Sweden and a presentation video for ECES/IOM activities in Sudan, and has worked with large private companies to study the emerging middles classes in several African countries. Also Alban initiated an innovative video evaluation approach to capitalize on development projects, and worked as filmmaker for a video evaluation of the EU programme in support to civil society in Tunisian and of the EU’s IcSP-funded activities in Sudan.
Alban graduated at masters level in business administration, international relations and documentary photography, and has excellent reporting and oral presentations skills in French, English and professional fluency in Russian.