Samantha Aucock is an engaged Gender and Election Specialist, who was living and working internationally on various election and democracy-building programs until she joined THINK as Site Manager in 2014.

Samantha’s past employers include United Nations, the Carter Center, International Foundation for Electoral Assistance (IFES), and Democracy International, taking her on missions to the Middle East, Far East, Africa and South America since 2000.

In Afghanistan she held the position of the Head of the UN Public Outreach Department promoting democracy and participation in the 2005 Provincial Council Elections; later she was the UN Public Outreach Advisor to the Iraq Election Commission, and in East Timor the UN Gender and Public Outreach officer. She was also the Field Director for the Carter Center in Ethiopia and Egypt, and on two occasions in East Timor (2002 and 2006).

She has engaged with electoral reform activities with IFES in Uganda, Iraq, Nepal, Egypt and Zimbabwe, and has designed and implemented national outreach campaigns and trained civil society organisations on outreach activities in several countries including East Timor. She also developed advocacy campaigns for Anti-Violence Against Women and Children with the Carter Center in Guyana.

Samantha’s strong project management and leadership skills in international settings are an exciting asset to directing the work of THINK’s newest Clinical Trial Unit in Pietermaritzburg.

Samantha was awarded a Rotary World Peace Fellowship to Bradford University, UK, where she achieved a Masters degree in Conflict Resolution with distinction.