The Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC countries (ECF-SADC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Hilda Boikhutso Modisane as the new Executive Secretary effective 1 April 2020. In her new role, Ms Modisane will be primarily tasked with strategic leadership, resource mobilization, diplomacy, advocacy and stakeholder relations for the Secretariat/Forum.Ms Modisane has over 20 years’ experience in elections management. She previously served as a Senior Information Officer at the Independent Electoral Commission of Botswana (IEC-Botswana). Ms Modisane joined the ECF-SADC as Programme Officer in 2005 and advanced to the position of Programmes Manager. In this period, she has introduced a number of election related projects, developed global partnerships and coordinated capacity building projects for electoral management bodies in the SADC region.She possess wide knowledge and expertise in policy interpretation, electoral training, project management, programme research and development, advocacy and electoral stakeholder management, conflict management, strategic planning and development. Ms Modisane holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work and a Master’s in Public Administration. She has been trained on election observation, gender and elections, project management & monitoring and financing of elections. The ECF-SADC fraternity wishes her well in her new sphere of responsibility.