It takes more than superb election officials and secure processes to build trust in elections – it is truly a whole of society effort. Democracies need engaged leadership from government, the private sector, the media, and civil society to push back against autocratic efforts to undermine democracy. This panel will include representatives from different sectors to explore the role each have to play in rebuilding trust in elections.


  • Jamie Fly, President, Radio Free Europe; Manfred Wörner Alumni ‘04
  • Mr. Will Hurd, Managing Director, Allen & Company LLC
  • Ms. Therese Pearce Laanela, Head Electoral Processes, International IDEA
  • Moderator: Ms. Laura Thornton, Director, Alliance for Security Democracy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States